by Wayne Simmes:
In a complete contrast to last week, which was loaded with match-ups between ranked teams, today has very little drama or hope if you want to see movement in the college playoff standings.
You can always tell when a game is expected to be a snoozer. Just look at the television schedule. If none of the 23000 major television networks decide that the game is worthy to broadcast, that should be your first clue.
So is the case with number 1 Alabama hosting Mercer and Number 2 Clemson hosting the Citadel. Unless you live in one of the local markets you probably will not be able to watch those games.
Perhaps the best opportunity to see an upset would be unranked Virginia playing against Number 3 Miami of Florida. Now please understand I am not calling this an upset alert but if you like college football and want something to watch in the Noon Eastern time slot, that game is on ABC. An alternative to that game might be Number 12 TCU at unranked Texas Tech which is on FS1. In the same time slot is Number 24 Michigan at Number 5 Wisconsin on Fox. That game might be entertaining although I suspect Wisconsin should win. The CBS game in the noon slot is Number 16 Mississippi State at Arkansas.
There are several good games to choose from in the 3:30 time slot. Illinois at Number 9 Ohio State. This is definitely a must win game for you Buckeye fans. Kansas State at Number 13 Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State still has a slim chance to play for the Big 12 championship and squeak into the college football playoffs although in the immortal words of Dizzy Dean “Their chances are slim and none.” Oklahoma State should win that game but anyone that is playing against a Bill Snyder coached team should expect problems. That game is on ESPN2 so unless you want to see only select plays you might want to skip that one.
Kentucky is at number 7 Georgia on CBS. After Georgia’s disappointing loss last week I would not want to be Kentucky today. Navy plays Number 8 Notre Dame on NBC and Number 4 Oklahoma plays lowly and unranked Kansas on ESPN.
The late games. 8 o’clock slot features California at number 22 Stanford on Fox and UCLA at number 11 USC on ABC. That game is usually highly entertaining.
If you are interested in the Heisman Trophy race only three games probably matter. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield has been clearly the best player in college football this year and he should have another huge day against Kansas barring any injury problems. The also-ran’s are Bryce Love of Stanford and Sequon Barkley of Penn State. Unless something drastic happens in the last few weeks, Baker Mayfield should win the Heisman. Of course that award is more a popularity contest than a meaningful award so anything is possible.
So if you are a huge college football fan, have a good day watching your favorite team. If you are only interested in possible upsets, you might be better off taking a nap. That is my plan.