Auburn’s slow start in the Billingsley Report (#13) is totally a reflection of the Tiger’s strength of schedule, currently ranked #115. But all that changes this week as the Tigers travel to the Little Apple to battle Kansas State.
#13 Auburn at #27 Kansas State – I can’t help believe that Auburn is the better team here, but the best team does not always win. Sometimes circumstances prevail and I’ve seen Bill Snyder put together some great game plans to defeat better teams. Just ask Oklahoma, Texas, and Baylor. If the Wildcats can hold Auburn under 28 points they have a chance, but that’s a mighty tough job considering the Tigers experienced, explosive offense. The Wildcats keep it close, but in the end Auburn prevails in a tough road test. Auburn 35 Kansas State28.
#35 Florida at #9 Alabama – I’m reading a lot of stories about what a headline game this is, but unless Florida plays better than they did against Kentucky, I just don’t see it, and Las Vegas doesn’t either. The Tide is a 21 point favorite. Granted, Kentucky is a much improved team, and the Gators may have been caught unaware, but still, it was in the swamp for goodness sake. Alabama doesn’t get to host Florida often so I think the Tide wants to give the home crowd something to remember. Alabama 34 Florida 17.
#2 Oklahoma at #67 West Virginia – I have the Sooners on major upset alert, of course, I’m not the only one. Just about every report I hear says the same thing. The Mountaineers are tough to beat in Morgantown and Oklahoma is coming off a 3 game home stand capped by a win over Tennessee. The key to this game is Oklahoma’s defense. If the Sooners can make the plays when they have to, bend but not break, I think Oklahoma can outscore them. Should be an entertaining game. Oklahoma 31 West Virginia 24.
#42 Mississippi State at # 3 LSU – The Sooners are not the only team on upset alert. LSU faces a very good Bulldog team that would love to make a statement about the race in the SEC West. The game is in Baton Rouge, and that may be the deciding factor. LSU 28 Mississippi State 27.
#37 Miami (Fla.) at #18 Nebraska – Cornhusker fans have a long memory and they are still smarting from that Rose Bowl beat down for the National Championship for the 2001 season…..heck, they are still smarting from the 31-30 Orange Bowl loss for the National Title in 1983. This series is tied 5-5-0, but Nebraska has only won one game in the last 5 tries (all Bowl Games). The fans would love nothing more than to take the wind out of the Hurricane’s sail, and I think they will. The Cornhuskers finally put a great game together on the road last week at Fresno State. I think they will keep the momentum going. Big Red in a Big way……Nebraska 38 Miami (Fla.) 17.
#19 Clemson at # 4 Florida State – News just came over the wire about Jameis Winston’s first half suspension, further complicating an already difficult game to analyze. Clemson is certainly not the team they were talent wise last year, but they are still good and proved it in a losing effort against Georgia. (the 45-21 final score was rather deceiving). Florida State has not lived up to expectations so far, but the season is very early. With the game in Tallahassee, the Seminoles certainly have an advantage, but Winston’s suspension is a great equalizer. If Florida State doesn’t dig themselves too big a hole in the first half, they’ll probably squeak one out. Florida State 35 Clemson 31.
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