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College football’s top 5 Week 8 games

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College football's top 5 Week 8 games

College football’s top 5 Week 8 games: Our first legitimate “Game of the Year” candidate was a top-10 matchup between Pac-12 rivals Washington and Oregon last week. Another candidate arrives in Week 8 of college football.

Penn State faces Ohio State in Columbus in a major Big Ten matchup. Penn State is seventh in the AP Top 25 and Ohio State is third, and both are rated among the top 10, as they were last week in the Pac-12. While it is the finest game on the docket, there are four others worth watching on Saturday.

College football’s top 5 Week 8 games

1. Penn State (7) vs. Ohio State (3)

  • Penn State and Ohio State play the Big Ten’s biggest game in Columbus, with CFP and Big Ten ramifications. Both teams have similar strengths and shortcomings.
  • In points allowed per game, the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes are second and third. Penn State leads yards per game allowed, while Ohio State ranks eighth.
  • Ohio State EDGE’s JT Tuimoloau and Jack Sawyer have 4.5 sacks, while Penn State’s Chop Robinson and Asida Isaac have eight. Both teams have NFL potential at many levels, but the quarterbacks will decide this game.
  • Penn State quarterback Drew Allar is facing his first significant road test of his career, and despite his impressive stats, he has yet to shine.
  • Like Ohio State’s Kyle McCord, he has had ups and downs in his first year as a starter, but he can establish himself in a big game against a strong Penn State secondary.

2. Duke (16) vs. Florida State (4)

  • Earlier this week, we reviewed the top 10 Heisman candidates, including Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis.
  • If Travis wants to go to New York City, a huge game may be his best chance at a “Heisman Moment.” FSU’s last rated opponent is Duke, and while an ACC Championship Game versus Drake Maye and North Carolina seems possible, college football is unpredictable.
  • Duke’s situation is reversed. In a season with few statement wins, the Blue Devils have another chance Saturday. Duke beat Clemson to start the year and still play Louisville and UNC, both rated teams.
  • The return of quarterback Riley Leonard, who injured his ankle in Duke’s tight defeat to Notre Dame, might potentially bolster them.

3. Tennessee (17) vs. Alabama (11)

  • The third Saturday in October signifies something in the SEC, even though it may not be as bright as last season. The annual Alabama-Tennessee game.
  • Last year, the Volunteers defeated the Crimson Tide in exciting manner, ending with the goal posts heading out for a night at the bars. This year’s rendition lacked national title hopes and Heisman candidacies, but it’s always worth seeing when these two get together.
  • “It’s one of the best rivalries in college football,” Nick Saban stated this week. He should be listened to.

4. Utah (14) vs. USC (18)

  • Caleb Williams must recover from his “first bad game,” a three-interception performance against Notre Dame last week. But a club that has troubled USC is in his way.
  • Williams and the Trojans fell to Utah in the regular season and Pac-12 Championship Game last year. Williams almost perfected his November game, passing for five touchdowns, but the Utes won by one point.
  • Williams started well in the rematch, but an injury slowed him down, and Utah won 47-24. Can Williams finally beat the Utes? We’ll know this weekend.

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