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Maryland has busted out of the gate with a comeback win over Texas, followed by a point drubbing of BGSU. The Longhorns only defeated Tulsa at home this past weekend while the Trojans were shut down at Stanford. Share this article with friends: Where The Odds Are In Your Favor

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The USC Trojans now know that there isn't anything left to play for this season. After getting blasted in South Bend last week, their chances of getting into the College Football Playoff are virtually nil. If there's a silver lining, it's that the Trojans are still sitting at in conference play and control their destiny in the Pac South. Unfortunately for them, this week's foes, the Arizona State Sun Devils can say the same It's hard to believe that the Baylor Bears are still the only team in the Power Five without a single win this season.

There will be a shot for reprieve next week against Kansas, but this week against the Texas Longhorns will probably be more of the same. The Horns have been through the gauntlet in recent weeks and will be thrilled to get some respite by playing against one of the worst teams in college football If there was any doubt as to just how serious the Penn State Nittany Lions were about reaching the College Football Playoff this year, that doubt was shredded within a few minutes of their game against Michigan last week.

The Nittany Lions were tremendous from start to finish in that one and deserved their victory. Now comes their biggest test, a trip to the Big House to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes that could ultimately decide the fate of all of the teams in the Big Ten The traditions in the SEC are really like none other, especially this time of year. UGA has a chance to really put its foot down on the throats of the rest of the SEC East, but Florida has had a history of being a pain in this game, especially when the Dawgs are favored as they are at all of the top online sportsbooks in this one This week, they're in virtually the exact same spot with the N.

State Wolfpack coming to town. The winner is going to be in great shape as we head into the final month of the regular season, while the loser is virtually assured to be out of the CFP chase The Washington Huskies weren't anywhere near the biggest losers in Week 8 of the college football season, but you have to imagine that they were at home watching USC get crushed by Notre Dame, resigned to their fate. The bottom line is that it's going to be really hard to overcome a loss to Arizona State two weeks ago and still reach the College Football Playoff for as bad as the Pac has been this season.

They're also the holders of the longest winning streak in America at 12 games. All of that will be on the line on Saturday when they take on the Houston Cougars in what might be the biggest test left on the Bulls' docket before a Black Friday showdown at UCF.. The Clemson Tigers know that their margin for error the rest of the way in the ACC is nil if they want to contend for the conference title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. A game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets surely won't be easy, though it should be noted that the game comes on the heels of a bye that gave Clemson two weeks to prepare for Paul Johnson's crazy triple-option assault Now, the conference is left without an undefeated team and is void of any big wins outside of its conference.

To say that the Washington State Cougars have to be perfect the rest of the way if they want to even have a shot at the College Football Playoff is an understatement. Saturday's test against Arizona could see one of the conference's top contenders go down in flames The San Diego State Aztecs have watched their season fall apart in the worst possible way over the course of the last two weeks.

They topped out as the No. It's times like this that a road trip to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors seems like a prospective disaster The information contained herein is for entertainment and news matter only. The Miami Hurricanes have a legitimate gripe to be the No.

They won't get that high, of course, but the coast is clear at this point for the Canes to get into the College Football Playoff for the first time That game is going to be a showcase on national television with real national implications to it.

But if the Knights aren't careful, they could easily get tripped up by a tough Temple Owls team just six days in advance of the USF game to derail the entire season While Oklahoma is stealing all the headlines in the Big XII at the tail end of the season, let's remember that there is a second team that is going to get to play in the Big XII Championship Game this year. The Texas Longhorns and West Virginia Mountaineers are definitely still in that fight, though this game between the two in Morgantown will serve as an eliminator The Georgia Bulldogs weren't ready for being the top team in America.

In their first really big test as the nation's No. The Dawgs still clearly hold all of the cards to get into the College Football Playoff, but the last thing they can afford right now is a second loss in a row.

The Kentucky Wildcats would love nothing more than to kick these Bulldogs while they're down There have been three examples over the course of the last three seasons where a team has been getting 30 or more points on their side from the top college football sportsbooks. The poor Kansas Jayhawks are set to add their name to that list for the second straight week and could end up as one of the biggest home underdogs in the history of college football when they take on the Oklahoma Sooners in Week There's virtually no doubt this team will be in the New Year's Six in some capacity, but barring a miracle, the dreams of playing for a National Championship are over with The Ohio State Buckeyes technically haven't won the Big Ten East yet, but they're in a position where they shouldn't have a problem putting the division away so long as they take care of business against the Illinois Fighting Illini.

With an impressive enough showing, this is still a team that could fight back into the National Championship picture, too The Penn State Nittany Lions had a bit of a lull against Rutgers last week, but they ended up putting the game away with ease to get back on track in the Big Ten. They have a shot at getting to the New Year's Six still, but they're going to have to win out. The Nebraska Cornhuskers shouldn't provide much in the way of a potential pothole for James Franklin's side on Saturday For a hot minute, the Michigan State Spartans were the talk of the Big Ten and were arguably in the best position aside from Wisconsin to reach the College Football Playoff The Tennessee Volunteers finally put Butch Jones out of his misery.

It's clear that the team had given up on Jones and didn't care a heck of a lot about playing for him any longer after getting crushed at Missouri last week.