SATURDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS
#1 OHIO STATE (11-0, 8-0) at #13 MICHIGAN (9-2, 6-2) - 12 p.m. ET, Fox
Look who's #1?
The O-State Buckeyes slipped back into the top spot of the here-and-now College Football Playoff rankings - surprised us, 'ya know - following last week's shaky win against Penn State but now mighty Michigan (five consecutive covers) is on the menu and slowing down the "other" QB in this game (Michigan's Shea Patterson) is front-and-center on the OSU wish list.
Spread Note - Ohio State has covered eight of its last 10 games since Opening Day.
TEXAS A&M (7-4, 4-3) at #2 LSU (11-0, 7-0) - 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Not gonna blame the LSU Tigers for being perturbed regarding the ranking drop from #1 to #2 - it's their fault they played weakling Arkansas last week and won 56-20? - and now Ed Orgeron's squad is a hyped 17-point fav here with QB Joe Burrow looking to add to his runaway Heisman Trophy credentials. Know this: LSU is 15-7-1 spreadwise in SEC games the past two-plus seasons.
Spread Note - Since 2012, LSU's a perfect 7-0 spreadwise in head-to-head games against the A&M Aggies.
#5 ALABAMA (10-1, 6-1) at #15 AUBURN (8-3, 4-3) - 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Anyone that's holding out hope that 'Bama can "get back" into this playoff chase knows one thing: Nick Saban's club needs a wipeout win here and then some real chaos this week and next when it comes to the top four teams in the land. Here's another shot for Alabama QB Mac Jones to zing in some strikes against a War Eagle stop unit that ranks in the country's top 15 - tell us how many sacks Auburn gets here and we'll tell you who wins this Iron Bowl.
Spread Note - Alabama is 7-4-1 ATS in its last dozen away games.
#7 OKLAHOMA (10-1, 7-1) at #21 OKLAHOMA STATE (8-3, 5-3) - 8 p.m. ET, Fox
It's "Bedlam" in Stillwater and it really will be bedlam if Okie State RB Chuba Hubbard (a nation's-best 1,832 yards rushing with 20 TDs) sends shock waves through playoff-hopeful Oklahoma. Hey, can the Boomer Sooners finally win a game by a "margin" (see wins by 4, 3 and 1 point in last three weeks)?
Spread Note - Oklahoma has failed to cover six of its last seven games this season.
#12 WISCONSIN (9-2, 6-2) at #8 MINNESOTA (10-1, 7-1) - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Winner gets a date opposite Ohio State in next weekend's Big 10 Championship Game but there's the $64,000 question:
Can this Minnesota defense - ranked 10th in the land - slow down Wisky superstar RB Jonathan Taylor (1,685 and 18 TDs) here or will our Heisman Trophy finalist bust loose for a fourth consecutive 200-yard ground game.
Spread Note - Minnesota's covered six of its last nine showdowns against rival Wisconsin.