This Week's Top Upcoming 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.
#10 Baylor at #16 Oklahoma (11 a.m., Fox Sports 1): This game may serve as a CFP elimination game as the Bears will be hard-pressed to make up ground in the Big 12 race with a loss, while a loss for Oklahoma would be its third. The winner will still have a solid shot at winning the Big 12, which may carry serious weight with the Selection Committee.
Texas A&M at #3 Auburn (2:30 p.m., CBS): What appeared to be a marquee matchup early in the season has turned into what most would expect to be a routine win for the Tigers, who are rolling, while the Aggies changed quarterbacks last week after losing three straight games.
#8 Notre Dame at #11 Arizona State (2:30 p.m., ABC): The Sun Devils, with just one loss, are alone atop the Pac-12 South and hoping a win over a highly-ranked Notre Dame will give them a jump in the CFP rankings, while the Irish need a big win to boost their own one-loss résumé.
Virginia at #2 Florida State (5:30 p.m., ESPN): Despite losing three straight, the Cavaliers are much improved this year, boasting a victory over Louisville, which gave the Seminoles a run for their money; Florida State has already been in two big holes this year and will look to turn in a complete game at home.
#9 Kansas State at #6 TCU (6:30 p.m., Fox): After eight games, the Wildcats and Horned Frogs have both made excellent cases to be in the College Football Playoff, but the winner of this battle in Fort Worth is sure to get a big boost.
#4 Alabama at #14 LSU (7 p.m., CBS): The Crimson Tide may have the best chance of any one-loss team to solidify a spot in the top four as they still have games remaining against No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Auburn. However, they still have to go on the road to take on a young LSU team that has been growing up fast.
#13 Ohio State at #7 Michigan State (7 p.m., ABC): This rematch of last year's Big Ten Championship game, won by the Spartans, could also be an elimination game in the new College Football Playoff format as the loser has little chance of making a move into the top four. Even with a win, Ohio State will be hard-pressed to offset its loss to 4-5 Virginia Tech, but a win for Michigan State would be a big boost.
#5 Oregon at #20 Utah (9 p.m., ESPN): The Ducks have recovered from some key injuries and their lone loss to register four straight impressive victories; this road game in Salt Lake City will be their biggest challenge off the regular season and could all but lock up the Pac-12 North title.