One-Loss Teams Fighting to Stay Alive in College Football

Bob Stoops and the Sooners face a key test today from Kansas State.

There are just six undefeated teams left in major college football and Marshall is one of those. The Thundering Herd is 6-0 but they are ranked 25th and the chances of them reaching the top four are extremely slim. One-loss teams like Kansas State, Oklahoma and Alabama have much better shots at the playoff than an unbeaten Marshall team.

Will they be able to continue their marches today? Let’s fined out.

Texas A&M (+13) at Alabama (O/U 63.5) –This has been the marquee match-up in the nation the last two seasons as the two teams traded wins at the other’s home stadium. Johnny Football is no longer a part of this equation and the Aggies have dropped two straight but there’s no reason to believe this can’t be another intense and exciting affair.

The difference this time around is that the Tide and Aggies each have tasted defeat and Kevin Sumlin’s team has looked very average. Alabama will need to rely more on T.J. Yeldon now with Kenyan Drake out for the season.

Trends:The total has gone OVER in in five of the Aggies’ last seven games on the road… Alabama is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games… Texas A&M 12-3 straight up in their last 15 games on the road… The Tide is 12-1 in their last 13 games at home.

The Pick: Take the Tide to win but the Aggies will keep it close and take the OVER.


Can Bill Snyder's Wildcats pull the upset in Norman today?

Kansas State (+7.5) at Oklahoma (O/U 55) –Lost in all the hoopla about Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor is Kansas State. The Wildcats are a better kicker away from being unbeaten after their tough loss to Auburn.

The Sooners bounced back from their loss to the Horned Frogs by beating rival Texas last week.

Trends:The Wildcats are 2-4 against the spread in their last six games against Oklahoma… The Sooners are 9-1 straight up in their last 10 games at home… The total has gone OVER in five of K-State’s last last six games when playing the Sooners… The total has gone OVER in four Oklahoma’s last five games at home.

The Pick: Take the Wildcats and the points and take the OVER.

Tennessee (+16) at Ole Miss (O/U 46.5) – I have to hand it to Head Coach Hugh Freeze and his Rebels. I thought for sure they were going to have a massive letdown in College Station last weekend following their win over Alabama. They put that to rest early but jumping on the Aggies early and never looked back.

Butch Jones and the Volunteers are 3-3 but have not won on the road yet this season. I think things are better in Knoxville but they aren’t going to threaten much here in Oxford.

Trends: Tennessee is 1-10 straight up on the road in their last 11 games… The total has gone UNDER in eight of Ole Miss’ last nine games… The Vols are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against Ole Miss… The Rebels are 7-1 straight up in their last eight games at home.

The Pick: Take the Vols and those points but I like the Rebels to win and I like the UNDER.