Looking at this week’s schedule, it absolutely blows last week’s out of the water. ESPN’s College GameDay heads down to Tuscaloosa to host the top 10 SEC matchup between LSU and Alabama – a game that would set a statement in the conference. Does LSU stay undefeated? Or does ‘Bama jump in front? Who will take control of the ACC? Can Clemson keep their unbeaten bid alive? Or will Florida State burst their Playoff bubble? Which team will come out undefeated? TCU? Oklahoma State? Who will lose their first game of the season? Duke-UNC, a football rivalry too? What team is on upset watch?
All of these questions to be answered this coming week. Here are the top 5 games to watch in a jam-packed week 10!
1.) #3 LSU @ #7 Alabama
What’s better than a top 10 SEC matchup? I can name a few things, but when it’s related to college football; absolutely nothing. The Tigers look to continue their bid at an undefeated season while Alabama tries to stay relevant in the SEC. A team would be absolutely huge for either team and would put them in the driver seat of the SEC while making them the premier CFB Playoff squad. Leonard Fournette against ‘Bama’s offense makes for a tremendous matchup, can he continue to build his Heisman campaign against a stout defensive front? Alabama have won 4 consecutive meetings, including last year’s in overtime. A game of gladiators.
2.) #17 Florida State @ #4 Clemson
Now we shift to the ACC in another game with huge conference/BCS implications. Clemson has emerged as a favorite to appear in the CFB Playoff, but they must get through the Seminoles first. Deshaun Watson looks to build an even stronger Heisman resume with a win in this game. On the other hand, who will start at QB for the Seminoles? Everett Golson missed this past week and Sean Maguire took full advantage with a great passing performance. Whoever wins this game seemingly wins the Atlantic division, giving them a spot in the conference championship. Jimbo Fisher against Dabo Swinney in what will be classic ACC football.
3.) #6 TCU @ #9 Oklahoma State
Two undefeated top 10 Big 12 teams, I’ll take it. Vintage Big 12 football will be on display in a game that could easily go over 100 points. Trevone Boykin leads the charge for TCU as he looks to continue to build his Heisman campaign. I’ve been hating on Oklahoma State for weeks now, but they can put that to rest with a win. Whoever wins gets a leg up in what will be an extremely tight finish in the Big 12.
4.) Duke @ #21 North Carolina
It’s not football, but a compelling matchup nonetheless. UNC has been rolling as of late with 7 consecutive victories after losing in week 1, a ranked win this past week against Pittsburgh. Duke comes off a bulls***t, 8 lateral loss on the final play against Miami – seemingly crushing ACC title hopes, a win on the road in Chapel Hill would do wonders to restore hope there. Both teams are battling for the Coastal division, UNC currently in the driver seat. In a series that is very even as of late, Duke has won 2 of the last 3, but the Tar Heels won last season. As said, it’s not on the hardwood, but it’s still a very heated rivalry which will be a great game to watch with a lot at stake.
5.) Navy @ #16 Memphis
This is the game that is going to fly under the radar this week, featuring two non-power 5 teams. Navy has been on the cusp of being ranked for the past few weeks, but just haven’t done enough to get in. They have an impressive record at 6-1, and a win against Memphis would be huge and clearly would warrant a spot in next week’s top 25. As for Memphis, they’re coming off a solid win against Tulane. Paxton Lynch and co. look to advance to 9-0. Can Memphis stop Keenan Reynolds and the triple option? We will see – it surely is going to be a close game.
#8 Iowa @ Indiana
Will Iowa finish the season undefeated? They have a good chance, but not if Indiana has anything so say about it. The Hawkeyes have a soft schedule to end the season, and Indiana stands in the way as their biggest test. The Hoosiers have a great offense and came close to upsetting #1 Ohio State earlier in the season and even hung in there with Michigan State for 3 quarters. A conference game on the road could just be enough to give Iowa their first loss of the season.