What a great day for college football fans, both locally and nationally. Obviously we have Michigan/Michigan State today, but also Florida vs Georgia, #18 Oklahoma State vs. #15 Texas Tech and #7 Miami vs. #3 Florida State.
Starting here in Michigan, it doesn’t matter if both of these teams are 0-7, this is a big game here. But the fact that this game has Big Ten and Rose Bowl implications makes it even bigger. MSU is currently 4-0 in the Legends Division while Michigan is right behind at 2-1. Wolverines coach Brady Hoke has called this season a Rose Bowl or bust, so a victory against the hated Spartans would help on that path.
I think that this will be one of the best games of the weekend and will be a battle in the trenches. Which ever team can control the line of scrimmage should win this game, and it will be a battle all afternoon.
It will also come down to the offense of the Spartans against the defense of the Wolverines. Whichever of these groups can win the battle should be the team that comes out on top. I still believe that if the Spartan offense can put up 21 points they will win every game, and this one is no different.
But this is the best defense that Michigan State has faced and will cause Connor Cook and company some issues. The wide receivers for Michigan State have been improving, but I think the pressure will get to them and cause for some mistakes, I’m taking the Wolverines, 21-17.
Another big game at 3:30 today is the World’s Largest Cocktail Party, Georgia against Florida. Georgia had goals of a SEC Championship and potential berth in the National Championship Game. Things haven’t gone as well as Aaron Murray and company have hoped after two losses in the SEC to upstart Missouri and at Vanderbilt.
Florida on the other hand has struggled most of the season after starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost for the season in the third game of the season. Driskel’s development was a key for the Gators this season, and without him it has been a lost season for Will Muschamp and Florida.
I think that Georgia will take care of the Gators in this game, dominating on both sides of the ball. The score will be 35-21 in a game that won’t be that close.
Oklahoma State and Texas Tech will be offense galore as both teams love to throw the ball all over the field. The winner of this game will still be in the hunt for the Big 12 Championship while the loser will have a chance to play spoiler. I’m taking the home team Texas Tech on a late score in a thriller of a game, 35-31.
Finally, the high-profile game of the weekend is Miami against Florida State. Miami is coming in as a huge underdog against the Seminoles, and rightfully so. The Hurricanes have had to overcome double-digit deficits against inferior opponents just to remain undefeated for this matchup.
Florida State has destroyed every team that has come their way behind the play of redshirt freshman Jameis Winston. The Seminoles are looking for style points in a big win to try to leapfrog Oregon for a spot in the National Championship Game and will be looking to run up the score on an old rival.
This use to be one of the best games in college football back in the ’90’s and early 00’s, but one or more of these teams have struggled each season recently to cause the rivalry to lose some luster. I think that Florida State wins this renewed rivalry game in one much closer than the experts think, 28-21.
So what do you think college football fans, any other big games of the weekend or predictions you think I got wrong? Let us know what you think at DetroitSportsBloggers.com or on Facebook and Twitter.