Oh, it's on, folks.
College football's Week 10 doesn't have an abundance of big-time matchups, but what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quantity--specifically, with the proverbial Games Of The Year in both the Pac-12 and the mighty SEC.
The undefeated Oregon Ducks and the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide face perhaps their toughest tests of the season this week, as the Ducks take on USC and the Tide line up against hated rival LSU.
With wins here, both programs would take huge steps toward the national title game.
Will they get those wins?
Find out here, in this week's edition of Games Worth Watching.
No. 23 Texas at No. 18 Texas Tech (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN): How times have changed down in Big 12 country. It wasn't all that long ago when Texas was perceived as the all-powerful and all-too-influential program that basically ran the Big 12 as its own little fiefdom; Mack Brown was king, and DeLoss Dodds was the rainmaker who was going to turn Texas into the unquestioned powerhouse of college football. Texas Tech, meanwhile, was one of those "other" Big 12 programs--one of the ones that may have been left without a home if the conference went to pieces. And now? Well, now Texas is the most overrated No. 23 team in recent college football history, and Texas Tech is playing with fire and resolve under coach Tommy Tuberville. Does anyone really think that Texas has a shot here? Texas Tech 28, Texas 17
No. 20 Nebraska at Michigan State (3:30 p.m., ABC): Michigan State is one of the most disappointing teams of this college football season. Nebraska is one of the most inconsistent teams of this college football season. Sparty is playing at home, though, and I guess that's worth something. Toss-up, folks. Michigan State 24, Nebraska 21
No. 4 Oregon at No. 17 USC (7 p.m., FOX): The Trojans aren't quite as good as we thought they would be. The Ducks are probably better than we though they would be. And while I won't go so far as to say that the Trojans won't be playing with fire here, I do think it's safe to say that Oregon is going to have the emotional edge; this is the best Ducks team that we've seen, and they know that the national title is within reach. So, yeah, I'll just go ahead and say that I don't foresee the Trojans coming away with a win in this one. USC may keep it close for a while, but after halftime, expect to see Oregon pull away thanks not only to their superior depth, but also to the fact that they're going to be far more motivated. I have a feeling the Ducks moment may have finally arrived. Oregon 38, USC 24
No. 1 Alabama at No. 5 LSU (8 p.m., CBS): I personally witnessed the power of Tiger Stadium just a few weeks back, as I was fortunate enough to be there in Baton Rouge and watch LSU overpower South Carolina to keep their dreams alive. The Death Valley crowd was in rare form that evening, roaring with such ferocity that you could literally feel it in your bones. I had never heard anything like that, and yeah, I walked away very impressed--not to mention completely convinced that Death Valley can help turn a game in LSU's favor. That being said, Nick Saban doesn't seem like the type who is scared of a bit of noise, and his Crimson Tide aren't likely to be intimidated by those Tiger fans, either. The Tide have looked like the nation's best team since Week 1, and they'll solidify their rightful reputation as the unquestioned No. 1 with another win this week. It won't be easy, but in the end, the Tide will get the win. Alabama 30, LSU 21