Where will Gators go bowling?
We are inching closer to knowing which teams are going to be in the playoffs and which teams are headed to which bowls, but in reality we are still a long ways off.
Because as I was reading up on some scenarios and making a few phone calls, there were these tidbits that struck me:
1. Wake Forest benefited by losing to Clemson. Any chance the Deacons have of going to the Orange Bowl require Clemson going to the playoffs or the Tigers would take that spot.
2. The Orange Bowl could have a real mess on its hands, because it has to take an ACC team and likely will end up with at least a four-loss team. And I think it is at least possible, depending on the chaos, that Miami could end up in the Orange Bowl. That can’t be right.
3. Florida is going to the Cotton, Orange or Citrus if the Gators beat FSU next week. The Gators need two SEC teams to make the playoffs to get into the New Year’s Six bowls. I know there are a lot of you out there who are cringing at the thought of going back to the Citrus Bowl because you had a bad experience there for Florida-Miami. And I am one of those people.
4. And the Gators would probably play the Big Ten runner-up in the Citrus assuming Ohio State wins the conference, so Wisconsin or Minnesota.
5. If Ohio State wins out, the Buckeyes would be No. 1 over LSU. But the interesting thing is that if Georgia wins out and then wins the SEC Championship Game and makes the playoffs, the site for Ohio State and the other playoff teams will depend on where Georgia is seeded. Like, if Georgia was No. 3, the committee wouldn’t make No. 2 play in Atlanta.
Now I’m confused, and we all know what craziness could ensue to make everything moot. I don’t think a whole lot will happen this Saturday because the schedule of games stinks on ice. Thanks for nothing.
The Picks had a good week, going 9-1 for an overall record of 94-31. Dr. Football still hasn’t had a perfect record this season, but before we get to my latest attempt to go 10-0, let us salute the nine FBS teams who have been perfect.
Perfect, in that none of them have won a conference game — Akron, Arkansas, New Mexico, Northwestern, Old Dominion, Rutgers, South Alabama, UNLV and UTEP. As they used to say on the old “Hee Haw” show (RIP Roy Clark), “Saaaaaa-lute!.”
PENN STATE AT OHIO STATE: I wonder how many times ESPN’s GameDay has been to a site where one team was an 18-point favorite. And both teams were in the top 10. I wonder. No, YOU look it up. Ohio State, 40-21.
TEXAS A&M AT GEORGIA: How into this game would Gator fans have been if Auburn had won last week? Now, not so much. Georgia, 28-24.
TENNESSEE AT MISSOURI: There are a lot of bowl executives waiting to see if Missouri gets bowl eligible AND whether the school wins its appeal. Trust me, the NCAA won’t leave any bowl hanging. Missouri, 24-21.
PITT AT VIRGINIA TECH: This is a set-up for what could be a huge Virginia-Tech game for the Coastal title and the opportunity to get boat-raced by Clemson. Virginia, 25-19.
MICHIGAN AT INDIANA: Could Michigan be looking ahead to next week? I hope so. But I doubt it. Michigan, 31-24.
ILLINOIS AT IOWA: Look, I said this was a rough week for games. Iowa, 23-20.
TEXAS AT BAYLOR: Memo to the Longhorns — We’ll let you know when you’re back. Baylor, 27-21.
SMU AT NAVY: If Memphis loses to Cincinnati this week, this game is for the American West title. Probably. I think so, anyway. SMU, 24-23.
ARKANSAS AT LSU: It is an unfortunate rule that I have to pick any game involving two SEC teams. Actually, it’s more of a guideline than a rule. (Name the movie.) LSU, 45-3. And “Ghostbusters”.
LAFAYETTE AT LEHIGH: Because it’s the 150th year of college football, why not pick The Rivalry, which started back when Sigmund Freud and Mark Twain were popular writers? Think how far we have come. Lehigh, 30-21.
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