Rivalry Weekend Predictions
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Rivalry week is here. This is the week you don't wave to that neighbor with the opposing team's flag in their yard. You don't "like" any statuses on social media of anyone or anything having even the most remote connection to that hated opponent. You don't dare wear a color that would suggest you might pull for said hated team. You just don't. Your whole existence this week is to make it to the game, and prove once and for all in your loudest voice that your team is once again far superior to that ass-bag excuse for a football team on the other sideline. Yes, good ole college football at its very best. Let's get it on.
LSU (6-4) at Texas A&M (8-3) - Thursday night offers up a good game here. The Aggies have been a mystery all year to me, losing a few times but constantly hanging around the upper levels of the polls. LSU as we all know is a circus right now. Some want Coach O to stay. Others want a hot young coach new to Baton Rouge. This will be an intriguing game. I think Orgeron once again has this team play sharp...LSU, 28-21.
South Carolina (6-5) at #4 Clemson (10-1) - The Gamecocks had a change at QB 5 games back and have gone 4-1 since making freshman Jake Bentley the Man. Can he do it with Big Dex and Christian Wilkins in his face? I think he will play a solid game. But Clemson will be as fired up as ever as they aim for the Playoff and with many key players playing for the final time in Death Valley, they lock up a tough win...Clemson, 33-24.
#3 Michigan (10-1) at #2 Ohio State (10-1) - This is a Playoff elimination game and one of the fiercest rivalries in sports. There will be hell to pay at some point during this one, and I think it will come in the form of the Wolverines watching their national title chances end in the Horseshoe. OSU has had some squeakers, but all teams not named Bama have had those. This will be an all out war, and is basically a toss-up, but I'm going home team...Ohio State 30-26.
#13 Auburn (8-3) at #1 Alabama (11-0) - One weird side of me, deep deep down, wants to pick Auburn here. In this long and storied rivalry, many crazy things have happened. For a pretty decent Auburn team to get all jacked up and pull an upset wouldn't really be the strangest thing ever. But I just cannot pull the trigger against Saban right now. The dude is just an absolute man amongst boys and Bama would have to play a poor game to get beat...Alabama, 31-21.
#15 Florida (8-2) at #14 FSU (8-3) - The SEC East champions are set to tangle with the Seminoles, who have no hardware left to play for this season as they finished 3rd in the ACC Atlantic. The Gators are coming off a nice win over LSU at the buzzer. I think the LSU theme carries on as the Jimbo Fisher distraction as far as the LSU job hurts his team's focus....Florida, 27-20.
I wish I could go more in depth on those above and especially these below, but real life is beckoning and I better get back to work.....Here are some quick thoughts on the other big games this Saturday....
Kentucky (6-5) at #11 Louisville (9-2)- The Cardinals win this one in a big way...Louisville, 49-17.
#5 Washington (10-1) at #23 Washington State (8-3) - Want to go Cougars but Leach has yet to win the huge game....Washington, 36-31.
NC State (5-6) at UNC (8-3)- The Wolfpack surprise folks here. They are solid but need to breakthrough and finally do here...NC State, 35-31.
#16 Nebraska (9-2) at Iowa (7-4) - From what I can tell, these two teams don't care for each other a whole lot. Going home team. Iowa, 20-19.
UVA (2-9) at VT (8-3) - Justin Fuente has had a solid first season in Blacksburg and I think he keeps it rolling with a home rivalry win...VT, 30-23.
GT (7-4) at Georgia (7-4) - The Dawgs will lay down the hammer here. GT has been unimpressive this season and Kirby Smart knows he needs this win to make year 1 a "success" in Athens...Georgia, 35-23.
Notre Dame (4-7) at #12 USC (8-3) - It is safe to say that ND has been the biggest joke of this season. Now they face a USC team that is on a roll. An upset is always possible, but I am going Trojans....USC, 40-21.
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