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College Five: Week 11

Who and what to watch around college football

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This is set to be a very defining weekend of college football, with teams clinging to top 25 rankings after some surprising upsets last weekend. The weekend is also for someone who is 27-23, this is also a very important weekend to grab some wins. Here is what to watch in an action packed weekend.

Honorable Mention - (20) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. (8) Wisconsin Badgers, Saturday at 12:30 pm

This weekend is so packed, it needs an extra on the college five. The Big Ten has some massive games that could change the playoff picture, and if the Hawkeyes knock off the Badgers, the Big Ten will be wide open.

In the Badgers favor is freshman Jonathan Taylor, the talented running back that is third in the nation with 1,368 rushing yards. The Hawkeyes are on the road and against the sixth defense in the country that gives up 13.3 points per game. While the Hawkeyes have played inspired football, on the road in a slugfest with a team that can grind out the game. The Badgers will control the game at home, where they are great.

5 - (15) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (21) Oklahoma State Cowboys, Saturday at 9:00 am

The Cyclones have now toppled the Sooners and the Horned Frogs, with two top 10 wins under their belt, they have the Cowboys in their sights. The Cyclones only allow 18.9 points per game and the magic that is quarterback Kyle Kempt is seemingly unstoppable.

The Cowboys just went toe to toe with Baker Mayfield, putting up 52 points but allowing 62 points in the exhausting match. Mason Rudolph leads the country in passing with 3,314 passing yards. The Cowboys are going to be coming into the game drained after a demoralizing loss and up against a team that has figured out how to get under the skin of Big 12 offenses.

Prediction: Iowa State wins 45-40

4 - (12) Michigan State Spartans vs. (13) Ohio State Buckeyes, Saturday at 9:00 am

Another Big Ten game with playoff implications. The Spartans have toppled Michigan and Penn State, gutting out wins by outlasting teams in the fourth quarter. The offense is powered by what looks to be a rejuvenated running back L.J. Scott. The team also has a habit of finding turnovers late in the game, with 17 turnovers on the year.

The Buckeyes had real trouble against the Hawkeyes turning the ball over, after a four interception performance from J.T. Barrett crippled the Buckeyes. The Spartans are going to force the worst out of the Buckeyes and destroy the playoff possibilities for the Big Ten with a victory.

Prediction: Michigan State wins 27-16

3 - (6) TCU Horned Frogs vs. (5) Oklahoma Sooners, Saturday at 5:00 pm

TCU found a win against the Cowboys, but quarterback Baker Mayfield is back on the Heisman trail after 598 yards and five touchdowns last weekend. Mayfield has light up the field, powering the Sooners past opponents and muscling out wins. This team is on a rampage and one loss will derail their playoff hopes. At home, after a huge win and looking to pile on, this is all Sooners.

Prediction: Oklahoma wins 48-31

2 - (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (7) Miami Hurricanes, Saturday at 5:00 pm

The Irish have looked great, only losing to the first place Georgia Bulldogs and have run the ball to the tune of 324.8 points per game. The Irish average 41.3 points per game and running back Josh Adams is a dark horse Heisman contender. But this is Miami’s year to shine, just like their Turnover Chain.

The Hurricanes have 20 turnovers on the year, grabbing turnovers at the most opportune times. The team has been clutch all season long, with quarterback Malik Rosier tossing 2,273 yards and 19 scores. He has not been great all the time, but he has come through when the game was on the line. The Hurricanes may be inconsistent and gut out tight games with even poor teams, but they are finding wins. At home, Miami will be the upset of the week.

Prediction: Miami wins 23-20

1 - (1) Georgia Bulldogs vs. (10) Auburn Tigers, Saturday at 12:30 pm

As much as calling the toppling of a No. 1 team is tantalizing, the Bulldogs will not go down to Auburn. Everyone knows about running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, the defense will be the deciding factor.

Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy are monsters in the defensive front, combining for 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. They have three forced fumbles and 12 quarterback hurries, changing games with the amount of pressures. The Bulldogs are a dominant defense that only lets up 11.7 points per game.

When the offense does get the ball, freshman quarterback Jake Fromm has kept the offense running as a well oiled machine, passing for 1,459 yards and 15 touchdowns while his backs have combined for 1,577 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Bulldogs will continue to roll until they play Alabama.

Prediction: Georgia wins 31-10

Full College Football Schedule for Saturday November 11

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
#12 Michigan State at #13 Ohio State 9:00 AM FOX
Rutgers at #14 Penn State 9:00 AM BTN
#15 Oklahoma State at #21 Iowa State 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2
Connecticut at #18 UCF 9:00 AM ESPNU
#23 NC State at Boston College 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2
Arkansas at #24 LSU 9:00 AM ESPN
Duke at Army 9:00 AM CBSSN
Texas Tech vs Baylor 9:00 AM FSN
Louisiana at Ole Miss 9:00 AM SEC Network
Florida at South Carolina 9:00 AM CBS
Indiana at Illinois 9:00 AM BTN
Nebraska at Minnesota 9:00 AM FS1
#17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech 9:20 AM ACC Network
Middle Tennessee at Charlotte 11:00 AM None
Wake Forest at Syracuse 12:00 PM ACC Network
#1 Georgia at #10 Auburn 12:30 PM CBS
Florida State at #4 Clemson 12:30 PM ESPN
#20 Iowa at #8 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ABC
Virginia at Louisville 12:30 PM ESPNU
Michigan at Maryland 12:30 PM BTN
West Virginia at Kansas State 12:30 PM ESPN2
SMU at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN
Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Tech 12:30 PM Stadium
Southern Mississippi at Rice 12:30 PM None
#11 USC at Colorado 1:00 PM FOX
Maine vs UMass 1:00 PM NESNPlus/Eleven
Georgia State at Texas State 1:00 PM None
San Jose State at Nevada 1:00 PM None
Kentucky at Vanderbilt 1:00 PM SEC Network
Troy at Coastal Carolina 1:30 PM None
Arkansas State at South Alabama 2:00 PM None
UTEP at North Texas 2:00 PM None
#19 Washington State at Utah 2:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
Kansas at Texas 3:00 PM Longhorn Network
Western Kentucky at Marshall 3:30 PM beIN None
#2 Alabama at #16 Mississippi State 4:00 PM ESPN
Purdue at #25 Northwestern 4:00 PM ESPN2
UAB at UT San Antonio 4:00 PM KCWX
Tulane at East Carolina 4:00 PM CBSSN
New Mexico at Texas A&M 4:00 PM ESPNU
Old Dominion at Florida Intl 4:00 PM None
Tennessee at Missouri 4:30 PM SEC Network
#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami 5:00 PM ABC
#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma 5:00 PM FOX
Arizona State at UCLA 6:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
Oregon State at Arizona 7:00 PM ESPN2
Wyoming at Air Force 7:15 PM ESPNU
Boise State at Colorado State 7:30 PM CBSSN
Fresno State at Hawai'i 8:00 PM Spectrum Sports/KSEE None