Game of the week
No. 13 Alabama at No. 8 Georgia, 2:30 p.m. on CBS
Incredibly, the last time Alabama was a betting underdog was the 2009 SEC title game against Florida, a game the Tide won handily on its way to Nick Saban’s first national title in Tuscaloosa. That’s 72 straight games as a favorite and Alabama is 62-10 in those games. A loss all but ends Alabama’s national title hopes. But the pressure is on Georgia coach Mark Richt to win this big game. The Bulldogs have the edge at quarterback with Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert over Bama’s Jacob Coker, but this one could come down to run defense. Can Georgia’s Nick Chubb or Alabama’s Derrick Henry be stopped?
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No. 23 West Virginia over No. 15 Oklahoma, 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1
The Mountaineers are getting it done on both sides of the ball, leading the nation in scoring defense and ranked 12th in total offense in overwhelming three opponents. Sooners’ quarterback Baker Mayfield was great against Tulsa but the rushing offense hasn’t gotten on track. For West Virginia, quarterback Skyler Howard, terrific so far, has to be at his best. The Mountaineers have played OU tough in three Big 12 games. This time they get over the hump.
Others to watch
No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 12 Clemson, 7 p.m. on ABC
The teams’ first meeting since 1979 and plenty is at stake. The winner remains undefeated and could get a nice bounce the polls depending on other outcomes. The Tigers have the better quarterback in Deshaun Watson and Death Valley is a significant home atmosphere edge. The Irish have been impressive, winning without injured quarterback Malik Zaire, and this one figures to be Notre Dame’s toughest challenge this season.
No. 3 Mississippi at No. 25 Florida, 6 p.m. on ESPN
The games haven’t been masterpieces but the Gators have found their way to an undefeated season, including the tremendous comeback over Tennessee to improve to 2-0 in SEC play. The Rebels’ 2-0 start includes a triumph over Alabama. Anyone remember the last time these programs met, and the aftermath? In 2008, the Rebels upset Florida in Gainesville and after the game Florida quarterback Tim Tebow made the promise that no team would play harder the rest of the season. No team did, and Florida won the national title.
Saturday’s Big 12 games
Kansas at Iowa State, 11 a.m. (FSKC)
Kansas State at No. 20 Oklahoma State, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Texas at No. 4 TCU, 11 a.m. (ABC)
No. 23 West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma, 11 a.m. (Fox Sports 1)
No. 5 Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Arlington, Texas, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
Saturday’s SEC games
South Carolina at Missouri, 11 a.m. (SEC Network)
No. 13 Alabama at No. 8 Georgia, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
San Jose State at Auburn, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
No. 3 Mississippi at No. 25 Florida, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Eastern Michigan at No. 9 LSU, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Arkansas at Tennessee, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
No. 21 Mississippi State at No. 14 Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network+)
Saturday’s Top 25 games
No. 1 Ohio State at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Purdue at No. 2 Michigan State, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 12 Clemson, 7 p.m. (ABC)
Arizona State at No. 7 UCLA, 6:30 p.m. (Fox)
No. 11 Florida State at Wake Forest, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Minnesota at No. 16 Northwestern, 11 a.m. (Big Ten Network)
Arizona at No. 18 Stanford, 9:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Iowa at No. 19 Wisconsin, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
No. 22 Michigan at Maryland, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Washington State at No. 24 California, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)