Mercy, what a potentially great day of football awaits us here in mid-November. Conference races are super tight in nearly every division in the nation, including the SEC West. A lot will be decided today.
Here’s your week 11 schedule, in Eastern time. College Gameday is on location in Miami for one of the biggest games of the year. Here’s what we’re watching today and why:
No. 12 Michigan State at No. 13 Ohio State (-17.5) 12:00 EST
If the Big 10 wants to have a team in the playoff discussion, it needs one of these teams to finish strong and give Wisconsin an elite opponent. The Buckeyes offense is hit or miss, and last week the wheels fell off, surrendering 55 to freaking Iowa. Can a surging Sparty take advantage of that in the ‘Shoe?
Arkansas at No. 24 LSU (-17) 12:00 EST
Man, I know Arkansas is terrible, but 17 points worse than an LSU team coming off a hangover in Tuscaloosa? One of two things happen today: Arkansas plays well enough to win today, or the Tigers blast the Hogs. Selfishly, Alabama needs the latter. War Damn SOS.
No. 15 Ok. State at No.21 Iowa State (+6.5) 12:00 EST
This one is not just to burnish TCU/Oklahoma’s record: The Cyclones are just one game back off the Big 12 lead with those two teams. And, since the Sooners and Frogs meet today, Iowa State has a chance to take sole possession of second behind the winner and play-in to the B12 Championship Game. The Pokes were game last week against OU, but gave up 60+ in a shootout loss. Does Gundy team just quit?
No. 1 Georgia at No. 10 Auburn (+1) 3:30 EST
One of the day’s three biggest games, all featuring Top 10 action. The Dawgs haven’t had a really challenging game in over two months as the East is again a disaster. Jordan Hare is not the place to travel after a super-cushy slate either. Expect Gus and the Auburn grounds crew to pull every shenanigan possible, and probably play a really good game along the way. I personally want the Barn to win and break Georgia’s heart. Then, next week when Auburn can play for an SEC West title, beat them and break their hearts too. I love misery.
No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 7 Miami (+3.5) 8:00 EST
The ‘Canes have had some trouble at times containing the run. The Domers bring the nation’s best offensive line, and one of its best ground attacks, to Coral Gables. Miami played its best game of the season all year last week, while Notre Dame has been a machine since Labor Day. Something has to give. The is the most meaningful installment of this rivalry in 25 years and has huge playoff implications. Party like it’s 1988, y’all!
Florida State at No. 4 Clemson (-15.5) 3:30 EST
Surely not, right? Does Jimbo start counting his buyout money or is there something, anything left in the tank? Assuming the ‘Noles haven’t given up, they have enough defensive talent to make this one uncomfortable. This would be a Top-10 Clemsoning.
No. 20 Iowa at No. 8 Wisconsin (-12) 3:30 EST
The Badgers have played two teams with a winning record, and one of those was Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls. While Iowa’s Ferentz is coming off of one of the program’s biggest wins in a decade, decimating the Buckeyes at home. The Big 10’s slim-to-none playoff hopes hang in the balance here in a rivalry game with an out-of-whack point spread. I would not at all be surprised to see the Hawkeyes make B1G Commish Jim Delany very sad.
No. 6 TCU at No. 5 Oklahoma (-6.5) 8:00 EST
Oklahoma has beaten two Top 10 teams, both on the road, and stands just outside the playoff discussion. A win today, and the Sooners will overtake Clemson, particularly if Auburn loses. Baker Mayfield is your Heisman leader for now, as well -- and that’s deserved too. TCU can wreck a lot of dreams with a road win in Norman and enter the cusp of the playoff discussion.
Finally, feel free to either watch or ignore No. 15 Wazzu at Utah (+1) and No. 11 USC at Colorado (+14.) In both cases, the home teams have a good shot at springing an upset. But, with Washington’s loss last night to Stanford, the Conference has almost-certainly relegated itself to the sideline for the playoffs.
|#12 Michigan State at #13 Ohio State||12:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Rutgers at #14 Penn State||12:00 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|#15 Oklahoma State at #21 Iowa State||12:00 PM||ABC/ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Connecticut at #18 UCF||12:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|#23 NC State at Boston College||12:00 PM||ABC/ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Arkansas at #24 LSU||12:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Duke at Army||12:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Texas Tech vs Baylor||12:00 PM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Louisiana at Ole Miss||12:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Florida at South Carolina||12:00 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Indiana at Illinois||12:00 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|Nebraska at Minnesota||12:00 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech||12:20 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Middle Tennessee at Charlotte||2:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Wake Forest at Syracuse||3:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#1 Georgia at #10 Auburn||3:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Florida State at #4 Clemson||3:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|#20 Iowa at #8 Wisconsin||3:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Virginia at Louisville||3:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Michigan at Maryland||3:30 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|West Virginia at Kansas State||3:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|SMU at Navy||3:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Tech||3:30 PM||Stadium||WatchStadium.com|
|Southern Mississippi at Rice||3:30 PM||None||CUSA.tv|
|#11 USC at Colorado||4:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Maine vs UMass||4:00 PM||NESNPlus/Eleven||UMass.com|
|Georgia State at Texas State||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|San Jose State at Nevada||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Kentucky at Vanderbilt||4:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Troy at Coastal Carolina||4:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Arkansas State at South Alabama||5:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|UTEP at North Texas||5:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|#19 Washington State at Utah||5:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Kansas at Texas||6:00 PM||Longhorn Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Western Kentucky at Marshall||6:30 PM||beIN||None|
|#2 Alabama at #16 Mississippi State||7:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Purdue at #25 Northwestern||7:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|UAB at UT San Antonio||7:00 PM||KCWX||CUSA.tv|
|Tulane at East Carolina||7:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|New Mexico at Texas A&M||7:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Old Dominion at Florida Intl||7:00 PM||None||CUSA.tv|
|Tennessee at Missouri||7:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami||8:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma||8:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Arizona State at UCLA||9:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Oregon State at Arizona||10:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Wyoming at Air Force||10:15 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Boise State at Colorado State||10:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Fresno State at Hawai'i||11:00 PM||Spectrum Sports/KSEE||None|