Conference championship races and the chase for the four spots up for grabs in the College Football Playoff will come into clearer focus in what is sure to be a wild day of games in Week 11. Here in mid-November, it’s truly time to start separating the contenders from the pretenders, and Saturday’s action will provide some more clarity in the hunt for the national championship.
No. 3 Michigan and No. 10 Penn State will tee it up in University Park, Pennsylvania, in what is a must-win game for the Nittany Lions in their chase to make the Big Ten Championship Game. The big story here, however, is the current state of Michigan football. The Wolverines have been embroiled in a sign-stealing scandal that’s drawn the ire of both the NCAA and Big Ten, and this is the biggest game they’ll play since news of the scandal broke.
No. 9 Ole Miss will travel to Athens, Georgia, to take on No. 2 Georgia in a massive cross-division SEC game. The Rebels are in a must-win situation in their race to make the CFP, while Georgia can clinch the SEC East with a win over coach Lane Kiffin’s crew.
No. 13 Tennessee and No. 14 Missouri will square off in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. This SEC East battle could loom large in the race for a New Year’s Six berth. Out West, No. 18 Utah and No. 5 Washington will be battling in Seattle in what is a massive game for the Huskies in its quest to make the CFP, while Utah needs this one to hang on in the Pac-12 Championship Game race.
What should you pay attention to Saturday afternoon? Let’s take a spin around the country in this week’s viewer’s guide.
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The best games
No. 3 Michigan at No. 10 Penn State — noon on Fox, fuboTV (try for free): Penn State finally unleashed quarterback Drew Allar last weekend, and he will likely have to shine again this week against the lockdown Wolverines defense. Meanwhile, Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy could make a massive Heisman Trophy statement if he’s able to lead his team to the win. This will set the landscape for the remainder of the season in the SEC East. If Penn State is able to spring the upset, chaos will ensue.
No. 18 Utah at No. 5 Washington — 3:30 p.m. on Fox, fuboTV (try for free): This one will come down to Washington’s defense. The Huskies have been brutal over the last month-plus, but the offense — led by star quarterback Michael Penix Jr — has been able to shadow their shortcomings. If the Utes are able to take advantage, or play their style and shut down Penix and Co., this could get sketchy for the undefeated Huskies in their quest for an undefeated season.
No. 13 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri — 3:30 p.m. on CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free): Keep an eye on Missouri running back Cody Schrader. The SEC’s leading rusher has been money all year long and might have to shoulder more of the load this week with the status of wide receiver Luther Burden III in doubt. On the other side of the ball, the multi-dimensional rushing attack that has been the hallmark of the Volunteers this season could wear down the Tigers if it’s able to operate at the fast pace that is associated with coach Josh Heupel.
No. 9 Ole Miss at No. 2 Georgia — 7 p.m. on ESPN, fuboTV (try for free): The Rebels have been an offensive force thanks to a stellar running game led by Quinshon Judkins combined with the dynamic passing attack that quarterback Jaxson Dart has thrived in over the last two seasons. The Bulldogs defense shut down Missouri last week and led them to the win, and a repeat effort will be required to extend the winning streak to 27 games.
Best of the rest
- No. 8 Alabama at Kentucky — noon on ESPN, fuboTV (try for free)
- Texas Tech at No. 16 Kansas — noon on FS1, fuboTV (try for free)
- Tulsa at No. 23 Tulane — noon on ESPN2, fuboTV (try for free)
- Holy Cross at Army — noon on CBS Sports Network, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)
- No. 21 Arizona at Colorado — 2 p.m. on Pac-12 Network, fuboTV (try for free)
- Baylor at No. 25 Kansas State — 3 p.m. on ESPN+
- Miami at No. 4 Florida State — 3:30 p.m. on ABC, fuboTV (try for free)
- No. 15 Oklahoma State at UCF — 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, fuboTV (try for free)
- Rutgers at No. 22 Iowa — 3:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network, fuboTV (try for free)
- UAB at Navy — 3:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)
- Stanford at No. 12 Oregon State — 5:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Network, fuboTV (try for free)
- West Virginia at No. 17 Oklahoma — 7 p.m. on Fox, fuboTV (try for free)
- San Diego State at Colorado State — 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)
- Michigan State at No. 1 Ohio State — 7:30 p.m. on NBC, fuboTV (try for free)
- No. 7 Texas at TCU — 7:30 p.m. on ABC, fuboTV (try for free)
- Florida at No. 19 LSU — 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network, fuboTV (try for free)
- Duke at North Carolina — 8 p.m. on ACC Network, fuboTV (try for free)
- USC at No. 6 Oregon — 10:30 p.m. on Fox, fuboTV (try for free)
- Fresno State at San Jose State — 10:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)