1. What It All Means: Week 13
We got to this point with a very, very, very fun mix of possibilities.
It’s the bittersweet time when the all-too-short season – at least compared to other sports – is about to come to a close before the exhibition season starts, and then the playoff kicks in. This is what we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s all set up to be a blast.
We get the battle for the Paul Bunyan Axe to be for the Big Ten West. Minnesota and Wisconsin each did their part in what now becomes the biggest game for the Gopher program in decades – at least until, potentially, next week.
We got a Texas A&M battle with LSU that might be sneaky-weird.
We get the Michigan-Ohio State game that actually doesn’t matter in the overall national landscape, but has a whole boatload of intrigue. The Wolverines are playing great, the Buckeyes have another shot to prove just how amazing they are, and one way or another, a new narrative will form after this.
We get Utah now as the team to watch and see how it’s going to perform.
We get to see how Alabama comes out against Auburn, knowing that it needs to win by a bajillion.
We get 10-1 Baylor and 10-1 Oklahoma in two interesting regular season finales – Baylor going to Kansas, OU to Oklahoma State – with each needing to make statements before they meet in Arlington.
We get Cincinnati vs. Memphis at 10-1 not just once, but possibly twice if they meet in a rematch for the American Athletic Conference title.
We get a Virginia vs. Virginia Tech game that might just be for the Orange Bowl, and if it isn’t, then something else will have gone way crazy for Clemson.
And most of all, we get a last week of the regular season that’s going to lead to a whole slew of debates and arguments going into Championship Week.
And we also get a ton of football on this holiday weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
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Early Week 14 Line Lookahead
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