Between mandatory study hall (attendance optional)
Clemson vs. North Carolina (ACC title): And in this corner, the title game that annually screams, "Look at me! Over here! Behind the potted palm!" The ACC needs Clemson to win this because if UNC pulls an upset, the ACC would need nations to fall to get a school into the playoffs. But: Tigers cover 5.
Georgia State at Georgia Southern: Trent Miles has won as many games in the past three weeks (3-0) as he did in his first 32 (3-29) with the Panthers (5-6), who suddenly are one win from being bowl-eligible. Georgia Tech: so jealous. Alas, the dream dies in Statesboro. Eagles win, but take State and 21.
Down the stretch they come (slowly)
Falcons at Tampa Bay: The Falcons' Super Bowl odds have dropped from 40-1 to 100-1, which happens when your quarterback throws five interceptions in the past two weeks, you team has the third-most turnovers in the NFL (21) and things are such a mess that your players hold a no-coaches meeting. Remember when the Falcons were 5-0 and dinosaurs roamed the earth? But, somehow: Falcons win, take the 1 1/2.
Panthers at Saints: The analytics website FiveThirtyEight wrote a story headlined, "The Panthers are the worst team to ever start 11-0." What a coincidence. FiveThirtyEight wrote the worst analysis I've ever read on an 11-0 team. Panthers cover 7.
Eagles at Patriots: The biggest difference between two know-it-alls, Chip Kelly and Bill Belichick, is only one of them is right. New England covers 10.
Seahawks at Vikings: It could be worse, Atlanta. Seattle has lost running back Marshawn Lynch and tight end Jimmy Graham. But the good news is Russell Wilson has a hot one-name girlfriend (Ciara), who is kinda famous, I think. Men of Thor win a pick 'em.
Colts at Steelers: Indy is on a roll with 40-year-old quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and 42-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri. But it's cold in Pittsburgh, and they're overdue for a fall, or at least hardening of the arteries. Pittsburgh covers 7.
Bengals at Browns: Johnny Manziel, a first-round draft pick, has now lost his starting job to Austin Davis, an undrafted free agent out of Ringgold and Southern Miss who has been cut three times. But Manziel remains rush chairman of his frat and the one guy you absolutely have to invite to your party. Cincy covers 10.
Lilly's Pick (Alabama-Florida): She's 9-4. The magic of the cheese. But methinks the mutt ate one too many bugs this week. Posted pictures of Nick Saban and Jim McElwain on the wall and Lilly went for the cheese on the right — to McElwain. So she's calling an upset: Florida over Alabama for the SEC championship.
Last week: 10-5 straight up, 8-7 against the line.
Bottom line: 107-60 straight up; 85-89-2 against the line.