There are two massive matches at week 10, both in the SEC. Tennessee, #1 newly minted in the CFP . rankingsHe will head to Athens to face third-seeded Georgia, the national title holders. Elsewhere, No. 6 Alabama heads to Baton Rouge to face No. 10 LSU.
Another top team, No. 4 Clemson, is on sudden alert at South Bend and is one of many other seeded teams in a potential flat spot against an unranked opponent.
Let’s see what the weekend has in store for you.
(Note: All times are ET, odds are from BetMGM)
Time: Noon | TV: Fox | Font: TCU -9.5 | Total: 69.5
This looks like it’s likely to be a tough spot for the TCU. Somewhat controversially, TCU came in seventh in the CFP rankings despite an 8-0 record. The Horned Frogs continue to win matches, but their last four matches are set with a lead of 10 points or less. Meanwhile, Texas Tech was very competitive in most of the Big 12 games. The Red Raiders upset the Texans, losing on the road to Kansas State and Oklahoma State and then demolishing West Virginia.
Time: 3:30 PM | Television: CBS | Font: UGA -8 | Total: 66.5
Tennessee’s rise to No. 1 in the CFP rankings has been impressive, and now the Vols have a chance to put themselves in the driver’s seat at SEC East and take another step closer to the supplement berth. Does Heisman hope for QB Hendon Hooker to beat the defending champion? While Tennessee State beat five seeded opponents, Georgia hasn’t faced a seeded team since demolishing Oregon State’s first week. There have been some disappointing efforts along the way, but the Bulldogs seem to have put things back into high gear in recent weeks, with three straight wins. Which team will flash first?
Time: 7 pm | Television: ESPN | Font: Alabama -13.5 | Total: 56.5
Since the Tennessee-Georgia game is for SEC East, the Alabama-LSU game is for SEC West. LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama are all tied for first place in the division with 4-1 SEC records, so whoever wins that number will be in a formidable position to reach the SEC title game. LSU’s offense appears to have taken a huge step forward in recent weeks, but it will be a tough task trying to keep up with the strong Alabama team that comes after a farewell week.
Time: 7 pm | TV: FS1 | Font: UT -2.5 | Total: 54.5
Although the TCU sits alone in the top spot in the Big 12, Kansas State has a chance to significantly boost its chances of making it to the Big 12 with a visit to Texas on Saturday. Played K-State without starting QB Adrian Martinez For the past two weeks it is not clear if he will return for this week. And his backer, Will Howard, did a great job in Martinez’s absence. Meanwhile, Texans still have a chance to enter the Big 12, but that should start with a win this week.
Time: 7:30 PM | Television: NBC | Font: Clemson -3.5 | Total: 44.5
Clemson is 8-0 and in the midst of the playoff race with four games to play. This trip to Notre Dame will have no effect on the ACC race, but Clemson needs that win to return to College Football Playoff. On Clemson’s last outing, Dabo Swinney pulled the start of QB DJ Uiagalelei after Clemson fell behind Syracuse. Will Uiagalelei get another short leash if he struggles on South Bend? Meanwhile, Notre Dame had an up and down year in Marcus Freeman’s first season as head coach. The Irish started 0-2 but have since won in five of the last six. Which version of The Irish comes out on Saturday?
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