Michael Pellegrino Staff Writer
It’s getting down to the wire in this year’s college football season. With teams vying for only four playoff spots, every game is crucial. Here are this week’s match-ups to look forward to as we head to the 2019 playoffs.
Georgia at Kentucky: A match-up that could determine the outright winner of the SEC East, the surprise team of the year in Kentucky hosts Georgia on Saturday afternoon. They have wins over Florida and Mississippi State, and their only loss was at Texas A&M. Kentucky needs this win at home to edge them closer to a possible New Year’s Six bowl berth. However, Georgia is no easy opponent for the Wildcats. The Bulldogs are hungry after their championship overtime loss to Alabama last year, and they want to get back. Kentucky is a new team looking to add another statement win to their resumé and I believe they will do just that on Saturday.
Prediction: Kentucky-24 Georgia-20
West Virginia at Texas: Finally, it feels as though Texas football is relevant again. They have an outside shot at the college football playoff, they just need to win the Big 12 and get a lot of help. On the other side, we have another solid team in the West Virginia Mountaineers, led by sensational QB Will Grier. What is keeping WVU out of the playoff contention is a bad loss to Iowa State, but they can rebound with a solid road win against Texas. I expect Will Grier will have another great game, and make up for the bad loss earlier in the season.
Prediction: West Virginia-35 Texas-27
Penn State at Michigan: If John Harbaugh is going to lead Big Blue to the playoffs this is his year to do it. Ohio State is slipping down the rankings, making Michigan the highest ranked Big Ten team, their only loss being at undefeated Notre Dame. Penn State is on the other side, losing back to back games against OSU and MSU, without this win, they have no chance at a New year’s six bowl. Trace McSorley will lead his Nittany Lions as well as he can, but Michigan should take this one.
Prediction: Michigan- 30 PSU-17
Alabama at LSU: Now we take a look at our game of the week. Primetime Saturday night football in Death Valley sets up a Monster match-up between number one undefeated Alabama and their rivals, number four, LSU. With the crimson tide’s dominance over the past decade, this may very well be the best Alabama team we have ever seen, and that is scary. Tua Tagovailoa is a prime candidate for the Heisman this year, having twenty-five touchdowns and without ever throwing an interception. However, even in the national championship season last year, Tua has not faced a road test like this one. LSU is ready to go, in front of their massive home crowd, and I expect that energy to carry them to a very close win.
Prediction: LSU-28 Alabama-20