To be the National Champion in college football, you have to beat some pretty good teams along the way, especially lately since they incorporated a mini playoff system; you have to at least beat two good teams. So if Alabama wins, again, they no-doubt are deserving. But I still think it's a bit of a joke that there are all these ranked teams battling each week, and then Alabama gets to host The Citadel. I can't even find a spread on that game. Alabama must be -100,000 with the moneyline. I suppose the regular season is the playoff in some regards. Teams have to be undefeated just about if they want a shot at the playoff, at the most maybe have one loss on the season.
Alabama isn't the only one with a freebie this weekend. #5 Georgia gets to host 4-4 Umass, #4 Michigan gets to host 5-5 Indiana, and #14 Penn State gets 1-9 Rutgers, and there are a bunch more of these mismatched contests Saturday with ranked teams getting teams well below .500. Should I stop, or keep going? #23 Utah State gets 3-7 Colorado State, #18 Washington gets 2-8 Oregon State, #6 Oklahoma gets 3-6 Kansas. And of course, #7 LSU hosts 1-10 Rice. And get this, LSU is a 42 point favorite and the over/ under is 52.5 points.
No doubt LSU can win by 42, but at what point do you just take the W and rest some of your starters and run out the clock in the name of sportsmanship? I would think that would come before being up by 42. One thing is for sure, there should be a lot of blowouts this weekend.