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  • December 9, 2017 12:13 AM GMT

    Big games for sure. But must-wins? Far from it.If No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State are going to lose this season, this would be an excellent week to do so.During the brief history of the College Football Playoff, only two teams -- one each season -- have entered the semifinals unbeaten. So chances are, all the teams that look primed to make a playoff run, like the Crimson Tide and Buckeyes, will take a loss at some point.But heres the key for those contenders: Dont lose to a division rival, which could cost a chance to win the conference.Thats why this week is not a terrible to time for Alabama and Ohio State to stumble. Both are playing cross-division rivals on the road. The Tide go to No. 9 Tennessee and the Buckeyes are at No. 8 Wisconsin. Neither favorite would relinquish control of their division if they lost.The Tide could still roll through the SEC West and to Atlanta for the conference championship game. The Buckeyes could still go through Michigan to win the Big Ten East and move on to Indianapolis to play for a title.Last season, Ohio States only loss -- to East Division rival Michigan State -- kept the Buckeyes out of the Big Ten championship and the playoff. Alabama almost got itself into the same position by losing to Mississippi early in the season, but Florida and Arkansas gave the Tide the help it needed to win the conference by defeating the Rebels.So, Tide and Buckeyes fans, dont sweat Saturday.The picks:FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTSDuke (plus 35+) at No. 7 LouisvilleAnother Friday night of Lamar Action Jackson and the Cardinals ... LOUISVILLE 48-20.MARQUEE MATCHUPSNo. 1 Alabama (minus 13) at No. 9 TennesseeThe last time the Volunteers beat the Tide was 2006, the year before Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa ... ALABAMA 35-17.No. 2 Ohio State (minus 10) at No. 8 WisconsinThe Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight meetings, and the Badgers are going to try to pull an upset with one of the least productive offenses in the Big Ten ... OHIO STATE 28-16.No. 12 Mississippi (minus 8) at No. 22 ArkansasTwo of the best quarterbacks in the SEC in Chad Kelly and Austin Allen and two suspect defenses. Expect another wild one between the Rebels and Razorbacks ... MISSISSIPPI 42-38.CONFERENCE CALLSNorth Carolina State (plus 17+) at No. 3 ClemsonThe Wolfpack defense could use another rain storm ... CLEMSON 45-17, BEST BET.No. 10 Nebraska (minus 3+) at IndianaFirst meeting since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten. Last time they played was 1978, the final game of a four-year series that Nebraska swept by an average score of 47-10. This should be closer ... NEBRASKA 27-24.Kansas (plus 34) at No. 11 BaylorThe Jayhawks are getting better. Still a long way to go ... BAYLOR 55-17.Tulsa (plus 21+) at No. 13 HoustonGreg Ward Jr. and the Cougars bounce back at home ... HOUSTON 48-24.Wake Forest (plus 21) at No. 14 Florida StateAt 5-1, the Demon Deacons are already one of the biggest surprise teams in the country. Beating the `Noles would push it to another level ... FLORIDA STATE 38-13.Colorado State (plus 31+) at No. 15 Boise StateThe Broncos have won all five meetings by an average of 45-18 ... BOISE STATE 45-18.North Carolina (plus 9) at No. 16 MiamiThe ACC Coastal could shake out in the next few weeks with Miami facing the Tar Heels and then Virginia Tech ... MIAMI 35-31.No. 17 Virginia Tech (minus 19+) at SyracuseHokies QB Jerod Evans has thrown 15 touchdown passes and just one interception ... VIRGINIA TECH 38-21.Missouri (plus 14) at No. 18 FloridaThe Gators will have QB Luke Del Rio back from injury ... FLORIDA 31-13.Kansas State (plus 10+) at No. 19 OklahomaSooners WR Dede Westbrook has 390 yards receiving and five touchdowns in his last two games ... OKLAHOMA 42-17.No. 20 West Virginia (minus 1) at Texas TechThe Mountaineers are maybe the most overlooked unbeaten team in the country ... TEXAS TECH 45-41.No. 21 Utah (minus 9) at Oregon StateInjuries could leave the Utes leaning on a walk-on tailback this week ... UTAH 27-20.No. 24 Western Michigan (minus 11) at AkronThe Broncos have zero turnovers, which almost seems impossible through six games ... WESTERN MICHIGAN 35-28.TWITTER REQUESTSMississippi State (plus 7) at BYU, Friday -- (at)brianhadadThe Bulldogs string of six straight winning seasons, the most since the 1940s, is in jeopardy ... BYU 30-24.Stanford (plus 3) at Notre Dame -- (at)dvolpi88Two preseason top 10 teams trying to salvage what are quickly becoming lost seasons; possibly no Christian McCaffrey for Stanford ... NOTRE DAME 33-28.UCLA (plus 4+) at Washington State -- (at)dansjensenBruins QB Josh Rosen (wrist) is uncertain to play ... WASHINGTON STATE 28-24.Arizona State (plus 13) at Colorado (at)EvanMillsteinA pivotal game in the Pac-12 South, but arent they all in this muddled division? ... ARIZONA STATE 42-38, UPSET SPECIAL.Illinois (minus 6) at Rutgers -- (at)HodgeUMahThe loser gets the Big Ten basement all to itself ... RUTGERS 21-17.---Record: Last week 14-4 straight; 9-8-1 vs. points.Season: 89-29; 56-58-2.Upset specials: 2-4.Best bets: 1-5.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at college football coverage at Youth Browns Jerseys . But the quarterback hopes to stay involved in football after officially calling it quits Tuesday. "Id love to look at those opportunities as they arise," Pierce said in an interview from his Winnipeg eatery. Browns Jerseys Outlet .ca! Hi Kerry, Heres an interesting one. I know its common knowledge that all players are responsible for their sticks. 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Butler already was out until October with a broken foot.Notre Dame vice president of communications Paul Browne told ESPNs Jeannine Edwards that Butlers status with the university has not changed. Butler is still enrolled, and at this time the school will have no further comment.In a prior statement Browne had said any student charged with a felony was subject to dismissal.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '