The college football season is wrapping up and here are five key games to watch this Saturday.
No. 15 LSU v. Ole Miss
Both teams are still in the race for the SEC West, but the Tigers need more help than the Rebels. Both Ole Miss and LSU need the Tide to drop their final game against Auburn, but the Rebels can clinch the division if they win out in that scenario. LSU needs a tiebreaker scenario involving several teams and has to win out.
No. 9 Michigan State v. No. 3 Ohio State
This was the preseason de facto Big 10 championship game, but Iowa is looking like a contender out of the Big 10 West. Ohio State has a solid ground game and defense, but the Spartans have enough toughness to match the Buckeyes. Connor Cook is the better quarterback, but he may be limited with injuries. Mark Dantonio always saves something for Ohio State, but even he may be out of answers by the time this game ends.
No. 10 Baylor v. No. 6 Oklahoma State
The first shootout on the Big 12 slate Saturday. Baylor is coming off a tough loss at home to the Sooners while Oklahoma State escaped Ames, Iowa, with a 35-31 win. Both teams can put up points in a hurry. Mason Rudolph has been a blessing for the Cowboys and Mike Gundy has coached this team extremely well. Expect the quarterback with the last possession to win the game.
No. 18 TCU v. No. 7 Oklahoma
The second shootout on the Big 12 schedule. TCU has fallen off the map since its loss to Oklahoma State, but the Horned Frogs still have a potent offense and a chance to win the conference. Oklahoma has recovered from its disappointing effort in the Red River Rivalry game to storm into second place in the conference. The Sooners control their own destiny with this game and the Bedlam game. Bob Stoops will have his guys ready to play, but TCU will challenge Oklahoma for sixty minutes.
California v. No. 11 Stanford
Stanford slipped up against the Ducks, but the Cardinal still control their own destiny in the Pac 12 North. Jared Goff has propelled Cal this season, but the Golden Bears haven’t matched the preseason hype. Goff will test Stanford’s defense, but can the Bears contain Stanford’s offense? The Cardinal still have a shot at the playoff if they can navigate past Cal and Notre Dame.