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COLLEGE FOOTBALL AT MIDSEASON: ADAM'S TAKES

Adam S. ‘25


Your “College Prep” friendly neighborhood sports guy is back to give you leading edge insight on the sports world. I have a biology test awaiting me tomorrow and a STOak application due soon, but the pull of college football drives me to my keyboard, and here I sit, in this 90 degree, scorching October day (wild weather), to deliver to all of you my midseason college football report:


Big Games and Performances Thru 7 Weeks


[Examining the most relevant, AP top 25 high-level games]


Week #1:

  • Stories of the week:

Florida State takes down preseason #5 LSU by three touchdowns in the Camping World Kickoff game -

In a major power conference matchup between two highly touted programs, Florida State asserted their power, walloping LSU 45-24. Although both offenses had similar output, LSU lost the turnover battle 2-1, while also failing to convert on fourth down three times in Florida State territory. Jordan Travis and Keon Coleman established early season chemistry, connecting 9 times for 122 yards.

Deion Sanders leads Colorado to a HUGE upset victory on the road against the defending national runner-ups TCU -

Prime Time! Deion Sanders’ Colorado Buffaloes made a statement right out of the gate, taking down TCU, the national runner-ups from a year ago, in Texas, on the road! This was an exciting game all the way through, with Colorado and TCU trading punches the whole way, with seven lead changes throughout the entire game. In the end, it was Shedeur Sanders’, Deion’s son, unbelievable performance which secured a victory for Colorado, who secured the Buffaloes the game on a 46 yard touchdown pass to Dylan Edwards with 4:25 remaining.

Oregon sets a school-scoring record, routing Portland State 81-7 -

81 points. School scoring record. 729 yards of offense. Pretty cool.

  • BIGTIME performance of the week:

Shedeur Sanders (QB), Colorado - 38/47, for 510 yards passing, and 4 TDs in his first power 5 football game. Sanders is one of the top QB draft prospects for the 2024 NFL draft.

  • AP Top 5 (after the week)

Georgia - Michigan - Alabama - Florida State - Ohio State


Week #2:

  • Stories of the week:

#11 Texas takes down #3 Alabama in Tuscaloosa! -

What. A. Football. Game. Saturday night in Tuscaloosa! Doesn’t get any better! With celebrity superfan Matthew McConaughey cheering on his alma-mater Texas on the sideline, the Longhorns came through with a landscape-altering upset victory on the road, coming back from down 16-13 in the fourth quarter. Ewers simply was better than Milroe, winning the QB battle, tossing 3 TDs and no interceptions, while Milroe threw 2 picks, barely completing 50% of his passes (14/27).

(Local news) UC Berkeley suffers a painful home loss to Auburn in a defensive slugfest, losing 14-10 -

It was painful. Mikey Hassner was at the game. If you’re a Cal fan for long enough, you get used to the losses, but it doesn’t mean that it still didn’t hurt. Cal had all the chances. They forced four turnovers. They outgained Auburn, a legit SEC powerhouse program, by 43 yards. However, on Auburn’s side of the field, Cal’s offense time and time again could not deliver. Three missed field goals, from manageable distances (42, 42, and 44), did not help the cause. With 4:00 minutes to go at Auburn’s 15 yard-line Cal had a chance to score and put the game away, but could not get a first down, with Sam Jackson throwing an interception on fourth down. Auburn 14 - Cal 10.

  • BIGTIME performance of the week:

Omarion Hampton (RB), North Carolina - 26 carries, for 234 yards, and 3 TDs in an overtime win against Appalachian State.

  • AP Top 5 (after the week):

Georgia - Michigan - Florida State - Texas - USC


Week #3:

  • Stories of the week:

(Top 10 struggles)#10 Alabama, #3 Florida State, and #1 Georgia all survive poor performances, although their resumés take a hit -

Alabama struggled against South Florida offensively, but still won, in a slugfest, 17-3. Florida State almost laid an egg against Boston College, surviving a late fourth quarter comeback to win 31-29. Georgia trailed South Carolina 14-3 at halftime, but laid it on 21-0 in the second half to comeback and win 24-14.

Prime Time!! The nightcap football game was the most exciting of the weekend, as Colorado narrowly defeated Colorado State in a double OT thriller to stay undefeated -

The late, 7:30 pacific time game was worth staying up for. Colorado State’s coach had called out Deion Sanders all week, and in the Rocky Mountain Rivalry Game, Colorado’s integrity was put on the line. However, in front of a jam-packed Folsom Field in Boulder, Shedeur Sanders delivered once again, bringing Colorado back from down 11 in the fourth quarter, to tie the game on a 45 yard touchdown pass + 2 pt. conversion with just 0:36 to go in regulation. After trading scores in overtime, Colorado finally broke free, as Buffalo fans stormed the field, and Shedeur Sanders flexed his watch, starting a celebration-trend which has taken the sports world by storm (see image).

  • BIGTIME performance of the week:

Michael Penix Jr. (QB), Washington - 27/35, for 473 yards, and 4 TDs against Michigan State on the road.

  • AP Top 5 (after the week):

Georgia - Michigan - Texas - Florida State - USC


Week #4:

  • Stories of the week:

In a battle between two top 10 playoff hopefuls, #6 Ohio State shocks #9 Notre Dame 17-14 with a walk-off, last second, goal line touchdown -

Wow, what a game! In a low scoring, back and forth game, with no turnovers, Ohio State drives 65 yards in a 1:25 to win the game on a last second touchdown (literally!) and stay undefeated. Life was sucked out of Notre Dame Stadium, as the Irish were left stunned at the buzzer.

Penn State asserts themselves as a national competitor in blowout fashion, knocking off #24 Iowa 31-0 -

Complete domination on the defensive end for Penn State. Iowa’s offense is not good this season, but Penn State’s defense was absolutely dominant, forcing four turnovers and holding Iowa, the #24 team in the nation at the time, to just 76 yards and 4 first downs the entire game, pitching a shutout start to end.

Florida State edges Clemson in OT, moving to 4-0 -

  • BIGTIME performance of the week:

Brock Bowers (TE), Georgia - 9 receptions, for 121 yards, and 2 TDS in a dominant home win against UAB.

  • AP Top 5 (after the week):

Georgia - Michigan - Texas - Ohio State - Florida State


Week #5:

  • Stories of the week:

(Top 10 struggles) Auburn takes #1 Georgia the distance, but falls short by a score -

Auburn led Georgia 17-10 early in the second half, and tied the game at 20 with 6:21 to go in the fourth quarter, but could not secure a victory. Carson Beck and Brock Bowers rallied in the second half, coming together 8 times for 157 yards, and connecting on a game-sealing 42 yard touchdown with less than three minutes to go. Georgia would stay perfect.

#11 Notre Dame completes comeback to end #17 Duke’s fairytale season -

Bouncing back from their loss the prior week against Ohio State, Notre Dame got a huge road win against undefeated Duke on the road. In front of a raucous Wallace Wade Stadium, Audric Estime gave Notre Dame the lead on a 30 yard touchdown run with just 0:31 remaining, putting an end to Notre Dame’s comeback, and giving the Irish a much needed 21-14 victory.

  • BIGTIME performance of the week:

Ray Davis (RB), Kentucky: 26 carries, for 280 yards, and 4 total TDs as Kentucky stays undefeated. BIG DAY!

  • AP Top 5 (after the week):

Georgia- Michigan - Texas - Ohio State - Florida State


Week #6:

  • Stories of the week:

The Red River Rivalry is always fantastic, and the stakes for this year’s game couldn’t have been any bigger. The game is played at the Cotton Bowl in Texas every year, and the stadium is split in half, with one side red and one side orange, the ultimate rivalry matchup. Oklahoma #12 ranked and undefeated. Texas #3 ranked and undefeated. The team’s tied exactly in their all-time head to head win-loss record. The stage was set, and boy did the game deliver. Texas came all-the-way back from behind 27-17 in the third quarter to take a 30-27 lead with 1:17 remaining, only for Dillon Gabriel to lead his team 75 yards down the field in 1:02 with just 5 plays to retake a late lead. Gabriel would end the game with 285 yards through the air, and 113 yards on the ground, with two total touchdowns. Oh the drama!

USC survives Arizona’s Noah Fifita’s 5 TD game, advancing to 6-0 at the season’s halfway mark -

What about the freshman Noah Fifita throwing for 303 yards and 5 TDs and out-dueling Caleb Williams! Arizona jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but USC slowly clawed their way back, taking a 28-20 lead early in the fourth quarter on a Williams TD run. However, Fifita wasn’t done, and took his team down the field, scoring a TD and 2 pt. conversion to send the game to OT. However, in OT, Caleb Williams willed his team to victory, running for an 18 yard TD, and then later in the third OT, converting USC’s 2 pt. conversion on a superman play call, somehow finding his way to the end zone as Lincoln Riley went deep into his play calling bag. USC survives 43-41.

Miami was 4-0 and had the opportunity to go into victory formation and run out the clock against Georgia Tech. However, in one of the most foolish time management errors of all time, Mario Cristobal, the Hurricanes head coach, chose to run the ball. In a tragic turn of events, Miami fumbled, Georgia Tech recovered, and then, seconds later converted a 44 yard hail-mary with 0:01 seconds remaining to take the lead and win the game. Insane.

  • BIGTIME performance of the week:

Jayden Daniels (QB), LSU with a big day through the air, 15/21 for 259 yards and 3 TDs, and on the ground, rushing for 130 yds and a TD on 15 carries.

  • AP Top 5 (after the week):

Georgia - Michigan - Ohio State - Florida State - Oklahoma



Rome Odunze crowd surfing following Washington’s huge 36-33 victory over Oregon.


Week #7:

  • Stories of the week:

I watched this football game all the way through and it did not disappoint. Arguably two of college football’s top five teams went head to head in a game that was close sixty minutes through. Washington fans were out tailgating at 6:00 a.m. for College Football Gameday and were rocking all day. The uniform matchup was serene, with Washington’s crisp purple and gold, and Oregon’s eggshell kit. The weather screamed Pacific Northwest, dreary and overcast the whole way through – perfect for football. Oregon should have won this game, outgaining the Huskies 541-415, and had the advantage 33-29 with just over two minutes to go. However, the Ducks coach Dan Lanning’s aggressive play calling was Oregon’s downfall. Oregon turned the ball over on downs twice in goal to go situations inside Washington’s ten yard line, and chose to go for it on fourth down on 4th & 3 at Washington’s 47 yard line with 2:11 to go to clinch the win instead of punting it deep, and putting the pressure on the Huskies’ offense which hadn’t scored in a full quarter of gameplay. Oregon couldn’t convert and Penix quickly gave the Huskies the lead in just 35 seconds (36-33). But, Washington scored almost too fast, allowing Oregon to mount a final drive. Bo Nix led Oregon all the way to Washington’s 25 yard line, and with time expiring Oregon had a chance to send the game to OT with a 43 yard field goal. The kick missed. Washington would storm the field (see image above), still undefeated at 6-0.

(Top 10 triumph) Big blowout wins for #6 Penn State, #4 Florida State, #3 Ohio State, and #2 Michigan to keep a perfect record -

Penn State with another big shutout performance, beating UMass 63-0, holding the Minuteman to just 109 yards of offense. Florida State beat Syracuse 41-3, finally avoiding a close game. Ohio State and Michigan also won big, 41-7 and 52-7, respectively, with both Kyle McCord and J.J. McCarthy throwing 3 TDs.



Check out Keon Coleman’s crazy one-handed catch for FSU in their blowout win over Syracuse in Week #7.


BIGTIME performance of the week:

Elic Ayomanor (WR), Stanford - It didn’t matter in the scheme of the college football playoff, but Ayomanor went off, with 13 catches, for 294 yards, and 3 TDs as Stanford wrestled an OT win away from Prime Time Deion Sanders’ Colorado Buffaloes. A big 30 yard TD catch on top of marquee draft prospect Travis Hunter’s head in OT highlighted the performance.

  • AP Top 5 (after the week):

Georgia - Michigan - Ohio State - Florida State - Washington


Week #8:

  • Stories of the week:

#7 Penn State falls to Marvin Harrison Jr. led #3 Ohio State in Big 10 defensive battle of unbeaten teams -

Entering Week #8, Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan were all top 10 ranked teams and undefeated, all slated to face each other head-to-head in the back half of the season. This was the first of those games. While Penn State hung around until the fourth quarter (it was 10-6 Ohio State), Ohio State broke free in the fourth, scoring on back-to-back drives. Marvin Harrison Jr. was the playmaker the Nittany Lions didn’t have, and Harrison took over late, catching 4 passes for 63 yards on the Buckeyes’ late scoring drives. Penn State just didn’t have the “O”, and Drew Allar struggled the whole way through, finishing 18/42 with less than 200 yards.

(Contender comebacks) #11 Alabama, #8 Texas, #6 Oklahoma, #5 Washington, and #4 Florida State comeback from behind in the second half to stay firmly in playoff contention -

Alabama trailed 20-7 at half-time but put on the burners in the second half, shutting out the Volunteers and putting up 27 unanswered points. Houston, a new addition this year to the Big 12, gave Texas a run for their money, coming back from an early 21-0 deficit to tie the game 24-24 with 7:43 to go. Down 31-24, Houston drove all the way to the Texas 10 yard-line, but couldn’t convert on 4th & 1, their upset bid falling short. Oklahoma came back from down 23-17 in the fourth quarter to win 31-29, as Dillon Gabriel beat his former team. And finally, in the late game, Washington struggled to do anything offensively against 1-5 Arizona State, and trailed 7-0 early. However, their defense buckled down, pitching a shutout in the second half, and taking the lead on an 89 yard pick 6 for the first time in the game with 8:11 to go. Washington would edge ASU 15-7.

Virginia shreds UNC’s perfect record, blasting their playoff hopes in a 31-27 win -

Perfect season no more for North Carolina! UNC was favored by 24 points, at home, against the 1-5 Virginia Cavaliers… but turmoil was destined in Chapel Hill. Virginia surged in the second half, overcoming a score of 24-14 to pull the massive upset and put an end to North Carolina’s fairytale season.

  • BIGTIME performance of the week:

Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR), Ohio State - 11 receptions, for 162 yds, and 1 TD versus Penn State… the life of the entire Buckeye offense in a scrappy 20-12 win.

  • AP Top 5 (after the week):

Georgia - Michigan - Ohio State - Florida State - Washington


Current Rankings (thru Week 7)


Current Associated Press Rankings:

(mostly resumé based)


1. Georgia Bulldogs (7-0)

Plus:

Blowout wins - 48-7 vs. UT Martin, 45-3 vs. Ball State, 51-13 vs. Kentucky

Minus:

24-14 close game win vs. 2-5 South Carolina, 27-20 close game win vs. 3-4 Auburn


2. Michigan Wolverines (8-0)

Plus:

Blowout wins - 45-7 vs. Nebraska, 52-10 vs. Minnesota, 52-7 vs. Indiana, 49-0 vs. Michigan State

Minus:

None big yet


3. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0)

Plus:

17-14 win vs. #14 Notre Dame, 20-12 win vs. #10 Penn State, Blowout wins - 63-10 vs. Western Kentucky, 41-7 vs. Purdue

Minus:

None big yet


4. Florida State Seminoles (7-0)

Plus: 45-24 win vs. #15 LSU, 38-20 win vs. #20 Duke, Blowout wins - 66-13 vs. Southern Miss., 41-3 vs. Syracuse

Minus:

None big yet


5. Washington Huskies (7-0)

Plus:

36-33 win vs. #8 Oregon, Blowout wins - 56-19 vs. Boise State, 43-10 vs. Tulsa, 41-7 vs. Michigan State

Minus:

15-7 close game win vs. 1-6 Arizona State


6. Oklahoma Sooners (7-0)

Plus:

34-30 win vs. #7 Texas, Blowout wins - 73-0 vs. Arkansas State, 66-17 vs. Tulsa, 50-20 vs. Iowa State

Minus:

31-29 close game win vs. 3-4 UCF


7. Texas Longhorns (6-1)

Plus:

34-24 win vs. #9 Alabama, Blowout win - 38-6 vs. Baylor

Minus:

34-30 loss vs. #6 Oklahoma, 31-24 close game win vs. 3-4 Houston


8. Oregon Ducks (6-1)

Plus:

Blowout wins - 81-7 vs. Portland State, 42-6 vs. Colorado, 42-6 vs. Stanford

Minus:

36-33 loss vs. #5 Washington, 38-30 close game win vs. 3-5 Texas Tech


9. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1)

Plus:

24-10 win vs. #12 Ole Miss, 34-20 win vs. #21 Tennessee, Blowout win - 56-7 vs. Middle Tennessee

Minus:

34-24 loss vs. #7 Texas, Close game win vs. 2-6 Arkansas


10. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1)

Plus:

Blowout wins - 63-7 vs. Delaware, 31-0 vs. Iowa, 63-0 vs. UMass

Minus:

20-12 loss vs. #3 Ohio State


My current power rankings:

(my top 10 teams in college football - not resumé based)

SP+ - ESPN advanced analytical metric for analyzing the greatness of a team


1. Michigan (28.7 SP+)

Michigan has given up 5.9 points per game this season. Think about that. The Wolverines have the best defense in college football, and it’s not even close. This defense is stacked, and truly has no weakness. The offense is not ridiculously talented, but has the balance and experience necessary for a deep playoff run. J.J. McCarthy (QB), Blake Corum (RB), and Roman Wilson (WR) are all upper-classmen who have been on the big stage. This team won’t choke like in years prior. This is the best team in the nation.


2. Georgia (24.0 SP+)

Georgia won back-to-back championships for a reason, and are still top contenders this season, 6th in points for (41.0) and 7th in points against (14.0). Brock Bowers is better than ever, and one of the best pass catching tight ends in college football history. Although his injury, which will keep him out till late in the season, could hamper his dominance… who knows how healthy he’ll feel upon return to action in high-level games late in the season. The defense is still loaded too. However, I’m not sure that Carson Beck has what it takes to make the same big plays that Stetson Bennett made last year. We will see.


3. Oregon (21.4 SP+)

This might come as a shock to some, but I think Oregon is better than Washington and the best team in the Pac-12. If not for better decision making, and going 0-3 on big 4th downs (uncharacteristic of a team that’s been 61% on 4th downs this season), Oregon would be undefeated. Bo Nix is the most efficient quarterback in college football and this offense is stacked with playmakers, like Bucky Irving and Troy Franklin. However, the defense is where Oregon is better than Washington, as the Ducks have a strong pass rush, putting up 25 sacks this year (6th in the nation).


4. Ohio State (22.1 SP+)

Ohio State has a great defense, third in the nation giving up 10.o points per game. While their offense has struggled at times, their receiving talent (Marvin Harrison Jr., Cade Stover, and Emeka Egbuka), a staple for Buckeye success, allows them to make big plays in big situations. However, McCord concerns me… I don’t think he can go head-to-head with the best offenses.


5. Washington (20.7 SP+)

Some might say Washington should be higher on this list, but they’ve had their struggles such as last week against Arizona State. Nevertheless, Washington’s offense is fantastic, and they may have the best passing attack in the nation, with Heisman hopeful QB Michael Penix Jr. and a flurry of talented wideouts, although their defense is sometimes shaky. Washington is very legit, I just think Oregon is slightly better.


6. Florida State (18.5 SP+)

Florida State has struggled in a lot of games… but they’ve also won some big ones. And now they’re in the clear to win out, with no games against ranked opponents left on their schedule. The Florida State offense has put up 41.6 points per game and is one of the most well-rounded in the country, with Jordan Travis (QB), a great receiving core, and Trey Benson at RB. However, Florida State tends to play down to their opponent, and against the best in the nation, I think that they’ll make too many mistakes to win the big game.


7. Oklahoma (19.5 SP+)

Oklahoma hasn’t really played anyone great besides Texas, which makes them hard to evaluate. Texas was a toss up game, but the Sooners did win, showing their pedigree. Dillon Gabriel is a great QB, and the offense is great. However, I think Oklahoma’s recent struggles against UCF foreshadows a loss to come.


8. Texas (20.7 SP+)

Texas has looked really good at times, but has not shown consistency. This offense has the keys for success, and Ewers shows flashes of incredibility, but nothing can be sustained. Nevertheless, the Red River game shows Texas is one of the best in the country… however likely not college football playoff bound.


9. Alabama (22.8 SP+)

Up and down year for Alabama. They’ve played in a lot of close games, but they’ve still carved out a pretty strong resumé. The defense will be good as long as Nick Saban is coach, however, Jaden Milroe (QB) has been unstable throughout the year, leading to a lot of close games. In the past, a mediocre QB has been okay for the Tide, but this year, the offensive weaponry is not on the same best-in-the-country level.


10. Penn State (18.5 SP+)

Second best defense in the nation, typical slow Big 10 offense. This defense is loaded and legit – they’ve given up less than 10 points per game. However, Drew Allar does not have the keys to the offense, and that showed vs. Ohio State.


My Heisman (Best Player Award) Rankings (at this moment)


[players – all quarterbacks – listed with betting odds]


Stat key:

Cmp% - completion percentage

Yds - yards

TDs - touchdowns

#TD/#INT - touchdown to interception ratio

Rtg - passer rating

QBR - quarterback rating (ESPN statistic)

PFF - Pro Football Focus, a football analytics platform

Underline - most of any quarterback in college football


  1. Michael Penix Jr., Washington +300

(7-0) 70.8 % Cmp%, 2576 yds, 20 TD/5INT, 176.8 Rtg, 85.7 QBR


  1. J.J. McCarthy, Michigan +240 (odds on favorite)

(7-0) 78.1 Cmp%, 1799 yds, 18TD/3INT, 199.1 Rtg, 93.7 QBR, 168 rush yds, 3 rush TD

+ highest CFB PFF quarterback rating


  1. Jayden Daniels, LSU +325

(6-2) 73.1 Cmp%, 2573 yds, 25TD/3INT, 204.3 Rtg, 91.7 QBR, 521 rush yds, 5 rush TD


  1. Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma +1200

(7-0) 72.3 Cmp%, 2131 yds, 19TD/3INT, 172.4 Rtg, 87.6 QBR, 230 rush yds, 5 rush TD


  1. Bo Nix, Oregon +1600

(6-1) 78.4 Cmp %, 2089 yds, 19TD/1INT, 180.2 Rtg, 83.3 QBR, 2 rush TD



College Football Playoff Determining Games (rest of season)


Week #9:

#8 Oregon vs. #13 Utah

  • My pick: Oregon beats Utah, having just enough offensive pedigree to outscore a Cam Rising -less Utah.


Week #10:

#5 Washington vs. #24 USC

  • My pick: Washington beats USC, a team who this year doesn’t have enough defense to compete with the best of the best. Probably a two score win for the Huskies.

#15 LSU vs. #9 Alabama (Rivalry game)

  • My pick: Give me LSU! I don’t believe enough in Jaden Milroe to pick Alabama in this game. While Bama’s defense is still great this season, I think that LSU’s offensive firepower (47.4 points per game, first in college football) gets them a win in a big game, with Jayden Daniels continuing to add on to his Heisman resumé.


Week #11:

#12 Ole Miss vs. #1 Georgia

  • My pick: Georgia, by multiple scores. Ole Miss is good, but the Dawgs will roll.

#13 Utah vs. #5 Washington

  • My pick: I’ve got Washington, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Utah pulled an upset. However, at home, the Huskies are tough to beat, and Washington’s offense shows up in big games.

#2 Michigan vs. #10 Penn State

  • My pick: Michigan, by a bit. Penn State’s defense is fantastic, but when facing high caliber teams like Michigan, they’ve shown that their offense just doesn’t have enough. Michigan is the best team in the nation. Michigan 24 - Penn State 13


Week #12:

#5 Washington vs. #11 Oregon State (yes, Washington has a tough schedule)

  • My pick: Oregon State gets a win at home. This is a very good Beavers team, led by DJ Uigalelei, who has big game experience from his time at Clemson. This offense puts up 38.1 points per game, 13th in college football. Washington may be a top 5 team in the nation, but their schedule is too tough for them to not drop a game. The depth of the Pac-12 gets to the Huskies and the Beavers get a huge win.

#1 Georgia vs. #21 Tennessee

  • My pick: Georgia wins by two scores. Tennessee doesn’t have the “it” factor this year, and Georgia is too battle-tested to drop a game this late in the season.


Week #13:

#11 Oregon State vs. #8 Oregon (“Civil War” - Rivalry game)

  • My pick: Oregon. At home, a top 3 team in the country gets a statement win to punch their ticket to the Pac-12 championship game. It will be a thriller, but Bo Nix’s experience will be the key to a Ducks victory.

#3 Ohio State vs. #2 Michigan (“The Game” - Rivalry game)

  • My pick: In the biggest game of the year, Michigan beats Ohio State at home. Michigan has the better quarterback, and a 2 TD game from J.J. McCarthy will be the punch the Wolverines need to cap an undefeated season. Harbaugh has this team playing better than ever, and they have the defensive tools to stop Marvin Harrison Jr. Michigan 27 - Ohio State 20.




A cartoon guide to “The Game”, one of the biggest rivalries in college sports - Ohio State vs. Michigan.


Week #14:

Conference championship games (the teams with the two best in-conference record in each conference play each other)


Although I can’t know what these conference championship games will actually be, I will say that I think Oregon will play, and beat Washington in the Pac-12 title game, in a game which will decide which Pac-12 team represents the conference in the college football playoff. Oregon should’ve won the first game, and on a neutral field I definitely think they are the better team. I think Florida State will win the ACC to remain undefeated, and Georgia and Michigan will also win the SEC, and Big 10, respectively. Oklahoma may win the Big 12, but I do think the Sooners will pick up a loss at some point of the rest of the season, either in a rematch with Texas in the title game, or to Oklahoma State this weekend.


My 2023-24 Midseason College Football Playoff Predictions


[rankings listed are my to-be predictions]


Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game (Monday, January 1st)

#4 Oregon vs. #1 Michigan


Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl (Monday, January 1st)

#3 Florida State vs. #2 Georgia


CFP National Championship Game (Monday, January 8th)

#1 Michigan vs. #2 Georgia


Champion:

The Michigan Wolverines.




Jim Harbaugh hops in Michigan turnover celebration photo in Michigan’s big blowout win over Minnesota.



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