Thanksgiving is often associated with college football, and this season is no exception. But forget about that NFL stuff, because TCU is going to keep their Big 12 and playoff hopes alive against the Texas Longhorns Thursday night. It also serves as the first course of this week’s six pack of picks my wife and I are picking in a head-to-head competition.
Last week we agreed on Kansas State and Wisconsin taking care of business. I was right with Arizona beating Utah and hit a home run by picking Arkansas to beat Ole Miss. However, I missed on USC when UCLA pulled away from the Trojans. We also both missed on Nebraska at home against Minnesota.
Heading into the final weeks of the college football season, my overall record is 49-29. Stef is 44-34. Thanks to last week’s results, I took a late lead in the weekly competition and now lead 7-6 entering this week. No time to brag though, because the tension is heating up this weekend.
Now, on to this week’s picks.
Texas vs. No. 5 TCU, Thursday 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1
The Horned Frogs have the defense and a potential Heisman Trophy finalist at quarterback, but this TCU team was pushed t the limit by Kansas. With so much riding on the outcome for TCU, I expect them not to take anything lightly these last two weeks. Texas may be a depleted bunch, and that could be a concern, but Charlie Strong’s team has seemed to improve as the season rolls along. I’ll take a shot at an upset Thanksgiving night. My wife will stick with the Horned Frogs.
I Say: Texas
Wife Says: TCU
No. 11 Arizona vs. No. 13 Arizona State, Friday 3:30 p.m. FOX
This is a tough one to pick. The winner of this game could become the Pac-12 South champion with a little help from Stanford, but that is besides the point. These teams hate each other and the rivalry is one of the more underrated ones in the country. Arizona has already knocked off Oregon this season, so they are clearly dangerous, but Arizona State might be a slightly more complete team. I’ll go with the home team, but Stef is going the other way on this one.
I Say: Arizona
Wife Says: Arizona State
No. 9 Georgia vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech, 12:00 p.m. SEC Network
I really like what Georgia Tech has done this season, but we are in agreement on this one. Georgia, even without Todd Gurley, may just be too powerful to lose this one.
I Say: Georgia
Wife Says: Georgia
No. 19 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m. CBS
Last year’s edition of the Egg Bowl ended in disastrous fashion for Bo Wallace and the Rebels. Now they get the game at home with revenge on the mind. Ole Miss has had some setbacks lately but I expect them to come back in a big way to ruin any playoff hopes and dreams their rivals from Mississippi State may have. My wife is sticking with the Bulldogs on a playoff quest though.
I Say: Ole Miss
Wife Says: Mississippi State
No. 14 Wisconsin vs. No. 18 Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
We both agree the Badgers will be playing for the Big Ten championship game. The story here will be Melvin Gordon and his pursuit of history. Gordon is within striking distance of the all-time single season rushing record, but Minnesota does not back down from a challenge. These Gophers are resilient, but I like Wisconsin’s chances at home with a spot in the conference championship game on the line.
I Say: Wisconsin
Wife Says: Wisconsin
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 15 Auburn, 7:45 p.m. ESPN
Oh, we didn’t forget about this year’s Iron Bowl. Nobody will forget how last year’s Iron Bowl ended, but chances are we will not see anything quite as dramatic in this year’s game. I suspect Alabama will win this one relatively comfortably with a spot in the playoffs still in sight and a spot in the SEC Championship potentially on the line, depending on the outcome of the Egg Bowl just hours before it. Roll Tide.
I Say: Alabama
Wife Says: Alabama
So that is who we have for this week’s big games. Let us know how you see these games playing out or leave a comment to guess who will have the better week.