My sense of timing has been thrown entirely out of whack by this season. Did you know it’s December now? It is. I’ve been having difficulty understanding this, because even though Thanksgiving was last week and I understand where it falls on the calendar, I base my understanding of time on the sports calendar more than holidays. And the college football calendar is off.
Yes, last week was Thanksgiving but it wasn’t Thanksgiving. It wasn’t Thanksgiving because it wasn’t a weekend full of rivalry games that end the regular season. Sure, a couple of them were played, but not all. Plus, we don’t have any conference championship games this weekend.
Conference championship games are how I know it’s December! But they aren’t for another couple of weeks because we still have regular-season games to play. So, I don’t care what the calendar says; in my mind, we’re still in mid-November.
So here are my picks for this coming weekend, which is definitely mid-November, not December. Got it?
Games of the Week
No. 1 Alabama at LSU
If you’ve been reading this column over the last few years or just following my picks on the “Cover 3 Podcast,” you know how I feel about taking big favorites. I try to avoid it at all costs. Well, I’m not avoiding it here. I suppose, if I wanted to, I could go into an in-depth explanation for this pick, sharing a bunch of stats that 75% of you have never heard of nor care about to help convince you of the pick. But I don’t think they’re necessary. The only thing I need to say about this pick is that Alabama is the best team in the country, and LSU stinks.
We’ve seen an exodus in Baton Rouge over the last week as top players decided they’ve had enough of the 2020 season and prepare for their NFL futures. I do not blame them a bit. The Tigers have little left to play for in this game, and even if they did, I don’t know where the points will come from. Alabama is back in Death Machine Mode, and it’s going to destroy LSU on Saturday night. Alabama 49, LSU 17 | The Pick: Alabama -29.5
No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin
Poor Indiana. The Hoosiers are having the most remarkable football season they’ve had in a long time, and they were able to bounce back from a close loss to Ohio State with an impressive win over Maryland last week. The problem is they lost their starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. to a torn ACL in that game. Now we’ll find out how vital Penix was to the Hoosiers, and my instinct tells me that he’s been pretty important. I’m not sure how much faith to put into the Indiana offense against a tough Wisconsin defense.
Of course, on the other side of that coin is a Wisconsin offense that has not looked nearly as