Forget Playoff rankings. There are five weekends left. Any investigation before it is meaningless. This week we learn that playing…
Forget Playoff rankings. There are five weekends left. Any investigation before it is meaningless. This week we learn that playing the rest of the season is meaningless as well.
Four preseason top 10 teams are currently unordered. Eleven ranked teams lost last week. Mediocre teams are masquerading as more than they are. Good team pretend to be good. And Alabama’s place on the throne has rarely been so sure.
Crimson Tide Coaching is the biggest sport ever seen. The Tua Tagovailoa rupture (an average of 54.1 points) could remember the same way. Alabama won its first eight games with an average of more than 38 points.
But maybe Alabama has not been threatened yet because it has not met a worthy challenger.
Tide, who raises a slate four top 17 games a week, meets his hardest and first Test of the season against No. 3 LSU in Death Valley.
Alabama has not yet played a meaningful second in the second half of any game this season by meeting no teams currently rated while tigers have played the most challenging schedule in the country. They also picked up one of the season’s most impressive wins and gave Georgia its only loss, 36-16.
Tide, who has won seven straight games in rivalry, was installed as two-touchdown favorites (making LSU the biggest home, though it has been around for about two decades) to a large extent due to quarterback mismatch. In all other places, however, tigers also match with Alabama as a team in the nation.
They are too familiar with champs to get scared. They are too comfortable at home to be rattled. They are too talented and well-rounded to blow out.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has dominated his former team, but no SEC website has created more sweat than Baton Rouge. Two years ago, the law entered the fourth quarter in a pointless tie. Two years before that, the fourth quarter ended. Two years before, Alabama, the possible national champion, dragged in the last minute.
LSU (+ 14½) will not end its long losing stretch compared to Crimson Tide, but the tigers will
Temple (+10) over the CENTRAL FLORIDA: The Knight’s victory has reached 20 games because this is the first opponent with a winning record they have met this season.
VIRGINIA (-7¹ / ₂) Over Pittsburgh: The Cavaliers are ranked for the first time in seven years behind a strong driving game and stronger defense. Virginia only needs three wins against teams without winning records to reach the ACC Championship game for the first time.
Louisville (+39) over CLEMSON: The Tigers have won their last three matches with a combined 163 -20. But, as brilliantly as Trevor Lawrence has been, he has not received the Tua treatment yet.
Nebraska (+ 18½) Over the OHIO State: It is understandable that you have stopped paying attention to Cornhuskers after their 0-6 start, but Scott Frost begins to raise the ship. Nebraska has won two straight and the offensive begins to click, with an average of 30 points per game.
AUBURN (-4¹ / 2) over Texas A & M: Auburn is 7-0 after heyday weeks under Gus Malzahn. Although the sales have plagued the tigers in their losses this season, Aggies is the second worst team in the country to create them.
WAKE FOREST (+6) over Syracuse: Orange ranked for the First Time in 17 years, but was not shocked if the Cup-Depending team, who was last lost on the road in Pittsburgh, falls back from the polls.
TEXAS (-2) across West Virginia: Part of the first place in Big 12 is at stake. The battling Longhorns are far better prepared than rock climbers, whose lonely loss came in the way of the only Iowa State team they have played this year.
KENTUCKY (+9) over Georgia: Wildcats do not have the talent to emulate LSU’s uproar of Bulldogs, but Kentucky can follow a similar playing field with its top-ranked defense that keeps the score close and the crowd crazy in one of the biggest games in school history.
Iowa (+3) Over PURDUE: In his latest home game, Boilermakers released Ohio State. The difference is that Iowa defense actually travels.
Penn State (+ 10¹ / 2) Over MICHIGAN: The double-digit spread allowed me to make a double-take. Since they lost 39 years at Ann Arbor two years ago, the Nittany Lion has lost five games with a total of 12 points.
FLORIDA (-6) over Missouri: Tigers (4-4) are better than their record suggests, but potential first round choose Drew Lock has been a disaster against the elite defense, throwing an average of 183 meter with a touchdown and five interceptions in SEC games.
NORTHWESTERN (+ 9½) over Notre Dame: The fighter Irish could see their playoff chances diminish with just one loss. Some of the toughest steps on the tow will come against Wildcats, who have won four straight and have played their best in their biggest game.
TEXAS TECH (+13) Over Oklahoma: Kyler Murray Can Not Be Stopped
Stanford (+ 9¹ / 2) Over WASHINGTON: Pac-12’s most disappointing team has each a victory since 6 October. The score is the game when no teams can be trusted.
WASHINGTON STATE (-10½) Over California: The golden bears are due to a decline after their outrage of Washington. Another subpar Pac-12 season could finally release Cougars, which could be held out of the match with a loss.
Best Games: Texas, Penn State, Florida
This Season Game): 68-77-1 (13-14)
2014-17 Title Information: 518-471-10