College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25 Reaction. Will Ohio State Get In? What If TCU Loses?

College Football Playoff rankings reaction, predictions, and whether or not Ohio State belongs in the College Football Playoff.

Reaction after the third round of College Football Playoff rankings. What to take away from the latest – and next-to-last top 25.


College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25 Reaction, Penultimate

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College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25: Penultimate

I dig this time of year. The holidays are here, everyone is in a cheerful mood, the word penultimate comes out of its hole to tell us there’s six more weeks of college football.

“Penultimate” is to the College Football Playoff what “stave” is to the NHL playoffs

“You’re trying to get me to project.” – Boo Corrigan, College Football Playoff committee chair to Rece Davis

YES, Son. By all means … PROJECT.

Are you just yanking Ohio State around, or does it really have a chance to get in if USC loses? Is there any possible scenario to get Alabama in, or should the fan base start the grieving process now?

This is the ridiculous part about all of this. We’re going off the whims of a panel of judges who aren’t able to/don’t watch the entirety of the college football season to make a judgment based on eye test.

How do the 6 teams still alive for the CFP rank?

Transparency, transparency, TRANSPARENCY. Televise the selection process. Let all the teams know what you’re thinking. Yeah, yeah, yeah, keep winning and get in, but it’s not that simple.

Does Michigan have to play a slew of injured players? How much does TCU have to sweat? Can USC lose by 2 or 20 or not at all?

That’s why we must have an expanded College Football Playoff with teams knowing that if it wins, it’s in. No opinions needed.

Think of it this way. If USC beats Utah on Friday night, there’s no real need to watch anything on Saturday other than the American Athletic Conference champion to see how gets the Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six – if that matters to you.

In an expanded College Football Playoff with all Power Five conference champs all but assured of getting in, Saturday would be one of the five best days on the sports calendar.

Shhhhhhhhhhh, we’re not supposed to project. If Utah beats USC you probably don’t have to watch anything on Saturday, either.

The College Football Playoff committee just told you what the deal is. Alabama is out. I know there’s some thought that if Michigan gets destroyed by Purdue and/or LSU beats Georgia and TCU loses that the Tide might be in the thought process, but nah.

It’s ridiculous, but Alabama had to become 2014 Ohio State, when it ripped through Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten Championship. At that point the Buckeyes had to be in. Alabama needed to 62-3 Auburn just to look the part. Again, silly, but 49-27 – meh.

It doesn’t deserve to be in, but I’m not sold that Alabama doesn’t win that little two game tournament if it gets in.

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Okay, really, does Ohio State have a shot? I’m guessing here, but I don’t think TCU matters. If it gets roasted by 40 against Kansas State, then maybe. Just losing the Big 12 Championship won’t be enough.

Michigan is totally irrelevant. It could lose by 50 to Purdue in the Big Ten Championship and it’s not getting knocked out for Ohio State. The same goes for Georgia.

I’ve heard all the arguments and rhetoric that it’s not fair for USC to play an extra game while Ohio State gets to spend its Saturday Christmas shopping. That’s totally true, but to think like the College Football Playoff committee …

USC’s best win is over, what? Notre Dame? Ohio State beat the Irish, and took down CFP 8 Penn State. USC’s best win was over … CFP 15 Oregon State?

Here’s the problem with all of that. Six Pac-12 teams are in the top 17. Three Big Ten teams are in the top eight. Conference-wise, the Pac-12 has been stronger this year – there aren’t any other ranked Big Ten teams.

By the way, theoretically, Penn State could be 6. It’s 8, its only two losses were to Michigan and Ohio State, and it ripped through just about everyone else. The only Nittany Lion win by anyone by less than double-digits was the 35-31 opener over Purdue.

I’m finding it hard to believe that the Rose Bowl might not want Ohio State vs Utah. 1) God forbid we have a repeat of anything close to THAT – one of the most fun bowl games ever – again. More importantly, 2) it’s the Rose Bowl. Like it’s going to pass on the highest-ranked team outside of the College Football Playoff.

Fine, to answer the question, does Ohio State really have a shot to get into the College Football Playoff? Absolutely. The Pac-12 Championship has been the weirdest of the Power Five bunch in the CFP era. Oregon screwed up USC in 2020 and Utah in 2019. And yes, that qualifies as weird.

Would it be even remotely surprising if the Pac-12 went Pac-12 and Utah messed it all up with a win over USC?

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My best guess is this. Even if USC loses in a close battle it’s out and Ohio State is in. Until the College Football Playoff takes a two-loss team for the first time – especially one that didn’t win its Power Five conference championship – I’m not buying it.

And what about TCU? What if it gets rolled?

We’re all guessing here. There aren’t any hard rules the College Football Playoff committee has to follow, so we’re all trying to get into the minds of the people in that room. I think TCU is in no matter what – 12 wins and a spot in the Big 12 Championship beats 11 wins and not playing in the Big Ten Championship. However …

If TCU loses by 20+ and looks and plays like it was dominated by Kansas State, there’s at least more of a discussion about Ohio State in a “four best team” sort of way. Buckeye fans won’t like this idea, but it would be a huge help if Michigan obliterated Purdue – that would make the loss in Columbus last weekend seem a wee bit more palatable.

If you’re TCU, you’re rooting or Utah to beat USC and make the Big 12 Championship irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if Kansas State annihilates the Horned Frogs, Alabama still isn’t getting in – I think. USC with two losses allows Ohio State a spot.

So with ALL of that said, Ohio State fans, root for Utah and Kansas State. Hard.

Bowl Eligibility: Where does every team stand?

Wait, why did CFP 11 Utah pass CFP 12 Washington? Washington beat Washington State this last weekend, and Utah beat Colorado. The Arizona State loss for Washington was baked in last week when it was 13 and Utah 14. Why did the argument in the room change over the last seven days?

Was it because USC’s win over Notre Dame made Utah look better? If so, then Florida’s loss to Florida State should’ve made Utah’s opening week loss look worse, and …

Whatever. I was preparing for this week to be far more interesting, and then Clemson, Tennessee, and LSU all gacked last Saturday. But they did, so …

I can’t change the future, I can only see it … What’s it going to be next Sunday when we do this for real?

1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. TCU, 4. Ohio State

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College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25 November 22

College Football Playoff top 25 rankings. How do the teams rank in after the fourth round? 

How do the top teams rank in the top 25 after the fourth round of the 2022 College Football Playoff rankings? 


College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25 November 22

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25. Louisville Cardinals 7-4 (NR)

24. Cincinnati Bearcats 9-2 (25)

23. Texas Longhorns 7-4 (NR)

22. UCF Knights 8-3 (20)

21. Oregon State Beavers 7-3 (23)

Bowl Eligibility: Where does every team stand?

20. Ole Miss Rebels 8-3 (14)

19. Tulane Green Wave 9-2 (21)

18. UCLA Bruins 8-3 (16)

17. North Carolina Tar Heels 9-2 (13)

16. Florida State Seminoles 8-3 (19)

15. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 8-3 (18)

14. Utah Utes 8-3 (10)

13. Washington Huskies 9-2 (NR)

12. Kansas State Wildcats 8-3 (15)

11. Penn State Nittany Lions 9-2 (11)

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10. Tennessee Volunteers 9-2 (5)

9. Oregon Ducks 9-2 (12)

8. Clemson Tigers 10-1 (9)

7. Alabama Crimson Tide 9-2 (8)

6. USC Trojans 10-1 (7)

5. LSU Tigers 9-2 (6)

How do the 7 teams still alive for the CFP rank?

4. TCU Horned Frogs 11-0 (4)

3. Michigan Wolverines 11-0 (3)

2. Ohio State Buckeyes 11-0 (2)

1. Georgia Bulldogs 11-0 (1)

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AP Poll Top 25 College Basketball Rankings Week 3

AP Top 25 Poll – where do all the top teams stand in the latest AP college basketball rankings after Week 3?

Where do all the top teams rank in the Week 3 AP Top 25 college basketball poll? Which teams just missed out, but received votes?


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AP Poll College Basketball Rankings Week 3

Others Receiving Votes: TCU 82, Saint Mary’s 59, Ohio State 56, Michigan 24, Xavier 22, Charleston 17, Toledo 16, Miami 10, Dayton 9, Villanova 7, Arizona State 5, Virginia Tech 5, Saint Louis 5, UNLV 5, Oregon 4, West Virginia 3, Texas A&M 2, Utah State 1, Penn State 1, Mississippi State 1

Number in parentheses is where each team finished in last week’s rankings.      

 25. Iowa Hawkeyes 3-0 132 (NR)

24. Purdue Boilermakers 3-0 215 (NR)

23. Maryland Terrapins 5-0 223 (NR)

22. Tennessee Volunteers 2-1 238 (22)

21. Texas Tech Red Raiders 3-0 275 (23)

20. UConn Huskies 5-0 298 (NR)

18. Alabama Crimson Tide 4-0 510 (18)

17. San Diego State Aztecs 3-0 601 (17)

16. Illinois Fighting Illini 4-1 673 (19)

15. Kentucky Wildcats 3-2 685 (4)

14. Arizona Wildcats 3-0 725 (14)

13. Auburn Tigers 4-0 737 (13)

12. Michigan State Spartans 3-1 825 (NR)

11. Indiana Hoosiers 4-0 932 (12)

CFN College Football Rankings after Week 12

10. Creighton Bluejays 4-0 1004 (10)

9. Arkansas Razorbacks 3-0 1038 (9)

8. Duke Blue Devils 3-1 1057 (7)

7. Baylor Bears 4-1 1102 (5)

6. Gonzaga Bulldogs 3-1 1273 (2)

5. Virginia Cavaliers 4-0 1279 1 1st (16)

4. Texas Longhorns 3-0 1377 5 1st (11)

3. Kansas Jayhawks 4-0 1396 1 1st (6)

2. Houston Cougars 5-0 1499 9 1st (3)

1. North Carolina Tar Heels 4-0 1541 47 1st (1)

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AP Poll Top 25 Projection College Basketball Rankings Prediction Week 3

What will the latest AP Top 25 college basketball poll possibly be on November 21st? We make our best guess prediction before the real poll comes out on Monday morning

What will the latest 2022-2023 AP Poll potentially be? It’s our predicted best guess on the early college basketball rankings after Week 3


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AP Poll College Basketball Rankings Prediction: Week 3

Number in parentheses is where each team finished in last week’s rankings.      

25. TCU Horned Frogs 3-1 (15)

24. Michigan Wolverines 4-1 (20)

23. Iowa Hawkeyes 3-0 (NR)

22. UCLA Bruins 3-2 (8)

21. Purdue Boilermakers 3-0 (NR)

20. Tennessee Volunteers 2-1 (22)

19. Texas Tech Red Raiders 3-0 (23)

18. Kentucky Wildcats 3-2 (4)

17. Alabama Crimson Tide 4-0 (18)

16. Illinois Fighting Illini 4-1 (19)

15. San Diego State Aztecs 3-0 (17)

14. Arizona Wildcats 3-0 (14)

13. Auburn Tigers 4-0 (13)

12. Indiana Hoosiers 4-0 (12)

11. Michigan State Spartans 3-1 (NR)

CFN College Football Rankings after Week 12

10. Duke Blue Devils 3-1 (7)

9. Creighton Bluejays 4-0 (10)

8. Arkansas Razorbacks 3-0 (9)

7. Baylor Bears 4-1 (5)

6. Gonzaga Bulldogs 3-1 (2)

5. Virginia Cavaliers 4-0 (16)

4. Texas Longhorns 3-0 (11)

3. Houston Cougars 5-0 (3)

2. Kansas Jayhawks 4-0 (6)

1. North Carolina Tar Heels 4-0 (1)

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College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25 Reaction. The Nightmare Scenario Is …

College Football Playoff rankings reaction, predictions, and the nightmare scenario for the committee if it plays out.

Reaction after the third round of College Football Playoff rankings. What to take away from the latest top 25.


College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25 Reaction, Week 3

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College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25: Week 3

DO … NOT … FALL FOR IT. This happens every year around this time, including by many who know better.

Just because Tennessee is at 5, it doesn’t automatically move into the top four after (2) Ohio State and (3) Michigan play. That’s not how this works.

That hasn’t been how the College Football Playoff committee has rolled ever since TCU was at 3 going into the final 2014 rankings, ripped through Iowa State, and got dropped to 6 because …

Until the College Football Playoff changes its precedent, this has to be reiterated over and over and over again since too many blow it off. Did you win your Power Five conference championship, and did you go 12-1 or 13-0 doing it?

At some point the committee will choose a team that didn’t win its conference championship over one with the established criteria. Until then, assume the formula holds.

How do the 9 teams still alive for the CFP rank?

But Tennessee really does belong in the top four. Did Ohio State have to play at Georgia? Did Michigan? Did TCU? No? So Tennessee’s only sin is that it had to play on the road against the current No. 1 team in America.

Does Ohio State, Michigan, or TCU have a win anywhere close to as strong – at least technically – as Tennessee’s 40-13 stomping of (6) LSU on the road? No? Then you have your answer. BUT …

Here’s your College Football Playoff meltdown: LSU wins out. You CAN’T put in 2 SEC teams and not the conference champion … can you?

You CAN’T leave out 11-1 Tennessee with that win over LSU on the resumé … can you?

You CAN’T put in three SEC teams … can you?

The problem is that you’re not wrong if the answer is “yes” to any or all of those three.

Read what the College Football Playoff committee is telling you. USC at 7. Utah at 10. Oregon at 12. UCLA at 16. Washington at 17. Oregon State at 23. And with Notre Dame moving up …

Remember the three things that matter over the last few weeks – schedule, schedule, and schedule. If USC closes out with wins over UCLA, Notre Dame, and let’s say Oregon, then no way, no how, no chance is the 12-1 Pac-12 champion left out.

CFN Rankings 1-131: Week 11

Because I keep getting asked this on every radio/online hit, forgive me for repeating myself in every piece I do on the College Football Playoff. No way, no how, NO CHANCE is a 13-0 Big 12 champion TCU left out.

So let’s cut to the chase. At the moment, what’s the pecking order? Let’s say everyone wins. Let’s say everyone fits the historical profile. How does this shake out? If all things are even …

1. 13-0 Georgia
2. 13-0 Big Ten champ
3. 13-0 TCU
4. 12-1 USC
5. 11-1 Tennessee
6. 12-1 ACC champ

Yes, the College Football Playoff’s bacon would be saved if USC and the ACC champion are 12-1. Either they both get in if TCU loses the Big 12 championship, or one is left out along with Tennessee.

Of course, there’s going to be a curveball. Just a guess, but 12-1 TCU that doesn’t win the Big 12 championship probably goes to the bottom of the pile and behind 11-1 Tennessee.

Sorry. Back to this week’s round of College Football Playoff rankings.

North Carolina needs to be taken more seriously. It’s 9-1 and ranked 13th, but it doesn’t have an amazing win. However, it beat Pitt 42-24 – Pitt took Tennessee to overtime. If it beats (24) NC State and takes down (9) Clemson to be the 12-1 ACC champion, it’s going to be in the top four discussion.

Minnesota should be in the top 25. If the committee did its homework, it would know that injuries are why the Gophers got whacked at home against Purdue, and the losses on the road to Illinois and Penn State aren’t that bad.

Oregon State deserves a LOT more love than 23. The loss to USC was 17-14 in the final moments, the 24-21 loss at Washington is acceptable, and getting rocked at Utah is okay. Beating Boise State and Fresno State look pretty good now.

Ole Miss at 14 is a gift. its best win so far was against … um … uhhhh … Troy? It’s Kentucky, but there isn’t a win over a College Football Playoff top 25 team.

You could put Notre Dame anywhere from 15 to 25 and you probably wouldn’t be wrong. 20 is fine, but usually the committee likes big wins (giving North Carolina and Clemson their only losses) over brutal losses (Marshall, Stanford).

What has Oklahoma State done to be 23? Can we all agree now that beating Texas isn’t a big deal? Slinking by Iowa State 20-14 shouldn’t have been enough to overcome the ugly losses to Kansas and Kansas State to get into the top 25.

Bowl Eligibility: Where does every team stand?

Washington is going to be kicking itself all offseason for that unfocused 45-38 loss at Arizona State back in early October. It pulls that out, and it’s in a position to get to the Pac-12 Championship at 11-1 with a shot at the CFP.

I’m not exactly sure what (25) Cincinnati did to earn a top 25 spot, but okay, whatever. Beating SMU and East Carolina wasn’t anything special.

I can’t change the future, I can only see it … What’s it going to be at the end of all this fun?

1. Georgia, 2. Ohio State, 3. Tennessee, 4. Clemson

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College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25 Week 3 November 15

College Football Playoff top 25 rankings. How do the teams rank in after the third round? 

How do the top teams rank in the top 25 after the third round of the 2022 College Football Playoff rankings? 


College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25 Week 3, November 15 

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25. Cincinnati Bearcats 8-2 (NR)

24. NC State Wolfpack 7-3 (16)

23. Oregon State Beavers 7-3 (NR)

22. Oklahoma State Cowboys 7-3 (NR)

21. Tulane Green Wave 8-2 (17)

Bowl Eligibility: Where does every team stand?

20. UCF Knights 8-2 (22)

19. Florida State Seminoles 7-3 (23)

18. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 7-3 (20)

17. Washington Huskies 8-2 (25)

16. UCLA Bruins 8-2 (12)

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15. Kansas State Wildcats 7-3 (19)

14. Ole Miss Rebels 8-2 (11)

13. North Carolina Tar Heels 9-1 (15)

12. Oregon Ducks 8-2 (6)

11. Penn State Nittany Lions 8-2 (14)

CFN Rankings 1-131: Week 11

10. Utah Utes 8-2 (13)

9. Clemson Tigers 9-1 (10)

8. Alabama Crimson Tide 8-2 (9)

7. USC Trojans 9-1 (8)

6. LSU Tigers 8-2 (7)

5. Tennessee Volunteers 9-1 (5)

How do the 9 teams still alive for the CFP rank?

4. TCU Horned Frogs 10-0 (4)

3. Michigan Wolverines 10-0 (3)

2. Ohio State Buckeyes 10-0 (2)

1. Georgia Bulldogs 10-0 (1)

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Notre Dame vs Navy Prediction Game Preview

Notre Dame vs Navy game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

Notre Dame vs Navy prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12


Notre Dame vs Navy How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
How To Watch: ABC
Record: Notre Dame (6-3), Navy (3-6)
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Notre Dame vs Navy Game Preview

Why Navy Will Win

The defense is playing well enough to keep this interesting.

The offense isn’t running and controlling games like it might want to, but the run defense was great against Cincinnati, it’s been able to hold up enough to stay in games, and the whole formula might slow things down.

No, the running game doesn’t go on enough long, good marches, but the team still holds the ball for close to 35 minutes.

However …

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Why Notre Dame Will Win

Everyone is throwing on the Midshipmen.

Notre Dame isn’t throwing well enough to bomb away, but it doesn’t need to be Tennessee to open things up. As long as Drew Pyne is able to hit half of his passes and connect on the third down shots, the running game will do the rest.

The offense doesn’t have to take any chances. Just keep moving, and the defense that held Clemson to 90 yards on the ground and hasn’t allowed more than 100 rushing yards five of the last seven games should take care of the rest.

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What’s Going To Happen

Navy is 1-5 when it doesn’t run for more than 215 yards, and 2-1 when it does. Marshall is the only team to get past 215 against the Irish – Navy won’t get there.

The style of the Midshipmen will keep this from getting too out of hand, but Notre Dame will be in control from the late first quarter on.

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Notre Dame vs Navy Prediction, Line

Notre Dame 34, Navy 13
Line: Notre Dame -15.5 o/u: 39.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
Notre Dame vs Navy Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5
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Florida State vs Syracuse Prediction Game Preview

Florida State vs Syracuse game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

Florida State vs Syracuse prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12


Florida State vs Syracuse How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue:  JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, NY
How To Watch: ACC Network
Record: Florida State (6-3), Syracuse (6-3)
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Florida State vs Syracuse Game Preview

Why Florida State Will Win

It’s Week 11. Are you trending up, or are you trending down?

Syracuse was rolling, it gave Clemson all it could handle in a totally acceptable 27-21 win, and then injuries kicked in and everything started to fall apart. The 6-0 start was great, and it’s 0-3 since.

Florida State started hot, lost three straight tough games, and now it’s trending back up with two straight wins with the offense doing a great job and the D doing a fantastic job against the pass.

Don’t ask how or why. If you’re Florida State and you beat Miami 45-3, things are fine.

The running game has found a terrific groove rolling for over 200 yards in four straight games, and it’s about to do it again against a Syracuse front that’s fighting the good fight, but is painfully banged up.

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Why Syracuse Will Win

Sean Tucker, it’s time for the coaching staff to get you the ball again.

QB Garrett Shrader is still hurt – he missed most of the last two games and is still questionable – but the star running back hasn’t been able to get enough work with just 45 carries over the last four games.

Florida State’s run defense has been strong but it hasn’t faced too many teams that can line up and pound away. The Orange offensive line is having problems in pass protection, but it has the ability to bash a bit.

Syracuse is 5-0 when running for 125 yards or more, 1-3 when it doesn’t, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Being at home might matter.

Syracuse started out the years of its first eight games in the dome, and now it’s back. Can there be enough energy? Can the home surrounding carry the struggling team through the problems on both lines and with a lack of passing punch lately?

No.

Florida State is too balanced, the passing game has been too sharp, and the defensive front will take over as the game goes on.

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Florida State vs Syracuse Prediction, Line

Florida State 27, Syracuse 23
Line: Florida State -7.5, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Florida State vs Syracuse Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5
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Boston College vs NC State Prediction Game Preview

Boston College vs NC State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

Boston College vs NC State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12


Boston College vs NC State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
How To Watch: ACC Network
Record: Boston College (2-7), NC State (7-2)
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Why Boston College Will Win

The Eagles at least played tough against Duke. They lost 38-31, but the passing game worked like it’s supposed to and it was the type of good, competitive battle they were supposed to be in all season long.

NC State might be in the hunt for a ten-win season and they might be fighting through some rough patches, but they struggled way too much in a 22-21 home win over a bad Virginia Tech, they’re not running well, and they’re not cranking up the offense.

BC might not be Wake Forest through the air, but it should be able to push for well over 250 yards and closer to 300, and …

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Why NC State Will Win

NC State isn’t pretty, but it’s effective.

Yeah, it struggled against Virginia Tech – and won. It struggled against East Carolina to start the season, Wake Forest last week, and had a fight against Florida State and won all three games.

More steady than sensational, it helped NC State to be able to limit the turnovers and mistakes over the last few games. It hasn’t turned the ball over in three weeks and has only turned the ball over multiple times twice so far this season.

It’s this simple; if Boston College doesn’t come up with at least three takeaways, it has no chance of winning this.

Boston College isn’t coming up with at least three takeaways. It only did that once all season, and that was against Maine.

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What’s Going To Happen

The NC State defense has been amazing at bending without doing a lot of breaking. Boston College will come up with a few yards through the air, but it’s not going to convert drives into points.

Forget about any Eagle running game against this defense – be shocked if there are more than 60 yards. It’s NC State – it’s not going to run away and hide with this – but it’ll be in control.

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Boston College vs NC State Prediction, Line

NC State 31, Boston College 10
Line: NC State -19.5, o/u: 41.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Boston College vs NC State Must See Rating (out of 5): 2
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Clemson vs Louisville game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

Clemson vs Louisville prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12


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Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Clemson (8-1), Louisville (6-3)
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Why Louisville Will Win

Louisville turned everything around in a hurry by taking the ball away.

It had a 2-3 record, the season was slipping into the abyss, and the offense couldn’t seem to come though in key moments. Turning the ball over nine times in the first four games was a big part of the problem.

And then the defense saved the day.

It wasn’t a rock, but it started taking ball away in bunches with 23 in a six game stretch. It didn’t come up with one against James Madison, but it didn’t need to in a dominant 34-10 win.

Clemson turned it over six times in the last two games, it’s been run over way too easily – Louisville’s ground game has been fantastic lately – and it’s almost certain to be a bit down after a rough day in South Bend.

However …

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Why Clemson Will Win

Don’t count out the Tigers just yet.

No, losing 35-14 at Notre Dame didn’t do anything to help the College Football Playoff dreams, but there’s still plenty of time to get back on track. That was the last road game of the season.

This has been a rocky year with the team struggling way too much week after week, and then Notre Dame’s offense ran wild.

Yes, Louisville is running well, and yes, it has one of the nation’s best pass rushes to be disruptive. However, the Clemson defense might just raise up its play after all that happened last week.

The Cardinals haven’t faced lines like they’re about to deal with. They’ll get into the Tiger backfield enough to keep this close, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

Here comes the Clemson ground attack.

It didn’t go anywhere against Notre Dame, but so far this year the problems on the ground have mostly come away from Death Valley. Again with the home side of things – Clemson should be far stronger energy-wise right out of the gate.

It’s Clemson – nothing is going to be easy – but the lines will look for redemption after that trip to South Bend. They’ll get it.

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Clemson vs Louisville Prediction, Line

Clemson 31, Louisville 23
Line: Clemson -7, o/u: 51.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Clemson vs Louisville Must See Rating (out of 5): 4
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