The College Football 2020 season welcomes the Big Ten and Mountain West conferences to the fray this week while Rice also finally plays its opener. If the schedule stays intact - something which hasn't happened yet this season - we will have a slate of 48 games involving 93 FBS teams.
With the Big Ten set to debut this coming weekend, and the MAC, Mountain West and PAC-12 all starting by November 7, the Congrove Computer Rankings expand from 92 teams to 127 with this week's release.
Texas coach Tom Herman said there would be no mandate that players stay on the field for the playing of school song "The Eyes of Texas."
Nick Saban made it to the sideline and Alabama recovered from a 24-20 halftime deficit to Georgia by dominating the second half for a 41-24 win in Tuscaloosa. On Wednesday leading up to the game, it was announced that the Alabama head coach had tested positive for Covid-19, but daily negative tests cleared his return to the team for the crucial battle between SEC divisional leaders.
In 2020, the Congrove Computer Rankings are celebrating its' 28th year of accurate picks and team rankings.
The rankings began with the 1993 season. CollegeFootballPoll.com launched 6 years later and will be celebrating its' 22nd year on the internet.
This Saturday's Southern Miss football game at UTEP has been postponed, and the SEC has moved around three games affecting four teams next week and the following week.
Two more games scheduled for this Saturday have been canceled due to Covid issues - Cincinnati at Tulsa, and FIU at Charlotte.
"Right now I need to be with my mother, who is battling health issues," Kansas RB Pooka Williams said in a statement announcing he was opting out.
Alabama and Georgia can easily be designated the "Game of the Week" in an AP-ranked #1 vs. #3 matchup in Tuscaloosa. The leaders of each division in Conference USA will collide on Saturday, while the Sun Belt kicks off the week on Wednesday with a skirmish between its divisional front-runners.
There are 4 upset predictions this week, reduced from 5 after the postponement of the LSU-Florida game.
Beginning this season, Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl joins forces with the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 in the new, state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium. The game will feature a team from the Pac-12 Conference vs. a team from either the SEC or Big Ten Conference in a six-year deal.
The Prediction Tracker, which monitors more than 60 computer rating systems, shows the Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR) on CollegeFootballPoll.com had the best record for projecting outright winners in the second half of the 2018 season.
The CCR also had the most correct straight-up predictions in the second-half of 2014, and the best record against-the-spread for the entire 2016 campaign.
The Maxwell Football Club honors the nation's top offensive player with the Maxwell Award, and the best defensive player with the Chuck Bednarik Award. Some of the games and candidates on the "must-see list" this week include QB's Brady White of Memphis and Dillon Gabriel of UCF going toe-to-toe, while the biggest game of the year, thus far, is the SEC matchup of Georgia at Alabama featuring this past week's Bednarik Player of the Week, LB Monty Rice of the Bulldogs.
A handy guide on where to watch all of this week's action.