We are approaching the home stretch of the college football regular season.
And while Week 11 doesn’t have the high-profile matchups we saw in Week 10, there is an array of play with implications for the college football playoffs and the conference title. At the top of this list is No. 4 TCU, which is a touchdown underdog on the road against Texas. There’s also a fascinating showdown between two-game losing Alabama and Ole Miss.
Time: 3:30 p.m. Television: CBS | Line: Alabama -11.5 | Overall: 64.5
It’s early November and Alabama is two-game losing and on the outside when it comes to college football playoff picture. It’s an unfamiliar position for Nick Saban’s program, and now the Crimson Tide hit the road again to face an Ole Miss team to a loss coming out of a bye. On the other side, Lane Kiffin would like to get a victory over his former boss – a victory that could suddenly make the rebels much more viable in the national title picture. Ole Miss started the year 7-0 but didn’t face many above average opponents during that streak.
Time: 3:30 p.m. Television: ESPN2 | Line: Tulane -1.5 | Overall: 54.5
This is a massive game in the American Athletic Conference race and New Year’s Six Bowl picture. At 8-1 overall and 5-0 in AAC play, Tulane sits in first place. 17. UCF, at 7-2 overall and 4-1 in conference, is next in line at No. 1. 22. There are no other G5 teams currently ranked, so the AAC winner is the clubhouse leader to earn a spot in the Cotton Bowl.
Time: 7:00 p.m. TV: FS1 | Line: BU-2.5 | Overall: 53.5
Behind undefeated TCU, the Big 12 race is very crowded. The league’s top two teams are in the championship game, and Kansas State, Texas and Baylor all sit 4-2 in conference. K-State, however, lost to Texas last week, so the Wildcats really need to get to Waco and pick up a win Saturday night. Baylor, meanwhile, has quietly put together a three-game winning streak after a two-game losing streak to open October. The Bears took care of Kansas and Texas Tech before heading to Norman to beat Oklahoma last week. Kansas State is a step up in competition for Baylor, which won the Big 12 title last season.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Television: ABC | Line: Texas -7 | Overall: 64.5
While the implications of the Big 12 title are also at stake in this game, the stakes are much higher for TCU. The Horned Frogs, now 9-0 on the year, moved up to No. 1. 4 in the CFP standings on Tuesday night. To get to this point, TCU won many close games. In fact, six of his nine wins have been decided by 10 points or less. And many of those victories are the result of efforts from behind. Perhaps this high-flying act explains why the Horned Frogs are seven-point underdogs in Austin on Saturday. Texas has been viewed favorably by bettors all season; a visit to Alabama was the only time the Longhorns were overlooked that year. But UT hasn’t always lived up to that billing. Texas enters this game with a 6-3 record, although those three losses have resulted in only one possession.