On a weekend that was supposed to be the final one of the college football season, the schedule looks more like one you would see in September. There’s some quality games, but nothing that would appear to have much influence on the top teams.
The biggest test for the College Football Playoff contenders sees No. 6 Texas A&M travel to Auburn. The Aggies need an impressive win to bolster their case with the committee, but they struggled last week to put away LSU. The Tigers have the ability to making things difficult, especially if quarterback Bo Nix can put together four consistent quarters.
There’s a big game in the Big Ten with No. 11 Indiana still in contention to represent the East in the conference championship game. The Hoosiers, however, will face a challenge at No. 19 Wisconsin after losing quarterback Michael Penix Jr., the conference’s leader in passing yards, to a season-ending knee injury.
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In the Group of Five, there’s a rare non-conference showdown of unbeatens that sees No. 8 Brigham Young travel to No. 14 Coastal Carolina. The game was put together on short notice after Liberty had to drop out of playing the Chanticleers due to COVID-19 issues. A win would provide a huge boost to the Cougars in their bid to play in the New Year’s Six. Costal Carolina has similar aspirations, but it would likely be as the Sun Belt champion if Cincinnati were to lose. A win Saturday would significantly help its case.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 14