Experts have concluded that--with the exception of conference title games late in the year--the Notre Dame @ Georgia primetime showdown this Saturday night will have more impact on the College Football Playoffs than any other game this year. In September two years ago, Georgia nipped the Fighting Irish 20-19 in South Bend. This year, the Bulldogs are 2-touchdown favorites and some pundits feel the game is overhyped--still a grocery store in Georgia removed all Irish Spring soap from its shelves which should ignite ND and keep the game close..
Auburn @ Texas A&M, Washington @ BYU, and Oklahoma State @ Texas are other marquee matchups in the First Game.
The undefeated Lions are in Philadelphia this week, but the most interesting clash should be the Ravens @ Chiefs where two of the NFL's best young quarterbacks--Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes--face off. Other key games include Saints @ Seahawks, Rams @ Browns, and Bears @ Redskins on MNF. Navy travels to Memphis for Thursday night's NCAAF game on ESPN. To close the Second Game, the Eagles play the Packers at Lambeau, and Carson Wentz and Aaron Rodgers go head-to-head in a Total Completions prop bet.