Week 14 is college football conference championship weekend. That is significant because this is Week 11, and just about every team in the country has only three regular-season games left. That means teams that have two or fewer wins do not have a chance at bowl eligibility.
Those teams will be left to play for pride, to play spoiler or to save a coach’s job, and sometimes those motivations simply aren’t enough. By this point, teams are tired, especially with most of them having played shortened schedules last season due to COVID-19. Players are beaten up and running on empty emotionally, physically and mentally.
These could all be factors in how games play out in Weeks 11, 12 and 13, so keep that in mind as you handicap the card. Some teams just don’t have a lot to play for, and it could impact the kind of effort they give.
I’ll consider that and more with these Week 11 situational spots.
North Carolina at Pitt (-6, 74.5)
Tobacco Road was more like Bourbon Street with the partying that went on Saturday after the Tar Heels erased an 18-point deficit to stun Wake Forest and knock the Demon Deacons out of the playoff picture. It was a high-octane game on both sides, as over 1,150 yards were accumulated and UNC had to defend 90 plays.