We are about to enter this biggest week of college football since the playoffs started all the way back in January. All eyes will be on the top-ranked teams in the polls to see if they could survive very important match-ups Saturday.
For the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll, the top three teams will face road games against ranked opponents. No. 1 Alabama will have to take on No. 17 Ole Miss, No. 2 Florida State will play No. 10 Louisville and No. 3 Ohio State will be on the road against No. 14 Oklahoma.
Losses for any of those teams will mean a dramatic change in how we will see the Final Four for the College Football Playoff play out come December. Any of those losses to the top three teams sets them back pretty far. A win for a team like Louisville could definitely catapult them to the top — as of right now at least. A loss for Alabama might not hurt them as much because of how much the SEC is weighed when it comes to determining playoff spots.
No. 4 Michigan, No. 7 Stanford, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 16 Georgia and No. 22 LSU all have important FBS matchups as well. The Spartans might have the biggest one as they square off against No. 18 Notre Dame.
By the time Saturday comes to an end, and the dust settles, there could be some carnage left in the polls. There’s a chance Michigan could be the No. 1 team by the time the NFL slate starts Sunday. But it should be fun.
We will get to see some teams in pivotal games that mean a lot. College football is getting fun and its only the third week of the season. No uninteresting cupcake games except for teams like No. 5 Clemson — which plays South Carolina State — and No .8 Washington — which plays Portland State.
Let’s get it on already!