It’s the third Saturday in October and that means it’s Alabama versus Tennessee week, but it’s not the only rivalry this weekend. Florida State plays Miami, Michigan host Michigan State, Spurrier makes another trip into the swamp, and The Catholics face off with the Mormons. This is also a weekend of big Top 25 battles such as Kansas State and West Virginia.
Here are my Top Ten Games of Week 8:
10. #14 Florida State @ Miami – Saturday - 7:00pm CST - ABC
I don’t think the Seminoles will need a last second field goal, but it’s still a great rivalry game. A win for Miami might be enough to salvage their season.
9. #19 Clemson vs. Virginia Tech – Saturday – 11:00am CST – ABC/ESPN2
Virginia Tech picked up a much needed win last week over Duke, and will be looking to take that momentum into Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson can’t afford to lose this game as they chase Florida State and Maryland in the ACC Atlantic division.
8. #5 Notre Dame vs. BYU – Saturday – 2:30pm CST – Alabama’s 13
Is this a classic trap game? The Irish play BYU sandwiched between ranked Stanford and 9th ranked Oklahoma. The Cougars offense is suspect, but their defense is good enough to keep them in the game if Notre Dame is caught looking ahead.
7. #23 (AP) Michigan vs. Michigan State – Saturday – 2:30pm CST – Big Ten Network
This is a must win game for Sparty to try to stay alive in the very much up in the air Big 10 race. It’s an equally important game for the Wolverines who aim to stay perfect in the Big 10 play.
6. #1 Alabama @ Tennessee – Saturday – 6:00pm CST - ESPN
The classic 3rd Saturday in October has been a little one sided over the past few years, but every once in a while we get a classic game like in 2009. Tennessee’s passing attack is the biggest test of the season for the Tide’s young secondary, and if Tennessee at home hits a couple of passes for touchdowns then it could turn into another classic.
5. #17 Texas Tech vs. #23 TCU – Saturday – 2:30pm CST – ABC/ESPN2
It’s a top 25 showdown in the longhorn state as both teams look to hold their spot in the top 2 of the Big 12.
4. #3 Oregon @ Arizona State – Thursday – 8:00pm CST – ESPN
Crazy things happen on Thursday nights for road favorites, and this could be one of those crazy upsets. The Sun Devils are 5-1 and not getting a lot of respect nationally, but they know if they upset the Ducks their stock will skyrocket. This is the first real road test for the Ducks who have yet to be tested by anybody.
3. #6 LSU @ #18 Texas A&M – Saturday – 11:00am CST - ESPN
The Florida Gator defeated both LSU and A&M, but they are the only team standing in the way of both teams having a prefect season so far. LSU has a stout defense, and A&M has a lethal offense lead by an amazing freshman Johnny “football” Manziel. I think this game will be a great measuring stick for A&M in determining where they stack up in the SEC.
2. #4 Kansas State vs. #13 West Virginia – Saturday - 6:00pm CST – FOX.
This game could go a long way in deciding the Heisman. West Virginia’s Geno Smith is the Heisman leader at this point, but if Kansas State’s Collin Klein outshines him on the same field then there could be a swap at the top of the projections. This game also has big implications in the Big 12 race because a second loss for West Virginia might put their Big 12 title hopes out of reach.
1. #2 Florida vs. #7 South Carolina – Saturday – 2:30pm CST - CBS
It’s a must win game for South Carolina and another chance for Florida to prove that they are not a pretender. Since the arrival of Steve Spurrier at South Carolina this game has become very interesting. This year’s game is between pretty evenly matched teams; both are stellar on defense and have a tough offensives that loves to run the ball. South Carolina carries a huge question mark with them down to the Swamp not knowing if leading running back Marcus Lattimore will be able to play as he battles a bruised hip.
Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger - Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13