UCLA over CAL … The sad news for the Bears here, alongside another loss on the field, is the loss of longtime play-by-play radio man Joe Starkey. Simply one of the best in the business stating his last game. worth listening to
USC via NOTRE DAME … There were some great games in this series. I was actually lucky enough to be there at the Coliseum when Notre Dame No. 1 routed the Trojans 51-0 in 1966. It would be fitting if the Irish burst USC’s playoff bubble, but the Men of Troy just have too many guns.
OREGON via OREGON STATE … When was the last time the Ducks were just a three-point favorite over the Beavers? A classic Civil War matchup that the people of Corvallis have been waiting for all season.
OHIO STATE via MICHIGAN … The Buckeyes recall the Fighting Habaughs’ embarrassment last year. It will not happen again.
ALABAMA via AUBURN … It will be a while before the Tigers are back on level ground.
TCU via IOWA STATE … The Fort Worth boys are ending a highly unlikely perfect regular season.
LSU via TEXAS A&M … I can’t say the folks at Baton Rouge didn’t get their money’s worth hiring Brian Kelly. I can’t say the same about Jimbo Fisher, whose job is probably secure because his buyout is so huge.
UTAH via COLORADO … The hiccups in Eugene last week won’t stop the Utes.
ARIZONA via ARIZONA STATE … The Territorial Cup heads south to Tucson. Get down, you cunning wildcats.
EXCITEMENT OF THE WEEK: Stanford on Brigham Young … The cardinal ends the worst season in recent history on a positive note. (Upset record: 3-9).
ROUT OF THE WEEK: Georgia via Georgia Tech …you’ll go halfway through the Star Spangled Banner at runtime. (Rout record: 12-0).
DON’T BET ON IT BUT: Washington over Washington State … The victor goes the spoils. The spoiled apples go to the vanquished. (Not betting record: 6-6).
FIVE EASY TIPS: There are no easy tips this week. (FEP season record: 58-2).
OTHER GAMES: Texas via Baylor, Arkansas via Missouri, Clemson via South Carolina, Army via Massachusetts, Liberty via New Mexico State, Maryland via Rutgers, South Alabama via Old Dominion, North Texas via Rice, Illinois via Northwestern, Purdue via Indiana, Troy via Arkansas State , UAB via Louisiana Tech, Texas-San Antonio via UTEP, Penn State via Michigan State, Middle Tennessee via Florida International, Central Florida via South Florida, Tennessee via Vanderbilt, Syracuse via Boston College, Houston via Tulsa, Kansas State via Kansas, Boise State via Utah State, San Jose State via Hawaii, UNLV via Nevada, Fresno State via Wyoming, and Weber State via North Dakota.
Last week: 39-8, season: 411-91, percent: .819.