HOW TO WATCH WEEK 11 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Week Ten turned out to be a lot better than we anticipated, didn’t it? A lot of games that looked like in-conference lay-ups got very interesting and one big upset that I kind of saw coming took place, too (thank you, Purdue). CFP hopefuls Alabama, Cincinnati, Oregon and Ohio State all barely eked out wins against unranked conference opponents, with LSU playing a particularly spirited game vs. the #3 Crimson Tide – using a fake punt and converting five of six fourth down attempts to come within a failed Hail Mary of a gigantic upset for outgoing Head Coach Ed Orgeron. The only BCS level team that even came close to covering the spread this past weekend was (again) Georgia, who remained unbeaten by making Missouri wish they’d stayed in the Big 12.
Week Eleven offers us some games that appear to be interesting as well. After upsetting Wake Forest last week, UNC heads to Pittsburgh to face their conference rival Panthers at Heinz Field on Thursday night. After that, a classic Big 12 battle starts the day right at noon on Saturday as unbeaten #8 Oklahoma heads to Waco to face #13 Baylor. If the Sooners have any hope of playing in the big bowl games in January, this is an absolute must-win. Elsewhere, noted Big 10 heartbreakers Purdue – who have already spoiled Penn State and MSU’s dreams of a playoff appearance, will head to Columbus and attempt to complete the upset triumvirate against the mighty Buckeyes. After dinner, Wake Forest and N.C. State meet to decide the likely winner of the ACC’s Atlantic Division. When’s the last time those two schools’ football programs met to decide anything? Good for them.
There are also a few semi-great rivalry games this week like Georgia/Tennessee, Minnesota/Iowa, TCU/Oklahoma State, Oregon/Washington State and Penn State/Michigan. There’s also Alabama vs. New Mexico State…(I guess Saban’s boys needed a little break after all those stressful conference games).
The games listed below feature teams ranked in the College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25, which features four new additions this week : Purdue (‘bout time!), UTSA, Arkansas and Utah. Falling out of the Top 25 picture this week were Kentucky, Fresno State, Mississippi State and Minnesota.
All games are listed at EST. Check your local listings to see which games are available with your television package and in your area.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11
|North Carolina||#21 Pittsburgh (-6.5 on DraftKings)||7:30 pm||ESPN|
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12
|#5 Cincinnati||South Florida (+23 on DraftKings)||7:30 pm||ESPN2|
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13
|New Mexico State||2 Alabama (-51.5 on FanDuel)||12 noon||SEC|
|#6 Michigan||Penn State (-0.5 on FanDuel)||12 noon||ABC|
|#8 Oklahoma||#13 Baylor (+5.5 on BetMGM)||12 noon||FOX|
|Mississippi State||#17 Auburn (-5.5 on Bet MGM)||12 noon||ESPN|
|Northwestern||#18 Wisconsin (-24.5 on FanDuel)||12 noon||ESPN2|
|#24 Utah||Arizona (+24.5 on DraftKings)||2 pm||PAC12|
|#1 Georgia||Tennessee (+20.5 on BetMGM)||3:30 pm||CBS|
|#19 Purdue||#4 Ohio State (-20.5 on FanDuel)||3:30 pm||ABC|
|Minnesota||#20 Iowa (-4.5 on FanDuel)||3:30 pm||BIG10|
|Southern Miss||#23 UTSA (-33.5 on BetMGM)||3:30 pm||ESPN+|
|Maryland||#7 Michigan State (-13 on DraftKings)||4 pm||FOX|
|#11 Texas A&M||#15 Ole Miss (+2.5 on DraftKings)||7 pm||ESPN|
|#9 Notre Dame||Virginia (+5 on BetMGM)||7 pm||ABC|
|#16 NC State||#12 Wake Forest (-1.5 on FanDuel)||7:30 pm||ACC|
|#25 Arkansas||LSU (+2.5 on DraftKings)||7:30 pm||SEC|
|TCU||#10 Oklahoma State (-12.5 on FanDuel)||8 pm||FOX|
|Washington State||#3 Oregon (-14 on BetMGM)||10:30 pm||ESPN|
|Nevada||#22 San Diego State (-2.5 on BetMGM)||10:30 pm||CBSSN|