This weekend looks good for Alabama and Jacksonville State.
The Crimson Tide gets an easy week as it could sleep through its game with Kent State and still win comfortably. JSU will travel to Liberty, and a win there will look good when the NCAA selection committee begins seeding the FCS playoffs at the end of the year.
Auburn has a chance to rebound with a big win against LSU, but more likely, this game will continue the Tigers’ slide downhill.
Kent State (1-2) at No. 1 Alabama (3-0): Plenty of people should get to play as Nick Saban’s biggest chore of the game will be trying not to hang 50 points on his alma mater. Kent State’s lone win this year game over Monmouth 27-7. … Alabama 48, Kent State 6.
No. 18 LSU (2-1) at Auburn (1-2): Auburn doesn’t have a good quarterback on campus, but that’s not the only issue. The offensive line has struggled at times as well.
Leonard Fournette should be ready to go, and we’ve seen before what he can do to Auburn. Just ask Tray Matthews, who Fournette shrugged off like a warmup jacket on his way to a big gain last year. … LSU 28, Auburn 14.
No. 3 Jacksonville State (2-1) at Liberty (1-2): This is the result of Jacksonville State dominating FCS teams and nearly beating Auburn — it's hard for JSU to find anyone willing to play. To fill out the schedule, Jax State is going to Liberty, which is a different team at home than one the road.
Liberty has scored five wins over top-16 teams in the last four seasons, including three over top-seven teams. The Flame beat then-No. 1 Coastal Carolina in 2014 before scoring another win in 2015 over the Chanticleers, then ranked No. 4. They were 5-0 at home last season.
Liberty has beaten Jacksonville 55-7 and lost to Virginia Tech 36-13 and SMU 29-14. ... Jacksonville State 24, Liberty 20.
Penn State (2-1) at No. 4 Michigan (3-0): Michigan has averaged 53 points a game this year. Penn State’s wins are over Temple and Kent State. … Michigan 38, Penn State 19.
No. 12 Georgia (3-0) at No. 23 Ole Miss (1-2): Georgia’s three wins have come by a combined 12 points. Ole Miss hasn’t beaten the Bulldogs since 1996. … Ole Miss 38, Georgia 35.
No. 11 Wisconsin (3-0) at No. 8 Michigan State (2-0): If Ohio State falters (again), these two could meet in the Big Ten Championship Game. … Michigan State 24, Wisconsin 21.
No. 19 Florida (3-0) at No. 14 Tennessee (3-0): Sorry, I’m not on the Butch Jones/Josh Dobbs train. Florida has won 11 straight over Tennessee since losing 30-28 in 2004. … Florida 24, Tennessee 21.
No. 17 Arkansas (3-0) at No. 10 Texas A&M (3-0): Arkansas’ Austin Allen leads the Southeastern Conference in passing efficiency. The Aggies already have wins against UCLA and Auburn. … Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 21.
South Carolina (2-1) at Kentucky (1-2): South Carolina hasn’t scored more than 20 points in a game this year, while Kentucky hasn’t allowed fewer than 42. … Kentucky 31, South Carolina 30.
Southern California (1-2) at No. 24 Utah (3-0): With rumors of possible transfers and a defensive lineman slugging head coach Clay Helton, life doesn't look good for USC these days. The Trojans already have lost to Alabama 52-6 and Stanford 27-10 and appear headed toward the abyss. ... Utah 29, Southern California 13.
Last week: 9-1. (The only miss came in the Iowa vs. North Dakota State game. I got it wrong by picking NDSU … again.)