Nebraska is on bye (Get well soon Ameer!) but never "fear", we are still bringing you the entire weekend slate of college football. Think of it this way; because of the Husker bye, you get to cheer for #teamchaos with minimal guilt your cheering will spill over into the Nebraska game.
The appetizers on Thursday and Friday will help us answer two important questions. 1) Clemson is on a five game win streak. Are they overdue for a full-Clempson? If they lose to Wake Forest, it will be a Clempsoning of epic proportions. 2) Do you have something you need to catch up on Friday? The games that night feature some decent teams, but it might be a good chance to sneak in a date night or catch up on some projects if you need to earn some brownie points with the spouse.
On Saturday, do you have any idea how B1G the B1G intends to B1G? Three games feature close spreads and the smallest over/under betting lines of the day. #defenseisnotdead My bold predictions: 1) Out of habit, Hackenberg curls up the fetal position after taking a snap at least once before remembering Indiana doesn't have a defense. 2) During the Iowa-Minnesota game, the play-by-play is replaced by Kenny G music. 3) Michigan's defense scores more points than the O against NW. If you prefer offense, there are only two reasonable B1G options. One of these will involve Bucky bludgeoning Purdue. The nightcap is the much-anticipated duel between Sparty and the Buckeyes. Someone needs to develop a drinking game involving words like "elimination", "playoff", and "chess match". At stake is the inside track for Indy. Loser gets their pizza delivered directly to the golf cart of their choice.
Elsewhere, the playoff picture begins to get more focused as several one-loss teams face off including Kansas State and TCU, and Notre Dame-Arizona State. Some tough one-loss versus two-loss games include Baylor-Oklahoma, Oregon-Utah, and Alabama-LSU. If the cards fall right, several teams could fall below the Huskers in the playoff poll, but there are also a couple of teams I think would stay above them--even with two losses. One team that is almost certain to retain their spot is Mississippi State. Scheduling Tenn-Martin in November? Really? SEC! SEC! SEC!