Well, it’s Week 10 and the once-young college football season has gone and hit double digits. As the calendar flips to November, things are starting to get real. Settle in and fight off the early arrival of Christmas music with our guide to the day.
Injury updates and latest news
Picks and gambling tips
Desmond Howard sees Miami beating Florida State on the road, but David Pollack disagrees.
The King arrives
Jerry “The King” Lawler arrives at College GameDay in the Batmobile.
Top 25 games
In order of game time; lines courtesy Caesars Sportsbook.
Ole Miss at No. 11 Auburn
Time: 7 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN and ESPN App
Line: Auburn -19
And our best line: Ole Miss has lost all 18 meetings between the teams when Auburn is ranked in the AP poll, including a 44-23 loss the previous time the Rebels visited Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2017, when the Tigers were ranked No. 12.
No. 17 Cincinnati at East Carolina
Time: 7 p.m. ET
How to watch: CBS Sports Network
Line: Cincinnati -24
And our best line: East Carolina has not beaten an AP-ranked team since Sept. 13, 2014, at No. 17 Virginia Tech. Since then, the Pirates have lost six straight games against AP-ranked opponents and been outscored by 35.5 points per game in those contests.
No. 15 SMU at No. 24 Memphis
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: ABC and ESPN App
Line: Memphis -5
And our best line: SMU is 8-0 for the first time since 1982, when the Mustangs finished 11-0-1 with a Cotton Bowl win. With a victory at Memphis on Saturday, the Mustangs would have their most wins in a season since winning 10 games in 1984 and would tie the third-best start in school history.
No. 7 Oregon at USC
Time: 8 p.m. ET
How to watch: Fox
Line: Oregon -4
And our best line: According to the Allstate Playoff Predictor, Oregon has a 13% chance of reaching the College Football Playoff, the sixth-highest in FBS. With a win, the Ducks’ chances increase to 19%; a loss all but eliminates them from contention, dropping their chances to 1%.
No. 21 Boise State at San Jose State
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: CBS Sports Network
Line: Boise State -17
And our best line: Boise State hasn’t lost back-to-back regular-season games (within the same season) since November 2015, and has never lost to San Jose State in 13 meetings.
What the results mean
No. 12 Baylor 17, West Virginia 14
The Bears are 8-0, but they have a lot to clean up if they’re going to have a shot to remain that way. Baylor allowed eight (!!) sacks to West Virginia, turned the ball over three times and had trouble getting short yardage near the goal line — but still found a way to win. Coach Matt Rhule knows that if the Bears, who play Oklahoma and Texas later this month, continue like that, it could catch up with them. — Sam Khan Jr.
No. 14 Michigan 38, Maryland 7
Despite somewhat of a slow start from its offense in the first half against Maryland, Michigan continues to show improvement. From the second half of the Penn State game to now, the Wolverines have changed the trajectory of their season. Michigan now will face a struggling Michigan State team, followed by Indiana before a huge matchup with Ohio State. The Wolverines have a renewed outlook and an opportunity to close out the season on a high note if they can get to that game against the Buckeyes at 9-2. — Tom VanHaaren
No. 16 Notre Dame 21, Virginia Tech 20
The Irish did not exactly play an inspired game in a come-from-behind win over Virginia Tech, but the way they were able to respond on their game-winning drive is better than the alternative. The game should not have been close — Notre Dame outgained the Hokies — but three turnovers and a poor red zone performance nearly did the Irish in. Still, there are questions to address heading to Duke next week. In consecutive games, the Irish have been stymied on the ground and Ian Book has had to put much more on his shoulders than should be expected. The Irish should be favored in their final four games, so they still have a chance at a 10-win season and New Year’s Six game, but they need to clean up the mistakes to ensure that opportunity. — Andrea Adelson
Georgia Southern 24, No. 20 Appalachian State 21
The Mountaineers’ loss to Georgia Southern — the second in two seasons for App State — was a blow to the team for a few reasons. Not only did it snap a 12-game winning streak dating back to last season, it will almost certainly knock them out of the top 25, and they don’t control their own destiny in the Sun Belt any longer (meaning their shot at a New Year’s Six bid has all but evaporated). — Sam Khan Jr.
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No. 22 Kansas State 38, Kansas 10
The more you watch Kansas State play under first-year coach Chris Klieman, the more impressive the Wildcats are. This is a team that’s going to be a tough out for anybody it faces the rest of the way. The Wildcats won their third straight game Saturday with a 38-10 beatdown of rival Kansas on the road. Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson continues to be a tough matchup for opposing defenses with his ability to run the ball, and the Wildcats are as fundamentally sound as it gets when it comes to running the ball and stopping the run. Next week’s game at Texas will be huge for the Wildcats, who have a great chance to win nine or more games this season. — Chris Low
No. 23 Wake Forest 44, NC State 10
With Jamie Newman back from injury, the offense had its way as Newman accounted for five total scores. While the result was not completely unexpected, Wake Forest had been 0-7 after bye weeks under Dave Clawson, so starting fast was a point of emphasis going into the game. The momentum should serve Wake Forest well as it enters a crucial three-game stretch at Virginia Tech and Clemson before returning home to play Duke. And seeing a healthy Newman back leading one of the best offenses in the ACC has to also have the Deacons feeling good. — Andrea Adelson
The week’s best
Purdue got a heated pre-game speech from an alum, who just happens to be the NFL’s all-time leading passer, as Drew Brees went position by position around the room.
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 2, 2019
Fly like an eagle
Michigan started off swiftly against Maryland, and the skycam was there to take us along for the ride.
Giles Jackson returns the opening kickoff 97 yards for a Michigan touchdown.
Ready for liftoff
For its game against another space city, UCF wore its Space Game uniforms for against Houston.
For a third consecutive year…
— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 23, 2019
That’s gonna hurt tomorrow
Antwan Collier lays a massive hit on Houston’s Tre’von Bradley to stop him in his tracks.
Just how they drew it up
Dartmouth remained undefeated thanks to an improbable game-winning TD pass against Harvard.
Dartmouth quarterback Derek Kyler shakes off multiple defenders and fires it into the end zone to Masaki Aerts, who hauls it in off the tip for a game-winning 43-yard touchdown over Harvard.
Pitt’s trick is quite a treat
Pitt’s Assistant Director of Player Personnel Karlo Zokvo gets a couple cheap scares in the Pitt facilities on Halloween dressed as a mannequin.
Put some shine in your step
For its senior day game against UTSA, Texas A&M debuted special Aggie Ring cleats.
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) October 30, 2019
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