College football Week 11 picks: Go with Alabama over LSU

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) tries to avoid a sack by Alabama defensive lineman Raekwon Davis (99) in the second half in Baton Rouge, La. on Nov. 3, 2018. Alabama won 29-0.
(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)

Week 11 of the college football season features plenty of compelling matchups, but which teams are poised for upsets? Here are this weekend’s picks and predictions:

No. 4 Penn State at No. 17 Minnesota: Penn State 31-20

The Nittany Lions are the more proven and confident outfit in a big-game setting like this.

No. 12 Baylor at Texas Christian: Baylor 28-21

The Bears just keep winning and will set up a showdown with Oklahoma next weekend.

Louisville at Miami: Louisville 24-21

The Hurricanes have struggled with consistency and will come back to reality once again.


No. 19 Wake Forest at Virginia Tech: Wake Forest 38-31

The Demon Deacons have the best player on the field in quarterback Jamie Newman.

Oregon and Utah each suffered early-season losses, but both teams have rebounded nicely and sit inside the top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings.

No. 2 Louisiana State at No. 3 Alabama: Alabama 35-28

The Crimson Tide haven’t been tested like the Tigers, but you can’t bet against Alabama at home.

No. 16 Kansas State at Texas: Texas 28-24

The Longhorns have been humbled and had a week off to get their minds and bodies right.


USC at Arizona State: Arizona State 27-21

The Sun Devils can stick their fork in the Clay Helton era at USC and should do so.

Washington State at California: Washington State 33-21

Even with a supportive defense, Cal’s offense won’t be able to keep up with the Cougars.

The first of the College Football Playoff rankings of the season have been released with Ohio State and LSU 1-2, and Alabama and Penn State rounding out the top four.

Appalachian State at South Carolina: South Carolina 27-24

Appalachian State won’t be catching the Gamecocks off guard like it did North Carolina.


Tennessee at Kentucky: Tennessee 23-17

The Volunteers have improved a lot since the Georgia State and Brigham Young losses.

Last week: 8-2; Season: 68-32