There are two massive matchups slated for Week 10, both in the SEC. Tennessee, the new No. 1 in the CFP rankings, will travel to Athens to face No. 3 Georgia, the defending national champion. Elsewhere, the No. 6 Alabama heads to Baton Rouge to take on the No. 10 LSU.
Another top team, No. 4 Clemson, is on upset alert in South Bend and is one of several other ranked teams in a potential flat position against an unranked opponent.
Let’s see what this weekend has in store for us.
(Note: All times ET, odds from BetMGM)
Time: Noon | Television: Fox | Line: TCU-9.5 | Overall: 69.5
This seems to potentially be a tricky place for TCU. Somewhat controversially, TCU came in at No. 7 in the CFP standings despite going 8-0. The Horned Frogs continue to win games, but their last four games have been decided by 10 points or less. Meanwhile, Texas Tech was very competitive through most Big 12 games. The Red Raiders upset Texas, lost loved ones on the road to Kansas State and Oklahoma State, and then demolished West Virginia.
Time: 3:30 p.m. | Television: CBS | Line: UGA-8 | Overall: 66.5
Tennessee’s rise to No. 1 in the CFP rankings has been remarkable, and now the Vols have the chance to put themselves in charge of the SEC East and take one step closer to a playoff spot. Can Heisman QB prospect Hendon Hooker knock out the defending National Champions? While Tennessee has beaten five ranked opponents, Georgia hasn’t faced a ranked team since demolishing Oregon in Week 1. There have been a few disappointing efforts along the way, but the Bulldogs appear to have recovered. things kicked into high gear in recent weeks, with three straight wins. Which team will flash first?
Time: 7 p.m. | Television: ESPN | Line: Alabama -13.5 | Overall: 56.5
As important as the Tennessee-Georgia game is for the SEC East, the Alabama-LSU game is for the SEC West. LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama are all tied for first in the division with 4-1 SEC records, so whoever wins this one will be in a terrific position to qualify for the SEC title game. LSU’s offense appears to have taken a big leap forward over the past few weeks, but it will be a tough task trying to keep up with a powerful Alabama team coming off a bye week.
Time: 7 p.m. | TV: FS1 | Line: UT -2.5 | Overall: 54.5
Although TCU sits alone in first place in the Big 12, Kansas State has a chance to significantly boost its chances of advancing to the Big 12 title game with visiting Texas on Saturday. K-State has been playing without starting QB Adrian Martinez for the past two weeks and it’s unclear if he’ll be back for this one. His replacement, Will Howard, performed admirably in Martinez’s absence. Texas, meanwhile, still have a shot at winning the Big 12 title game, but that will have to start with a victory this week.
Time: 7:30 p.m. | Television: NBC | Line: Clemson -3.5 | Overall: 44.5
Clemson is 8-0 and is in the thick of the playoff race with four games to go. That trip to Notre Dame won’t affect the ACC’s run, but Clemson needs the win to get back to the college football playoffs. In Clemson’s last outing, Dabo Swinney pulled starting QB DJ Uiagalelei after Clemson fell behind Syracuse. Will Uiagalelei get another short leash if he struggles in South Bend? Notre Dame, meanwhile, had a year of ups and downs in Marcus Freeman’s first season as head coach. The Irish started 0-2 but have since won five of their last six games. Which version of Irish will appear on Saturday?