Week 15 of the college football season features a number of conference title games with playoff implications. Here are this weekend’s picks and predictions:
No. 5 Utah vs. No. 13 Oregon: Utah 31-21
The reason the Utes are ahead of Oklahoma — true balance — will be the reason they beat Oregon.
No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 6 Oklahoma: Oklahoma 40-28
The Bears missed their chance at beating the Sooners when they blew a 28-3 lead in Waco, Texas.
Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan: Central Michigan 27-20
The Chippewas win the Mid-American Conference in Jim McElwain’s first season at the helm.
Louisiana Lafayette at No. 21 Appalachian State: Appalachian State 20-17
The Mountaineers are more seasoned in big games like this one and get to play at home.
Alabama Birmingham at Florida Atlantic: Florida Atlantic 31-24
Lane Kiffin will be the king of Conference USA. Is that enough to get him a “Power Five” job?
No. 20 Cincinnati at No. 17 Memphis: Memphis 31-28
The Tigers beat the Bearcats on this same field a week ago, 34-24. This one will be tighter.
No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 2 Louisiana State: LSU 28-24
The Tigers make their claim for No. 1 and open the playoff door for Utah or the Big 12 winner.
Hawaii at No. 19 Boise State: Boise State 35-17
Even with a win, the Broncos are unlikely to take the “Group of Five” New Year’s Six bowl berth.
No. 23 Virginia vs. No. 3 Clemson: Clemson 55-14
Dabo Swinney is trying to convince everyone his Tigers are disrespected, so he’ll pour it on.
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Wisconsin: Ohio State 42-17
The Buckeyes’ speed in the dome will make sure the Badgers don’t get close.
Last week: 7-3; Season: 91-49