How many “big” regular season games remain?

Well, first we must define what “big” means. Here the definition is that the winner maintains a chance to move on for a top four spot in the College Football Playoff and the loser is essentially eliminated.

The first one is this Saturday with No. 7 Georgia playing No. 9 Florida. Both have one loss and probably would have to run the table to get in barring other upsets. The game is in Jacksonville with the crowd split down the middle. The winner has a chance, the loser is most likely history. We plan on being there.

Next week has the most games involving teams with College Football Playoff aspirations playing each other.

November 3.

No. 13 West Virginia at No. 6 Texas. We told you Texas is a fraud, but they are ranked No. 6 so must be taken seriously. West Virginia has no defense but make or break through quarterback Will Grier. That’s why with one loss they get little respect at No. 13. A win on the road and they’ll flip the script and into the top ten.

If Georgia does defeat Florida this week, Georgia plays at No 12 Kentucky, another one loss team. This would be the biggest game in Lexington —-maybe ever. Now the Wildcats also must beat Missouri this week to make the game a true elimination one. So, there are no guarantees since each must win this week but at least for now, the game still has the possibility of a must-see game.

Speaking of guarantees, the biggest game of the year occurs in two weeks in Baton Rouge, La. where the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide are coming to play No. 4 LSU. Both teams are idle this week so it’s a definite elimination game for the Tigers and maybe one for Bama. Same scenario was in place last year for the Tide when they lost their final game against Auburn, but they were fortunate to see undefeated Wisconsin lose the Big Ten title game to Ohio State and the Tide squeaked in as a second team from the SEC.

November 23.

No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 13 West Virginia. The Mountaineers schedule is backloaded. Both teams have difficult games ahead to get here as one loss teams. But if they do get here and run the table, this would be the biggest game at West Virginia since Major Harris played in the 90s. Can you imagine singing John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads after defeating the Sooners and going to the Big 12 championship? Lots of obstacles in front of both teams but this is still a plausible big game. Rooting for this game to happen with both teams running the table.

November 24.

Michigan at Ohio State. Both teams currently have one loss. Both have hurdles to overcome to reach this game with only one loss, but both are favored to do so. The game will probably decide the east division champion. Add to that the fact that Michigan has yet to defeat Urban Meyer in the Jim Harbaugh era and you can see this could be a monster game. Let’s hope they can both win out to secure this date.

Now, please don’t think there aren’t other games with national implications in play. They just don’t involve BOTH teams in “all or nothing situations”. For other future clashes to be considered, it will take a top team to lose and start entertaining a two-loss team. That could happen. Also, don’t forget there are still conference championship games to be played as well and involving two one loss teams, but we must wait and see on that one. Those results could open a two-loss team to contend, especially from the SEC. It’s all in front of us.


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