Week Ten College Football Open Thread

FSU corner Lamarcus Joyner - Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

A look at the top matchups during week ten of the college football season.

Week 10 is a bit of an odd week. Both No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon are on a bye week. Still, there is plenty of action with three matchups of top 25 teams including a primetime showdown between intrastate rivals and top ten teams No. 7 Miami and No. 3 Florida State.

This week also features a rivalry matchup between two national powers that aren't ranked in the top 25. Georgia and Florida enter this matchup unranked for the first just the second time since 1979.

No. 7 Miami @ No. 3 Florida State 5pm ABC

No. 4 Ohio State @ Purdue 9am ESPN 3

No. 8 Clemson @ Virginia 12:30pm ESPN

Tennessee @ No. 9 Missouri 4pm ESPN

No. 11 Auburn @ Arkansas 3pm ESPN2

UTEP @ No. 12 Texas A&M 6pm ESPN2

Mississippi State @ No. 14 South Carolina ESPN3

No. 17 Northern Illinois @ Massachusetts 9am ESPN3

No. 18 Oklahoma State @ No. 15 Texas Tech 4pm FOX

Nevada @ No. 16 Fresno State 8:30pm ESPNU

Colorado @ No. 20 UCLA 4:30 FOX Sports 1

No. 21 Michigan @ No. 22 Michigan State 12:30pm ABC

No. 24 Wisconsin @ Iowa State 9am ABC/ESPN2

Navy @ No. 25 Notre Dame 12:30pm NBC

*Georgia vs. Florida 12:30pm CBS

No. 7 @ No. 3 Florida State

  • The ‘Canes enter today's matchup looking to prove they belong in the national title picture. Vegas thinks they're a long shot at 22-point underdog. They're a relatively young team with just a handful of NFL prospects for the 2014 draft. The best of which might be offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson. Henderson was the number one prospect coming out of high school in 2010.

Junior outside linebacker Denzel Perryman is a possible early round pick should he declare. He's a prototypical 4-3OLB with excellent speed.

  • The Seminoles are primed to stock the NFL with talent for the next few years. (I promise I'm not being a homer.) At least six seniors figure to be drafted next year: CB Lamarcus Joyner, LBs Christian Jones and Telvin Smith, FS Terrance Brooks, WR Kenny Shaw and C Bryan Stork. Then there is the draft eligible underclassmen like: OT Cam Erving, DT Timmy Jernigan, RBs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder, WRs Rashad Greene and Kelvin Benjamin. In 2013 the Noles had 11 players drafted. It's not beyond reason that they could again have double-digit draft picks in 2014.

No. 18 Oklahoma State @ No. 15 Texas Tech

  • Oklahoma State's senior corner Justin Gilbert is an intriguing prospect with great size and speed. The 6-0 200lbs defensive back is also an explosive kick returner.
  • Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro could be the first Red Raider drafted in the first round since Michael Crabtree in 2009. Amaro is a ‘move' tight end that plays a lot in the slot. He'll need to bulk up and dispel the character issue label to hear his name called in the first round but with a good off-season it's possible.

No. 21 Michigan @ No. 22 Michigan State

  • Michigan's Taylor Lewan is likely to the first or second tackle off the board in 2014. But it's wide receiver Jeremy Gallon that has scouts turning their heads. Gallon is undersized at 5-8 187lbs but he's go the speed and athleticism to be a factor in the slot and return game. Gallon has already posted better season stats than 2012 tallying 45 receptions for 831 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • Michigan State touts one of the best defenses in the country. They lead the nation in run defense but it's cornerback Darqueze Dennard that is likely to the first Spartan off the board in 2014. Dennard recently won Big 10's Defensive Player of the Week award for his two interceptions and eight tackles against Iowa.
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