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Blog: Top Ten Games of the Week

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By Patrick Pierce

Alabama versus LSU in Death Valley…….Is there anything else to say about this week in college football? Since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama/LSU rivalry has exploded into one of the biggest games of the college football season.  Alabama and LSU might be the center of the college football world, but there are a few other college football games I think you should keep an eye on.

 Here are my Top Ten Games of Week 10:  

10.  Virginia Tech @ Miami – Thursday - 6:30 p.m.  - ESPN

Step back in time a few years to 2005 -- there was the unbeaten third-ranked Tech and the Hurricanes ranked fifth entering the game on a six-game winning streak. This matchup was surrounded with national title hype as Miami upset the Hokies in Blacksburg. It’s almost sad to think that only seven years later, both of these teams will be struggling just to get to a bowl game.     

9.  No. 20 Nebraska @ Michigan State – Saturday – 2:30 p.m. – ABC/ESPN2

This game could be really interesting if Sparty is able to pull off the upset at home. Right now, Nebraska is in the driver’s seat for the Big 10, but the Legends division is full of teams that are sitting right behind the Cornhuskers.   

 8. No. 21 West Virginia vs. TCU – Saturday – 2 p.m. – FOX

This is a very important game for Geno Smith and his Heisman campaign. If Smith under performs again, his Heisman chances become slim to none.

7. No. 12 Oklahoma @ Iowa State – Saturday – 11 a.m. – ABC

Both Kansas State and Notre Dame need Oklahoma to beat the upset-minded Cyclones and stay highly ranked to help boost their computer rankings. With the BCS race being so tight, everything starts to factor in.

6. No. 6 Georgia vs. Ole Miss – Saturday – 2:30 p.m. – CBS

This is game one of the big CBS doubleheader, and who would have thought going into the season that Ole Miss would be one game away from earning a bowl berth? Georgia took control of the SEC east last week, but one slip-up and the race is blown back open.  

5.  No. 18 Texas Tech vs. No. 23 Texas – Saturday – 2:30 p.m. – ABC / ESPN2

Both teams are fairly similar, except at Tech, the fans think they're having a good year. At Texas, the fans are viewing this as another disappointing season.  Will a Tech victory put Mack Brown on the hot seat and send Tommy Tuberville to the top of the list at some SEC schools like Arkansas?   

 4. No. 16 Texas A&M @ No. 15 Mississippi State – Saturday – 11 a.m. – ESPN

There’s no reason to believe this will not be a down-to-the-wire type of game, but there is also something to play for. These two teams are neck and neck in the bowl pecking order, and the winner might get a slightly better bowl game.  

3. No. 4 Oregon vs.  No. 17 USC – Saturday – 6 p.m. - FOX

Going into the season I thought this would basically be a playoff game, but USC's depth and lack of defense has caused them a couple of losses. I think this game will be a shootout, but Oregon has the better defense and that should be the key difference in the game.   

2. No. 2 Kansas State vs. No. 24 Oklahoma State – Saturday - 7 p.m. – ABC

The Sooners couldn’t knock off the Wildcats, and now the Cowboys of Oklahoma will have their shot. If the game was being played in Stillwater, I would give the Cowboys a little more of a shot, but it’s not -- and K-State is too sound and better on defense.  

1. No. 1 Alabama @ No. 5 LSU - Saturday – 7 p.m. - CBS

The later game of the CBS doubleheader is one of the most anticipated games of the college football season. Will this be another defensive struggle as we have seen in years past, or will AJ McCarron be able to lead his team past the stingy LSU defense? I think this game will be similar to the LSU/Florida game from earlier this year.   

Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger - Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13

 

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