Northern Illinois clinched the MAC West on Tuesday night, even though the Huskies weren't playing. Ball State upset Western Michigan 42-41 in overtime when the Broncos failed on a 2-point conversion attempt in the extra stanza. The loss eliminated WMU from the divisional race. Northern Illinois hosts the Miami RedHawks tonight while another MAC game - Buffalo at Ohio - could determine the East division champion as the Bulls clinch with a victory.
This week's slate of 67 games gets a Tuesday night start for the fourth straight week when Western Michigan visits Ball State. Two more MAC games on Wednesday, a trio of contests on Thursday, and a pair of Friday night affairs all precede Saturday's full 59-game line-up.
College Football Picks: No. 11 UCF and race to be top Group of Five champion in focus
Top-ranked Alabama once again received all 51 first-place votes this week while the first seven teams in the poll also stayed put. Washington State and Ohio State switched places at Nos. 8-9. LSU and UCF remained at No. 10 and No.11, respectively. Syracuse moved up a spot to No. 12.
CFP founder Dave Congrove is a voting member in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Football Poll, as well as the College Football Hall Of Fame, Fred Biletnikoff Award, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, Ray Guy Award, plus Maxwell and Bednarik Awards.
He's also a nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, and the FWAA All-America Team
Several teams from Group Of 5 conferences are racking up some impressive won-loss records and making a last-minute push to be the team to secure the lone guaranteed spot in a New Year's 6 bowl.
Virginia Tech's young and banged-up defense surrendered 494 rushing yards and 52 points to Pitt in a 52-22 walkover that gives the Panthers control of the ACC Coastal. One more win, at either Wake Forest or Miami, and the Panthers will move on to the ACC Championship game to face Clemson. The Tigers clinched the Atlantic division with a 27-7 win at Boston College.
ACC defenders' clutch playmaking earning wins and place among national leaders
This week we highlight 17 games in our Feature Picks, including 6 games projected as outright upsets by the computer.
Some of the top games this week are Mississippi State at Alabama, Clemson at Boston College, Auburn at Georgia, and Ohio State at Michigan State. Meanwhile, the College Football Playoff Committee released its second set of rankings on Tuesday night, revealing a new Final Four.
For remaining undefeated with a dominating win in its stiffest test yet this season, Alabama (9-0) has earned National Team of the Week honors for the college football week of October 30-November 3. The top-ranked Crimson Tide dominated in every phase – but especially on defense where it silenced No. 3 LSU and its rowdy home crowd in a 29-0 win.
The Congrove Computer Rankings is celebrating its' 26th year of accurate picks and team rankings.
The rankings began with the 1993 season. CollegeFootballPoll.com launched 6 years later and is celebrating its' 20th anniversary.
A 62-game schedule kicks off Tuesday night, but no games of significant interest take place until Friday when Boise State hosts Fresno State. Saturday's top games include the Bedlam rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in Norman.
Top-ranked Alabama, after dominating LSU in Baton Rouge, 29-0, received all 51 first place votes for the first time this season in the new FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll released today. The poll is voted on by a panel of football writers and college football Hall Of Fame members.