Alabama vs. Florida State

My favorite underdog: SC +5½ vs. NC State (Saturday, 2 p.m., ESPN) in Charlotte. Even so, I have issues with folks suggesting this game Saturday night in Atlanta is the greatest matchup in the history of college football. It's paid off in the past.

September 9: Oklahoma at Ohio State - Another pair of teams with solid chances to make it into the final four, Oklahoma will be looking to avenge last year's dominant win by the Buckeyes in Norman. Bottom line, this will again be a very good defense. Along with Watson, the Tigers graduated a significant amount of their starters and look to reload (more like rebuild) for what will be a tough act to follow from previous year. But there's no resting on laurels here. Whether we're talking individually or collectively, both teams deserve praise these days.

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Offensively, Alabama's most explosive player doesn't come out of its strong backfield, but rather in its receiving corps.

Approximately four times as much money has been bet on Penn State as has been bet on Clemson at the Westgate. But the Crimson Tide and Buckeyes are the two favorites at a respective minus-235 (risking $2.35 to win $1) and minus-125 (risking $1.25 to win $1), prices too swollen to buy.

The Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban are looking for revenge after losing to Clemson in last season's College Football Playoff National Championship Game. For Georgia, the Bulldogs will look to start the season with a solid win to stay the pace and build on their opportunity to compete for an SEC championship at the end of the season. IN has always played Ohio State tough the last few years.

"We have one of the best secondaries in country I feel", James said.

Former head coach Tommy Tuberville picks his former school Auburn for the football final four with Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson, and Ohio State as the national champ. On the other side, they are playing the team with the second most top ranked votes, and that's Florida State, with 4.

Oklahoma: Coach Bob Stoops retired to give way to Lincoln Riley, one of the brightest offensive minds in the nation. Bama will be favoured in every regular-season game, barring injury, with the toughest tests after Saturday likely November 4 vs. Florida State handles Duke easily and struggles in a revenge win against Louisville and reigning Heisman Trophy victor, Lamar Jackson. Florida State struggled along the offensive line a season ago, and is replacing two starters in the trenches.

Grand Rapids Community College no longer fields a football team, but college football is on the horizon and the Collegiate is here to give you a rundown on the upcoming season. Notre Dame won 31-30 in breathtaking fashion down the stretch, and there was everything from T-shirts around campus declaring "Catholics vs. Convicts " to a pregame fight in the legendary tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium to an ESPN documentary on the whole atmosphere that aired to great reviews last December. After he was sidelined, the Seminoles dropped two of their next three games and were ranked last among Power Five conference teams in pass defense.

This will be the 51st game of the last 117 that 'Bama was ranked No. 1.

A potential repeat victor, topping last year's feats won't be easy.

-WR Calvin Ridley is a big-play guy in Alabama's passing game. He's already on the Davey O'Brien and Manning Award watch lists, and his name will be tossed around as an early Heisman frontrunner if he shines in a win against No. 1 Alabama.

Texas A&M pays a visit to Los Angeles as the encore to last season's overtime affair in College Station. Alabama and Florida State have captured five of the past eight national championships. That's the strategy for each of these plays.

Game one Florida State vs Ohio State: Florida State wins by at least ten points.

Florida State was the victor of the final BCS National Championship behind a quarterback by the name of Jameis Winston.

On Friday, Wisconsin is the opposite case of Arizona State. As far as favorites go, however, that's a conversation for next year. If the Boilers have quarterback David Blough, whose status was unclear due to a shoulder injury, they cover the 25-point spread. For me, this season my two potential sleeper teams to make a playoff run are Washington State and Oklahoma State.

Utah State is better than all those teams.

  • Julie Sanders