Football Outsiders' weekly preview for people who like their football played on Saturdays
The games this week are much less hyped than last week's, but they still feature closely-ranked teams vying for conference pecking order in bowl season.
Mississippi State and Florida State, the final two undefeated Playoff contenders, face two of their toughest opponents this week. Can either team make it through the regular season unscathed?
This week has several de facto conference championships, headlined by Michigan State-Ohio State in East Lansing and the surging LSU Tigers battling a steady Crimson Tide.
TCU-West Virginia and Auburn-Ole Miss might as well be early playoff elimination rounds, with the losers likely knocked out of playoff contention.
While Saturday won't give us an answer to which is the best one-loss team, it is still a big week for conference races across the country.
This week we are rewarded with a big matchup between the Fighting Irish and Seminoles and the growing rivalry between the Aggies and Tide.
With three of the top five teams facing other ranked teams this weekend, we should see some separation of playoff contenders after last week's chaos.
It's easily the biggest weekend of college football yet, with six matchups between ranked teams and three showdowns in the SEC West alone.
The week's most anticipated matchups all feature high-powered offenses, with Texas A&M, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas Tech, and Arizona State in the spotlight.
Oklahoma, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, and LSU all have tough matchups this weekend. Are any at risk of an upset?