College Football Picks Week 11: B/R's Expert Predictions for Top 5 Games

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2014

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Top playoff contenders go head to head this Saturday, making Week 11 one of the most important slates of the 2014 college football season.

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The biggest showdown of the night is, of course, in the SEC, where No. 5 Alabama hopes to knock off a rising LSU team. The Tide need a win to boost their playoff resume, and the No. 16 Tigers need a victory to stay alive in the SEC West race.

No. 14 Ohio State and No. 8 Michigan State will battle in the de facto Big Ten Championship game. There’s no doubt these are the top two teams in the conference. Can Sparty overtake the Buckeyes as the premier Big Ten squad?

No. 10 Notre Dame has a great opportunity to prove it is a team to be reckoned with, as the Fighting Irish look to defeat a surprisingly strong Arizona State squad ranked No. 9. 

In the Big 12, No. 6 TCU and No. 7 Kansas State will meet in what is essentially a playoff-elimination game. Don’t be shocked if this matchup comes down to the wire.

And the last contest our experts pick is a major trap game for No. 4 Oregon. No. 17 Utah is coming off a crushing loss to ASU, whereas the Ducks are riding high after a big win over Stanford. Will Oregon overlook Utah? If the Ducks do, the Utes will surely make them pay.

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Barrett Sallee jumped up to share the lead with Ben Kercheval. Is Week 11 the end for Kercheval’s run atop our standings?

Let us know your picks in the comments below!

Note: Our experts are picking the top five Saturday games against the spread.

Odds via opening lines at Odds Shark. Top 25 rankings via the College Football Playoff.