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Each week we will provide trends for the top ten teams in college football. Some trends will be team specific and others situational. Our database goes back to 2005, the trends include all games in that time frame unless otherwise mentioned.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 15 LSU
College GameDay will be in Baton Rouge for Alabama-LSU. The Tide are fresh off a bye while the Tigers are rolling (won three straight) since firing Les Miles. Bama is looking to make it six straight against their rivals as they power toward another College Football Playoff appearance.
This game features a Pro System trend that is 182-137 ATS, +36.6 units.
No. 2 Michigan vs. Maryland
Three more games remain until a decisive matchup for Michigan against Ohio State in the season finale. The Wolverines will be big favorites in each contest until their Thanksgiving weekend showdown with the Buckeyes.
No. 3 Clemson vs. Syracuse
Clemson survived its latest test against Florida State. In each of the last three years, the winner of that matchup has won the ACC and gone on to play in the College Football Playoff or BCS title game. It is simple for the Tigers, win out and you’re in.
No. 4 Washington at Cal
After an impressive win at No. 17 Utah last Saturday, the Huskies are four regular season games and the Pac-12 championship away from the College Football Playoffs. Washington has won 11 straight dating back to last season, the second longest active winning streak behind Alabama.
No. 5 Louisville at Boston College
The Cardinals can make a case as the best one-loss team in the country. However, Louisville will need to impress the selection committee if they are to get an at-large bid without being a conference champion. That means style points and winning big, which could spell disaster for Boston College.
No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Nebraska
Nebraska goes on the road again after losing in overtime to Wisconsin last week. Ohio State will play host but the Buckeyes offense has been stuck in neutral after the loss to Penn State was followed up with an ugly win against Northwestern. This is a must win game for both programs to keep their playoff hopes alive.
No. 7 Texas A&M at Mississippi State
The Aggies have a realistic chance of finishing 11-1. If that scenario plays out, with a little help A&M could find itself in the College Football Playoff. First, Texas A&M needs to take care of business on the road against Mississippi State.
No. 8 Wisconsin at Northwestern
After playing four top 10 teams in five weeks, the Badgers finally get a breather. Except Northwestern just took Ohio State to the brink last week and the Wildcats are confident having taken four straight at home against Wisconsin.
No. 10 Florida at Arkansas
The Gators are on top of the SEC East. Florida’s offense isn’t pretty but the championship caliber defense makes them a threat in any game. The defense will be tested with a tough remaining schedule including Arkansas this week and then LSU and Florida State to close out the season.