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Top 5 College Football Games of Week 10
As college football closes the book on the middle of the season and enters the final third, six teams still hold on to perfect records: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor and Miami, while many more are still vying for conference titles, and the shot at playing in a BCS game. Week 9 saw two fall from the ranks of the undefeated, as Missouri lost to South Carolina by a score of 24-12, and Texas Tech once again came away short in Norman, falling to the Oklahoma Sooners 38-30.
Even among the undefeated schools, we have tiers, with the Crimson Tide, Ducks and Seminoles clear front-runners for the BCS National Championship. Florida State is winning by an average of 39.5 points per game, Oregon by 33.6 points per game and Alabama by 31.5 points per game. On the other hand, Miami has managed fourth-quarter comebacks against North Carolina and Wake Forest to remain among the unbeaten, winning those matchups by a combined seven points.
Week 10 will see at least one more undefeated come crashing back to earth, and several other key matchups have conference championship and BCS implications. After this week, conference races could become clearer, or, if some underdogs win, could become that much more jumbled up.
This is the point in the season when we witness great surges from unexpected teams, watch incredible teams falter and typically, when we see a true Heisman candidate emerge. Will all of that happen in Week 10? Well, there's definitely potential. There are five key games taking place this weekend that will have a major effect at the conference and BCS level, so, let's take a look.
No. 25 Notre Dame vs. Navy
If Notre Dame wants any chance of being included in a BCS game, they have to win from here on out. That starts on Saturday with a rivalry matchup against Navy, who, after losing 43-straight to the Fighting Irish, have split the last six matchups dating back to 2006.
No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Wisconsin has an outside shot at unseating Ohio State in the Leaders division of the Big 10, but a loss to the Buckeyes seriously puts them on the outside looking in. A win against Iowa, who just upended Northwestern, would go along way toward staying close to Ohio State and hoping they falter.
No. 21 Michigan vs. No. 22 Michigan State
Michigan State sits atop the Legends division in the Big 10, and would be one step closer to a Big 10 Championship berth with a win over Michigan on Saturday. Michigan, in the meantime, is trying to drag the Spartans back to the pack.
No. 15 Texas Tech vs. No. 18 Oklahoma State
Texas Tech still has an outside shot at the Big 12 title, but first things first, they need to get through Oklahoma State. The Cowboys also have an outside shot at the Big 12 title, but an inconsistent passing game is keeping them from reaching their full potential.
No. 7 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 3 Florida State Seminoles
The Seminoles play host to the Hurricanes on Saturday, and if Miami wants a shot at winning, they'll need to control the game clock.
How? With Duke Johnson.
The longer Miami stays on the field in this game, the less time Jameis Winston will have to add on to his Heisman campaign. However, holding on to the ball is much easier said than done against this fierce Seminoles defense.