It was a crazy week in college football. The Heisman Trophy front runner came down with a case of COVID, one of the best teams in the Big Ten had to cancel a game, and a new front runner for the National Championship emerged. Check out what happened this past week in College Football so you can keep making your bets against their NCAAF odds!
NCAA Football COVID-19 Update – November 2nd Edition
2020 NCAAF Fall Season
- When: Sep. 3 – Dec. 19
2021 College Football National Championship Odds
- Clemson +225
- Alabama +200
- Ohio State +200
- Georgia +1800
Wisconsin cancels game versus Nebraska while Clemson’s Lawrence will miss the battle with Notre Dame
Big Ten schedulers had Wisconsin taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Oct. 31. The Badgers couldn’t get onto the field, though, because they had a couple of COVID positives. Wisconsin said they had 22 players and personnel test positive for COVID-19. There’s no word on whether Wisconsin will make their game against the Purdue Boilermakers in Week 10. If Wisconsin must skip another week, they may have to consider forfeiting the season.
Wisconsin’s coronavirus positives weren’t even the ones that made the most impact. Trevor Lawrence, the Heisman Trophy front runner, tested positive for COVID. Lawrence not only had to skip the game against Boston College, but he won’t suit up for Notre Dame on Saturday, either.
That’s a problem for the Tigers. Without Lawrence, the offense sputtered in the first half against the Boston College Eagles. Notre Dame won’t allow the Tigers to rally if they get behind. The Fighting Irish are a different squad than the BC Eagles.
Alabama and Ohio State look unbeatable
Clemson had been a +120 chalk to win the National Championship. Not anymore. Two teams that look unbeatable are the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Of the two, Bama, by far, is the preferred squad.
The defense held Mississippi State to 0 points in a great 41-0 victory. Ohio State’s defense doesn’t look great, but, then again, the Buckeyes faced the Penn State Nittany Lions. Ohio State should get better. So, if you like them, consider backing the Buckeyes to win it all.
Bama has no knocks that we can see. They’re the team to consider if you’re playing a favorite to win the title.
Is Cincinnati for real?
Are the Cincinnati Bearcats for real? Because the Big Ten is a mess and so many teams in the SEC have more than a single loss, College Football Playoff voters may have to start looking to the AAC Bearcats for that fourth and final spot.
Cincinnati is now 5-0 SU after dominating the Memphis Tigers 49-10. Memphis is supposed to be one of the better teams in the American Athletic Conference. The Cats blew them out big time. What impressed is how Cincinnati held Memphis to 10 points. The Tigers average 33. So holding them to 10 is a big deal.
Cincinnati making the CFP is a real possibility. Georgia and Florida both look solid, but Alabama should beat one of those teams in the SEC Championship. Ohio State will go undefeated. Either Clemson or Notre Dame should also go undefeated. If the Bearcats go undefeated, it will be hard to keep them out. No team from the Big 12 is deserving of a playoff spot.
Clemson vs Notre Dame headlines this Saturday’s top action
Even though Lawrence won’t play, Clemson versus Notre Dame is this week’s top college football game. Notre Dame can beat Clemson, but don’t discount the Tigers. Their offense came on in the second half to lead the comeback win over the Eagles.
The Pac-12 also starts this week. Unless Oregon or USC proves they’re one of the best teams in the nation, it’s hard to see any squad from the Pac securing a CFP spot.
Have a great week!