Fasten your seat belts, this week in college football is certainly the best on the schedule thus far, and might wind up being the best slate of games over the course of the entire 2014 season!
In total, there are six ranked matchups on the schedule, three of which come from the SEC West.
That’s right, the SEC West has six of their seven teams in the division ranked; and inside the top-15 no less. And for those who think that the SEC West isn’t that strong, they are a mere 25-0 against all teams outside of the division this season.
Inevitably though, all of the teams in the division will play each other by the end of the season, with the big ranked games kicking off this Saturday.
College Gameday will be on hand in Oxford, Mississippi for the first time ever, and The Grove will no doubt be rocking at the Ole Miss Rebels play host to the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Grove is known for an amazing atmosphere on game days, and that is expected to increase tenfold with the college football kickoff show on the grounds.
Outside of that matchup, the other two in the division put Texas A&M against Mississippi State, and LSU again Auburn.
What’s crazy to think is that LSU, which is ranked No.15 in the country, might be the second-worst team in the SEC West, after losing at home to Mississippi State a couple of weeks ago.
Outside of the SEC, the ranked games on the schedule include Notre Dame taking on Stanford, Michigan State facing Nebraska, and Oklahoma matching up with TCU.
Betting lines for all of the games are available at Bovada Sportsbook, and oddsmakers are expecting plenty of wagers to be laid down. Let’s take a look at some of these game lines for the upcoming ranked matchups.
Beginning with the SEC, the marquee game at Ole Miss will put the Rebels as touchdown underdogs (+7) to the Crimson Tide. This Ole Miss defense might have the best secondary in the country, and should give Alabama quarterback Blake Sims plenty of trouble.
Mississippi State is a two-point favorite at home over Heisman Trophy candidate Kenny Hill and Texas A&M. The Bulldogs looked very strong on the road in the win over LSU back on September 20, and will look to carry that momentum off of a bye. conversely, the Aggies had a struggle against Arkansas last week, but pulled out the win. The advantage of the bye could play into the hands of the Bulldogs.
Auburn is a 7.5-point favorite at Bovada over LSU. The battle of the Tigers is always interesting, but Auburn might have a little too much on offense for LSU to handle at this point in the season.
Despite coming in as the higher-ranked team, Notre Dame is the underdog on the road to Stanford. This is a big measuring stick for the Fighting Irish, who might cement themselves as a legitimate threat for the College Football Playoff with a win.
One thing’s for sure, by the time the calendar flips to Sunday the college football landscape will have changed a whole lot!