Big Battles Set the College Football Table This Weekend

Big Battles Set the College Football Table This Weekend

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This weekend in college football.

Every game from this point on in the college football season carries great weight. With the College Football Playoff Rankings (CFPR) now THE factor for rating the teams, jockeying for the top four spots has gotten stronger.

The Current Top Four

The first CFPR of the season has Mississippi State on top followed by Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss. So, if the college playoffs were held today, the SEC would field three of the four teams.

But the playoffs are not being held today and a change in rankings will occur again this weekend as Ole Miss hosts Auburn. Ole Miss is fresh off of its first loss of the season, falling 10-7 to LSU. A victory on Sat. would help the Rebels who still must play Miss. State to close out the season. Auburn has games against No. 11 Georgia and No. 6 Alabama remaining and cannot afford to slip up.

ACC Showdown

The other big battles of the weekend started off last night with No. 2 Florida State visiting No. 25 Louisville. That game was played too late for the result to show up here. A Cardinals win would prove devastating for the Seminoles, but it would not kill their playoff chances entirely.

TCU and West Virginia will do battle, with the winner in the best shape to go after No. 9 Kansas State. The Horned Frogs are ranked No. 7 and the Mountaineers are No. 20. Both teams have played strong of late and TCU is averaging 50 points per game to West Virginia’s 37. Likely, the winner will need to put up at least 40 points this weekend, producing a real barn burner. If TCU escapes with a win, they will head home to take on No. 9 Kansas State, the current Big 12 Conference leader.

Pac 12 Contests

Arizona is ranked No. 12 and UCLA is No. 22 and the two Pac 12 rivals will play this Sat. A loss by the Bruins and they will kiss their Pac 12 championship aspirations farewell. They’re the home team this weekend, an edge they’ll need against a scrappy Wildcats team averaging 41 points per game to the Bruins’ 36. Like TCU-West Virginia, this one should also prove a barn burner, a back and forth affair that may be decided late.

If No. 17 Utah is to make a national name for itself, it can start by beating No. 14 Arizona State this Sat. The Utes have been playing impressively this season, knocking off Michigan, UCLA and USC. They’ll host No. 5 Oregon next week and No. 12 Arizona on Nov. 22, but their full attention is on Saturday’s contest with the Sun Devils. ASU has rebounded nicely from a 62-27 shellacking at the hands of UCLA on Sept. 25, by knocking off USC, Stanford and Washington in successive games. For ASU, No. 10 Notre Dame follows with No. 12 Arizona closing out the season on Nov. 28. If either team wins out, they will make a case for Pac 12 representation in the college playoffs. That’s still a long ways off — anything can happen, with many more twists and turns along the way.

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