Alabama is No. 1, but does anybody think the Crimson Tide will run the table? They'll be lucky to get past Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Texas Tech? Next up is Oklahoma State, then comes a trip to Oklahoma. If the Red Raiders survive, a likely matchup against Missouri awaits in the Big 12 title game.
Before we get to this week's games, a word of thanks to the Mid-American Conference, which will play any day of the week for a cheap pop. Example: Tuesday's game between Miami (Ohio) and Buffalo (-7.5).
Example 1-A: Wednesday's games involving Northern Illinois at Ball State (-9.5) and Toledo at Akron (-4.5).
Two games Thursday, leading with Texas Christian (-2) at Utah. Does anybody in the Mountain West have better athletes than the Horned Frogs. Just saying. ... The other game involves Maryland and Virginia Tech. No line available at the moment.
On Friday, Nevada travels to Fresno State (-2.5).
Saturday's featured games are Alabama (-3) at Louisiana State and Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (-3.5). Other games of note include Ohio State (-11) at Northwestern; Georgia Tech at North Carolina (-4); Penn State (-7) at Iowa; Notre Dame at Boston College (-3); Cincinnati at West Virginia (-8) and California at USC (-17.5).