Spots in conference title games are on the line today, and in each of my three games, at least one team controls its own destiny in their own conference. One of them even has the chance to further themselves in the national championship conversation. Another week of college football — here we go!
My record in predictions this year: 22-10
West Virginia (6-3, 2-2 Big East) at No. 23 Cincinnati (7-1, 3-0 Big East), 12 p.m.
Surprise! A Big East game!
Cincinnati has been playing great football, and West Virginia can’t afford to lose this one if they want to stay in the running for the Big East crown. The Bearcats have to lose two of their last four conference games to not win the conference, and I just don’t see that happening.
After winning their last two games by three points apiece, the Bearcats are looking good behind QB Zach Collaros. Having this game at home is going to be the difference, and Cincy will win.
My prediction: Cincinnati 35, West Virginia 28
No. 20 Auburn (6-3, 4-2 SEC) at No. 15 Georgia (7-2, 5-1 SEC), 3:30 p.m.
For Georgia, all they have to do is win two home games, and they’re in the SEC Championship game against LSU. Their final SEC game will be against Kentucky, so today should be the final test for the Dawgs.
For Mark Richt and his players, they’re so close to their goal. He was on the hot seat just a few months ago after an 0-2 start, and now they can win today and get that much closer to a spot in the SEC Championship game. But the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry is never an easy win.
If the Bulldogs can find leadership on offense and defense, they will win this game, because they’re the better team. But it takes poise and determination to win a rivalry game, and expect this one to come down to the final possession in Athens.
My prediction: Georgia 27, Auburn 24
No. 7 Oregon (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) at No. 4 Stanford (9-0, 7-0 Pac-12), 8 p.m.
With three games left in their regular season, Stanford is getting very close to making the national title discussion very interesting. This is their toughest remaining test, but one that many people don’t see them winning.
Oregon has played great football since losing to LSU in their first game of the season. LSU has turned out to be pretty good, if you haven’t noticed. So the Cardinal will have their hands full today.
This will have to be Stanford QB Andrew Luck’s finest hour as a college athlete if he’s going to lead his team to victory. They haven’t looked particularly great the last two weeks, and that’s a direct reflection of Luck’s play. But they’re still undefeated, so he has to be doing something right.
Stanford’s defense is only allowing 16.6 points per game, so if they can slow Oregon’s offense at all, they will stay unbeaten.
My prediction: Stanford 51, Oregon 45