The final week of the regular season is here and there are some interesting matchups among the rivalry weekend slate. Let’s finish the year strong with more completely accurate picks!
Tulane at Memphis
James Brisentine: Memphis 28 Tulane 20
Memphis has their backs against the wall this weekend. They’re looking to maintain their streak of bowl games, and it’s a must win for the Tigers. Tulane has had a rough go of it all season, so Memphis has very little excuses to not take care of their business at home.
Brian Bada: Memphis 35 Tulane 21
The Tigers want to end this season the right way. They do it with a convincing victory at home.
Zach Thompson: Memphis 27 Tulane 16
Memphis has to win this game to keep its streak of consecutive bowl game appearances alive. Tulane is better than its 2-9 record indicates, but the Tigers will get it done at home and clinch bowl eligibility.
#2 Ohio State @ #5 Michigan
James Brisentine: Ohio State 27 Michigan 20
Jim Harbaugh’s nemesis shows itself once again. No matter how good of a team he has, he just cannot get over the hump of the Buckeyes. Even though this might be his best shot to knock them off, CJ Stroud and the rest of the Ohio State offense will have something to say.
Brian Bada: Michigan 31 Ohio State 28
The Buckeyes have beaten Jim Harbaugh every time he has played them. This year is when that streak finally ends.
Zach Thompson: Ohio State 23 Michigan 20
I think the Wolverines have their best shot to dethrone the Buckeyes that they have had in a while. I still do not think they can get it done though. C.J. Stroud and co. keep on marching straight to the college football playoff. Hey, losing close is better than being blown out at least, right? Count that as progress for Jim Harbaugh.
#10 Oklahoma @ #7 Oklahoma State
James Brisentine: Oklahoma 34 Oklahoma State 30
This might be the game of the week. Both teams are evenly matched and have a great shot at knocking the other off. Bedlam is always an entertaining game, and this one won’t be different. While the Cowboys have a great team, the Sooner offense will be too much.
Brain Bada: Oklahoma 28 Oklahoma State 24
Bedlam is always a fascinating game. The Pokes should make it tough but the Sooners prevail late.
Zach Thompson: Oklahoma State 24 Oklahoma 21
Do not count out the Cowboys’ chances of sneaking into the college football playoff if they keep winning. Their defense will be amped up at home and overwhelming for the Sooners to handle. Oklahoma State wins in a slugfest.
Florida State @ Florida
James Brisentine: Florida State 28 Florida 23
Two teams looking to end their respective tumultuous seasons on a high note. With Florida freshly off firing Dan Mullen, they will either look to win one posthumously for him, or they will lay down even though they have the edge on talent. Personally I see the latter.
Brian Bada: Florida State 31 Florida 27
Former Memphis coach Mike Norvell has done a great job turning this season around. On the other hand, the Gators fired Dan Mullen for how quickly the Gators have become irrelevant. In the end, the Seminoles win a close one.
Zach Thompson: Florida State 27 Florida 20
A program everyone thought was in turmoil two months ago against a program actually in turmoil right now. The firing of head coach Dan Mullen will be too much of a mental obstacle to overcome for the Gators. The Seminoles pick up a huge win to clinch bowl eligibility.