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College Football ’19: Week 11 Top 25 Previews

Week 11 Top 25

Each week, The Game Haus will preview every college football game featuring teams in The Associated Press Top 25. We’ll also give an expanded look at three Week 11 Top 25 matchups especially worth watching.

Here we go with our Week 11 Top 25 previews (all times Eastern):

Key Games

No. 5 Penn State (8-0) at No. 13 Minnesota (8-0), Noon, Saturday

Scouting the Nittany Lions: They find themselves among the top four in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, but Ohio State still awaits on the schedule. However, Penn State has no reason to take Minnesota lightly in the teams’ first meeting since 2016.

Week 11 Top 25
P.J. Fleck / Photo Courtesy of footballscoop.com

Scouting the Golden Gophers: This special season continues for Minnesota, which now begins a rather tough final four-game stretch that includes a stop at Iowa and the annual finale with Wisconsin. Coach P.J. Fleck is sticking around the Twin Cities, and should have the boat ready to row for the biggest game of his Gophers’ tenure.

Winner: Penn State

No. 1 LSU (8-0) at No. 2 Alabama (8-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday

Scouting the Tigers: LSU and Alabama might not be Nos. 1 and 2 in the CFP rankings, but in the AP Poll they are. Not only the game of the Week 11 Top 25 slate, but of the year in college football. The Tigers have dropped eight straight to the Tide since winning 9-6 in their last 1 vs. 2 regular-season matchup from 2011.

Scouting the Crimson Tide: It’s all about the status of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who appears set to be ready for this huge Week 11 Top 25 contest. However, this game should come down to which defense proves to be stingiest against a couple of potent offenses.

Winner: LSU

No. 18 Iowa (6-2) at No. 16 Wisconsin (6-2), 4 p.m., Saturday

Scouting the Hawkeyes: They’re aiming for a third straight victory overall, but have lost three in a row and six of the last seven against Wisconsin. Considering the Badgers’ potentially fragile state, that trend could be halted this year.

Scouting the Badgers: One has to ask if it’s become a mental thing now for Wisconsin. Two consecutive defeats while allowing 62 points, and the Badgers once-promising season has unraveled. They last dropped three straight Big Ten games in 2008.

Winner: Wisconsin

The Rest

Vanderbilt (2-6) at No. 10 Florida (7-2), Noon, Saturday

The Skinny: Time for the Gators to bounce back from that loss to Georgia. This should be the perfect opportunity against a Vandy squad that hasn’t beaten a Top 25 team on the road since October 2007.

Winner: Florida.

Maryland (3-6) at No. 3 Ohio State (8-0), Noon, Saturday

The Skinny: Expect the top team in the CFP rankings to have another easy time. Why? Because the Buckeyes have looked unstoppable thus far, and Maryland has yielded at least 34 points in four straight games.

Winner: Ohio State

East Carolina (3-6) at No. 23 SMU (8-1), Noon, Saturday

The Skinny: Undefeated no more, the Mustangs focus is to bounce back while still a Week 11 Top 25 team. SMU’s downfall appears to be a defense that’s allowing 30.7 points per contest.

Winner: SMU

No. 11 Baylor (8-0) at TCU (4-4), Noon, Saturday

The Skinny: After struggling to get by a middling West Virginia team at home, Baylor knows it should be in for a major test this weekend. The Bears have lost four straight to TCU, and we think that slide continues.

Winner: TCU

Connecticut (2-7) at No. 17 Cincinnati (7-1), 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Week 11 Top 25
Photo courtesy of cincinnati.com

The Skinny: The highest Group of Five team at the moment (No. 20 in the CFP rankings), the Bearcats should have an easier time here than against East Carolina last week. They’re 8-0 at home against UConn.

Winner: Cincinnati

No. 20 Kansas State (6-2) at Texas (5-3), 3:30 p.m., Saturday

The Skinny: The Wildcats have beat both Oklahoma and TCU, two things Texas was unable to do this season. That’s a big reason the Wildcats are ranked and the Longhorns seem lost. Injuries have plagued Texas, but we think it rebounds with a fourth straight home win in this series.

Winner: Texas

No. 22 Wake Forest (7-1) at Virginia Tech (5-3), 3:30 p.m., Saturday

The Skinny: Starting here, Wake plays three of its final four games on the road. The Deacons will be trying for a sixth straight road win while facing an agitated Virginia Tech squad for the first time since 2014

Winner: Virginia Tech

Missouri (5-3) at No. 6 Georgia (7-1), 7 p.m., Saturday

The Skinny: Georgia controls its own destiny in the SEC East, and possibly with the CFP. The Bulldogs are sixth in the initial rankings, and it they win out and claim the SEC title, they could be playoff bound.

Winner: Georgia

No. 15 Notre Dame (6-2) at Duke (4-4), 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Week 11 Top 25
Ian Book / Photo courtesy und.com

The Skinny: Quarterback Ian Book still has the trust of Irish coach Brian Kelly after rallying them by Virginia Tech last weekend. It will be interesting to see how Book and Notre Dame fare on the road after that Michigan debacle.

Winner: Notre Dame

No. 4 Clemson (9-0) at North Carolina State (4-4), 7:30 p.m., Saturday

The Skinny: Clemson is fifth in the first CFP rankings, and coach Dabo Swinney should be thrilled. Why? Because the pressure is presumably off the Tigers, who have outscored their last four opponents 208-45 and should not lose before the final rankings are announced.

Winner: Clemson

Iowa State (5-3) at No. 9 Oklahoma (7-1), 8 p.m., Saturday

The Skinny: Back in action for the first time since losing at Kansas State, the Sooners get the chance to prove their season is not lost. While a national title has become a long shot, there is still plenty to play for in Norman. It starts with continuing their success over the Cyclones.

Winner: Oklahoma

Wyoming (6-2) at No. 21 Boise State (7-1), 10:15 p.m., Saturday

The Skinny: Boise got by upstart San Jose State to bounce back from that loss at BYU. They’ll be home for the first time since Oct. 12 to take on the Cowboys, who have never beat the Broncos on the blue turf.

Winner: Boise State

Nevada (5-4) at No. 24 San Diego State (7-1), 10:30 p.m., Saturday

The Skinny: A new addition to the Week 11 Top 25, SDSU aims for a fifth consecutive victory since losing at home to Utah State on Sept. 21. The Aztecs enter the weekend ranked eighth in the nation allowing 14.1 points per contest.

Winner: San Diego State

 

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