After a wild four months, the college football season is coming to an end. Have we saved the best for last? I really hope so as Michigan and Ohio State will clash while USC and Notre Dame will battle it out on the west coast. Can LSU and Clemson survive the weekend or do we see another round of upsets that will impact the college football playoffs?
It’s time to wrap up this regular season with a Monster Saturday as Championship weekend is upon us.
The wait is over: Michigan vs. Ohio State
The most anticipated matchup of the weekend takes place in Columbus. Can the Wolverines go to the Horseshoe and ousted Ohio State? Sure, but running back Blake Corum’s health is the main talking point in this case. If Michigan can get enough out of their running game, this one will be close. But if Ohio’s CJ Stroud gets in the bag and takes the Wolverines apart, it’s going to be a long day for Jim Harbaugh.
Thank goodness that game is finally here, with a college football playoff spot on the line. We can most likely eliminate one of these teams. If this boils down to final possession of the game, the playoff committee may have something else to consider. I don’t see that scenario in this case. State of Ohio 37, Michigan 20
Can USC Trojans Keep Playoff Hopes Alive?
This is where Caleb Williams can make the most difference in the Heisman Trophy race when CJ Stroud struggles. I’ve enjoyed seeing Notre Dame bounce back from problems earlier in the season but the Williams-Jordan Addison combination will cause serious problems for Ireland’s secondary school. But this could turn into another monster moment for Notre Dame’s Marcus Freeman if he can get his team to end the fuss in Los Angeles.
The Fighting Irish have won eight of their last nine games, and that could be down to quarterback Drew Pyne being called off against a powerful Trojan. When that happens I don’t see the Irish being able to keep up without an impressive attack. USC is 6th in the playoff rankings and has a chance to add another ranking win to his resume. Go with the Trojans. USC 33, Notre Dame 27
TCU wants to win and progress, with playoff berth online
Just keep winning, the unofficial mantra of the TCU Horned Frogs. After beating Baylor in the last second, Sonny Dykes leads his team to believe they could get through the unbeaten season. Beat Iowa State to win the Big 12 title game and the Horned Frogs book their ticket to the playoffs. I love quarterback Max Duggan and the courage he’s going to show again this weekend alongside Kendre Miller. TCU 30, State of Iowa 23
Can South Carolina pull off back-to-back upsets?
Can South Carolina play spoilers for the second week in a row? After beating #5 Tennessee last weekend, the Gamecocks are feeling good. Spencer Rattler’s passing attack was on full display against the Vols, with the Gamecocks scoring nine touchdowns. Look, I know Clemson has a lot to gain from pushing Will Shipley back, but if Shane Beamer decides to let Rattler back on Saturday and he performs, we could see another massive upset. DJ Uiagalelei will need a big game for Dabo’s Tigers which will be the key in this rivalry game.
The only reason I’m so upset is what I saw at the Gamecocks last weekend. South Carolina 27, Clemson 24
Throw out the record books, it’s Auburn vs. Alabama
Throw the plates out the window, it’s time for the Iron Bowl. A crushing, bloody fight for sixty minutes in Tuscaloosa. The Auburn Tigers will come out motivated behind interim coach Carnel Williams as Alabama look to end this regular season by defeating their hated enemy. I know the talent gap is significant on this one, but I still expect Auburn to come out swinging and stay in the fight, behind Tank Bisgby.
Will Auburn have a permanent head coach before kickoff? Is it Lane Kiffin?
If quarterback Robby Ashford can make a few meaningful throws, the Tigers might stay within ten points on their way to the fourth. Bryce Young’s play will determine how this game plays out, with Nick Saban trying to wreak havoc on the defensive side. I hope this game delivers, but in the end The Tide will be too strong. Alabama 28, Auburn 17
LSU wants to make Jimbo Fisher’s life even worse
It’s a very simple fix for LSU and the playoffs. If they beat the Aggies and win in Atlanta next week, Brian Kelly will let his team play in one of the semifinals. To make matters worse for Texas A&M, this season has been a disaster with players ready to go home after finals. It feels like this Aggie team has checked out, and LSU is hoping to get into the 2022 season and slam the door.
HOW LONG WILL JIMBO FISHER STAY AT THE COLLEGE STATION?
If Jayden Daniels has a monster game and the Tigers win that game by more than 17 points, it could spell disaster for Jimbo Fisher. I don’t know how he’s recovering in College Station, but getting kicked out at home at the end of the season isn’t going to make the Money Men happy. I have bad news for the Texas A&M Regents, life just keeps getting worse. LSU 41, Texas A&M 20
SEC games of interest
Can Tennessee get over the loss to South Carolina that has dashed any hopes of a playoff spot? If they don’t, Vanderbilt will amplify the rough end of the season at the Vols. The Vols are without quarterback Hendon Hooker, who tore his cruciate ligament against the Gamecocks. Can Josh Heupel rally his team behind Joe Milton as quarterback? You better hope so, with a New Year’s Eve Sic Bowl game at stake. Volumes 34, Vandy 28
Buckle up, the last Saturday of the college football regular season is here.