Week 6 was a light card for us, and Stanford’s late collapse forced us into a 2-2 split for the weekend. However, there were a ton of high-profile matchups that shook up the Championship landscape. It all started with Oregon’s home loss to Arizona late on Thursday night. The Ducks did not look like a title contender throughout the horrible performance they threw up against the Wildcats. The more the season goes on, the more it becomes clear that the Pac-12 is simply not a very strong set of teams. I don’t believe that they deserve a team in the playoff, and they likely won’t get one.
Notre Dame’s aforementioned victory over Stanford vaulted them into the National Championship conversation, but with a future game against Florida State, they shouldn’t stay there too long. As for the Seminoles, they struggled through a lackluster first half against Wake Forest before turning on the jets in a 43-3 romp. The Seminoles have shown some kinks in their previously impenetrable armor this season, but I still believe they will finish undefeated with a playoff berth secured.
Mississippi State’s trouncing of previously unbeaten Texas A&M was an expected result from an unexpectedly lopsided game. Dak Prescott predictably wrecked A&M’s overrated defense, but the real shocker was how well the Bulldogs’ defense held Kenny Hill & Co. in check. The game was never in doubt from the middle of the first quarter onward. I fear that the honeymoon will end soon for MSU, however, as Auburn rolls into town this weekend as a field goal favorite. The Tigers are also coming off their own impressive destruction of LSU, and Mississippi State could be overmatched.
Perhaps the most important result of the week, however, was the comeback victory by the Ole Miss Rebels over Alabama. Alabama’s offense just never quite hit their rhythm, and the Rebels took advantage of some key Tide mistakes down the stretch to put them away. Similar to their in-state rival, however, the celebration comes to an immediate halt as they visit College Station to take on Texas A&M. The Aggies are desperate for a win in this spot, and are correctly favored to beat Ole Miss. I don’t believe either of the Mississippi schools will come out of this weekend undefeated.
We start this week with a Thursday night move that was already posted on Twitter (@MWPGT) and proceed with some Saturday plays. Good luck.
103 BYU +3.5 (Stations)
115 Northwestern +4 (Wynn)
183 Florida International +13 (Stations)
197 Connecticut +3.5 (MGM)
201 Wyoming +5 (Bovada)
2014 Season to Date:
NCAA Football: 29-22