College Football Week 11 Best Picks
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr has led the Hoosiers to a 3-0 start atop the Big Ten standings. Could Indiana keep pace with Ohio State? (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in programs all across the nation, week 11 has lost many of its best games. Alabama vs. LSU has been postponed as well as a plethora of games in the Big Ten. Even the PAC-12, who just kicked off the 2020 season last week, has had to postpone games. With that being said, there are still plenty of games in action on Saturday.

Number two overall Notre Dame takes on Boston College, which will be a good ACC game. While that is a game to keep an eye on for NFL Draft prospects, I’m not betting that game. This week, we look at a few teams ranked near the top 25, and one of the best teams in the country. Is Indiana a legitimate top ten team in the nation? Maybe their matchup in week 11 will tell us more about the Hoosiers chances this season.

North Carolina (-13.0) vs. Wake Forest

The Tar Heels enter this week 11 matchup with one of the best offensive attacks in college football. Yes, Wake Forest is riding a four-game win streak. However, on the road against a solid UNC team is a tall task. North Carolina running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter II has lit up the ACC on the ground, and that should continue here. Quarterback Sam Howell is finally hitting his stride, and wide receivers Dazz Newsome and Dyami Brown will be tough to contain.

On the defensive side, Chazz Surratt has performed like a first round draft pick, so expect another good game from the inside linebacker. Wake Forest’s offense has only beat up on bad teams, so it is hard to assume inexperienced quarterback Sam Hartman will rise to the occasion in this one. If Wake Forest pulls off an upset, we might have to talk about them in the top 25 conversation. However, playing on the road against a stellar offense may be too much for the Demon Deacons to handle. I like the Tar Heels by two touchdowns in this one.

Tulsa (-2.0) vs. 19 SMU

I may be making the unpopular pick in this contest but I think Tulsa is a very underrated football team. A win at home against nineteenth ranked SMU may put the Golden Hurricane in the top 25 conversation as well. Tulsa’s quarterback Zach Smith is a solid football player, and he has the ability to tear up a weak SMU defense. Additionally, Tulsa has one of the better defenses in college football. Linebacker Zaven Collins is a player I have been very impressed with lately. He is a great leader on that defense and has NFL-caliber potential.

SMU has limited weapons on offense following a multitude of injuries a few weeks ago. Shane Buechele has performed well this year, but he hasn’t faced a defense like Tulsa’s. Facing a tough defense on the road is always a tough challenge. If SMU wins, I will give them more respect. However, I’m on the Golden Hurricane wave right now, so give me Tulsa in a close game at home.

Upset: Michigan State (+7.5) vs. 10 Indiana

Has Indiana played well this year? Yes, they’ve performed very well. I picked against them last week, and it backfired. However, I’m siding against them again this week. Michigan State looked great on the road against Michigan two weeks ago. If that team comes to play again, they will take down the undefeated Hoosiers. Indiana’s quarterback Michael Penix Jr played great last week. However, Michigan State has a very capable defensive line. If they put pressure on Penix, he may struggle.

And, with the exception of Whop Philyor, Indiana does not have any threats on the offensive side of the ball. This is more of a gut pick. I do not like Michigan State the way I like Tulsa and UNC. I am still unconvinced on the Hoosiers being a top ten ranked team. In a tough matchup on the road, I would be surprised if Indiana defeated the Spartans by more than one score.