Me: 80-20 (80%)
Phil Steele: 79-21 (79%)
No. 14 Michigan Wolverines at Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana has done very well against the big boys of the Big Ten so far this year, however the Wolverines are on a roll and the only losses for the Wolverines are to Top 15 teams. Michigan demolished Rutgers last week and will beat Indiana here, but there is a reason that Indians played Ohio State and Michigan State tough, expect the same to happen here. Michigan by 7.
The Pick: Michigan
No. 1 Clemson Tigers at Syracuse Orange
On the road, coming off of a tough game, this is a trap game, Dabo knows that and will prepare the Tigers for this game. Syracuse, who played LSU and Pittsburgh very well at home earlier this year but the Orange have lost six games straight so far this year, that won’t change. I’ve got the number one team in the land pulling off a seventeen point win.
The Pick: Clemson
No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 17Mississippi State Bulldogs
Oh, how I want to pick the upset here. I would pick the upset unless, unless the game was against Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Crimson Tide are the best team in the entire country, no they shouldn’t be #1 but at this moment the Tide are playing incredible football, would you really pick Clemson over ‘Bama on a neutral field? By the way: Bama by 13.
The Pick: Alabama
No. 10 Utah Utes at Arizona Wildcats
Arizona has had an up and down year. They hosted GameDay early in the season, then two weeks ago they lost to WASHINGTON by FOURTY-SIX points. Utah on the other hand is one of the few teams that still have a chance at the College Football Playoff, and a loss would eliminate them. Utah won’t let that happen, Utah by 24.
The Pick: Utah
Arkansas Razorbacks at No. 9 LSU Tigers
An early season loss to Toledo seemed to have lit a fire under Arkansas, the Razorbacks have gone 4-2 in SEC play and are coming off of a win over Ole Miss. I believe that the Razorbacks are a fantastic team, and playing a normal team’s schedule they could be a ranked team but LSU on the road is a tough task. LSU by 10.
The Pick: LSU
Miami Hurricanes at No. 23 North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina is a dark horse playoff contender, 2 fatal errors have hurt their resume. First, they played two FCS teams which really hurts the Tar Heels schedule in the eyes of the committee. Secondly, in the season’s opening game they practically handed a win to the South Carolina Gamecocks. UNC is vastly improved since and the Tar Heels win by 20.
The Pick: North Carolina
The SEC East is a weird place Georgia, Auburn, and Tennessee are all sort of on the edge of greatness, Florida has clinched the division but this matchup still has value for what bowl these teams go into. This one is a very even matchup, and you never know if you are going to get good Lambert or bad Lambert. I’ve got the Tigers at home by 3.
The Pick: Auburn
No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners at No. 6 Baylor Bears
If this game was being played a few weeks ago I would have picked Baylor in a heartbeat. Seth Russell was injured and this dramatically changed the face of not just the Big 12 but the entire playoff picture. GameDay will be on hand and it will be a big atmosphere with a lot of pressure. I’m picking Oklahoma by 1.
The Pick: Oklahoma
No. 22 Temple Owls at South Florida Bulls
With a win Temple will clinch the American East, the Owls are a dark horse and have really impressed me. They played Notre Dame very close a few weeks back. South Florida on the other hand is 5-4 and have played well at home, almost upsetting Memphis earlier. Temple wins by 9, a little closer than some think.
The Pick: Temple
NC State Wolfpack at No. 16 Florida State Seminoles
Florida State could get into a New Year’s Six bowl if some things fall their way, but first they have to take care of the Wolfpack who have given them lots of trouble in the past. My pick? NC State leads by twenty at the half and the Seminoles come back to win by 8 and keep their NY6 hopes alive.
The Pick: Florida State