Now that the college football playoff rankings have been released, plenty of teams know what they have to do in order to make the college football top four. Entering week 10 of the season, there are two undefeated, and 18 one loss teams vying for postseason spots. The first team that gets a chance to impress the committee is No.2 Florida State on Thursday night. It’s just the beginning of another incredible college football weekend.
TCU has to go on the road and face a West Virginia team that’s been on a roll in the month of October. The Mountaineers have won four straight games, and their schedule has been one of the toughest in the country. Ole Miss also hosts a great opponent when Auburn comes to town. Combined, that’s three top 10 teams facing ranked opponents on the road this week.
No.2 Florida State Seminoles ((7-0) vs. No.25 Louisville Cardinals (6-2)
The Seminoles are taking on ACC newcomer Louisville in one of the most anticipated conference games, entering this season. With two losses, the Cardinals weren’t receiving that much national attention, but Louisville landed in the top 25 of the first playoff poll. Whether it was planned or not, the ranking creates a bigger buzz for the Thursday night’s event.
Three SEC teams are in the “Top 4” of the playoff poll, and it’s not the Crimson Tide.
According to Sportsline.com, Florida State is a four point favorite and if the prior games have been any indication, this game should come down to fourth quarter execution. The last time the Seminoles took the field, Jameis Winston dominated the second half against Notre Dame with one incomplete pass. However, that was at home. This game is on the road in a hostile environment.
Let’s breakdown the best Top 25 games.
No.24 Duke Blue Devils (6-1) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4)
The Duke Blue Devils are the sleeper in this whole playoff situation. If all goes according to plan, Duke will be the final team to take a crack at Florida State in the ACC title game. First, Duke needs to take care of business in the ACC Coastal division. They visit Pittsburgh on Saturday, and the Blue Devils are the underdog.
Florida Gators (3-3) vs. No.11 Georgia Gators (6-1)
The Georgia Bulldogs found out the fate of Todd Gurley. The former Heisman trophy candidate will miss two more games due to NCAA rules violations. That means Nick Chubb will be the go to running back in the big game against Florida. Georgia’s defense must come to play this Saturday, as the Gators will have an inspired effort this weekend.
No.7 TCU Horned Frogs (6-1) vs. No.20 West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2)
If this is not the game of the weekend, you’re not a fan of Big 12 football. Despite a loss, TCU might be the best football team in the nation. Their offense is explosive, and they even dropped 82 points last week. West Virginia will be playing their fourth Top 10 team on Saturday. At least they were when the games took place. The Mountaineers have displayed great ability on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and it’s made all the difference. Clint Trickett and Trevone Boykin will get most of the pub, but both teams boast plenty of talent.
Purdue Boilermakers (3-5) vs. No.15 Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-1)
Ameer Abdullah seems to be getting better with each increasing week. Last week, Abdullah broke the single game all-purpose yards record for the Cornhuskers against Rutgers. For Nebraska to maintain this progression, they need to continue to run the ball effectively.
No.3 Auburn Tigers (6-1) vs. No.4 Ole Miss Rebels (7-1)
Within four days of the playoff poll releasing, the SEC West has a colossal match up with two of the top four teams playing. Ole Miss is coming off of a loss, while Auburn held off South Carolina for a tough win. Even with the loss, Ole Miss’ defense dominated much of the game against LSU in the red zone. Can Auburn create running lanes against this tough Rebel defense?
Arkansas Razorbacks (4-4) vs. No.1 Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-0)
Everything is going right for the Mississippi State football team, so they can’t let a team like Arkansas beat them at home. If an upset of this magnitude happened, it could knock Mississippi State out of the playoff picture. Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs running game has been ferocious. Just ask Kentucky.
Stanford Cardinal (5-3) vs. No.5 Oregon Ducks (7-1)
The Oregon Ducks are the first team out of the top four. However, the Ducks have more pressing issues this week. Oregon is trying to end a two game losing streak to Stanford this weekend. Stanford is already out of playoff contention, but they are more than capable of holding the Oregon offense captive on Saturday. Marcus Mariota needs this win more than any win he’s ever had.
No.10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1) vs. Navy Midshipmen (4-4)
The Fighting Irish are fighting mad over their playoff ranking. Coming off of their loss to Florida State, Notre Dame thought they might be in the Top 5. However, they found themselves behind teams like Kansas State and TCU. Let’s see if Notre Dame can take it out on Navy. Everett Golson must continue to play inspired football.
Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-3) vs. No.9 Kansas State Wildcats (6-1)
Kansas State’s defense has been phenomenal this season. They are in the midst of the stretch run of a tough Big 12 schedule, and they should have one of their easier games this week. Oklahoma State has struggled since the competition got tougher, so they are in a rough spot with a visit to Manhattan, Kansas.
Illinois Fighting Illini (4-4) vs. No.16 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1)
Ohio State survived a second half letdown at Penn State to pull a double overtime victory. J.T. Barrett suffered and MCL sprain during the game. He still finished strong with a couple amazing runs. The Buckeyes must get through Illinois before they can focus on the historic Big 10 battle with Michigan State.
No.12 Arizona Wildcats (6-1) vs. No.22 UCLA Bruins (6-2)
The PAC-12 South gets more interesting by the day. Arizona is on the second of back to back road games. This time they face the preseason favorite, UCLA Bruins. The Wildcats are two points away from being undefeated and they are capable of winning every game on the schedule.
No.17 Utah Utes (6-1) vs. No.14 Arizona St. Sun Devils (6-1)
Utah’s last four games have all been within six points. Their biggest victory in that span was the six point victory over Oregon State in overtime. The Utes lost their only game by one point. This game will go a long way in determining who will play in the PAC-12 championship. The Sun Devils currently lead the division with four wins, but a loss here will likely end their playoff hopes as well. Expect the game to come down to the wire. It’s been the PAC-12 way.