While this weekend won’t feature the same marquee games as last Saturday, there are still four games left between the ranked teams, all of which have implications for college football playoffs, the New Year’s Six or the conference title. .
There are also several ranked teams hitting the road, including a top 10 team that just picked up an emotional win last weekend. With that said, here’s what to watch in Week 11 of the 2022 college football season:
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No. 7 LSU at Arkansas – 12 p.m. on ESPN
LSU now finds itself in control of SEC West after a thrilling win over Alabama last weekend, but the Tigers must now avoid a disappointment against an unranked Arkansas team desperate to bounce back from a shock loss to Liberty .
The Razorbacks were ranked in the top 10 just a few weeks ago, but losses in four of their last six games have them close to .500. A win on Saturday would not only save the season, but also throw a wrench in LSU’s postseason plans.
No. 9 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Miss – 3:30 p.m. on CBS
Alabama finds itself in uncharted territory with two losses, both of which came on the road in the last play of the game. Forget the college football playoffs, the Crimson Tide have to beat Ole Miss and hope the Tigers stumble twice to even qualify for the SEC title game.
The Rebels also have an outside shot at the division title, provided they beat Alabama on Saturday and LSU loses to Arkansas or Texas A&M in two weeks. However, the head coach Lane Kiffin would love nothing more than to hand over his old boss, Nick Sabana third defeat.
No. 22 UCF at No. 17 Tulane – 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2
This game has implications for both the AAC title and the New Year’s Six Bowl game, as the winner will be the top-ranked five-man team. UCF has been in that position before, as the Knights played in the Peach Bowl in 2018 and the Fiesta Bowl in 2019.
Tulane, meanwhile, is off to its best start since 1998, when quarterback Shaun King led them to a 12-0 record and a Liberty Bowl victory. The Green Wave notably won at Kansas State earlier this season, but a win on Saturday would mean even more.
No. 25 Washington at No. 6 Oregon – 7 p.m. on FOX
Oregon has looked like a completely different team since their Week 1 loss to defending national champion Georgia, winning eight straight games behind quarterback. Above Nixwho threw for 2,495 yards and 22 touchdowns through the air and 457 yards and 13 scores on the ground.
The Ducks still have a chance to make the playoffs but will be tested Saturday by the Washington quarterback Michael Penix, who leads the nation with 3,232 passing yards. The Huskies have lost two road games this season by one score, and this game could follow a similar scenario.
No. 4 TCU at No. 18 Texas – 7:30 p.m. on ABC
Despite being undefeated, TCU goes to Austin as a one-touchdown underdog in Texas. A win on Saturday would secure the Horned Frogs’ second appearance in the Big XII Championship Game, but more importantly keep them on track for the playoffs.
TCU has been at its best in close games, with six of its nine wins by 10 points or less. The same cannot be said for the Longhorns, who suffered their three defeats by score. They’ll need to break that trend on Saturday to (potentially) stage a rematch in the conference title game.
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