Another ‘Game Of The Century’ Takes Place Among Top SEC West Teams
It’s another “Game of the Century,” Tuscaloosa again serving as the focal point of college football in a titanic matchup that may (or may not) determine one (or quite possibly two) teams in the College Football Playoffs.
Alabama-LSU are the gladiators of the gridiron this early November with Bryant-Denny Stadium turning into the modern equivalent of the Roman Coliseum. The President is going to be there, but the atmosphere of the game far trumps any single visitor.
Meanwhile, in Tallahassee the Spears got an early jump on other schools who are about to embark on The Great Coaching Search, 2019 Edition, by ditching the Blazing Saddles coach – “Taggart!” – before they sink further into the quicksand. This leaves USC more flatfooted than the team looked in losing 56-24 to Oregon, while in Hogland, people in Arkansas are asking “hey, can we be next!?”
Onto this week’s games. All times Pacific because the Pigskin Prognosticator lives on the West Coast.
Maryland at Ohio State (9 a.m., FOX)
The Terps are a shell of what they were at the outset of the season, turning from hard-to-penetrate animals into soft easy-to-dispose-of creatures. It won’t take long for the Nuts to send the visitors crawling back out to sea. Winner: Ohio State
Penn State at Minnesota (9 a.m., ABC)
It’s been a golden year so far for the Caddyshack Mascots, who are unbeaten and looking to play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since cheerleaders wore skirts covering their knees. But now they face the prowling Lions from Nittany, who don’t care much about sentimental favorites, who will tear into the cute creatures, who have yet to face anything this fierce all season. Winner: Penn State
LSU at Alabama (12:30 p.m., CBS)
The blue and gold Felines are on the prowl and can’t wait to get their claws into what they feel is a flawed Bama team. They finally have the offense to actually score against the Tide and come in with the confidence that their quarterback won’t be Burrow-ed into the turf. The Pachyderms are a bit hobbled, and not just at quarterback. But the Tua Tsunami is still a powerful force and ‘ol Nick may have a trick or two up his sleeve to leave Coach O and the Cajun fans growling with frustration. Winner: Alabama
Wake Forest at Virginia Tech (12:30 p.m., ACC Network)
That was no Hokie Pokie performance the Gobblers put on at Notre Dame last week. But can they build upon it and keep the ranked Demons from holding a revival in their backyard? The Lunch Pails had better put on their hardhats for this one. Winner: Virginia Tech
USC at Arizona State (12:30 p.m., ABC)
Back in September, Hot Seat Helton told the media “just wait until you see this team in November.” Not many people did in the Coliseum last week at the end of that blowout and few are likely be tuned in when the Men Of Troy march into the desert. The host Herminators aren’t exactly like going against Hannibal at the Battle of Cannae but they are going to give the invaders a Devil of a time. Winner: Arizona State
Iowa at Wisconsin (1 p.m., FOX)
The Birds travel to the cheese and dairy land to take on the hungry Carnivores, who got very little to munch on while down in Columbus a couple of weeks ago. The Hawks offer a tempting meal and are certainly going to get badgered by the pesky hosts. The Cornfield Crew has proven through the years it can pull off upsets, but those are usually at home and they they have been unable to topple their two toughest opponents, Michigan and Penn State, this season. So Bucky and the boys will be jumping up and down in Camp Randall on Saturday afternoon and into the night. Winner: Wisconsin
Clemson at NC State (4 p.m., ABC)
The orange and blue Felines come prowling into Raleigh hoping for an easier evening than the last time they faced a team from the Tar Heel state. They are going to get it, too, for they do not exactly face an unruly pack of wolves. The hosts are more like a bunch of sleeping dogs. The visitors will pounce on them early and the easy win will leave the college football world licking their chops for some real competition. Winner: Clemson