Sports Spectrum Weekly

College Football Game of the Week: Rivalry Weekend 

It’s the final week of regular season games in college football and we’ve already had some upsets. Pittsburgh took down the Miami Hurricanes and Ole Miss upset Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.

As the schedule his Saturday, we have three games that could possibly help decide the College Football Playoff. Washington State takes on Washington in the Apple Cup, Auburn host unbeaten Alabama and Ohio State faces Michigan in the Big House. Our picks in these crucial games below.

Jason Romano: The Game: Ohio State 30 – Michigan 23 – Too much Buckeyes on the road. They’re a better team and will prove it in this game.

Iron Bowl: Alabama 41 – Auburn 27 – I think Auburn will play tough and keep this one close for a while but too much Crimson Tide firepower gives them the win in the Iron Bowl.

Apple Cup: Washington 34 – Washington State 28 – Expect a big game from Jake Browning helping the Huskies get the win.

Justin Adams: The Game: Ohio State 31 – Michigan 17 – Michigan will start quarterback John O’Korn in place of Brandon Peters who is out with an injury. O’Korn has thrown five picks and only one touchdown on the season in the five games he’s played. Give me Ohio State by double-digits.

Iron Bowl: Auburn 30 – Alabama 28 – For the first time since 2013, the winner of the Iron Bowl takes the SEC West Division and will play next week in the SEC Championship Game. Two weeks ago, Auburn welcomed No. 1 Georgia to town and routed them 40-17. I see another upset in Auburn as Jarrett Stidham leads the Tigers past the Crimson Tide.

Apple Cup: Washington State 34 – Washington 31 –  Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa leads the Pac-12 in sacks (9.5) and will wreck havoc in the Huskies backfield. Luke Falk will lead the Cougs to an upset win in the Apple Cup and a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game against USC.

Jon Ackerman: The Game: Ohio State 38 – Michigan 17 – The Buckeyes are in the Big 10 championship game next weekend, but won’t look past Michigan. This rivalry is real. Ohio State just has too much offense.

Iron Bowl: Alabama 28 – Auburn 27 – Best game of the year in the best conference. Alabama is on its way to another title game, so Auburn won’t stop the Crimson Tide here.

Apple Cup: Washington 35 – Washington State 30 – Only four schools allow fewer points per game than Washington. The Huskies take this in-state rivalry at home.

Last Week’s Picks: Michigan vs Wisconsin

Jason: Wisconsin Badgers 34 – Michigan Wolverines 24

Justin: Wisconsin Badgers 23 – Michigan Wolverines 13

Jon: Wisconsin Badgers 30 – Michigan Wolverines 20

Actual Result: Wisconsin 24 – Michigan 10

Season Record: (Upset Picks in Parentheses) 

Jason: 7-7 (4-5)

Justin: 8-6 (1-8)

Jon: 7-6 (3-6)