There are only four unbeaten teams left in the mix for the national title. Notre Dame is now in the top three with Oklahoma knocking on the door. Get in line, Sooners. Here are this week’s picks.
Atlantic Coast Conference
Boston College Eagles versus Virginia Tech Hokies: Can Boston College take advantage of a weak Virginia Tech? Sure. Eagles by 10.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Miami Hurricanes, ACC Game of the Week. These two teams are even in every physical aspect of the game. However, one wants to win more than the other. Blue Devils by 3.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Clemson Tigers: Clemson plucks the Cardinals' feathers in a move for the title. Tigers by 21-plus.
Florida State Seminoles vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack: The Seminoles are coming to Carter-Finley Stadium with war paint and the Wolfpack will send them home with their tails between their legs. Wolfpack by 6.
Syracuse Orangemen vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Wake Forest is accustomed to beating up on the Orangemen. This time it’s the other way around and so much warmer than New York. Syracuse gets the big win on this one by 19.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Louisiana State University Tigers, the SEC Game of the Week: No, the Train does not come off the tracks in Baton Rouge. Alabama just takes on more passengers. Crimson Tide by 21-plus.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Auburn Tigers: The War Eagles are flying high again on this one. Auburn by 16 and coming up with a nice bowl game spot.
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats: This is a game to watch! So many people love for the underdog — in this case “undercat” — to win. Although the Wildcats play hard, the Dawgs will take a big bite out of them. Georgia by 18.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Ole Mississippi Rebels: There have been many years since these two have played each other. The Gamecocks wish it was a few more years. Rebels by 12.
Missouri Tigers vs. Florida Gators: Who knew these two teams were going to be so close at this time of the year? Gators need this win bad. It’s Florida by 14.
Tie Breaker: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns stubbed their big toe this past weekend and slammed the door to the title. However, it does open the door for the Mountaineers to get in that long line of want-to-bes. West Virginia by 3.
Game to watch: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Raiders have everything to gain in this game. Texas Tech by 1.
See you next week!
Bill Everett is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He lives in Baker.