The much-anticipated Separation Saturdays in college football came and went without much separation at the top of the College Football Playoff Rankings. As it stands, there are still eight teams in contention for the four coveted playoff slots. While undefeated teams may have the advantage heading into the final weeks of the season, there is still plenty of time for things to change before Selection Sunday.
Week 12 is typically not considered a significant part of the college football season. Most top programs use this time to face weaker opponents in order to rest and prepare for Rivalry Week and conference championship games. However, that doesn't mean there won't be any challenges this weekend.
No. 1 Georgia and No. 5 Washington both face tough road contests that could potentially derail their playoff campaigns. Georgia, despite being a double-digit favorite, will be tested by No. 18 Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. On the other hand, Washington faces the difficult task of taking on No. 11 Oregon State, with the Huskies being the underdogs due to their struggling defense.
In addition, unranked Iowa State has a history of causing headaches for top teams like No. 7 Texas. The Longhorns will need to be on high alert as they try to avoid an upset in their late November trip to Ames, Iowa.
Be sure to tune in to CBS Sports for comprehensive college football coverage throughout the day on Saturday. Now, let's take a closer look at our expert picks for the best games in Week 12.
No. 1 Georgia at No. 18 Tennessee: Tennessee may keep it close, thanks to an electric atmosphere at Neyland Stadium. However, Georgia's dominant offense is likely to pull away in the second half, leaving Tennessee unable to keep pace. Our pick: Georgia -10.
No. 5 Washington at No. 11 Oregon State: Oregon State is favored in this matchup for a reason. They have been a strong team throughout the season, and their home advantage makes them even stronger. Washington's struggling defense may not be able to stop Oregon State's potent rushing attack. Our pick: Under 64 (due to both teams' ability to effectively run the ball).
No. 7 Texas at Iowa State: Iowa State's physical defense poses a challenge for Texas, especially without Jonathan Brooks. Expect a lower-scoring game than anticipated, with Iowa State keeping it close until the fourth quarter. Our pick: Iowa State +7.5.
No. 3 Michigan at Maryland: Michigan's game plan is likely to center around running the ball and draining the clock, especially with the looming Ohio State game next week. While Michigan may not score too many touchdowns, they should still be able to get the job done. Our pick: Maryland +19.
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