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No. 5 Alabama at No. 16 Auburn, 3:30 p.m. ET (Alabama -3.5)
Mac Jones hasn’t faced a defense of Auburn’s caliber, and that unfamiliarity might be what the Tigers need to spring the upset. However, their own offense has consistently struggled against good defenses, and Alabama is 15th in yards allowed per play. It’ll probably be ugly, but the Tide keep their fleeting CFP dreams alive.
Prediction: Alabama 17, Auburn 13
No. 4 Georgia at Georgia Tech, Noon ET (Georgia -28.5)
Georgia has reached 10-1 on a simple combination: no turnovers and great defense. The Dawgs have zero giveaways since the loss to South Carolina, and they’ve allowed 8.8 points per game along the way. The trend continues for one final week.
Prediction: Georgia 35, Georgia Tech 10
No. 3 Clemson at South Carolina, Noon ET (Clemson -27.5)
Every top-ranked program runs the risk of overlooking a mediocre team. However, Clemson gave up exactly 600 yards to South Carolina last season; the Tigers should have no shortage of motivation. They haven’t surrendered more than 300 in any game, and that’s not going to change Saturday.
Prediction: Clemson 45, South Carolina 14
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 10 Michigan, Noon ET (Ohio State -8)
Since trailing Penn State 21-0, Michigan has outscored its opposition 187-52. The Wolverines are playing at an elite level. But the running game is still erratic, and Shea Patterson often doesn’t react well to pressure. The Buckeyes will hold off Michigan if Chase Young and Co. provide their normal disruption.
Prediction: Ohio State 27, Michigan 20
Texas A&M at No. 1 LSU, 7 p.m. ET (LSU -16.5)
The Aggies have prevented five straight opponents from completing 50 percent of their passes. Joe Burrow, meanwhile, boasts a record-bound 78.9 completion rate. This is a “something has to give” situation, and the safe choice is Burrow continues wrecking defenses at an absurd pace.
Prediction: LSU 41, Texas A&M 27
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