What is going on in the state of Mississippi?
The Magnolia State is on top of the College Football world, literally. Mississippi State vaulted to No.1 in the country this past week with it’s third-straight victory over a top-10 opponent. Arch-rival Ole Miss dominated a ranked opponent on the road, and is No.3 in the country. Both teams are 6-0 and both have the attention of everyone.
Coming off the heels of back-to-back giant weekends in college football, Week 8 doesn’t really slow up much.
We get another top-five showdown.
This one doesn’t come from the SEC though, it comes from the ACC-ish. No.2 Florida State will host No.5 Notre Dame, who while not technically in the ACC in football is in the conference in every other sport and scheduled to play at least five teams in the conference each season.
This is the biggest game on the college football schedule this week and will go a long way towards shaping the outlook of the College Football Playoff. But it is not without controversy outside of the game. FSU quarterback Jameis Winston continues to be at the center of criticism and faces potential disciplinary action from the University regarding the December 2012 Rape allegation for which no charges were filed. The University is holding a hearing covering the Student Code of Conduct Policies. Outside of that, questions about potentially signing autographs for money have come to light, just a week after Georgia’s Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely.
The FSU vs. Notre Dame game line opened at 12 points, but has since been taken down for the time being until it is known if Winston will play. Expect sportsbooks to have that information soon and release the revised game line shortly after.
Gurley is also still in waiting for Georgia, who travels to Arkansas this week. The Bulldogs made easy work of Missouri on the road in a 34-0 victory without their best player. It was an impressive performance for the Dawgs, who moved to 5-1 and in control of the SEC East. According to the Football Power Index, Georgia actually has the best percentage chance to win the SEC, going off at 35 percent. They will need to be the Razorbacks first though, and are favored by a field-goal on the road.
Elsewhere for college football previews in the SEC, Alabama and Texas A&M play Saturday afternoon in a ranked showdown. The loser of this one likely finds themselves out of the SEC West race. Alabama bested Texas A&M last year, is favored to do so again this season. The Crimson Tide are 11.5-point favorites over the Aggies, which would be a third loss for Texas A&M.
Another interesting matchup to pay attention too kicks off at 7:30 pm ET between Kentucky and LSU. Kentucky is 5-1 this season and 1-0 in conference. The Wildcats appear to have turned a corner under Mark Stoops, and a victory over LSU would be huge. The Wildcats are 9.5-point underdogs this week though.