The final month of the 2018 college football season is here. Nov. 3 is its biggest weekend to date — with five matchups featuring ranked teams.
This is one of those weekends that could potentially be talked about for years to come, and it comes on the heels of the unveiling of the first Playoff rankings. The SEC has a monster doubleheader in store, and there are other games across the FBS that will be huge as well.
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Here is a look at the big games on tap for Week 10. Clear your calendar now:
Alabama (8-0) at LSU (7-1)
This is the main event — a top-five showdown that is the biggest game at Tiger Stadium since the last time Alabama visited. The Tigers have allowed just 14 points per game at home this season, but Devin White won’t play in the first half. Will that allow the Crimson Tide to throw another early knockout punch with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa?
Georgia (7-1) at Kentucky (7-1)
Who in August had the Bulldogs going to Lexington for a winner-takes-SEC East showdown? This is an opportunity for the Wildcats to shock the Bulldogs. Coming off the heels of a dramatic victory against Missouri, Kentucky should be playing with confidence. Georgia, however, has its mojo back after a 36-17 victory against Florida.
West Virginia (6-1) at Texas (6-2)
The Mountaineers’ offense found its rhythm in a 58-14 victory against Baylor on Thursday, and had the weekend to prepare for a trip to Austin. There are Playoff implications at stake for the Mountaineers, but Texas would love nothing more than to play spoiler in a game that still has huge Big 12 championship implications. The Mountaineers have won two of the last three meetings.
Penn State (6-2) at Michigan (7-1)
The Wolverines are in position to make a run in the Big Ten East under fourth-year coach Jim Harbaugh, but the Nittany Lions pose a test Michigan must clear before thinking about the Nov. 24 trip to Ohio State. The Wolverines and Nittany Lions have traded blowouts the last two seasons, and both coaches know it. James Franklin is 0-2 in Ann Arbor. Penn State’s Big Ten hopes are slim, but a win here would keep those hopes alive.
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Oklahoma (7-1) at Texas Tech (5-3)
The last time these teams met in Lubbock, both teams combined for 1,708 total yards in Oklahoma’s 66-59 victory. Baker Mayfield and Pat Mahomes are gone, but Kyler Murray and Alan Bowman will put up some numbers here. The Sooners can’t look past the Red Raiders by any stretch.
Notre Dame (8-0) at Northwestern (5-3)
The Wildcats are the front runner in the Big Ten West, so the Irish have an opportunity to knock them off, too. That’s an underrated notch in the College Football Playoff race. The Wildcats won the last two meetings in 1995 and 2014. Chanced are Notre Dame fans know that, too.
Temple (5-3) at UCF (7-0)
It’s a virtual certainty that the Knight will not be happy with their spot in the opening rankings, but the increasing chaos around them could open the door. UCF, however, cannot overlook an improved Temple team that handled Maryland earlier this season and knocked Cincinnati from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Cal (5-3) at Washington State (7-1)
The Cougars have jumped to the top of the Pac-12 North with back-to-back victories against Stanford and Oregon. Washington State is the last Pac-12 contender standing, and Gardner Minshew continues to put up big numbers. Up next is Cal, which routed the Cougars 37-3 last season and is coming off an impressive victory against Washington.
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