The stage is set for the remainder of the 2021 season with the publication of the first college football playoff standings. The SEC ranks 1-2 with Georgia and Alabama in pole position, while Michigan State and Oregon round out the top four. Ohio State is one spot off the playoff field, and all five teams will have the opportunity to add to their resumes this week.
The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide are each big favorites over their division rivals, making the biggest SEC showdown of the day the 3:30 p.m. ET contest on CBS with No.13 Auburn visiting No.14 Texas A&M. The Tigers and Aggies are both alive in the SEC West race, and a win in this game will go a long way in their respective attempts to claim the division and hold back the tide.
Ohio State and No.7 Michigan end the day with a pair of Big Ten showdowns in which they are more than two favorites. The Buckeyes have been looking to stay spotless since their early loss to Oregon, while the Wolverines look to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the season last week to the Spartans.
While winning is all that matters for the standings, we do care whether these teams will cover their gaps. Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from the start. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the 10th full Saturday of the season.
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Missouri to Georgia’s No.1
Noon | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) – Spoiler alert: Georgia will win the football game. The only question is whether the Bulldogs can cover such a massive spread, especially without assurances that JT Daniels will be the starting quarterback. Still, Georgia have beaten opponents well, well, much better with similar scores, and Mizzou has the double problem of being terrible in defense and possibly being without his starting quarterback. Give me the Dawgs. Prediction: Georgia (-38) – Shehan Jeyarajah
No. 5 Ohio State in Nebraska
Ohio State Buckeyes -14.5
Noon | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) – I see this game playing out in two ways. Either Ohio State is heading for a dominant win in which this game is over at halftime, or the Cornhuskers stay and almost make things interesting. At the end of the day, I take the Huskers and the points for a simple reason “They are losing close. None of Nebraska’s three wins have been less than 25 points this season, and their six losses have been losses of one. I think they’re doing enough things offensively to cause problems for an Ohio State defense that has holes to keep it respectable more often than not. Prediction: Nebraska (+15) – Tom Fornelli
N ° 13 Auburn to N ° 14 Texas A&M
Texas A&M Aggies -4.5
3:30 p.m. | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app – With the Aggies saying goodbye and playing at home, they’re in a good position to keep rolling. If quarterback Zach Calzada can make a few down shots to keep Auburn’s defense honest, the running game will open for running backs Devon Achane and Isaiah Spiller, leading to a victory for Texas A&M. Prediction: Texas A&M (-4.5) –David Cobb
LSU at No. 1 in Alabama
Crimson Tide in Alabama -28.5
19h | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) – Alabama will win hands down, but punters are giving LSU four touchdowns. That’s crazy. QB Max Johnson will at least make a few big plays in the air to bring the Tigers into their teens or twenties. At this point, it’s a question of when Alabama coach Nick Saban will take his foot off the gas. He’ll do it long before it’s a four-TD game. Prediction: LSU (+28.5) – Barrett Sallee
Indiana at No.7 in Michigan
Michigan Wolverine -20.5
7:30 p.m. | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) – While I don’t like Indiana’s chances of winning two in a row in this series, I’m pushed towards the Hoosiers on the sidelines because of Michigan’s problems rushing the ball. Indiana’s defense isn’t great and hasn’t forced as many turnovers as it did last year, but it was solid against the run. He ranks 28th nationally for EPA total on defense and 63rd for success rate. It’s not great by any stretch of the imagination, but suffice it to think that the Hoosiers will be able to keep the Wolverines’ offense under three scores. Prediction: Indiana (+19.5) – Tom Fornelli
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