For the second week in a row, the 2020 college football season has been completely devastated by postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19. In fact, No. 4 Clemson learned early Saturday morning that his scheduled match against Florida would not be played. This is the closest postponement or cancellation we have seen in this bizarre season.
With the large number of pre-scheduled matches not being played for Saturday, the roster has been somewhat reduced. However, there are two big BIg Ten unbeaten teams that will hold today and one of the hottest competitions in college football that take us during the evening hours.
Ohio State No. 3 will seek to maintain its place at the top of the Big Ten when it hosts the Indiana No. 9 team who surprised the start of the season and boasted of a defense that could cause some trouble for Buckeyes. No. 19 Northwestern also hosts Wisconsin State Team No. 10 who has been its division’s strongest member recently but has only been suitable for two games this season after the COVID-19 outbreak within the program. Bedlam should also be exciting with Oklahoma hosting # 18 in Oklahoma State # 14 as the Cowboys hope their surprisingly gritty defense can wipe out a renewed urgent attack.
But we are not here to talk about the gains and the losses. We care if these spreads cover their spreads. Make sure to stick to CBS Sports all day for covering college football from the opening start at noon until the final whistle of the day. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for Week 11.
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What caught my eye about Indiana’s startling startup is that much of what pushed this team forward in 2020 is not sustainable. With four matches, 37.8% of Indiana’s points scored in attack have come from the spin. This is the second highest in the country, after only Purdue. The national average is around 16.8%. The average distance of the Indiana landing gear, thanks to the shifts they forced, was 53.2 yards. The only team in the country with the shortest average is Washington, and Washington played one game. The Hoosiers forced 12 changes during their first four matches and took advantage of them all. This is very unlikely to happen against the Ohio State team who did a much better job taking care of the ball. The Indiana crime has shown no talent for assembling the 75-yard landing gear, as it will likely do against Ohio State on Saturday. This makes it very difficult for me to trust the Hoosiers to stay with the Ohio State team who beat them 51-10 on the road last season. Picking: Ohio (-20.5) – Tom Fornelli
I don’t have an excellent feeling for either side of this streak. On the one hand, I hate going against Northwestern as the underdog because they are doing the best in these situations under Pat Fitzgerald. On the other hand, Wisconsin appears to be unstoppable. While the Northwestern defense will be the toughest the Badger has faced this year, I worry that Northwestern’s offensive will subside. I don’t know how many points this unit will manage against one of the country’s best defenses. So, while I think playing Under is the smarter play if you were looking for a side of the difference, I would have gone with Wisconsin ahead of Northwestern. But again, I don’t like him. If you can find it under the drop, it will become even more attractive. Pick: Wisconsin (-7) – Tom Fornelli
Dial-a-Score games involving Alabama are always superficial because you never know when Coach Nick Saban will stop his foot off gas. Knowing this, it’s important to take a look at the bigger picture. The Crimson Tide will host Auburn next week at Iron Bowl, which is the hottest game of the season every year – especially when it’s not the last game of the regular season and the division title race is on. Because of this, expect Saban to turn things around and get in the second team ASAP. Running Terry Wilson and Wildcats will shorten the game and get cover … although the game will never be in doubt. Pick: Kentucky (+30) – Barrett-Sally
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Oklahoma has shown it can win in a number of ways, but it’s mostly relying on its defense this season. Will this hold up against an urgent crime of redness? Oklahoma is now the Big 12 leader in points per match, with six points. Cowboys have players at every level and the confrontation between them and men like Jeremiah Hall or Marvin Mims’ future should be fantastic. That defense was more than enough to keep Oklahoma State in every game. I think that held up again, at least to cover the spread. Choose: Oklahoma State +7 – Ben Kirchval
It will be interesting to see where this streak ends on game day. Some have moved in favor of the USC. Trojans were frustrating to watch even if you weren’t a emotional investor. However, they have two games under their belt and Utah has none. And while Utes speaks as if he’s going to be good on the list, you don’t know what the team has until he’s on the field. The spread gets you paused for a minute, but USC is literally the only one of the two installed. Choose: USC -2.5 – Ben Kirchval