Top 5 College Football Matchups: Week 11

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Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. drops back to avoid the pressure from Washington’s Carson Bruener, and hits Devon Williams for the touchdown in the 2nd quarter of the Oregon and Washington Rivalry game in 2021. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Week 10 changed the landscape of college football as three top-10 teams were defeated. This weekend may not bring any top-10 matchups, but there are plenty of important games as we approach the end of the regular season. Here are your top five college football matchups of week 11.

Honorable Mentions:

  • No. 23 FSU (6-3) at Syracuse (6-3): FSU dominated last weekend in a 45-3 rout over rival Miami. QB Jordan Travis threw three touchdowns on only 12 pass attempts while RB Trey Benson racked up 128 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Syracuse has fallen back down to Earth, dropping their last three games. The Orange have a respectable defense, so it will be fun to see how well FSU can attack them.

  • Florida (5-4) at South Carolina (6-3): Florida is coming off of a big win on the road against Texas A&M. Even though the Aggies were missing several players due to the flu, Florida deserves its credit for shutting them out in the second half. This sets up a pretty exciting game against South Carolina. A win for Florida would give them some real momentum heading into its season finale against FSU. South Carolina is beginning a brutal three-game stretch against UF, Tennessee, and Clemson. Going at least 1-2 against those teams would cap off a solid rebuilding season for the Gamecocks.

5. No. 15 North Carolina (8-1) at Wake Forest (6-3)

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Truist Field, NC

Spread: North Carolina (-4)

UNC survived a nail-biter over Virginia last week and will be facing a much better team this Saturday. The Tarheels will need to stay perfect if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive, but an ACC championship appearance is on the horizon. UNC holds the 8th best offense in the nation and will be facing another solid offense in Wake Forest. Expect a high-scoring matchup here.

4. No. 22 UCF (7-2) at No. 17 Tulane (8-1)

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Yulman Stadium, LA

Spread: Tulane (-1.5)

The premier matchup of the AAC. If you haven’t been following that conference or these teams closely, tune into this game for what will be a very intense game. This game will likely decide the top spot in the conference and who will remain in the top 25. UCF features the 7th-ranked offense in the nation while Tulane has the 16th-ranked defense.

3. No. 25 Washington (7-2) at No. 6 Oregon Ducks (8-1)

When: Saturday. 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Autzen Stadium, OR

Spread: Oregon (-13)

Lost in the hype of Tennessee’s offense has been Oregon’s, which has been on an absolute tear all year long. The Ducks haven’t dropped below 40 points in a game since week one against Georgia, where they lost 49-3. Oregon has come a long way since then, and they’ll have a chance to prove they’re a legit playoff contender with these next two games against Washington and Utah. Offensively, Washington is not too far from its counterparts, sporting the 10th-ranked offense nationally. The Pac-12 is in a very tight race between five teams. A win for Washington would be a huge step towards getting to a conference championship and even keeping playoff hopes alive.

2. No. 4 TCU (9-0) at No. 18 Texas (6-3)

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, TX

Spread: Texas (-7.5)

Undefeated TCU is enjoying its best start to a season since 2010 when it went 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl. College Gameday will be heading to Austin, Texas for this exciting matchup with playoff and Big 12 championship implications. TCU holds the 4th-best offense in the nation and comes off a 34-24 win over Texas Tech. The Longhorns avoided disaster by beating No. 13 Kansas State last week. While its playoff hopes are shot, Texas now can still compete for a conference title and spoil TCU’s playoff bid. Texas is surprisingly favored by more than a touchdown in this home game. You would think Vegas and the rest of the college football world would give TCU the respect it deserves, but it seems like they must earn it week by week. This should be another great Big 12 shootout.

1. No. 9 Alabama (7-2) at No. 11 Ole Miss (8-1)

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, MS

Spread: Alabama (-11.5)

Alabama’s hopes for a national title are all but gone, but they can still finish the season strong with a chance to play for an SEC Championship. That starts with a win over Ole Miss, who still have playoff and SEC title aspirations of their own. Despite this being Ole Miss’ biggest home game in years, Bama still comes in favored by 11.5 points. Ole Miss holds the 11th-ranked offense thanks to a runningback tandem of Quinshon Judkins and Zach Evans. Sophomore QB Jackson Dart has also looked solid. Alabama’s defense will have its hands full for this one, and I think we’ll be in store for a quality SEC rivalry game.

(All odds from DraftKings Sportsbook)

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