College football is now in full swing. There are always things to watch every week of the season. Here are 5 things to watch in college football week 12.
1. Washington at Oregon State
Washington is undefeated this season and are making a push for the College Football Playoff. They have had some close calls recently and could be due for an upset unless the Huskies can improve their play. They play Oregon State this week. The Huskies will hope their high-powered offense, which scores 41 points per game can perform up to par. Their defense has been inconsistent, but does have enough talent to slow down the Beavers.
Oregon State has two losses on the season and are still in play to make the Pac-12 Championship Game with some help. The offense is led by Clemson transfer D.J. Uiagalelei at quarterback. He has helped the team average 37.9 points per game. Defensively, the Beavers allow 20.5 points per game. They will have their work cut out for them going up against a potent offense. Washington should win on the road, but Oregon State could pull of the upset to shake things up.
2. Georgia at Tennessee
Georgia is undefeated looking for another CFP appearance. They have really turned things up a notch as of late and will have to play well against Tennessee. Carson Beck has improved throughout the season and is now leading an offense that scores 41.2 points per game. Their defense isn’t as good as defenses over the last few years for Georgia, but they are still good, allowing just 15.6 points per game.
Tennessee has three losses this year and the offense isn’t as high-powered. They are much more run-based and defensive-focused. The Volunteers average 32 points per game and allow 20.2. For the Volunteers to spring an upset, they may need to get a lead early and then continue to establish the run.
3. Louisville at Miami
Louisville has one loss and are still in play for the College Football Playoff. They lost to Pittsburgh and had close call in week 11 against Virginia. This week, they have a tough road game at Miami where a win is necessary to stay in the CFP talk. Jeff Brohm has done a great job with the offense in his first year, as the Cardinals average 32.7 points per game. The more impressive unit might be the defense, which concedes just 17.2 points per game.
Miami is 6-4 this season with losses to Florida State, NC State, Georgia Tech and UNC. Mario Cristobal has taken a small step forward in year two. The Hurricanes score 30.9 points per game and allow 20.7 points. They have made changes at the quarterback position, but due to injury, Tyler Van Dyke is back under center. Louisville just had a close game and could be due for an upset loss on the road.
4. Utah at Arizona
In one of the more underrated games of the weekend, Utah travels to take on Arizona. The Utes have been without starting quarterback Cam Rising all season long and have still been a good team with a 7-3 record. They score 25.2 points per game and give up just 17.8. They’ll need their defense to continue to play well to really have a chance in this game.
Jedd Fisch has done a great job turning the Arizona program around. After winning one game in year one, he won five in year two. He already has seven wins this season. A lot of that is thanks to the offense, as they score 30.7 points per game. Their defense has also been solid, allowing 20.9 points per game. A win keeps Arizona alive in the Pac-12 Championship race, although they will need some help.
5. Marvin Harrison Jr.’s Heisman Push
Marvin Harrison Jr. has been one of the best players in college football. It is hard for a wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy which recognizes the most outstanding player in the sport. Harrison has been coming on strong though and making a Heisman push. Currently he has 59 receptions for 1,063 yards and 13 total touchdowns.
If Harrison wants to win the Heisman, he is going to be great down the stretch. That starts this week against Minnesota, a game that Ohio State is heavily favored in. If he can put up a lot of stats, then play well against Michigan in the final week of the season, he could put himself in good position to win the award, as rare as that is for a wide receiver.
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