College Football Week 10 Games to Watch: Gators and Dawgs Meet in Jacksonville

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For the third time this season, we have a new No.1 team in the country. 

After a 23-20 victory over Auburn in Death Valley, LSU jumped Alabama to claim the top spot in the AP Top 25 poll with just over a week until the first CFP Rankings of the season are revealed. 

The Crimson Tide moved back to the second spot, while Ohio State stayed put at No.3 following a 38-7 blowout over Wisconsin at The Horseshoe. 

Clemson, the winners of 23 straight, still sit at No.4 with their ACC schedule not aiding their argument. 

This week's slate of games doesn't feature any of the current top four against ranked opponents, but there are heavy conference title implications for several matchups. 

Here are your games to watch for Week 10 of the 2019-20 college football season. 

Georgia Southern at No.20 Appalachian State

Thursday, 10/31 — 8:00 P.M. ET

Kid Brewer Stadium is the home to one of the last undefeated teams in the country and can be the spot where Appalachian State further cements a potentially record-breaking season. 

The Mountaineers (7-0, 4-0 Sun Belt) have made easy work of their opponents so far this season, proving themselves as the top dog in the Sun Belt. But winning their conference is no longer the goal after making it through half of their schedule unscathed.

If App State can finish the regular season undefeated, they will have a legitimate claim for a New Year's Six bowl, marking the highest point in program history since they joined the FBS less than a decade ago. 

A matchup with Georgia Southern (6-2, 2-1 Sun Belt) doesn’t have upset written over it, but it will be a respectable test for the Mountaineers before they head to Columbia for a date with South Carolina next week in easily their biggest game of the calendar year. 

No.8 Georgia vs. No.6 Florida

SATURDAY, 11/2 — 3:30 P.M. ET

A trip to Atlanta is likely on the line in Jacksonville on Saturday. 

As it stands now, Florida (7-1, 4-1 SEC) and Georgia (6-1, 3-1 SEC) sit atop the SEC East and the winner of this week's meeting will be in the driver's seat to represent their division in the SEC Championship Game. 

The Bulldogs are still recovering from their season-bending loss to South Carolina three weeks ago and quarterback Jake Fromm has instilled little confidence in their passing game recently.

Luckily the Bulldogs can be carried by their run game. D'Andre Swift has led the way in the backfield, averaging 6.8 yards per carry on 110 attempts, highlighting himself as the most productive rusher in Georgia's running back room. 

The Gators will be prepared for whatever Georgia has for them on the ground as pass-rushers Jon Greenard and Jabari Zuniga are returning from injury for the matchup. Offensively, Florida will have wide receiver Kadarius Toney back on the field, giving quarterback Kyle Trask another weapon against a stout Dawgs defense. 

With both sides coming into this matchup off bye weeks, expect both Kirby Smart and Dan Mullen to have their teams prepared for the most important edition of this rivalry in over a decade. 

NO.9 Utah at Washington 

SATURDAY, 11/2 — 4:00 P.M. ET

Utah (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) did not take kindly to their midseason defeat at USC last month. 

Since their sole loss on the season, the Utes have outscored their opponents, 146-23, and have propelled themselves back into the College Football Playoff conversation. While they are still on the outside looking in, in both CFP and conference conversations, the Utes resume will be worth discussing if they win out.

But Utah must handle a trip to Seattle to face Chris Petersen and the Huskies. While this season has not gone the way that Washington (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12) expected, they have the talent to upend the Utes' playoff dreams. If quarterback Jacob Easen can handle Utah's prolific pass rush, expect this game to go down to the wire. 

No.15 SMU at No.24 Memphis

SATURDAY, 11/2 — 7:30 P.M. ET

Is it possible that the best team in Texas right now may be in Dallas? While many will argue that Waco is home to the Lonestar state's top team, it's becoming hard to ignore what Sonny Dykes and the SMU Mustangs (8-0, 4-0 American) are doing through eight games. 

On a short week, the Mustangs escaped Houston with a 34-31 win over the Cougars on the back of a two-touchdown performance from running back Xavier Jones. The prolific Mustangs offense scored its fewest points of the season in its win over Houston but did enough to remain perfect. 

A trip to Memphis (7-1, 3-1 American) this week presents another tough challenge. The Tigers are coming off a 42-41 win over Tulsa on Saturday and are only one game behind the Mustangs at the top of the American West division. 

Expect Memphis to match SMU well offensively, as the Tigers have scored 35 or more points in six of its seven victories this season. 

No.7 Oregon at USC 

SATURDAY, 11/2 — 8:00 P.M. ET

If you're going to lose a game, do it very early in the season. 

Oregon's season-opening loss to Auburn doesn't look great considering the Tigers current form, but it is becoming a distant memory as the Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) continue to roll through the remainder of their schedule. 

Oregon could be College Football Playoff bound as they ride excellent performances by quarterback Justin Herbert week after week. 

USC (5-3, 4-1 Pac-12), on the other hand, is in a good spot to play spoiler. Like how they took out Utah earlier in the season, a trip to the Coliseum could spell disaster for the Ducks if they don't prepare for the Trojans properly. An interesting thing to note — a win for USC would set up a potential rematch between these two teams in the Pac-12 Championship Game. 

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