The first week of November is approaching, and this is where the rubber meets the road in the race for conference titles and subsequent College Football Playoff berths. The biggest game of the weekend takes place Saturday in primetime when LSU and Alabama tee it up to cap a tripleheader of action on CBS in Week 10. The Tigers will be looking to make it two in a row over their SEC West rivals after last year’s thrilling overtime win in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If Alabama is able to gain a measure of revenge and defend its home turf, it’ll be very hard for another team to take the SEC West title.
The final installment of Bedlam (for now) also headlines this week when Oklahoma squares off with Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys have slowly but surely snuck into the Big 12 title race, while the Sooners will be looking to avoid a two-game losing streak after surging back into national prominence.
Washington hasn’t been crisp lately, but the Huskies have the chance to get back on track against reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams and a USC team that is seemingly allergic to defense.
Let’s take a look at how the oddsmakers view what should be an electric Week 10 in college football. Odds via SportsLine consensus.
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No. 14 Missouri at No. 1 Georgia (-16.5): The Tigers can make a massive statement and take the lead in the SEC East race with an upset win over the two-time reigning national champion Bulldogs. The Dawgs’ offense seemed just fine without tight end Brock Bowers in the blowout win over Florida, so oddsmakers believe this one will get sideways.
No. 5 Washington (-3) at No. 24 USC: The Huskies escaped the clutches of lowly Stanford in Week 9 while the Trojans won a thriller over…