Another weekend of college football is upon us, with another exciting slate of games that will keep fans glued to the TV on Saturday. This week see’s a top ten matchup with play-off implications, a historic rivalry game and some upset of the week games that will have a massive conference impact. Let’s look ahead to week ten of college football.
1) Georgia – Florida Matchup
The annual matchup of Georgia and Florida is especially important this year. Eighth ranked Georgia roll into Florida to face the sixth ranked Gators. Both are one-loss teams, and the winner of this game will likely win the SEC East.
Georgia need big performances from Quarterback Jake Fromm and Running Back D’Andre Swift, facing a hostile crowd and a top 25 defense in Florida. Kyle Trask has played lights out since taking over, but will need support with the seventh ranked Georgia defense hunting him. This game should be a low scoring affair.
2) Both Teams Need Win to Save Their Season
This matchup is the most competitive it’s been in years, as both sides need this win to remain in contention for the National Championship. Florida have played well all season, with their only loss coming against a very good LSU team.
Georgia’s loss to unranked South Carolina is much less impressive, but they have phenomenal talent, starting with Running Back D’Andre Swift. Both sides always churn out NFL talent, and plenty will be on display. Florida has an easier schedule going forward, but with one loss already both sides badly need this win.
3) Oregon – USC Preview
Saturday night see’s one of the premier games of the week, with this massive Pac-12 showdown. Seventh ranked Oregon travel to the Coliseum to face an unpredictable USC team. This game has massive conference implications, with both currently leading their division.
Oregon is the fancied pick, and should overcome USC. This USC team however is very hard to gauge, with a 5-3 record, yet they toppled ninth ranked Utah in week four. Freshman Kedon Slovis has played well, and will need a big game from senior receiver Michael Pittman Jr if they have any chance of winning.
4) Massive Pac-12 Weekend
The Pac-12 struggles for national recognition because of the vagaries of time zone changes within America. Often pushed to late Saturday night, this week the Pac-12 should take center stage with two massive games.
Oregon is the only hope of a Pac-12 team making the play-off, and their game against a storied USC program is a massive potential banana skin for them. Before this game ninth ranked Utah faces a very good Washington side, as the Utes fight for their division.
5) Utah – Washington Preview
As I mentioned above, this Utah – Washington game is another massive Pac-12 matchup. Utah are a very good team who have climbed back from their loss to USC, with the ninth ranking and co-lead of the Pac-12 South.
Washington are much like USC, namely unpredictable. They sit at 5-3, yet just last week took a top ten Oregon team very close in a 35-31 loss. Quarterback Jacob Eason is much hyped and will likely be a first round draft pick. If Washington can play at their best, they can cause a massive upset here.
6) Quarterbacks Key to This Game
I know this sounds like an obvious title, what with it being the most important position, but a lot rests on these two signal callers. Jacob Eason has more national recognition, and has all of the physical tools to be a future NFL starter.
Although pundits expected more from Washington this year Eason has played well in his first year playing since transferring from Georgia. Utah senior QB Tyler Huntley has performed solidly all year, with only one interception in eight games. He faces a very good Washington secondary this week, so that number may change.
7) SMU – Memphis Getting National Attention
After both have enjoyed brilliant seasons, the national attention is focused on this SMU – Memphis game. The College Gameday crew are showing up in Memphis, for this massive AAC contest.
SMU are back in the top 15 for the first time since the 1980s after an 8-0 start, thanks to lights out play from an SMU offense that’s tenth in the nation, averaging over 500 yards a game. Memphis are 24th ranked, and also have a very good offense, currently 23rd with 470 yards a game. Both have good skill position players, and this should be a fun shootout for sure.
8) Miami – Florida State Rivalry Game
For decades these sides have despised each other, with this latest installment coming from Tallahassee. Both sides have struggled this season, with both former powerhouses sat at 4-4 and close to missing out on bowl eligibility.
This game will not be pretty, with both offenses lacing production this season. Florida State does have the more talented skill position players, but faces a top 15 ranked Miami defense that has been forced to play hard all year to mask the offensive struggles. Anything can and usually does happen in this rivalry game that is way too close to call.
9) Miami – Florida State at Lowest Point in Years
This matchup used to decide national title berths, in the heyday of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. Both however have fallen off in recent years, reaching it’s lowest point in a while this year.
Both are currently 4-4 and are scrambling to even make a bowl game this season. Manny Diaz has struggled in his first year as he rebuilds Miami, with Willie Taggart fighting to save his job at Florida State in only his second season. Both look years away from returning to the top, with massive rebuilding work needed at both schools.
10) Baylor Survives West Virginia
The opening game of the weekend on Thursday night saw 12th ranked Baylor survive a close 17-14 win over a struggling West Virginia team. Baylor now improves to 8-0, but received a scare on Halloween as they came a blocked Field Goal away from going to overtime.
This wasn’t a vintage Baylor performance, but they got the win, the mark of a strong team. They could jump into the top ten, but now enter a horrible stretch as they face TCU, Oklahoma and Texas. Their unbeaten run will end but they still have a chance of making the Big 12 Championship game.
That wraps up my preview for week ten of college football, with plenty of intrigue and exciting games to keep fans happy. If you have any thoughts on these games leave a comment below or find me on Twitter @JWjournalism. Finally, a massive thank you to everyone who read this article I really appreciate it!