This may be the biggest weekend of college football we have seen this season. Virtually half of the Top 25 teams play one another in pivotal conference games that will shape the national landscape as well. #14 Kansas State travels to Fort Worth to face # 9 TCU in what ultimately could decide the Big 12 crown. The Wildcats are the biggest hurdle left for the Horned Frogs as only Kansas, Texas and Iowa State remain on the Froggies schedule. The Thanksgiving game against the Longhorns in Austin could be a little tricky for TCU, but they will certainly be favored. Kansas State has a much harder road ahead with games remaining at West Virginia and at Baylor, with a home game against Kansas in between. Also in the Big 12, # 15 Baylor travels to Norman to take on the # 22 Sooners, the team originally touted as Big 12 favorites. Oklahoma has lost nail biters to TCU and Kansas State.
#10 Michigan State and # 12 Ohio State square off in East Lansing. The Buckeyes have an opportunity to make amends for the inexplicable early season loss to Virginia Tech and the Spartans will be looking to impress the selection committee with a quality win after dropping an early season loss at Oregon. # 8 Notre Dame invades Tempe to tangle with a very hot Arizona State team ranked # 7. The Sun Devils are in an excellent position to win the Pac 12 South and a non conference win over the Irish would certainly enhance their profile nationally. Oregon, which moved into the all important #4 position in the playoff rankings this week, travels to Salt Lake City to take on a very tough # 16 Utah team. The Utes are still smarting from a crushing 3 point overtime loss at Arizona State last Saturday night. # 17 UCLA has a dangerous road test at # 32 Washington.
In the mighty SEC (just kidding folks), # 3 Auburn hosts # 21 Texas A&M. The Aggies are 6-3 with losses to Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama. The # 5 Crimson Tide travels to Baton Rouge for a key conference game with # 6 LSU. The Tigers have turned turned their season around after two early losses to Mississippi State and Auburn followed by a huge win over Ole Miss. If LSU wins, and Alabama goes on to beat Mississippi State and Auburn, the SEC West will be turned upside down. Follow the links below for all of Billingsley’s Projections.