There are four big games on the slate this weekend in college football. It is conference championship time, and for a couple of schools, it is make or break time. We have the SEC championship, the PAC-12 championship, the Big Ten and the ACC championship.
#2 Alabama vs #18 Florida – 4pm EST (CBS)
Florida is coming of one of their most embarrassing losses in school history against in state rival Florida State. They only managed to score two points. Sure the loss of steroid using Will Grier has taken its effect on this Gator team, but to basically be shut out is just bad. Derrick Henry is on a mission to not only win a National Championship, but also a Heisman award. Henry has rushed for over 200 plus yards in four of the last six games, including 271 yards on 46 carries in the Tide’s last game against Auburn. People will tell you Florida will get up for this game, but lets be honest, Alabama will win by 21+. The best part of this game will be the half time show when these already rich college students underhand a football into a hole for even more money.
#7 Stanford vs #20 USC – 7:45pm EST (ESPN)
This game means something for Stanford. If Clemson and Iowa both slip up, Stanford may find themselves in the final four with a convincing win over USC. Stanford is coming off a dramatic win over their cross country rival in Notre Dame and now are a 4.5 point favorite against a four loss Trojan team. For the Trojans, three of those four losses have come against ranked opponents, including a 10 points loss against Stanford back in mid September. Maybe is Steve Sarkasian was a sober coach, they may have won that game. Needless to say, Kevin Hogan is going to ball out with his mammoth athletic tight ends. Look for Soph Christian McCaffrey to have a big game on the ground as he will be a Heisman candidate in 2016.
#4 Iowa vs #5 Michigan State – 8pm EST (FOX)
Win and you are in. That is the simple message Kirk Ferentz and Mark Dantonio need to relay to their teams. Undefeated Iowa has played a weak ass schedule. They did not have to play Michigan, or Ohio State, or Michigan State during the regular season. Their opponents record at the end of the season was 62-72, and that includes a 9-2 record from FCS school Illinois St. So really, we are looking at 53-70. Disgusting! Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard has been the perfect game manager for the Hawkeyes, while wide out Matt VandeBerg has been Mr. Clutch all season long. For Sparty, it comes down to whether or not Connor Cook can play. Sure the two backups played extremely well in Michigan States win over Ohio State, but this is for all the marbles. Iowa has a bunch of white hicks on their team who know how to play the game of football, but Michigan State will not lose this game.
#1 Clemson vs #10 North Carolina – 8pm EST (ABC)
This has #UpsetCity written all over it. The Tar Heels may be the hottest team in football right now after an embarrassing week one loss at home against South Carolina. Quarterback Marquise Williams has been making it rain, throwing for over 2,600 yards and 18 touchdowns. Granted they have only played one ranked opponent before Saturday, they did put up 66 points against a good Duke team, and then 59 in Miami. Clemson has not played anyone challenging as well. Their biggest win came at home against Notre Dame and a young backup quarterback. They also defeated Florida State at home, but had close contests on the road at Syracuse and South Carolina. Clemson is a 5 point favorite in this match up. I recommend you take UNC.