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Top Five College Football Games of Week 8

College football is back this Saturday with a slate of games that will keep any football fan glued to the television from noon to midnight. There are four Top 25 matchups on the slate, along with some conference matchups that could shake up the teams holding on to a Top 25 ranking heading into this week. Here is a breakdown of the top five games you should tune into this Saturday.

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No. 7 Penn State at No. 3 Ohio State at 12:00 p.m. ET

College’s football biggest game of the weekend will be a noon start and feature two Top 10 programs that also happen to be fierce conference rivals in the Big Ten. Both teams are undefeated through the first six games of their seasons, leaving only one able to come out still with an unblemished record. The Buckeyes are the slightly favored team in the matchup seeing as they have home field advantage, but don’t think that Drew Allar and company see it the same way. Both teams have explosive offenses and shut down defenses. It will truly be a matter of who wants a win more and who takes care of the football.

No. 17 Tennessee at No. 11 Alabama at 3:30 p.m. ET

After the PSU and OSU game at noon, Tennessee will head on the road to SEC rival Alabama. Both teams are ranked in the Top 25 and both teams have just one loss under their belt. Tennessee was taken down 29-16 against Florida on the road, while Alabama was beaten by Quinn Ewers and No. 8 Texas. The key to this matchup will be the ability of the Volunteer offense to continue to surpass their 443 yards of offense mark against a defense giving up just 292 yards of offense. Joe Milton will also need to protect the ball and not give Alabama any extra opportunities.

No. 13 Ole Miss at Auburn at 7:00 p.m. ET

Heading into the night games, we have a three-headed monster starting off with No. 13 Ole Miss taking on unranked SEC opponent Auburn. Auburn has a better team than the 3-3 record shows this season and Ole Miss will not be able to walk in and roll over this defense. They lost two of their three games on the road against Texas A&M and No. 22 LSU, both SEC opponents. Their third loss and only one at home was against No. 1 Georgia where they gave them all they could handle, losing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter with under three minutes to go. Jaxon Dart and company will need to be prepared for a battle.

No. 16 Duke at No. 4 Florida State at 7:30 p.m. ET

Just 30 minutes later comes another Top 25 matchup as No. 16 Duke heads on the road against No. 4 Florida State. If quarterback Riley Leonard cannot play, it makes Duke’s offense a completely different unit. That is why Florida State is heavily favored to win this game. However, Duke will need to stop the bleeding and figure out a way to bounce back and what better way to do that than taking down a conference and Top 5 opponent. Florida State will give up points, but it will be the Blue Devils defense that will need to stand up against a Florida State offense averaging 450 yards of offense per game.

No. 14 Utah at No. 18 USC at 8:00 p.m. ET

The late-night game on the slate is No. 14 Utah taking on No. 18 USC in a Pac-12 showdown. The unanimous favorite to be the first pick in the NFL Draft, Caleb Williams showed his first signs of weakness getting rolled over by No. 21 Notre Dame last week throwing three interceptions on his way to a 28-point loss. USC is another team that relies on its high-powered offense to win games while the defense gives up 400 yards per game on average. If Utah’s offense can get in a rhythm and their defense that is giving up just 277 yards of offense to opposition can stand up, they can give USC their second loss of the year.

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Matthew Beighle
Matthew Beighle
An avid learner with a passion for football, real and fantasy.

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