With Pac-12 back in action, there is a full slate of college football, and staff writer Ben Ellis finds the best bets to cash in this weekend.
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Correspondent Ben Ellis disputes the claim that the college football champion this season would come with an asterisk, arguing that even with numerous stars opting out of the season, the competition will be as good as ever.
It’s conference championship week in the college football world, and we’ve got a lot of games with large spreads. Of the 10 FBS conference championship games, all 10 feature spreads of 6.5 or higher, and three are in the double digits. In addition, six of the 10 have totals between 54 and 57, so we should be in for a lot of points this weekend. Here are some of the more favorable lines.
Fresh off allowing 44 points to Wake Forest in a road loss, the NC State defense gets its toughest test of the season against the No. 4 Clemson Tigers and their high-powered offense. Led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne, the Tigers are averaging over 545 yards per game and are incredibly balanced, averaging 273 yards passing and 272.4 yards rushing. Here is how the Wolfpack defense matches up.
This week, the Wolfpack Wager will take us to Winston-Salem, for the in-state matchup of NC State and No. 23 Wake Forest. For the other two games, we will look at the “world's largest outdoor cocktail party” between No. 8 Georgia and No. 6 Florida in Jacksonville, and go up north to South Bend for No. 16 Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.
Alabama defeated Georgia Monday night to win the College Football National Championship. Many have argued that the Crimson Tide should not have even been selected to the four-team playoff, advocating for Ohio State, Southern California or even UCF instead. Because of this debate, many have stated they think that expanding the playoff would solve these debates, and would give more teams a chance to win. However, expanding the playoff should not happen because it doesn’t solve these issues; it just rewards less deserving teams.
Recently, I watched an episode of ESPN’s “First Take,” where Jonathan Coachman and Will Cain argued about whether or not the College Football Playoff should be expanded. Coachman argued for not expanding, and Cain argued that the field should go to eight for the excitement. I believe that both of them are wrong.
The ACC Atlantic Division standings will likely take the same shape as they have for the last several years: two big dogs at the top with championship aspirations and everyone else playing catch-up behind them. Florida State and Clemson enter the 2016 campaign with realistic College Football Playoff chances, and their meeting in Tallahassee in late October will more than likely decide the division’s representative in the ACC Championship Game. There are still intriguing storylines to watch outside the top two teams, as the little guys will try to unseat the heavyweights.