The college football regular season is quickly coming to a close with only a couple more weeks left. With the way things were heading to start the year, we are thankful we made it this far, but things are far from over.
The games will continue to get more interesting as we get closer to championship weekend on Dec. 19. With that said, there are still several teams in the hunt for those four College Football Playoff spots, and that automatically makes a few of these upcoming games intriguing.
Here are five college football games you should be absolutely be paying attention to on Saturday.
No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn
Time: Noon ET (11:00 a.m. CT)
Betting Line: Texas A&M -5.5
Breakdown: It’s time to find out if Texas A&M is a legitimate contender or not. The Aggies should be the better team on Saturday, but will they win? Playing Auburn at Jordan-Hare a week after the Tigers were handed a lopsided loss won’t be easy, especially with Kellen Mond as your starting quarterback.
If Tank Bigsby is still limited, that might put too much pressure on Bo Nix against a formidable A&M defense, but it should be a great game to watch regardless. It’s hard to believe that we are in December and still talking about the Aggies as a serious Playoff option.
No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT)
Betting Line: Wisconsin -13.5
Breakdown: This game would have been a lot more intriguing had Indiana quarterback Michael Phenix Jr. had not suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. Regardless, Ohio State fans should pay close attention to the outcome here.
The Buckeyes have wins against Nebraska (1-4), Penn State (1-5), Rutgers (2-4) and Indiana (5-1). The only two games left on the schedule are Michigan State (2-3) and Michigan (2-4). The current resume isn’t world-beating, so Ohio State needs Indiana to keep this game against Wisconsin as close as possible.
No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. CT)
Betting Line: BYU -11
Breakdown: Easily the best “thrown together at the last second” game of all time. It’s doubtful that this matchup puts either of these teams in Playoff contention, but it is hard not to respect both being willing to play. The two have certainly earned a nod.
If BYU can win big, then they probably move into the top 10 next week. That’s a much better position to be in compared to No. 13. But regardless of what happens off the field, this should be an intriguing watch on it with two exciting quarterbacks (BYU’s Zach Wilson and Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall).
No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT)
Betting Line: Clemson -22
Breakdown: Clemson is a big favorite in this one, but Virginia Tech has a good enough squad to at least make this Saturday night head-to-head worth watching. The main reason for recommendation is that it will be the last time we see the Tigers until they face Notre Dame in the ACC Championship Game.
It could also go a long way in helping Trevor Lawrence get back into the Heisman conversation after his long layoff due to COVID-19. It’s unlikely he wins the prestigious award, but he could at least make the race more interesting down the stretch.
No. 1 Alabama at LSU
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. CT)
Betting Line: Alabama -29.5
Breakdown: If this game goes down how most expect it to, it is going to be a blood bath. But there is still an entertainment factor at play. LSU did a few things following last year’s big win that have had Alabama fans fuming for over a year. Should that extra motivation carry over to the players, this could be worth watching.
And it is still LSU at home. The Crimson Tide could come into Baton Rouge overconfident, and if that happens, we might see this outcome be closer than most thought coming in. And could you imagine the meltdown if Alabama somehow got upset?
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