Welcome to The Funvee Tailgate! Week 10 saw the first team in the Top 4 fall and a new team, Washington, take their spot in the Top Four. Let’s fire it up!
Second CFP Poll:
For those who haven’t checked it out yet, I wrote an entire post on my reactions to the second CFP poll. The reasoning was that last week’s rant about the first poll went long for this post but I had to cut out thoughts that I still wanted to get across: enter the mid-week tailgate.
Weeknight MACTION gave #21 Western Michigan a thrill as the Broncos trailed Kent State 14-13 at the half. WMU rallied in the second half to win 37-21 and move to 10-0 on the season. Last night saw #18 Utah explode to 49-26 win over Arizona State as the Utes continue down the path towards the Buffs of Colorado for the Pac 12 South crown. I watched the first half of #17 UNC at Duke before I had a hockey game and boy, was it exciting! Two traditional basketball powerhouses trading blows on the gridiron. I alluded to Wallace Wade Stadium being a “tough” (very relative use of the word) stadium for Duke’s visitors and last night proved that for the Tar Heels as they fell 28-27 to Duke. Interesting stat:
Big Games This Week:
#18 Florida State hosts Boston College tonight at 7:30 on ESPN2. Dalvin Cook will ensure this one isn’t close: FSU wins.
Upset Alert Saturday:
Most of the Top 25 are double-digit favorites today and that is not sitting right with me. #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Michigan, #5 Ohio State, #6 Louisville and #7 Wisconsin are all 20+ favorites and should win, along with #22 Boise State giving 18 to Hawaii. However, one of them is going to have trouble and not cover. I have a feeling one of the team on the rest of the slate might lose. Let’s take a look:
- #16 West Virginia at Texas at noon on FS1 — WVU’s last trip didn’t go very for them as they fell to Oklahoma State 37-20 two weeks ago. That game being their only Top 25 game is why the Mountaineers find themselves at 16 instead of a higher spot as a one loss team. Texas may no longer be “back” but they’re favored here by two points (so it’s a pick’em). I like the magic of WVU, Mountaineers win. D3 Joe is down in Texas giving the full scouting report for this one. No one on if he actually sat down with either coach yet. always a great conversation when he starts drawing up the X’s and O’s (more on that another time).
- Baylor at #16 Oklahoma at noon on ABC — Oklahoma has been since Big XII play began and the Bears have dropped two-straight games. Stoops and company find a way. Boomer Sooner.
- #10 Penn State at Indiana at noon on ESPN2 — I’ve said this every time Indiana has been a ranked team’s opponent: they’re a tough out. Both teams run the ball well and PSU’s Saquon Barkley has brought himself into the outside Heisman conversation. Like I said though, the Hoosiers are a tough out. Indiana wins.
- #9 Auburn at Georgia at 3:30 on CBS — The Tigers and the Bulldogs have had an interesting series as of late. We all remember the hail mary at the end of the 2013 game that seemingly propelled Auburn into that Iron Bowl. The Tigers have had a lot of trouble at UGA but I think they get it done. Auburn wins, doesn’t cover 10.5-point spread.
- Texas Tech at #13 Oklahoma State at 3:30 on FS1 — Imagine the CMU game gets called correctly for OKState? They might be in the Top 10. Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II can light up the skies but OKState can match and outrun them. Cowboys win.
- Georgia Tech at #14 Virginia Tech at 3:30 on ESPNU — Virginia Tech needs to win this game to clinch a spot in the ACC Championship thanks to Duke. That news adds a “trap game” label onto a game VaTech should win by a landslide. Hokies win. Suppose they win out, including a win over Clemson in the ACC Championship, the debate to include the Hokies in the Playoff becomes one of the best conversations of the season.
- #24 LSU at #25 Arkansas at 7:00 on ESPN — Leonard Fournette vs. Rawleigh Williams III is the RB matchup we’ve been waiting for. LSU is getting a touchdown probably because of Arkansas’ inconsistencies but I like the Razorbacks. Arkansas wins.
- Ole Miss at #8 Texas A&M at 7:30 on SEC Net — Ole Miss has fallen off the wagon hard since losing to Alabama for the first time since 2013. A&M’s Trayveon Williams steamrolls the Rebels. Texas A&M wins.
- #20 USC at #4 Washington at 7:30 on FOX — USC could sneak up in this game but Jake Browning and John Ross are probably the best QB/WR duo in the country. Throw in RB Myles Gaskin and USC has a hard time keeping up for four quarters. Washington wins.
- Minnesota at #19 Nebraska at 7:30 on Big Ten Network — I wrote in the mid-week tailgate that the committee has “priced-out” the Gophers but Minnesota has the players to accomplish this road upset. That being said, I just think Tommy Armstrong at home is too much for the Gophers. Huskers win.
- #16 Colorado at Arizona at 10:00 on FS1 — This has all the makings of a trap game. 7-2 team hoping to win their division on the road at a team yet to win a conference game. Arizona gave Washington a run for their money back in September but that was before the Huskies really got it going. Colorado will have a tough time covering but Buffs win.
- Cal at #23 Washington State at 10:30 on ESPN — Another game where the spread seems too low, WSU QB Luke Falk is going to have a field day. Washington State wins.
What did I say Lehigh fans? Trap Game? Check. Persevere past the trap game? HUGE CHECK. Congratulations to the 2016 Patriot League Champion Lehigh Mountain Hawks. They made the Bucknell game a little more interesting than we may have wanted but they got the job done. Lehigh has this week off as they prepare for Game 152 against Lafayette next week.
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