Big Games On Tap This Weekend
The first full weekend of November gives sports fans some big games in both college football and the NFL. Saturday gets it started with No. 1 Clemson at No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Georgia against No. 8 Florida.
Sunday brings an inter-conference NFL matchup of 6-1 Seattle at 6-2 Buffalo, 5-2 Baltimore at 5-2 Indianapolis, and a Sunday Night matchup for the NFC South lead as 6-2 Tampa Bay hosts 5-2 New Orleans.
SEC Battle in the Cocktail Party
The first big game of the weekend comes at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, Fla., as No. 5 Georgia (4-1) plays No. 8 Florida (3-1) on a neutral field. Georgia has won three in a row in this rivalry series, and the Bulldogs are favored by 3.5 points.
Florida has the top Heisman contender in this game with quarterback Kyle Trask at +1800. The winner will be favored to take the SEC East and in the driver’s seat for a likely showdown against No. 2 Alabama in December’s SEC title game. Saturday’s heated matchup kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Unbeaten Showdown in South Bend
The primetime showdown between No. 1 Clemson (7-0) and No. 4 Notre Dame (6-0) lost a bit of luster with Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence testing positive for COVID-19. He is expected to be on the sidelines helping freshman signal-caller D.J. Uiagalelei in his second career start.
Clemson rallied to beat Boston College at home last week but can’t afford a similar slow start against the Fighting Irish defense. Clemson is favored by six points against Ian Book and Notre Dame in this tilt. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, and the winner is virtually locked into the ACC Championship Game, which could be a rematch in December.
Big NFL Sunday on tap
The Seattle Seahawks have the MVP favorite in quarterback Russell Wilson at +350. The 6-1 squad heads across the country to face 6-2 Buffalo and quarterback Josh Allen at 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX.
Wilson has consistently found wide receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett for big plays this season, and Seattle is favored by 2.5 points.
Buffalo leads the AFC East by two games after beating the New England Patriots last Sunday at home. They already beat the NFC West’s Los Angeles Rams at home and are looking for another statement win.
AFC Contenders Face Off
The Baltimore Ravens slipped up at home last Sunday, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and are now two games back in the division race. However, they are in the top Wild Card spot but face a strong Indianapolis Colts team while undermanned on defense due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
The Colts are tied for first in the AFC South at 5-2 and throttled Detroit last week. Philip Rivers has played well the last two games, but the Colts are also hurting with running back Jonathan Taylor and wideout T.Y. Hilton both questionable for this showdown.
The game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on CBS with the Colts favored by 1.5 points.
Sunday Night Bonanza
It doesn’t get much bigger than Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady. The two future Hall of Famers are No. 1 and No. 2 in career touchdown passes, with Brady leading by one. The Saints won the matchup in Week 1 34-23 as Brady threw two interceptions.
The Saints could welcome All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas back for this game, while Tampa Bay gets wide receiver Antonio Brown on the roster for the first time. The winner of this game takes over first place in the NFC South, and the Bucs are favored by 4.5 points. Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.