There are several really good college football match-ups this afternoon. Here is a look at several notable ones with playoff or conference championship implications:
Baylor vs Oklahoma square off at noon on Fox Sports 1. Baylor (7-1) is still chasing a BIG12 title, but currently trail Kansas State and TCU. Oklahoma is currently (3-2) in a competitive BIG12 yet have underachieved as Bob Stoops thought this team was a playoff contender in the preseason. Look for this game to be a shoot-out as I predict it will be fast-paced and high scoring. Prediction: Baylor 42, Oklahoma 35
Kansas State vs TCU will air on Fox at 7:30 and is the marquee BIG12 tilt this weekend as both teams are hoping to keep winning to impress the selection committee as one loss teams. Kansas State is a program to watch as they are a mismatch in terms of "highly-recruited" talent, yet even with walk-ons and junior college prospects are able to play championship football. TCU held on in Morgantown last weekend and still have championship/playoff goals on the line, but without a win today these goals won't be attainable. Prediction: Kansas State 28, TCU 24
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Alabama vs LSU kickoff at 8:00 on CBS in Baton Rouge, LA. The last time LSU took this field they upset Ole Miss, which had instant playoff implications and seemingly put a stop to Ole Miss's SEC title hopes. Alabama comes into town as arguably the hottest team in the country as they have been playing at a high level over the past 3-4 weeks. Look for this to be a chess match between Les Miles and Nick Saban, two of the best college coaches and football minds in the country. Prediction: Alabama 17, LSU 14
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Ohio State vs Michigan State is college football's game of the week as Urban Meyer and the one loss Buckeyes travel to East Lansing to take on the Spartans of Michigan State at 8:00 on ESPN. This game, in my opinion, won't be a characteristic BIG10 smash-mouth football, but rather a high-scoring affair with two great defenses trying to slow down prolific offenses. Both teams are 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in conference play, making this game important for the whole conference which still has playoff hopes. Prediction: Mich St 31, OSU 28.
Other games of interest: Oregon vs Utah; Auburn vs Texas A&M