Your Saturday College Football Preview

When the AP and Coaches polls come out on Sunday, look for some big changes from this week’s polls as a number of teams in the Top 25 play each other this weekend. It all started Thursday night when #18 UCLA lost badly to #15 Stanford 56 -35 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score. At the end of the third quarter, Stanford held 36 point lead and was already playing the backups. Saturday at noon Eastern Time, #17 Iowa travels to Chicago to meet #20 Northwestern. This is a huge game for Iowa because it just may be the last difficult game they have on the regular season schedule. A win just might put them into the Big Ten Championship game. Northwestern needs the win to stay alive and playing at home gives them a nice advantage. Later Saturday afternoon, #10 Alabama travels to College Station to meet #9 Texas A&M. This is a must win game for Alabama as they already have one loss in conference play. This is the first real test for 5-0 Texas A&M and we will find out if they are legitimate contenders. A second important game in the Big Ten has #7 Michigan State meeting #12 Michigan in Ann Arbor. While Michigan State is undefeated, they haven’t been that impressive in recent games. Michigan on the other hand, has looked like world beaters since their opening week loss at Utah. In the SEC the other big game is #8 Florida at #6 LSU. Florida lost their starting quarterback for the rest of the season due to a suspension for PED use. That could have a huge affect on the Gators. LSU can be very difficult to beat in Baton Rouge and with a strong running game led by Leonard Fournette I feel LSU might win this game easily. Looking ahead, there is a strong possibility that there won’t be an undefeated team come playoff time. Ohio State has Michigan State and Michigan on their schedule and then possibly the Big Ten Championship game. Number two Baylor has to play TCU and Oklahoma as well as a game at Kansas State where it can be difficult on the road team. Utah still has to play at USC and Washington while they get UCLA at home. Even though USC and UCLA are down right now these will still be tough games. LSU has road games at Alabama and Ole Miss as well as a home game versus Texas A&M which means their schedule just may be the most difficult. Clemson and Florida State are the two undefeated ACC teams. Florida State and Clemson play each other on November 7th and Florida State is at Florida Thanksgiving weekend. Clemson might have the best chance at going unbeaten as the Florida State game is the toughest game left. TCU which is currently ranked 3rd has to play Baylor and Oklahoma. The Oklahoma game is in Norman so that game could be very difficult for the Horned Frogs. One thing is certain, the final seven weeks of the college season will prove very interesting. While some of the one-loss teams feel like they are already out of being in the playoff, nothing could be further from the truth looking at the overall schedule the rest of the 2015 college season. There are many important games still to be played. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe  

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