Sportsandswag.com College Football Saturday Picks are back, and what a Saturday it should be! The top 3 teams in the AP and Coaches poll all have true road tests against ranked opponents. First time that’s happened in the history of the poll. If, all three lose, what a Shakeup that would be in the national landscape. But, the impact could be bigger for teams like Oklahoma and Ole Miss if they lose, because at this point they would likely be out of the College Football Playoff picture.
Now, onto my College Football Saturday picks on these three monster games, and two others including the ROAD DOG OF THE WEEK!
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Florida State (-1.0) at Louisville
Bobby Petrino has things rolling in the Bluegrass. He has his quarterback in Lamar Jackson, running his high-octane offense. He also has a defense that’s starting to cause havoc. Today, Florida State comes to town for an ACC showdown that could determine who gets to the College Football Playoff. The matchup of the day will be the Cards offensive front trying to neutralize FSU’s sack machine, DeMarcus Walker. Lamar (Action) Jackson has to have nice game, and he will. But, look for Louisville’s underrated defense to be the difference. Take the Cards STRAIGHT UP in a tight one over Noles. Louisville 33-27
Alabama (-11.0) at Ole Miss
The Rebels could almost never beat Bama. Now, they’re in search of their third consecutive victory over the Tide. Things have certainly changed at ‘The Grove’. One thing that hasn’t changed since last season is Chad Kelly at QB. Ole Miss rode Kelly and five Bama turnovers to a 43-37 win last season in Tuscaloosa. However, Nick Saban has never lost three in a row to an SEC opponent. It is Jalen Hurts first true road test. But, Bama’s D should be up for the challenge. Key to the game, however is how well Bama can run the ball. Look for both defenses to have their moments. Take the Rebels plus the 11 points. But, Bama wins the game. BAMA 27-23
Ohio State (-1.0) at Oklahoma
This was supposed to be a top-5 matchup. But, Greg Ward Jr. and the Houston Cougars spoiled that party. Now, it’s desperation time for the Sooners and their hopes for a return to the College Football Playoff. Baker Mayfield, will have to step up against a Buckeyes defense that hasn’t really been tested. The Oklahoma defense will have to slow down JT Barrett. The Sooners have had issues with mobile quarterbacks recently. That continues today. Take the Buckeyes over the Sooners. OHIO STATE 34-24
Texas A&M at Auburn (-3.0)
The home team has never won a game in this series since A&M joined the SEC in 2012. That changes today, as long as Gus Malzahn sticks with Sean White as his QB. White, is clearly in command of the offense and Auburn’s defense could be one of the more underrated in the SEC. Trevor Knight, has to have a big game of his own. But, despite these teams tendency to play high-scoring games in the past, both defenses are much better now. Look for a tight game, but in the end Auburn’s defense will be a little too much. Take the Tigers to cover the 3 over Texas A&M. AUBURN 27-19
ROAD DOG OF THE WEEK
Mississippi State at LSU (-13.0)
Mississippi State is literally a Road underDOG today. The Bulldogs still have the bad taste in their mouth from the embarrassing loss to South Alabama. However, Dan Mullen’s team looked a lot better last week in a dominating win over South Carolina. The Gamecocks look to be a team that will struggle this season, but Mississippi State took care of them quickly. Which, is exactly how you want your team to respond to a bad loss. LSU has had struggles of their own. Especially, offensively. Is Danny Etling a better answer than Brandon Harris at QB? I don’t think so. Not yet anyway. Take the Bulldogs to cover in a game Right Down to the Wire in Baton Rouge. But, LSU pulls it out 24-23