College Football

Alabama Wins Big One

The top news from college football last week was No. 2 Alabama's convincing 41-24 win over No. 3 Georgia in the SEC. The teams could play again in the SEC Championship Game since they are in opposite divisions of the conference.

The Crimson Tide are now the only unbeaten team in the SEC and have virtually a two-game lead in the West Division since they already beat the only one-loss team, Texas A&M.

Georgia, meanwhile, is 3-1 and a half-game ahead of No. 10 Florida, which it plays on Nov. 7. Florida had last week off and is also idle this week as it battles a COVID-19 outbreak on its roster.

Every other team in the East has two losses, so if Georgia beats Florida in Jacksonville in two weeks, it will be in the driver's seat to face Alabama again in December.

Alabama is now -400 to win the SEC, while Georgia is +500. Florida would not only have to beat Georgia for the first time in four years but also still has Tennessee and LSU on the schedule. With a loss to Texas A&M, the Gators are +800 to win the SEC.

No other team in the conference has better than Texas A&M's +2000 odds.

Alabama is favored by 21 points at 2-2 Tennessee this Saturday with a 3:30 pm ET kickoff on CBS. Texas A&M, Georgia and Florida are all idle this week.

Clemson Cruising

Meanwhile, the No. 1 Clemson Tigers are on absolute cruise control in the ACC. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for a career-high five touchdowns in the first half against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The Tigers led the game 59-7 at halftime and went on to win 73-7. So far this season, Clemson has won games by the scores of 37-13, 49-0, 41-23, 42-17 and 73-17.

The Tigers' next two games shouldn't be a problem. This week, Clemson (-46) hosts Syracuse, which is coming off a loss to Liberty. Next week, the Tigers play Boston College.

But then the schedule amps up with a Nov. 7 trip to No. 3 Notre Dame, also currently unbeaten.

Clemson is a big favorite to win the ACC at -800, with Notre Dame at +700. In addition to the Clemson game, the Irish also face a trip to No. 14 North Carolina on Nov. 27.

The Tar Heels lost at Florida State last week and are now +3000 to win the ACC, behind No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 11 Miami, which are both +2000.

The Irish are at Pittsburgh this week and favored by 10 points with a 3:30 pm ET kickoff on ABC. North Carolina hosts No. 23 NC State at noon ET on ESPN, with the Tar Heels are favored by 15.5

Hello Old Friend

The Big Ten is back this weekend with seven games, one on Friday and six on Saturday. The slate starts with No. 16 Wisconsin (-23.5) hosting Illinois Friday night.

Ohio State is favored to repeat as conference champions with -300 odds. Wisconsin and Penn State are both +600, with Michigan at +2000.

The best game on the docket this weekend is No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota on ABC at 7:30 pm ET. The Wolverines (-3) could see head coach Jim Harbaugh land on the hot seat if they don't get off to a good start in 2020.

The Buckeyes open as 26-point favorites against Nebraska with a noon ET home kickoff.

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