We were spoiled in week 10, separation Saturday lived up to it’s name and was the best week of the season to date. While week 11 doesn’t have as much hype or expected excitement, it still has a very appetizing slate of games on the schedule.
Check out below the top 5 games to watch in week 11:
1.) #10 Oklahoma @ #3 Baylor
Can Baylor win a big game? More importantly, can they win a big game without Seth Russell? The proclaimed freshman phenom, Jarrett Stidham had a good performance against Kansas State this past week, but Baylor barely came out with a win. Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma offense has been rolling as of late which bodes well in a game that figures to be a shootout. The Bears need this game in order to solidify themselves as a team worthy of a CFB Playoff spot. The Sooners need this in their attempt to continue to rise up the polls each week. Baylor has only won 3 games all time against Oklahoma, two of which have come in the last two years. Will they keep that streak alive?
2.) #4 Alabama @ #21 Mississippi State
This has trap game written all over it. Even though Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are coming off a huge road victory against LSU, nothing in football is set in stone, especially in the SEC. Mississippi State plays a tough brand of football and they’re a team who can force some turnovers, which could prove to be the deciding factor in this game. Dak Prescott is a difference maker under center for the Bulldogs, the exact type of QB who can beat ‘Bama. The Bulldogs came close last year, but haven’t defeated the Crimson Tide since 2007. This game will be much closer than many think.
3.) #25 Memphis @ #15 Houston
I can’t wait to watch this game, two of the best non-Power 5 teams in the nation. Both teams are trying to stay relevant in the national spotlight, and a loss would all but burst that for Memphis. This game shapes up to be one of the most exciting in week 11. I love the QB matchup of Paxton Lynch vs Greg Ward Jr., two QBs with different styles who have been darkhorse Heisman candidates all season long. After losing to Navy last week, the Tigers look to play spoiler this week. Watch out for this game.
4.) Oregon @ #9 Stanford
What a change of fortunes for these teams, you’d probably think it’d be the other way around at the start of the season. After a rough start to the season, Oregon seems to have finally found their identity – they’re coming off three consecutive wins against teams like Cal, Arizona State and Washington. Stanford has emerged in the national spotlight as a legitimate CFB Playoff contender. The Ducks would love nothing more than to spoil those hopes for rival Stanford and salvage what’s left of their season. The Cardinal begin a three game home stand to end the season – California comes to town the following week, then Notre Dame.
5.) Washington State @ #19 UCLA
It doesn’t look like a game to watch, but trust me, you’ll want to tune in. Even with 3 losses on their record, the Cougars are one of the hottest trending teams in all of college football. They were even close to beating Stanford just two weeks ago, losing by just two points. Luke Falk has emerged as one of the best QBs in the nation an the perfect fit for Mike Leach’s air raid offense. Falk has also emerged as an NFL Draft prospect – he’s a player to watch for sure. Can the ranked Bruins hold off this pesky Washington State team? The Bruins could boost a few more spots with a win, whereas a loss would knock them out or good. The Cougars would put themselves in the poll conversation with a win.