College Football Weekend Preview: Covid-19 is Depleting the Slate


Another weekend of college football is approaching. Unfortunately, it's at a cost, as there have been a plethora of postponements due to outbreaks on multiple teams. The SEC has been hit the hardest so far. Four games, including Alabama-LSU, have been postponed. Just in the last hour or so (I'm writing this on Wednesday 11/11), Georgia-Missouri and Ohio State-Maryland have also been axed. There are still three more days until games, so another batch of postponements could happen.


The slate even without Covid-19 wasn't a very good set of games. Now with some of the top teams in the country not playing, it gives the vibe of a very boring Saturday. Even though it's a short list, I still have a few games to watch and I'll throw in some of my best bets this weekend after another solid 3-1 week.


My Favorite Games to Watch this Weekend



#9 Miami vs. Virginia Tech


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The ACC is going to carry the weekend for college football fans. They've got some pretty nice matchups between some quality teams, starting with this one. Miami's coming off a 44-41 shootout win over the NC State Wolf Pack where their defense was torn apart by a backup quarterback. Virginia Tech, on the other hand, had a heartbreaking loss against Liberty at home, losing on a game-winning field goal. This matchup also features two of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the country, as D'Eriq King faces off against Hendon Hooker. If Miami can't figure it out on defense, they'll definitely be on upset alert.





Wake Forest vs. UNC


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This ACC matchup pins two high-powered offenses against each other as Wake Forest travels to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. For the most part, UNC has looked pretty good, apart from two stinkers against Florida State and Virginia. Sam Howell continues to impress and is likely going to be one of the first picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Wake Forest does their damage on the ground, with the two runningback attack of Kenneth Walker and Christian Beal-Smith. This game could come down to whoever gets the first stop. I'll definitely be watching this one during the 11:00 slot.





#19 SMU vs. Tulsa


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This is strength, between the explosive SMU Mustangs and the stingy defense of the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. The Mustangs struggled in their matchup against a stingy defense in Cincinnati, and while Tulsa's defense isn't nearly as good, it's still going to be a problem for Shane Buechele. Tulsa hasn't played since October 30, and I think that'll end up benefitting them. Give me the Golden Hurricanes to pull out a close victory in the end.





#13 Wisconsin vs. Michigan


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I guess this is the game of the weekend, but it still fucking stinks. This will be Wisconsin's second game of the year and their first since October 23. Nobody even knows who's in or out at this point for the Badgers. Luckily, they play Michigan this week, who are absolutely terrible. They're 1-2 this year and have lost two straight to in-state rival the Michigan State Spartans and the Indiana Hoosiers. I firmly believe this game will decide Jim Harbaugh's fate. If they lose to Wisconsin, he's gone - possibly sooner than when we expect. If he wins, he buys himself another opportunity.





Best Bets of the Weekend



I'm on a pretty good heater right now with my picks. 13-4 the last three weeks, including a 3-1 showing last weekend. Does my luck run out, or do I continue to dominate? We shall see.


WF-UNC Over 66


I tipped my hand during the preview, but I think these two teams are going to go up-and-down the field on each other. This game is going to come down to whoever gets the last stop.


NC ST -10 vs. FSU


Florida State is losing people like crazy. They're already playing without their starting QB, and just this week, their best offensive player, best offensive lineman, and best defensive player have all been ruled out for the season. North Carolina State should be able to pounce on this opportunity and win big at home.


South Alabama +15.5 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette


South Alabama is 4-2-1 ATS this season, and 15.5 is a big number against a team that struggled to put away Arkansas State last week. I like ULL to win the game, but I think the Jags can keep it within the number.


BC +13.5 vs. #2 Notre Dame


This has let down written all over it. Notre Dame is coming off its biggest win since 1993 and now has to travel to Boston College and take on a Golden Eagles squad that is extremely dangerous in this spot. They played Clemson extremely tough and are likely going to do the same in this game. Ultimately, I think Notre Dame will win, but this game will be within the number.



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