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Wayne Staats | NCAA.com | November 2, 2019

College football Week 10 preview: Top games, what to watch, rankings

5 college football games to watch in week 10

We're hitting the final stretch of the regular season as we play Week 10 college football games. Below, find a preview of the top games, what to watch for and the Top 25 rankings.

The big game this week is in Jacksonville, as Georgia and Florida play in a top-10 matchup.

College football Week 10 preview: Top games

No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 6 Florida (Jacksonville, FL) | 3:30 p.m. Saturday | CBS

Here's the game of the week, and it's not even close. The winner should be on its way to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game, though stranger things have happened. Florida has looked like the better team in recent weeks, but UGA has had the Gators' number the last two years: 42-7 in 2017 and then 36-17 in 2018.

Miami at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. Saturday | ABC

No, this rivalry doesn't have the same amount of hype as it used to, but it's still fun showdown as the two teams fight for bowl eligibility. Florida State is 4-4 overall (3-3 ACC Atlantic), while Miami is 4-4 (2-3 ACC Coastal). The Hurricanes are coming off a huge win at Pitt that pulled them to within a game of first place in the Coastal. FSU star RB Cam Akers could win a game by himself.

No. 9 Utah at Washington | 4 p.m. Saturday | FOX

So much for the demise of the Pac-12's CFP chances. Consecutive weeks with upset losses from Georgia, Wisconsin and Oklahoma helped the league jump right back into the national title chase, as both the Utes and Oregon are ranked in the Top 10. It's possible we could see 1-loss Utah vs. the 1-loss Ducks for the Pac-12 crown. That might mean a spot in the semifinals is up for grabs. However, Washington has won four in a row against the Utes.

RANKINGS: AP Top 25 Poll | Coaches Poll

Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. Saturday | ESPN+

FAU and WKU both have one conference loss ‚ÄĒ to Marshall. That means they'll need the Herd to lose again to have a chance in the Conference USA East, but the winner will be in great position to pounce should that happen. The Owls have already matched the win total from the disappointing 2018 season. WKU's growth is even more impressive. The Hilltoppers fell to 3-9 a season ago and are already 5-3, needing only one more win to become bowl eligible.

UNDEFEATED: Tracking the remaining unbeaten teams

No. 15 SMU at No. 24 Memphis | 7:30 p.m. Saturday | ABC

College GameDay is heading to Memphis for this huge AAC showdown. SMU is likely in the lead position to make a New Year's Six game, but the Mustangs will have Navy and Tulane on the schedule after this. This one is probably the toughest, as RB Kenneth Gainwell will be difficult to stop (979 rushing yards, 7.1 yards per carry).

No. 7 Oregon at Southern California | 8 p.m. Saturday | FOX

Oregon escaped at home against Washington State with a field goal on the final play of the game. Expect another tight one against the Trojans, who are 5-3 with wins against Arizona and Colorado the last two weeks. The Ducks defense, which was dominant the first six games, has allowed a combined 66 points the last two weeks.

 

College football preview: What to watch

Could Ohio State's Chase Young really make a Heisman push?

Eight of the last nine Heisman winners have been quarterbacks. Charles Woodson is the most recent primarily defensive player to win it, way back in 1997. But 2019 could be historic.

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor is likely out after back-to-back losses. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence has struggled with interceptions. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa missed the last game with an ankle injury and could be out more. And Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts just lost to K-State (though he still had a big game).

Clearly, there's room. LSU QB Joe Burrow is still in great position, and if he beats Alabama next week...look out. But after that, DE Chase Young has a great argument. He had four sacks, five tackles for loss and forced two fumbles in the rout of Wisconsin. In 2009, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh finished fourth in Heisman voting. Could Young top that? He has 29 total tackles, 13.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles this season.

TV SCHEDULE: Game times and TV channels for every game

Is anyone on upset watch this week?

Only four of the nine undefeated teams are playing this week, but we've seen an unranked team upset a top-10 team three weeks in a row.

Here's what the top-10 teams and the undefeated group have this week:

  • No. 4 Clemson vs. Wofford | 4 p.m. Saturday | ACC Network
  • No. 6 Florida vs. No. 8 Georgia (Jacksonville, FL) | 3:30 p.m. Saturday | CBS
  • No. 7 Oregon vs. Southern California | 8 p.m. Saturday | FOX
  • No. 9 Utah at Washington | 4 p.m. Saturday | FOX
  • UPDATED: No. 12 Baylor¬†def.¬†West Virginia, 17-14
  • No. 15 SMU at No. 24 Memphis | 7:30 p.m. Saturday | ABC
  • UPDATED: Georgia Southern upset No. 20 Appalachian State, 24-21

Since UGA-Florida is a game between top-10 teams, there's no real true upset possibility there. But the Pac-12 is ripe for stunners, as top-10 Oregon and Utah both hit the road against dangerous 5-3 teams.

And though SMU is ranked ahead of Memphis, the Tigers might actually be in a better position to come out with a win, considering it's a night home game and Memphis has the offense to outscore the Mustangs.

College football rankings for Week 10: AP Poll, Coaches Poll

RANK ASSOCIATED PRESS Coaches Poll
1.
LSU (17)

Alabama (40)
2.


Alabama (21)


LSU (7)
3.
Ohio State (17)

Clemson (10)
4.


Clemson (7)


Ohio State (8)
5.
Penn State

Penn State
6.


Florida


Florida
7.
Oregon

Georgia
8.
Georgia

Oregon
9.
Utah

Oklahoma
10.
Oklahoma

Utah
11.
Auburn

Baylor
12.
Baylor

Auburn
13.
Minnesota

Minnesota
14.
Michigan


SMU

15.
SMU

Michigan
16.
Notre Dame

Notre Dame
17.
Cincinnati

Wisconsin
18.
Wisconsin

Cincinnati
19.
Iowa

Iowa
20.
Appalachian State

Appalachian State
21.
Boise State

Boise State
22.


Kansas State


Memphis
23.
Wake Forest

Wake Forest
24.



Memphis


Texas
25.
San Diego State

Kansas State

Week 10 college football schedule

All times Eastern. All schedules and networks subject to change.

Click here for a live scoreboard.

Thursday, Oct. 31

West Virginia at No. 12 Baylor | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Georgia Southern at No. 20 Appalachian State | 8 p.m. | ESPNU

Friday, Nov. 1

Navy at UConn | 8 p.m. | ESPN2

Saturday, Nov. 2

No. 14 Michigan at Maryland | 12 p.m. | ABC
UTSA at Texas A&M | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Buffalo at Eastern Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Nebraska at Purdue | 12 p.m. | FOX
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Houston at UCF | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
N.C. State at No. 23 Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Boston College at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Old Dominion at Florida International | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Liberty at UMass | 12 p.m. | FloSports
Akron at Bowling Green | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Virginia Tech at No. 16 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC
Troy at Coastal Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 6 Florida (Jacksonville, FL) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
TCU at Oklahoma State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Marshall at Rice | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook
No. 22 Kansas State at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
UTEP at North Texas | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network
UNLV at Colorado State | 3:30 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet
Army at Air Force | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Middle Tennessee at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Rutgers at Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Miami at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 9 Utah at Washington | 4 p.m. | FOX
Wofford at No. 4 Clemson | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Mississippi State at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Pitt at Georgia Tech | 4 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Tulsa at Tulane | 4 p.m. | ESPN2
Oregon State at Arizona | 4:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks
Texas State at Louisiana | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Arkansas State at UL Monroe | 5 p.m. | ESPNU
UAB at Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Northwestern at Indiana | 7 p.m. | FS1
No. 17 Cincinnati at East Carolina | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Ole Miss at No. 11 Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN
No. 15 SMU at No. 24 Memphis | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Vanderbilt at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Virginia at North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
No. 7 Oregon at Southern California | 8 p.m. | FOX
Colorado at UCLA | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks
BYU at Utah State | 10 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 21 Boise State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
New Mexico at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Fresno State at Hawai'i |11:59 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

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