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3:30 pm #22 Auburn at #1 Alabama (-24 1/2, 62) - Regardless of records, this is always a huge game for both teams, a fierce rivalry known as the Iron Bowl brings out the best in all the Alabama athletes.

This should be no exception, even though the Crimson Tide is ranked #1 with a 7-0 record and is coming off a trio of wins (Tennessee, 48-17; Mississippi State, 41-0; Kentucky, 63-3) that indicates coach Nick Saban has them peaking for this contest.

Auburn is 5-2, with both losses coming in road games, at Georgia, 27-6, and at South Carolina, 30-22. They've won three straight since the SC defeat, including a 30-17 win over Tennessee last week. They also appear to be fully prepared for Alabama. As usual, this should get exciting in the second half.

Coin Flip: Alabama

Prediction: Crimson Tide 44 Tigers 37

3:30 pm Pittsburgh at #4 Clemson (-24, 54 1/2) - Pitt buried their last two opponents, winning at Florida State, 41-7, and dumping Virginia Tech, 47-14, last week. Kenny Pickett missed two games (Miami, Notre Dame) and the Panthers lost both, putting them at 5-4 and likely to make a bowl game though unlikely to succeed at Clemson, with Trevor Lawrence back behind center.

While the Tigers are the superior team on paper and on the field, Pitt's recent success suggests that they will remain competitive as long as their secondary - which was a disaster in the Notre Dame loss - holds up relatively well. Outright upset is a possibility, though not probable.

Coin Flip: Pittsburgh

Prediction: Tigers 42 Panthers 24

3:30 pm #11 Northwestern (-13, 43) at Michigan State - The Wildcats proved to be for real after knocking off Wisconsin last week, 17-7, in one of the better defensive efforts in college football this season, holding the Badgers scoreless after a long TD pass tide the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. Northwestern's defense forced five turnovers and managed enough scoring to hang on for the victory.

Michigan State is just awful. At 1-3, their only win was over arch-rival Michigan, 27-24, and the Wolverines have proven to be a complete bust this season. Northwestern easily goes to 6-0 here.

Coin Flip: Northwestern

Prediction: Wildcats 31 Spartans 9

3:30 pm Colorado at #19 USC (-13, 64) - Colorado is 2-0; USC, 3-0, and the Trojans looked solid in their most recent win, a 33-17 no-doubter at Utah. Colorado's game against Arizona State was cancelled last week, so the Buffaloes come in with a pair of wins over UCLA and Stanford.

Tough to gauge the Buffs, but they appear to be emerging as a threat. USC isn't yet a world-beater, but they appear to be improving by the week. Taking the points here might be risky, but giving nearly two TDs to an unknown quantity in Colorado is probably even riskier.

Coin Flip: Colorado

Prediction: Trojans 27 Buffaloes 24

7:00 pm LSU at #5 Texas A&M (-14, 64) - After being blown out at Auburn, 48-11, LSU's meeting with Alabama was postponed due to COVID concerns, which was probably a reprieve for the beleaguered reigning national champs. They managed to even their record at 3-3 with a 27-24 win at Arkansas, but host Texas A&M is a different breed altogether.

The Aggies lone loss was to #1 Alabama, a 52-24 setback on October 3rd. Since then the Aggies have strung together four straight wins, butter last two games - at Tennessee, Ole Miss - have been postponed, so they haven't seen a snap since November 7. A&M would have probably won both of those, and their 41-38 win, a bounce back after the Alabama loss, shows the team has resilience and quality. They should rack up another W here.

Coin Flip: LSU

Prediction: Aggies 31 Tigers 13

7:30 pm #13 Georgia (-22, 49) at South Carolina - Somehow, the Gamecocks managed to beat Auburn and Vanderbilt, but the rest of their games have been disasters, including four straight losses in embarrassing fashion. LSU, a 3-3 team, hammered them, 52-24. 3-4 Ole Miss outpaced them, 59-42.

Even though Georgia isn't the dominant team many thought they might be this season, they're solid enough with either Stetson Bennett or JT Daniels at QB and a defense that can become overpowering and is able to force mistakes.

Coin Flip: Georgia

Prediction: Bulldogs 42 Gamecocks 17

7:30 pm #14 Oklahoma (-10 1/2, 55) at West Virginia - A win here and next week over Baylor would give the Sooners an opportunity to avenge a 37-30 loss at Iowa State in the conference championship game. The Sooners beat Texas, 53-45, in the Red River shootout earlier this season and last week dumped Oklahoma State, 41-13. They're playing their best football of the season, winning their last five straight.

West Virginia made some noise a few weeks back with a 37-10 win over Kansas State, but Iowa State's dismantling of the Wildcats last week showed that win to be not a big deal. A 17-13 loss at Texas was another good showing by the Mountaineers, as was their 24-6 whipping of TCU, November 14.

In a nationally-televised prime time game, the Sooners are well-equipped to put up big numbers and their defense is much improved from earlier in the season.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma

Prediction: Sooners 38 Mountaineers 20

8:00 pm Arizona at UCLA (-8 1/2, 68) - The Wildcats has a chance against USC in a 34-30 loss, but were blown out last week by the Huskies in Washington, 44-27.

UCLA came within a whisker of upending Oregon, losing 38-35. At 1-2, the Bruins are better than their record indicates, as their other loss was at Colorado, 48-42. Their win over Cal, 34-10, shows a willingness to win at home, whether there are fans in attendance or not.

Coin Flip: UCLA

Prediction: Bruins 38 Wildcats 24

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