Temple faces off against Notre Dame, what to watch in Week 9
Week 8 tricked us last week when its slate of what looked like boring games turned out to be the opposite. So what does Week 9 have in store for us on Halloween this year?
While you hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, you can't miss the night contest between No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 21 Temple. The Owls has turned many heads toward Philadelphia as they have earned their first ranking in over 30 years. Meanwhile, Notre Dame is 6-1 and fresh off a bye week after holding onto a win against rival USC.
Here's what to keep an eye out for in this top-25 showdown and other storylines for an action-packed Halloween.
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How will the outcome between Florida-Georgia affect the SEC East?
Gators and Bulldogs fans always plan this time of year for the world's largest cocktail party showdown against their rivals. It's the first taste of the rivalry for Florida coach Jim McElwain and the game has serious implications on the SEC East. If the Gators want to get to Atlanta for the first time since 2009, then this is the game that will help. Since 2006, the winner of the rivalry has gone on to win five divisional titles.
Can Stanford avoid the upset versus Washington State?
The country saw what happened to Utah last week, whose playoff hopes took a serious hit after a loss to USC. Stanford already has a loss to Northwestern going against them so it can't afford to add another to its record. Washington State has been a surprise in recent weeks and a win would make the Cougs bowl eligible but more importantly close the gap on the Pac-12 North division.