College Football Trends Week 12

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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 vs. Chattanooga

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Bama already has one of the best defenses in the country; last Saturday it looked like the Crimson Tide had one of the best offenses too. Jalen Hurts tallied a career-high 347 yards passing and four touchdowns, plus he added 100 yards and a score on the ground. Alabama gets a week off (sorry Mocs fans) before the Iron Bowl with Auburn.

No. 2 Ohio State at Michigan State

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Remember when we were worried about Ohio State’s offense? Me neither. The Buckeyes have scored 124 points in the last two weeks and are now firmly back in the College Football Playoff picture after a wild weekend of upsets. Urban Meyers team has everything to play for and can’t get caught looking a head to the season finale against Michigan. 

No. 3 Louisville at Houston

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Louisville’s playoff hopes are still alive. The Cardinals need to take care of business against Houston and avoid another slow start like they had against Wake Forest. Lamar Jackson is going to win the Heisman but the team has its eyes on a bigger prize.

No. 4 Michigan vs. Indiana

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Despite being upset by Iowa, the Wolverines control their own destiny. If Michigan wins out they are headed to the Big Ten Championship game and then a possible invite to the playoff.

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No. 5 Clemson at Wake Forest

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Like Michigan, Clemson still can determine their own fate. If the Tigers win out they will be the ACC champions and well positioned for a playoff run.

No. 6 Wisconsin at Purdue

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Wisconsin is in the driver-seat for the Big Ten West. The Badgers could revenge one of its losses to either Ohio State or Michigan in the conference title game. If that scenario plays out and a few more of the top teams get snake bitten, Wisconsin could sneak into the final four.

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No. 7 Washington vs. Arizona State

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USC put a damper on Washington’s playoff hopes but a one-loss Pac-12 champion would still be in the running for the College Football Playoff. The Huskies look to rebound when they host Arizona State Saturday.

No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 10 West Virginia

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The Sooners were written off after two early season losses but somehow are in striking distance of a return trip to the playoffs. OU has won 15 straight conference games and gets a chance to impress the committee with back-to-back games against ranked opponents to close out the season.

No. 9 Penn State at Rutgers

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The Nittany Lions are looking to win their seventh straight against Rutgers this weekend. If Penn State wins out and Ohio State beats Michigan, PSU will win the Big Ten East, which could keep the Big Ten out of the College Football Playoff.

 

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