Tennessee (3-3) at No. 8 Alabama (6-1) – 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Yes, somehow the Vols still have an outside chance at winning the SEC East … though that should all come to an end Saturday at the hands of the Crimson Tide. Tennessee will likely be able to keep it close early, but an Alabama blowout is more than possible and Butch Jones may have to answer for this loss just one week after pulling off an upset of Georgia.
No. 15 Texas A&M (5-1) at No. 24 Ole Miss (5-2) – 7 p.m. (ESPN)
The Rebels remain the Gators’ best victory through the midway point of the 2015 season, but Ole Miss has struggled since beating Alabama and just lost to an incredibly talented yet still underrated Memphis team. The Aggies fell to the Tide last week and are looking for a rebound; will it come at Oxford? Florida’s best chances of winning the SEC include not facing Alabama in the title game, so while an Ole Miss victory would help the quality of that UF win, TAMU coming out on would keep them in the hunt for the SEC West title with a second Bama loss.
No. 3 Utah (6-0) at USC (3-3) – 7:30 p.m. (FOX)
Why are the Trojans favored against the undefeated third-ranked team in the nation? Try offensive efficiency and a home game. Utah and USC will likely be the game everyone is talking about on Sunday; don’t you want to be involved in the conversation. The Pac-12 has a legitimate chance to cannibalize itself out of the College Football Playoff this year. Saturday’s game could be the beginning.
No. 6 Clemson (6-0) at Miami (4-2) – 12 p.m. (ABC)
If Florida has an chance of getting into the CFP, it may need to come at the expense of another conference, such as the ACC. With Clemson and Florida State set to do battle, a win for Miami would be an early blow to the conferences hopes. Plus, simply put, it should be an interesting game for the future of the Hurricanes program and Al Golden’s tenure.
No. 9 Florida State (6-0) at Georgia Tech (2-5) – 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
See above. Plus, the Yellow Jackets – though underwhelming this year – always seem to give the Seminoles fits. FSU will be better prepared for GT than it has been in years past, and Dalvin Cook should run all over a struggling rushing defense, but this is still an important showdown for a rival.
Washington (3-3) at No. 10 Stanford (5-1) – 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Cardinal are a fun team to watch, and the Huskies under Chris Petersen can always surprise. What else are you going to do after the evening’s early slate of games are over?
Auburn (4-2) at Arkansas (2-4) – 12 p.m. (SEC Network)
Oh, you don’t want to watch Will Muschamp on your bye week?
No. 23 Duke (5-1) at Virginia Tech (3-4)– 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Western Kentucky (6-1) at No. 5 LSU (6-0) – 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Kentucky (4-2) at Mississippi State (5-2) – 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
No. 1 Ohio State (7-0) at Rutgers (3-3) – 8 p.m. (ABC)
Oh, you don’t want to watch Urban Meyer on your bye week?