The College Football season is coming down to the wire and the top teams are seeing their schedules get more and more difficult.
There will be a host of changes over the next few weeks as prime conference matchups eliminate contenders for championship games, top bowls and even college football playoff slots.
Here are some of the best matchups coming up Saturday in Week 10 of the college football season.
When you’ve won back-to-back college football championships and are running on a 25-game win streak, you’ve earned the benefit of the doubt. But, Georgia’s first eight opponents, including then-ranked Kentucky and Florida last week, have been underdogs.
With such an easy schedule – Georgia has outscored its opponents by more than 200 points – pundits have wondered whether Michigan, Florida State and others deserve top ranking.
Kirby Smart’s team can change that narrative starting with this weekend’s matchup at home against No. 14 Missouri, the SEC darling coming in at 7-1.
The Bulldogs play three straight games against ranked opponents, starting with the Tigers.
Carson Beck has done his best Stetson Bennett impression, throwing for 2,462 yards and 14 touchdowns. But he will be without his top target, All-American tight end Brock Bowers, for the rest of the season. That didn’t stunt Georgia in its 43-20 victory over Florida last week.
Meanwhile, Brady Cook has 2,259 yards passing and 15 touchdowns to just three interceptions for the Tigers, whose only loss was to No. 13 LSU.
Cody Schrader has rushed for 807 yards and nine touchdowns and Luther Burden III has been a standout with 61 catches for 905 yards and six touchdowns.
A win over Missouri would give Georgia a two-game cushion in the SEC East. The Bulldogs are favored by -15.0 while Mizzou is +525 ML.
While Georgia tries to essentially sew up the SEC East, Alabama will attempt to do the same in the SEC West.
The Crimson Tide have won six straight and steadied the ship at the quarterback position after an early season defeat to Texas.
Jalen Milroe has thrown for 13 touchdowns and added another five on the ground, emerging from a rough start to grab hold of the starting quarterback position.
Bama’s defense has been its usual stifling self, holding opponents to 15 points a game during this winning streak.
A win here sets Alabama up well for the postseason, as the Tide have a more than manageable schedule the rest of the regular season.
LSU’s epic 32-31 overtime victory last season will be on both team’s minds. That loss eliminated the Crimson Tide from College Football Playoff consideration.
LSU needs this win to boost its own regular season resume after losses to Florida State and Ole Miss.
Jayden Daniels has been impeccable under center, throwing for 2,573 yards and 25 touchdowns and running for another 521 yards and five scores.
LSU has lost 10 of 12 overall in this series. Alabama is favored by -3.0 while LSU is +140 ML.
No. 10 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1), coming off its first loss of the season to Kansas, travels to Stillwater to face rival Oklahoma State (6-2, 4-1).
With the Sooners’ move to the SEC next season, this is the last Bedlam in-conference game on the books.
The two teams are among a quintet of schools currently at the top of the Big 12 with 4-1 conference records. Two of those teams will surely fall, as No. 7 Texas (7-1, 4-1) and 25th-ranked Kansas State, also 4-1 in conference, face each other in Austin.
Oklahoma is favored by -6.0 and Oklahoma State is +190 ML.
Washington tries to further bolster its college football playoff resume on the road at USC, which has plummeted in the rankings following losses to Notre Dame and Utah and a 50-49 escape over Cal last week.
This is a matchup of prime-time signal callers.
The Huskies’ Michael Penix Jr. leads the nation with 2,945 yards passing. USC’s Caleb Williams is tied with LSU’s Daniels for most TD passes with 25. Penix Jr has 24.
This could be a Heisman passing of the torch game, with last year’s winner Williams unwillingly handing the baton to Penix Jr., who is the +275 favorite with the defending champ on offer at +8000.
Washington is favored by -3.0 while USC is +130 ML.
No. 17 Air Force (8-0) tries to clinch back-to-back Commander-in-Chief’s trophies for the first time since 2010/2011 while boosting its position as the highest ranked Group-of-Five team when it faces Army (2-6) at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.
Another win gets the Falcons closer to a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Air Force are heavy favorites at -18.0 on the spread.