Ole Miss at Texas A&M (Texas A&M -13)
JD: If Texas A&M struggled beating Arkansas, it can just as easily struggle against Ole Miss. A&M is coming off of two-straight losses to Mississippi State and Auburn, so the Aggies will be looking to get back on track on Saturday. If Ole Miss can score more than 35, the Rebels win this game. I think Ole Miss pulls it off and covers with a final of 38-34.
BM: Rebs, no contest. 45-42.
No. 10 Ohio State at No. 18 Michigan State (Ohio State -3.5)
JD: I honestly don’t know why Ohio State is favored in this game. The Buckeyes are unable to run the ball at this point in the season, causing quarterback Dwayne Haskins to regress dramatically. The Buckeyes struggled last week with Nebraska in town after being blown out by Purdue. The game is also in East Lansing, a huge advantage for Michigan State. Ohio State will have to throw the ball at least 65 times to even have a shot at winning. Michigan State wins outright, 42-33. Tell me again why Ohio State is favored by 3.5?
BM: Ohio State has been faltering heavily as of late. The Buckeyes seem like a completely different team than at the beginning of the season after losing Nick Bosa. Dwayne Haskins looks to have completely dropped out of the Heisman race. It’s not looking good for the Buckeyes, and I think their playoff hopes go away completely after a loss this week. Sparty time, 34-24.
No. 16 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama (Alabama -23.5)
JD: There isn’t much that needs to be said about this one. Mississippi State is a lesser LSU, and the Crimson Tide completely dominated the Tigers last week, not even allowing a field goal. Plus, the game is in Tuscaloosa. Alabama wins and covers, 55-14.
BM: State’s defense has been stout all year long, but I just have to stand by the opinion that there is not a college defense that will stop Tua and his offense this season. Alabama will win, but won’t cover. 42-20
No. 24 Auburn at No. 5 Georgia (Georgia -14)
JD: I underestimated Georgia earlier in the year, picking Florida to upset the Bulldogs, but I won’t make that mistake again. Head coach Kirby Smart has the Dawgs playing at a high-level, securing the SEC East last week against Kentucky, but the team may have a slight hangover. I think Georgia wins, but Auburn will cover, 31-20.
BM: Georgia is looking to be almost as formidable a team as last year. I could see them contending with Alabama in the SEC Championship, although ultimately not winning. As far as this game goes, Auburn is just not the team it typically is this season. Auburn will drop out of the rankings, once again, after a loss to the Dawgs. 28-13.
No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College (Clemson -19.5)JD: Boston College’s A.J. Dillon is going to be a problem for Clemson on Saturday night, but he won’t be enough to overcome Clemson’s talent. Clemson may struggle with Dillon early, but by the start of the second half Dillon, won’t be much of a factor on the ground due to Clemson pulling away. Clemson wins and covers on the road, 44-21.
BM: Clemson seems to like losing against inferior competition out of nowhere when it matters most (i.e. Syracuse 2017, Pitt 2016). There’s no denying that it’s going to be tough to run against the stacked Tiger defensive line, but if there’s anyone who can do it, it’s A.J. Dillon. I think Dillon will have a stellar performance and lead his Golden Eagles to a victory over Clemson. 27-23.