Week 11 of the 2023 college football season is here and it has all the makings of a fun one, so we have picked out five games on Saturday that - on paper - are must-see television.
Ten weeks of the 2023-24 college football season have come and gone and the second instalment of the College Football Playoff rankings was revealed on Tuesday.
The battle for playoff positioning is heating up and Week 11 has the potential to shake things up in a major way.
Here are five games to watch on Saturday.
As Georgia seeks a National Championship three-peat, it has survived everything its opponents have thrown its way so far in 2023.
The Bulldogs recently cast aside Florida and Missouri; they now get what could be another decent test in the form of Ole Miss.
The Rebels are 8-1 with a loss only at Alabama on September 23. They have reeled off five wins in a row, including over LSU and over Texas A&M via a 38-35 score this past weekend. Head coach Lane Kiffin’s crew comes in at No. 9 in the rankings.
On paper the fifth-ranked Huskies have some work to do if they want to break into the College Football Playoff.
Of course, the reality is that No. 1 Michigan and No. 3 Ohio State still have to play each other and therefore Washington controls its own destiny.
Utah, which has already lost twice, is looking to play the spoiler role. The Utes all but ended USC’s national title hopes with a 34-32 victory last month, so they can be dangerous.
However, they followed that up with a 35-6 blowout loss to Oregon.
With quarterback Cam Rising having been ruled out for the season, whereas Washington is armed with Michael Penix Jr. under center, Utah is a +9.5 underdog on Saturday.
There has been a lot of noise about Michigan off the field, yet on the field, the Wolverines have seen nothing but success so far this season.
QB J.J. McCarthy has led Michigan to at least 41 points in each of the last five games while extending its perfect record to 9-0.
Up next for head coach Jim Harbaugh’s squad is a trip to Happy Valley to face 10th-ranked Penn State. With a similar resume to that of aforementioned Ole Miss, the Nittany Lions are 8-1 with a loss only to Ohio State on the road.
Michigan is a +220 favorite to win the National Championship and it is a -4.5 point favorite over Penn State.
The spoiler role is not something USC planned to be in at this point in the season – or at any point in the season.
However, that is the case following a trio of losses to Notre Dame, Utah and Washington.
All three of those setbacks have come in the last four weeks, so it’s safe to say that the Trojans are reeling in advance of this showdown with the Ducks.
Oregon is the top-ranked one-loss team in the nation, so it is very much still in the College Football Playoff mix.
Bo Nix and company have bounced back from a 36-33 loss at Washington with successive wins over Washington State, Utah and California and the Ducks lead the entire nation in scoring with 47.4 points per game.
Oregon is a -15 point favorite over USC.
The door to the College Football Playoff appears to be wide open for Florida State, but they can’t get complacent.
In an unspectacular ACC, the Seminoles have to run the table in order to secure a spot. They are doing just that so far, with a 9-0 record and an average of 39.6 points per game. Defensively the ‘Noles have held five opponents to 17 points or fewer.
One of the remaining potential roadblocks comes in the form of rival Miami, which is 6-3 (2-3 ACC).
Things could be better - the Hurricanes lost to Georgia Tech 23-20 after fumbling when they could have run out the clock - but they also could be worse, as overtime was required in recent wins over both Clemson and Virginia.
Florida State is favored by -14.5 at home on Saturday.