College football has returned for a few weeks. There are always things to watch every week of the season. Here are 5 things to watch in college football week 10.
1. Tennessee at Georgia
In a matchup that people have been waiting weeks for, Tennessee matches up with Georgia. The Volunteers have surprised the country by going undefeated for the first eight games of the season, which includes defeating Alabama. Their offense is high-powered, scoring 49.4 points per game. The best defense they will play happens to be Georgia.
The Bulldogs are also 8-0. They started off the season with a win over Oregon, but have since not really played the toughest competition. The defense has helped them a bunch, as they allow just 10.5 points per game, which is good enough for the second-best in the country. It should be a good matchup of elite units dueling each other. The winner is in control of their own destiny in terms of making the SEC Championship and ultimately the College Football Playoff.
2. Brian Kelly‘s First Try Against Alabama at LSU
Brian Kelly struggled to beat Alabama when he was coaching at Notre Dame. Now, he is at LSU, where he has the Tigers sitting with a 6-2 record, after preseason expectations were somewhat lower of the team. The quarterback play of Jayden Daniels has improved this season and young players are stepping up. It has them looking like they could be competitive against the Crimson Tide.
Alabama will travel to LSU in their first road game since dropping one at Tennessee. The team played undisciplined and it seemed that the crowd noise got to them. Against LSU, the Crimson Tide’s offense will likely show up, as they score 43.1 points per game, but they really need their defense to be on point. They allow 16.6 points per game, but have not been as good as Alabama’s defenses in past years. A win keeps the Crimson Tide in CFP contention.
3. Wake Forest Demon Deacons at NC State Wolfpack
Wake Forest is 6-2, which is a solid record, despite losing in week 9 to Louisville. They rely on a high-scoring offense, led by quarterback Sam Hartman. After missing the first game of the season, he has passed for 2,026 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions on 63.2 percent completion. Hartman will have to be on his “A” game, as he’ll be going up against a great defense in week 10.
Wake Forest travels to NC State in week 10. The Wolfpack are also 6-2, but have lost starting quarterback Devin Leary for the rest of the season, which has made them rely on their tough defense to win games. They allow 17.4 points per game and will have to stop Wake Forest, while being on the field for a lot of plays. The Wolfpack are capable of getting the win, but it’s going to take a herculean defensive effort.
4. Texas at Kansas State
Texas has been solid this season with a 5-3 record. Only two of their losses have come in Big 12 play, so they are still alive for the Big 12 Championship. A win this weekend over Kansas State would make it a logjam at the second place in the standings behind TCU. They have a pretty balanced offense with quarterback Quinn Ewers leading the passing attack and running back Bijan Robinson being one of the most dynamic players in college football.
Kansas State is 6-2 on the season, but only has one Big 12 loss. They just defeated Oklahoma State to take sole possession of second place in the conference. The Wildcats are led by running back Deuce Vaughn, who is small in stature, but capable of creating explosive plays. They are at home for this game, but are actually underdogs by one point to Texas. A win will keep them in second place and put them in good position to make the Big 12 Championship with just a few weeks left to play in the regular season.
5. Can Arkansas Get a Ranked Win?
Arkansas was recognized for having one of the toughest schedules in college football. Their nonconference schedule included Cincinnati, BYU and Liberty, who they host this weekend. Pair that with their SEC schedule and there wasn’t a team who tested themselves on the whole more than the Razorbacks. They have struggled at times, but have a 5-3 record on the season.
As mentioned, they play Liberty at home this weekend. The Flames have just one loss, which came to Wake Forest, but also have some decent wins including over BYU. Arkansas is favored by 13.5 points, so Liberty will need big plays from their star running back Dae Dae Hunter to keep things interesting. A win would move the team to 8-1 for another good season.
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