Another weekend means another college football preview. Unfortunately, Covid-19 continues to have an impact on some potentially key games. In the Big 10, we're still unsure if Ohio State is going to play Saturday against Michigan State. If they're not able to play one of their next two contests, they will not be eligible for the Big 10 championship, meaning that it would likely be Northwestern vs. Indiana. That could have major implications on the College Football Playoff, as well. As of right now, OSU-MSU is on, but it's still early in the week; with how the year has gone, anything can happen.
This weekend features my favorite game of the year. You should be able to guess what it is by the title of this article. Other than that, the slate is pretty weak. There's only one game featuring top 25 teams. As always, I'm going to go over the games you should be watching Friday and Saturday, as well as my top gambling plays. Leggo.
Today (Thursday), we got word that UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton entered the transfer portal. In 2018 during his junior season, Milton suffered a horrific leg injury that almost caused amputation. So far in his career, Milton has thrown for 8,683 yards and 72 touchdowns, and he led the Knights to an undefeated 2017 season, including a Peach Bowl victory over the Auburn Tigers. Despite the injury, look for a lot of teams to be interested in bringing in the Hawaii native to run their offense.
College Football Games of the Weekend
#25 ULL vs. App State (12/4 7:30 PM CST)
This contest is a sneaky good game between two of the best in the Sun Belt. The ULL Ragin' Cajuns have put together a really impressive resume, including a week one victory over now #9 Iowa State. They've lost one game this year, which was a three-point loss to undefeated Coastal Carolina. ULL has their work cut out for them, as they face a tricky App State team at home. This is a battle of strengths, as ULL's high-powered rushing attack will go toe-to-toe with the Mountaineer's stingy defense. If you're not watching college basketball, this is probably the game you should be watching on Friday night.
#13 BYU vs. #18 Coastal Carolina (12/5 1:00 PM CST)
Well, this just got a heck of a lot more interesting. Liberty had to call off the game due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the program. In steps undefeated BYU—the #13 ranked team in the country. This is massive for both BYU AND Coastal Carolina to potentially get into a New Year's bowl game. The Cougars were sitting at #8 in the AP ranking, but due to their strength of schedule, they dropped to #14 in the first CFP rankings. They moved up a spot last week and have a chance to move up even more against a dangerous Coastal Carolina team. This is a huge test for Zach Wilson and the high-powered BYU offense. They haven't faced a defense like the Chanticleers all season. This has the recipe to be one of the best games of the year.
#12 Indiana vs. #16 Wisconsin (12/5, 2:30 PM CST)
This is the matchup I mentioned as the only game between ranked opponents. Indiana will have a new look at the quarterback, as starter Michael Penix Jr. unfortunately tore his ACL against Maryland. Elite 11 alumni and Utah transfer Jack Tuttle will get the start in place of Penix. This is not an ideal first game for Tuttle, as he has to go against a Wisconsin defense that is consistently one of the toughest in the country. The Badgers are coming off a BYE and a loss in their last game against Northwestern. My guess is that they're pretty pissed off about it. I would not want to face an angry pack of Badgers in this spot. This one could get ugly quickly.
Another good week as I went 3-1. Colorado-USC got canned; otherwise, I most certainly would've gone 4-1. Let's keep the hot streak going this week.
I'm going back to the well with Kansas overs. They're undefeated on the year, and I expect that trend to continue. Texas Tech put up 44 against a very good Oklahoma State defense last week, so who knows how many they can score against the Jayhawks defense. Furthermore, Kansas' offense seems to be hitting its' stride a little bit. They've managed to score over 20 points in two of their last three games. This over is going to hit pretty easily.
Wisco -14 vs. IND
I explained this above. Angry Badgers + quarterback making his first start = potential disaster for the Hoosiers. Wisconsin might win this game by 35. Lock city.
Easy MACtion over here. Buffalo put up 70 by themselves last week. Running back Jaret Patterson had over 400 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Ohio has probably one of the stronger defenses in the MAC, but I don't think it's going to be enough to stop Patterson and the Bulls.
Rutgers +11 vs. PSU
I LOVE Rutgers. Greg Schiano has injected life into that program. While they're only 2-4 on the year, they've also played some close games, including a three-point loss to Illinois and a six-point loss to Michigan in triple overtime. Penn State won their first game Saturday against the Wolverines but didn't look overly impressive. I wouldn't be surprised if the Scarlet Knights won this game outright, but if they don't, they should be able to keep it within the number.