Being picked for the top four playoffs can sometimes go to a team’s head. This week, we lost one and Washington is stepping up for the spot. They’ve been on the outside looking in and now are ready to take their place.
Oh yes, the SEC and ACC have six teams now eligible for bowl games.
Here are my picks:
Boston College Eagles vs. Florida State Seminoles: The Seminoles think they can be one of the top four after this big win by 21-plus points.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Clemson Tigers: The Tigers have been on cruise control for a bit, and it could be a mistake; they could get eaten by the Panthers, but not this year — Clemson by 6.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Tech Hokies: Out of nowhere came the Hokies, who think they should be in it all the way but started a few games late. Still, they win this one by 10.
Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Cavaliers: Another Hurricane is coming to Scott Stadium with minimum damage — Miami by 6.
Wake Forest Demon Deacon vs. Louisville Cardinals (ACC game of the week): It has happened before but not this time. No upset here — Louisville by 20-plus points, or is it Lamar Jackson by 20-plus points?
LSU Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks: After the last game Saturday, I, for one, would not have picked the Razorbacks to win this one, but folks, the game is in Fayetteville, Ark., and LSU was run over by a train — Arkansas by 13.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators: Still looking into the top four from the swamp, and the Gators love to eat roosters for lunch — Florida by 17.
Auburn War Eagles vs. Georgia Dawgs (SEC Game of the week): This is a tune-up for the War Eagles for Nov. 26, but be careful; the Dawgs are also looking in from afar — Auburn by 3.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers: Both teams are still looking in and the hopeful Wildcats are just a few steps back. The Vols need to take a giant leap to get closer — Tennessee by 10.
Ole Miss Rebels vs. Texas A&M Aggies: But I could not get my helmet on over by big head. Sorry, coach, but we still have a chance — not so fast, A&M. Ole Miss by 6.
TIE BREAKER: Troy Trojans, Alabama vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers, North Carolina.
Bill Everett is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and lives in the Baker area.