Publish Date: November 19, 2021
Fact checked by: Jesse M Cox
It’s hard to believe that week 12 of the College Football season is already here but here we are with a couple of weeks left and still plenty still to be decided.
The College Football Playoff picture should become much more clear after this weekend especially after the big showdown in the Big Ten between Michigan State and Ohio State.
We could see plenty of movement over the next couple of weeks and as of right now Georgia seems like the only definite lock to get into the playoffs. If Georgia loses a close matchup to Alabama in the SEC title game they will still likely be the number two or three seed in the CFP.
If Alabama loses to Georgia, they will likely be out of the mix, and Oregon could get knocked out this week if they lose to Utah. That would leave Georgia, Ohio State, Cincinnati, and a team not many people are talking about, Notre Dame.
Notre Dame would likely move ahead of Michigan and Michigan State if both lose to Ohio State and have a good shot of squeaking into the playoffs as the 4th seed. If not Notre Dame, Oklahoma or Oklahoma State could get into the mix if they finish the season strong and win the BIg 12
The Spartans head to Columbus to take on Ohio State in a big top ten matchup that has major implications on the Playoffs and Big Ten title. If Ohio State wins, they will set up a winner take all Big 10 East game against Michigan next week in Ann Arbor. Ohio State is favored by 19 points as the offense under QB CJ Stroud has put up a ton of points in recent weeks and is firing on all cylinders. Michigan State has Heisman hopeful Kenneth Walker III who they will try to use as much as possible to control the clock and keep Ohio State off of the field.
Alabama needs to finish off the season with wins against SEC West opponents Auburn and Arkansas and then against Georgia in the SEC Championship game. Arkansas is a formidable opponent as they have the talent on the offensive and defensive line to keep up with Alabama and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this game stay relatively close into the 4th quarter. I think Alabama pulls away late in front of the home crowd.
Utah and Oregon face off in what could be an early PAC 12 title preview in Salt Lake City. The Utes are undefeated at home and play noticeably better in front of their home crowd. Utah is favored by 3 in this matchup despite Oregon being the third ranked team in the country. A Utah win will knock the Big 10 out of the playoff picture and open the door for Cincinnati or potentially a Big 12 or another SEC school to get into the
It looks like the Heisman race will come down to one of these 4 players and their team’s success will have a big impact on whether or not they take home the Heisman. If Alabama wins their last few games Young will likely take home the award but if Alabama stumbles the winner of the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game has the best chance to have their top player win it.