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Carges College Primer: Week 11

Pete checks out the best college football matchups in a busy weekend of action

November 10, 2017 - 10:44 am

Pete Carges

I hope the batteries are recharged after the bye week folks, because we are in for a wild ride over the next month. While the rest of the internet hates the month of November, we here at the Primer absolutely love it because of all the college football chaos that is bound to take place.

It started last week in Iowa of all places, where the Hawkeyes eviscerated the Buckeyes, destroying their playoff chances. We saw another elimination game in Stillwater where the Oklahoma Sooners, sans defense, outscored the Oklahoma State Cowboys and knocked them out.

That’s the way things are going to go the next few weeks. People want to clamor for an eight-team playoff, but if you really think about it, games like TCU-Oklahoma, Auburn-Georgia and Miami-Notre Dame are essentially playoff games, just a few weeks before December.

We have seven ranked-vs.-ranked matchups on the docket this Saturday so strap in tight, batten down the hatches and get ready for the wild ride that is College Football in late November.

Week 11 Can’t Miss Games

  • 3 - Notre Dame at 7 - Miami - 8 p.m. (ABC)

I’m finally ready to say it, the "U" is back.

After a wild start to the season with actual Hurricanes derailing a few games, the Miami Hurricanes hit their stride last week with a beatdown of a solid Virginia Tech team. For the first time this season, the Canes didn’t have to pull away late with a miracle finish, but rather dominated the entire game, flashing the turnover chain constantly en route to a victory. After all that however, the U faces their toughest opponent of the season this week in Notre Dame.

The Irish haven’t lost since early September, and are cruising towards the College Football Playoff. The offense is clicking on all cylinders, but there are some concerns about the defense.

This one will not be a high scoring affair, and will likely come down to some magic at the end. I like the Irish pulling away late in the Catholics vs. Convicts rematch, but all is not lost for Miami. They’ll still get a chance at Clemson in the ACC Championship game in December.

MY PICK: Notre Dame (-3)

  • 5 - Oklahoma at 6 - TCU - 8 p.m. (FOX)

With all the hype surrounding Bedlam in the preseason, who would’ve thought that this would be the game that ultimately decides the Big 12 regular season champion?

Both of these teams won last week in vastly different styles, with Oklahoma’s offense out-dueling Oklahoma State in a shootout, and TCU’s defense shutting down Texas. That begs the question: When an immovable object meets an unstoppable force, who will come out victorious? I think the answer falls somewhere in-between, with both teams able to score, whichever defensive unit can come up with a big play late will get the victory.

Baker Mayfield can taste the Heisman after last week’s performance, and he is going to come out slinging. Can the Frogs slow him down enough to get the win? I’m not sure, but I feel like 62 is an insult to the TCU defense, so I’m playing the under in this one.


  • 20 - Iowa at 8 - Wisconsin - 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

You had better believe the committee’s eyes will be locked onto this one it took until November, but Wisconsin finally has a chance to beat a ranked team.

Iowa dismantling Ohio State last weekend had to have Badger fans thrilled, as now a win against the Hawkeyes actually brings some credibility to an otherwise abysmal schedule. I know Iowa dropped the double nickel at Kinnick a week ago, but I expect this one to go much different against an extremely desperate Wisconsin team. The Badgers don’t typically blow teams out, but they’ll need to change that this weekend.

Survive and advance might not work this year in the Big Ten West, it will have to be more like Impress and Advance, which I fully expect the Badgers to do on Saturday.

MY PICK: Wisconsin (-11.5)


  • 1 - Georgia at 10 - Auburn (+3) - 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

I’m calling it folks, the top-ranked team in the country is going down this week.

Auburn can score with the best in the country, and they’ll need a shootout type game in order to win on Saturday.

Georgia has yet to win in that style, as most of their wins have come off of grinding down the opponent on the ground. If the Tigers can get a couple quick scores early, they definitely have a shot.

This is an old rivalry game in the south and you better believe Jordan-Hare Stadium will be buzzing from this one. Auburn still has an outside shot at the playoff and can jump start that process with a win this weekend.

Other Games to Watch:

  • 15 - Oklahoma State at 21 - Iowa State Noon ABC
  • 12 - Michigan State at 13 - Ohio State Noon FOX
  • 2 - Alabama at 16 - Mississippi State 7:00 ESPN

My College Football Playoff (if the season ended today):

  • 1 - Georgia vs 4 - Oklahoma
  • 2 - Alabama vs 3 - Notre Dame

Next Four In: Clemson, TCU, Miami, Wisconsin

Heisman Front-runners:

  1. Baker Mayfield - QB - Oklahoma
  2. Saquon Barkley - RB - Penn State
  3. Bryce Love - RB - Stanford
  4. Josh Adams - RB - Notre Dame
  5. Khalil Tate - QB - Arizona 
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