By Brad Carroll and Matt Straub
The Week 11 college football action only intensifies in the late afternoon window of matchups Saturday, as every game has Playoff implications. It starts with No. 1 Georgia playing at No. 10 Auburn, and doesn’t stop there, as No. 4 Clemson hosts Florida State, No. 20 Iowa plays at No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 11 Southern Cal is at Colorado.
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No. 1 Georgia at No. 10 Auburn, 3:30, CBS
Spread: Georgia -3
Matt’s Breakdown: There are three games between Top 10 teams this week, but this might be the most interesting of the bunch. Georgia has both a quarterback and a stable of good running backs, making the Bulldogs a tough offense to contain. Auburn will help us figure out just how good the SEC is, as the Tigers have Georgia this week and then the Iron Bowl to end the regular season. Auburn can’t get back into the title race without a meltdown by the rest of the top 10, but it can take the rest of the SEC out with it. And they have the offense to do it. The team which wins this one is the one that can play anything resembling defense. That’s Georgia.
Brad’s Final: Georgia 28, Auburn 21 (Georgia)
Craig’s Final: Georgia 31, Auburn 24 (Georgia)
Glenn’s Final: Georgia 38, Auburn 24 (Georgia)
Matt’s Final: Georgia 31, Auburn 27 (Georgia)
Florida State at No. 4 Clemson, 3:30, ESPN
Spread: Clemson -16.5
Matt’s Breakdown: This is the ACC game everyone was hyping before the season started. Instead Florida State, decimated by injuries, gave up on its season and comes to Death Valley as nothing more than fodder for Clemson. The Tigers have two nice wins since their stunning loss to Syracuse, and Kelly Bryant can use this game as a chance to get himself on track before the big games arrive. The Tigers clinch a spot in the ACC title game with an easy win.
Brad’s Final: Clemson 38, Florida State 10 (Clemson)
Craig’s Final: Clemson 28, Florida State 14 (Florida State)
Glenn’s Final: Clemson 42, Florida State 20 (Clemson)
Matt’s Final: Clemson 42, Florida State 17 (Clemson)
No. 20 Iowa at No. 8 Wisconsin, 3:30, ABC
Spread: Wisconsin -11.5
Matt’s Breakdown: Wisconsin’s resume won’t be as impressive as some others come playoff time, even if the Badgers run the table. But that doesn’t mean they won’t have played any big games. If quarterback Alex Hornibrook can’t avoid turnovers or Wisconsin’s defense buckles under the weight of playing a good, if not great, team, the Badgers might find themselves out of the playoff picture before they even get into it. If you don’t believe me about Iowa, ask a Buckeyes fan. The only issue for the Hawkeyes is that this game is in Madison. Wisconsin makes its first statement.
Brad’s Final: Wisconsin 28, Iowa 24 (Iowa)
Craig’s Final: Wisconsin 27, Iowa 17 (Iowa)
Glenn’s Final: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 17 (Iowa)
Matt’s Final: Wisconsin 34, Iowa 20 (Wisconsin)
No. 11 USC at Colorado, 4, FOX
Spread: USC -13.5
Brad’s Breakdown: I’ve gone against USC and the points two weeks in a row now, and two weeks in a row it’s backfired on me. Two great weeks of picking games has been ruined by the late-night suffering of watching USC starting to play up to the hype to spoil my picks. It’s not going to be three weeks in a row, especially considering quarterback Sam Darnold is starting to play like the biggest prospect in the country again. USC should have little trouble dispatching Colorado.
Brad’s Final: USC 42, Colorado 21 (USC)
Craig’s Final: USC 38, Colorado 21 (USC)
Glenn’s Final: USC 38, Colorado 20 (USC)
Matt’s Final: USC 35, Colorado 17 (USC)