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NCAA Football Game Thread: Week 10

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There's only a few games this weekend that ranked teams will be playing against each other. But the one that most folks will have their eyes glued to is the one between the No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers vs. the No. 2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Both teams have played flawless football up to this point and there is quite a bit at stake in this one. Not only will this game determine who will be ranked number one in the nation, but whoever wins will most likely play in the SEC Championship game and also probably be one of the two teams playing for a National Championship.

There are a few other games that will hold moderate interest but as the season draws closer and closer to being over, teams are starting to buckle down to earn bid spots for even the lower echelon bowl games. This in and of itself can often lead to upsets. And I have a feeling we'll still see a few more of those.

With just four more weeks after this week, it's going to be crunch time for a lot of teams. Some teams that are currently ranked outside of the Top 25 will be fighting, scratching, and clawing their way to get back in. And the teams in the Top 10 will be doing much of the same to hold their spots in the rankings.

Follow after the jump to take a look at a few of the games and players I will feature this week.

Texas Tech vs. No. 21 Texas

The Red Raiders have been by and far one of the most inconsistent teams in college football this year. From week to week you just don't know which team will show up. Two weeks ago they pulled off one of the largest upsets so far this year by beating the Oklahoma Sooners with their 5th ranked passing offense. Last week was a whole other story as Iowa State dished out a Rodney King style beat down on the Red Raiders.

Texas has dropped two of their last three games both losses came at the hands of Oklahoma teams. But they bounced back against Kansas last week by showcasing their ability to not only pitch a shut out but completely man handle the opposition.

If the Red Raiders can get that spread offense attack going early and often, it may be Texas Tech who finds themselves ranked in the Top 25 and the Longhorns out again.


No. 9 South Carolina vs. No. 7 Arkansas

The Gamecocks have really done well for not really having much stability at the quarterback position this year. Going back and forth between Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw early in the year. However, even with all that going on, South Carolina finds themselves in great position to earn a place in the SEC National Championship game. They've only dropped one to this point against Auburn losing by just 3 points. So they are in essence a single field goal away from being perfect with all their imperfections to this point.

It's kind of been the same story for the Razorbacks. Outside of a beat down 38 - 14 at the hands of Alabama, Arkansas has been rolling up the competition. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was a mystery at the beginning of the year but has done quite well in taking over for Ryan Mallett who left to the NFL after last season.

South Carolina is a bit more balanced opposed to Arkansas being relatively one-dimensional in their excellent ability to pass the ball. None the less, this should be a close hard-fought battle between two very good ranked SEC teams.


No. 14 Kansas State vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State

I have to say that watching the Wildcats against the Sooners last week makes me feel like them being undefeated to that point was a bit fluky. And I have a feeling that the Cowboys will dish out something similar to what the Sooners did to Kansas State last week this week.

Oklahoma State has a quarterback the same age as our very own Alex Smith who has been in the NFL now for 6-7 years. It makes me laugh a little and reminds me a bit about the good ol' Chris Weinke days. But Weinke sure did get it done in college and so is Brandon Weeden. Justin Blackmon is considered by most to be one of, if not the best wide receiver in NCAA football right now. Some feel he will be better than Dez Bryant who was Blackmon's teammate before leaving for the NFL and done pretty well to this point when he's been healthy.

Either way, it could get ugly real fast for the Wildcats in this one has Oklahoma State has the tools and personnel to get it done on the ground and in the air.


No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama

Les Miles vs Nick Saban. Two very, very good college coaches. Both can adjust on the fly and both have been perfect at doing so to this point.

Jarrett Lee has done a great job at the quarterback position for the Tigers to this point. Some of the passes I have seen from him this year have made my jaw drop. It really doesn't hurt either when you have running backs like Spencer Ware and Michael Ford to hand the ball off too and wide receivers like Reuben Randle and Odell Beckham to toss the ball to. The Tigers are 2nd in the nation in points allowed and in my estimation have the most well-rounded and best defense in the land. Players like Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu could both conceivably be playing in the NFL right now. Not a bad deal to have two players like of that caliber holding down opposing receivers. And then in the front seven there is plenty of depth to go across and keep everyone fresh.

'Bama has plenty of talent across the board on both sides of the ball as well. Trent Richardson is one of the best running backs in college football right now. Sophomore Quarterback, A.J. McCarron has been the most pleasant surprises for the Tide. But defense has been Alabama's forte right now as well as they are ranked 1st in the nation. They have some monsters up front anchored by Josh Chapman. The linebackers are all NFL caliber: Nico Johnson, Courtney Upshaw, Don'ta Hightower, and Jerrell Harris. And the same could be said about the secondary led by Dre Kirkpatrick, DeQuan Menzie, Robert Lester, and Mark Barron.

This game will have the atmosphere of a National Championship and it's quite possible that it could very well be more exciting than whoever is featured in that game. These are perhaps the two best teams in college football right now. To expect anything less than fireworks all game long would be... well you just should expect them. Buckle up and sit tight because this could be the game of the year.


Saturday, November 5
12:00 PM ET No. 15 Michigan at Iowa  ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Minnesota at No. 17 Michigan State Big Ten Network Tickets
12:00 PM ET Texas Tech at No. 21 Texas FX Tickets
12:00 PM ET Louisville at No. 24 West Virginia ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Syracuse at Connecticut Tickets
12:00 PM ET Indiana at Ohio State Big Ten Network Tickets
12:00 PM ET Ball State at Eastern Michigan ESPN 3 Tickets
12:21 PM ET Vanderbilt at Florida SEC Network ESPN 3 Tickets
12:30 PM ET New Mexico State at No. 18 Georgia ESPN 3 Tickets
12:30 PM ET Kansas at Iowa State Tickets
12:30 PM ET Virginia at Maryland ESPN 3 Tickets
12:30 PM ET North Carolina at North Carolina State ESPN 3 Tickets
2:00 PM ET TCU at Wyoming Tickets
3:00 PM ET Duke at Miami (FL) ESPN 3 Tickets
3:00 PM ET Tulane at Southern Methodist Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 4 Stanford at Oregon State  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Texas A&M at No. 6 Oklahoma
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3:30 PM ET Northwestern at No. 10 Nebraska Big Ten Network Tickets
3:30 PM ET Purdue at No. 20 Wisconsin
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3:30 PM ET Ole Miss at Kentucky Tickets
3:30 PM ET UTEP at Rice Tickets
3:30 PM ET Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Army at Air Force CBS Tickets
3:30 PM ET Troy at Navy Tickets
4:00 PM ET No. 25 Southern Miss at East Carolina Tickets
4:00 PM ET Idaho at San Jose State ESPN 3 Tickets
4:00 PM ET Florida International at Western Kentucky Tickets
4:00 PM ET Arkansas State at Florida Atlantic Tickets
6:30 PM ET Washington State at California Tickets
7:00 PM ET No. 13 Houston at UAB Tickets
7:00 PM ET Utah at Arizona Tickets
7:00 PM ET South Florida at Rutgers ESPN 3 Tickets
7:00 PM ET Cincinnati at Pittsburgh Tickets
7:00 PM ET Missouri at Baylor Tickets
7:00 PM ET Middle Tennessee at Tennessee ESPN 3 Tickets
7:15 PM ET No. 9 South Carolina at No. 7 Arkansas  ESPN 3 Tickets
7:30 PM ET No. 19 Arizona State at UCLA Versus Tickets
7:30 PM ET Tennessee-Martin at Mississippi State ESPN 3 Tickets
8:00 PM ET No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama CBS Tickets
8:00 PM ET No. 14 Kansas State at No. 3 Oklahoma State
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8:00 PM ET New Mexico at San Diego State Tickets
8:00 PM ET Notre Dame at Wake Forest
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10:30 PM ET No. 5 Boise State at UNLV Tickets
10:30 PM ET No. 8 Oregon at Washington Tickets
10:30 PM ET Louisiana Tech at Fresno State Tickets
Sunday, November 6
12:00 AM ET Utah State at Hawaii ESPN 3 Tickets