Published at 11:09 AM ET November 9, 2018
SportsPulse: College football insiders Paul Myerberg and Dan Wolken discuss what made the committee right and wrong in the second playoff unveiling of the season.
Unpredictable events are often the norm during the university football season, especially because the pursuit of the play-off ceases and the bet increases.
The USA TODAY sports college football officials – Jace Evans, Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Erick Smith and Eddie Timanus – are weighing up with daring predictions for the games in week 11.
Assuming that QB Ian Book is not yet ready to go, No. 3 Notre Dame could be in trouble against the state of Florida. The defense of the Seminoles is quite easy to read: they can not stop the pass, but refresh the run; their pass defense is 121th in the FBS (282.6 yards allowed per game) but a very respectable 17th vs. the ground game (111.1 yards). Brandon Wimbush, the Notre Dame starter must reserve unavailable, lose his job after week 3 because of his fight in the absence of the same punitive ground attack that the Fighting Irish opened in 2017. Wimbush completes only 55.3 percent of its passes this year, with one touchdown and four interceptions – the same number Book has made 128 extra attempts. The attack led by Wimbush yielded 24, 24 and 22 points this year, these last two games came to Ball State and Vanderbilt.
This means: Wimbush is unlikely to throw Florida all over the state, which means that this is a less scoring game that can steal the Seminoles. If they do, it will bring the necessary good vibes to Willie Taggart's program that has experienced a bumpy ride in his first year in Tallahassee. It would even give them an external opportunity to expand their bowl-streak. A larger image, a loss of Notre Dame would make the race of the University's Playback competition in chaos, so that the last weeks a wild and perhaps the most controversial discussion about the top four arises.
Tennessee beats Kentucky to score Jeremy Pruitt's second strong victory in its first season. This would qualify as a riot: Tennessee is 4-5 and Kentucky is 7-2 after last week's loss to Georgia. And while the volunteers have been up and down all year, this seems like the kind of matchup where the home-based advantage of the volunteers could make the difference.
The Arkansas season under Coach Chad Morris of the first year was disappointing. The Hogs' postseason & # 39; plans do not contain a bowl game (partly because their season currently does not contain SEC victory). But in Fayetteville they capture LSU from that 29-0 shellacking of Alabama, and they will find a way to give the Tigers a second consecutive loss.
Rivalry games are another animal, even if one team is heavily favored. Both Georgia and Oklahoma are expected to have easy days against Auburn and Oklahoma State respectively. But that's not always how things go, especially with a motivated underdog.
The Tigers have the defense to slow the run of the Bulldogs and force quarterback Jake Fromm to beat them. LSU used the same strategy last month with effectiveness. The key will be if Jarrett Stidham can make enough play for the Auburn attack to own the ball and give his defense a break.
We have seen that the Sooners seem dominant transgression throughout the season. There is no reason to expect the Cowboys to slow them down. However, the OU defense is always able to keep his opponent in the game. Texas Tech was with them last week and the combination Oklahoma State of QB Taylor Cornelius and RB Justice Hill is good, even to keep things in the neighborhood.
Do not be surprised if both games are tight in the fourth quarter and maybe we see a big upset.
If a sunflower falls and nobody is around, does it make a noise?
Now that the basketball season is underway, football becomes even more of a side issue in the Sunflower State. However, a few interested spectators will be on hand when Kansas and K-State meet in Manhattan.
It has been an unforgettable season wherever the deer and the antelope, well, actually do not play. Although the 3-6 sign from Jayhawks is an improvement over last year, the school will still offer an adieu to coach David Beaty at the end of the season. His Jayhawks might give him a farewell gift, because the Bill Snyder era, in which the Wildcats are being supported, seems to be running out. K-State has won the last nine in the series, but that is almost over. KU will win a victory in a low-scoring affair that will in no way resemble Big 12 football. But it's okay, because – were we talking about the hoop season?