This Weekend's Top Games park
Here's a look at some of the top upcoming games for this week of college football action. All times listed are Central. Please check local listings to confirm broadcast information.
#8 Ohio State at Minnesota (11 a.m., ABC): After defeating Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes have made themselves the top Big Ten candidate for this year's College Football Playoff; this match-up with the Gophers on the road may prove to be a challenge as Minnesota has won five of its last six games to improve to 7-2 overall.
Virginia Tech at #21 Duke (11 a.m., ESPNU): Duke is looking to capture its second straight ACC Coastal title, but a struggling Hokie team will be hoping to play the role of spoiler for the Blue Devils.
#19 Clemson at #22 Georgia Tech (11 a.m., ESPN): Star quarterback Deshawn Watson returns from injury as the Tigers travel to take on the Yellow Jackets and their potent triple option offense; both teams are in second place in their respective ACC divisions and will be looking to avoid taking a third loss which would likely knock them out of the national rankings.
Rice at Marshall (1:30 p.m., FSN affiliates): While the Thundering Herd have not received much love from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, they are one of three remaining undefeated teams in the country and this game against the Owls, who have a six-game winning streak and a 4-1 Conference USA mark, may be their biggest challenge of the year – Marshall's last loss came at the hands of Rice in last year's C-USA Championship game.
#1 Mississippi State at #5 Alabama (2:30 p.m., CBS): The SEC West continues to beat itself up and this game is expected to be a memorable match-up as the Bulldogs, who have only defeated Alabama 18 times in history (opposite 77 losses), hope to pick up another monumental victory against the Tide, which is hoping to solidify its own College Football Playoff résumé.
#16 Nebraska at #20 Wisconsin (2:30 p.m., ABC): Two of the top running backs in the country may go head-to-head as Nebraska and Ameer Abdullah (fifth in the nation with 1,250 yards despite missing nearly a full game due to injury) travels to take on Wisconsin and Melvin Gordon (leads the nation with 1,501 yards); Abdullah remains a question mark due to an injured knee.
#9 Auburn at #15 Georgia (6:15 p.m., ESPN): Todd Gurley makes his return to the Georgia lineup as the Dawgs look to remain in the hunt for the SEC East title, hosting an Auburn squad looking to recover after being shocked at home by Texas A&M on Saturday.
#2 Florida State at Miami, Fla. (7 p.m., ABC): The Seminoles have climbed back to the lofty positions they enjoyed through much of the 1990s and while the Hurricanes remain down, they are improving fast this season with three straight wins by an average margin of 24 points.
#6 Arizona State at Oregon State (9:45 p.m., ESPN): After their impressive victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, the Sun Devils find themselves much more in the national picture, but they need to take care of business in Pac-12 action as they hope to make a return trip to the conference championship game.