Week 10 of the Top 25 college football schedule is upon us and the results from this weekend’s games will have a direct bearing on the playoff race. Two games in particular could set the Top 25 on its ear, but that is if the underdogs in these matchups can pull off upset wins.
First up is No. 1 Alabama at No. 13 LSU.
Following a loss to Auburn back in September, it looked like LSU’s season was washed up. The Tigers fired long time coach Les Miles and the program seemed to be in disarray. Fast forward a little over one month, and the Tigers have gone to 3-0 since Miles’ release and are currently the No. 13 team in the latest ESPN college poll. If they can pull off the upset this week at home against the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide, not only would they have saved their season, they will actually be in the playoff race.
If LSU has any shot of pulling off an upset, they need All-American running back Leonard Fournette to continue his beast mode run. Fournette is the healthiest he has been all season, and he has had two weeks to recover after a record-setting performance against the Rebels. Alabama Coach Nick Saban knows that playing in Death Valley is always tough for the visiting team and this game will be far from a gimme.
“I haven’t really seen a guy dominate a game like he did that game for a long time,” Saban said. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for him, and he looks as good as ever and maybe even better.”
Even though they are on the road, Alabama is listed as a 7.5 point favorite. This big SEC clash is scheduled to get underway at 8 p.m. ET and will be aired on CBS.
Another clash of two highly ranked teams happening today will feature the No. 10 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers taking on the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes.
Year after year, it seems Ohio State puts themselves in a perfect spot to make a major bowl game in the newly adapted playoffs. The Cornhuskers want to change that this Saturday night.
The Cornhuskers suffered their first loss of the season last week falling 23-17 in overtime at Wisconsin. Playing back-to-back road games is always tough in the Big 10, but doing it against the Badgers and Buckeyes in consecutive weeks is a tall order.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley knows that a win Saturday night could allow his team to make the postseason, something not many experts believed would be possible for the Cornhuskers this season. Riley expects his team to play with a chip on their shoulder in Columbus this weekend vs. the Buckeyes.
“Our team actually will be mad,” Nebraska coach Mike Riley said. “You can be sad or you can be mad, and you can have a chip on your shoulder and know we can be better and we can play hard. We’ll have to play hard and well to win. That’s the approach I think our team will take.”
Both teams are 7-1 headed into this weekend’s big match-up, however, Las Vegas experts have set a pretty big spread for this game. Ohio State is favored by 17 points, and the over/under number is set at 52.
This game is scheduled to get underway at 8 p.m. ET and will be aired nationally on ABC.
In other top 10 action, No. 2 Clemson hosts Syracuse, No. 3 Michigan will take on the Maryland Terps from the Big House in Ann Arbor, and the No. 5 Washington Huskies face California this evening.
Below is a look at the entire Top 25 college football schedule for Week 10, along with the current odds for each game and TV start times.
- No. 1 Alabama ( -7.5) at No. 13 LSU, 8 p.m. ET — CBS
- Syracuse at No. 2 Clemson (-27), 3:30 p.m. ET — ABC/ESPN2
- Maryland at No. 3 Michigan (-31), 3:30 p.m. ET — ESPN
- No. 4 Texas A&M (-13.5) at Mississippi State, noon, SEC Network
- No. 5 Washington (-16.5) at Cal, 10:30 p.m. ET — ESPN
- No. 10 Nebraska at No. 6 Ohio State (-17), 8 p.m. ET — ABC
- No. 7 Louisville (-24.5) at Boston College, noon, — ESPN2
- No. 8 Wisconsin (-7) at Northwestern, noon, — ABC
- Vanderbilt at No. 9 Auburn (-26), noon, — ESPN
- No. 11 Florida (-5.5) at Arkansas, 3:30 p.m. ET — CBS
- Iowa at No. 12 Penn State (-7.5), 7:30 p.m. ET — BTN
- TCU at No. 17 Baylor (-7.5), 3:30 p.m. ET — FOX
- No. 18 Oklahoma State at Kansas State (-2.5), 3:30 p.m. ET — ABC/ESPN2
- No. 19 Virginia Tech (-11) at Duke, 3:30 p.m. ET — ESPN
- Kansas at No. 20 West Virginia (-34.5), 7 p.m. ET — ESPN
- Georgia Tech at No. 21 North Carolina (-10.5), 12:30 p.m. ET — ACC Network
- No. 22 Florida State (-5.5) at NC State, 7 p.m. ET — ESPNU
- Arizona at No. 25 Washington State (-17), 10:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Networks
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