An off week after the Egg Bowl is much needed. It should be national law.
Typically, Ole Miss would get an off week, because the regular season is over after this matchup. This year, however, COVID-19 makes the rules, and the Rebs have two games left to be rescheduled after its meeting with State, but having a week in between the Egg Bowl and those last two games is a welcome sight in my eyes. Gives me some time to decompress and eat more leftovers.
Anyway, now every time Ole Miss has a BYE Week, OneMan2Beat reminds me BYE Week Watch Schedules are now officially in my lane of Red Cup #content, and I am happy to oblige. Football and basketball both will be happening this weekend, but I am here to service your football needs. A reminder that these games are subject to change due to the slow, steady marching of COVID-19, so just keep that in mind. Also, these lines are subject to change because that’s how sports betting works.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
Friday/Saturday — MHSAA Football Championships
Okay, so this isn’t college football, but I’d be amiss not to mention that Mississippi’s public school state titles are happening this weekend. As a graduate of a Mississippi public high school and writer for a newspaper that covers three of them, I felt like this plug was necessary. I’ll be in Jackson when Calhoun City (a team I cover) takes on Taylorsville, so these games will be something I keep an eye on this weekend.
Now onto the collegiate action.
No. 25 Louisiana at Appalachian State
Friday, 7:30 p.m. — ESPN
Current line: Appalachian State -2.5
It’s still weird calling ULL “Louisiana,” isn’t it?
Billy Napier’s Ragin’ Cajuns come in at No. 25 in this week’s playoff rankings but have a stiff challenge traveling to Boone this weekend. It seems like ages ago that the Cajuns knocked off then-No. 23 Iowa State on Sept. 12, but they’ve had a strong season since then with their only loss coming on Oct. 14 to Coastal Carolina. App State also has a loss to the Chanticleers along with a loss to Marshall on Sept. 19. All-in-all, should be a good game on Friday night.
No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State
Saturday, 11 a.m. — ABC
Current line: Ohio State -24.0
Weeping and gnashing of teeth. Pour one out for the Spartans. This one could get ugly, but it has playoff implications, so I included it.
No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn
Saturday, 11 a.m. — ESPN
Current line: Texas A&M -6.5
I’m no expert, but I’m tempted to lay the points here. I’m not convinced A&M is the fifth-best team in the country, but I think they’re more than a touchdown better than Auburn, even on the road. Another one with playoff implications at 11.
No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU
Saturday, 11 a.m. — ESPN2
Current line: Oklahoma State -2.0
I’m never really sure what I’m going to get out of these two units on a given Saturday, so them squaring off in Fort Worth sounds fun to me.
Penn State at Rutgers
Saturday, 11 a.m. — FS1
Current line: Penn State -10.0
I would love for Rutgers to prove Vegas wrong here. I’m not convinced that will happen, but Penn State isn’t very good. Of course, neither is Rutgers, but they’re better than years past. This game is for you sickos who enjoy pain.
Memphis at Tulane
Saturday, 11 a.m. — ESPN+
Current line: Tulane -1.5
I really wish this one was on normal television and not just ESPN+. I think viewers will be in for a nice show if they tune in to this one on Saturday. Sure, an unranked American game might not be very appealing to the eye at first glance, but these are two pretty stable programs who have a history of playing Ole Miss, so there will be at least some familiarity there.
Arkansas at Missouri
Saturday, 11 a.m. — SECN
Current line: Missouri -3.0
I’m strangely excited for this one too. Here we have two SEC programs who have exceeded expectations to this point (at least my expectations) and seem to find a way to be competitive every week. Neither team is very flashy, but them having a rock fight against one another in Como should have some form of entertainment value. Plus, these are two head coaches in their first year at the helm, which will be a storyline hammered home by the folks at the SEC Network on Saturday.
No. 6 Florida at Tennessee
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. — CBS
Current line: Florida -17.5
*SEC on CBS theme plays on kazoo while Kyle Trask sets Neyland on fire*
No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. — ABC
Current line: Wisconsin -14.0
Indiana is a team I enjoy watching, but after being drilled by Texas and losing their quarterback to an ACL tear, Vegas doesn’t like their chances against the fighting Badgers.
Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia
Saturday, 3 p.m. — SECN
Current line: Georgia -35.5
God bless those of you who decide to tune in here, and may He heal your minds in the process.
No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. — ESPNU
Current line: BYU -10.0
Liberty: *gets COVID*
Coastal Carolina: “BYU, you up?”
BYU: “yeah fam.”
ESPN: “Let’s put our College Gameday game at 4:30 on ESPNU.”
No. 1 Alabama at LSU
Saturday, 7 p.m. — CBS
Current line: Alabama -29.5
*SEC on CBS theme on kazoo intensifies while Nick Saban carries out revenge and shows no mercy*
UCLA at Arizona State
Saturday, 9:30 p.m. — FS1
Current line: Arizona State -3.0
PAC-12 AFTER DARK!
Oregon State at Utah
Saturday, 9:30 p.m. — ESPN
Current line: Utah -11.0
PAC-12 AFTER DARK! (x2)
Washington State at USC
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. — FS1
Current line: USC -13.0
PAC-12 AT-OR-AROUND DARK ON A SUNDAY!