Brian Kelly and LSU face off against Nick Saban and Alabama in a big game with playoff implications.
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Top College Football Games to Watch this Weekend Besides Tennessee-Georgia


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Let's be clear about something: there's one massively important game this week and it's our No. 1 pick for this weekend's slate of college football games. Tennessee's battle against defending national champion Georgia is the biggest game we've had all year long, but that doesn't mean it's the only game with any importance. So while you're getting ready to watch the SEC East's best battle it out, let's take a look at the other games on the menu. After all, when planning a good meal, it's important to always consider the first, second, and dessert courses--not just the entree.

5. No. 23 Oregon State Beavers (6-2) at Washington Huskies (6-2)

uarterback Tristan Gebbia #3 of the Oregon State Beavers hands off the ball to running back Kanoa Shannon #29 during the second half of the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Reser Stadium

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  • How to Watch: ESPN2
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. (EST) (Friday)
  • Betting: WASH -3.5, O/U: 54.5

The Oregon State Beavers made their first ever appearance in the College Football Playoff Rankings, but the Washington Huskies look to take that spot from them Friday night.

Prediction: Washington 37, Oregon State 36.  https://www.espn.com/college-football/game/_/gameId/401404031

4. No. 21 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-2) at No. 22 NC State Wolfpack (6-2)

Quarterback Sam Hartman (10) passes during the college football game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Louisville Cardinals

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  • How to Watch: ACCN
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Betting: WAKE -4.5, O/U: 54

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the NC State Wolfpack go head-to-head in what is pretty much an elimination game for a spot in the ACC.

Prediction: Wake Forest 45, NC State 30.

3. No. 24 Texas Longhorns (5-3) at No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats (6-2)

Running back Deuce Vaughn #22 of the Kansas State Wildcats runs for a 14-yard gain against the Oklahoma Sooners in the third quarter at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

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  • How to Watch: FS1
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Betting: TEX -2.5, 0/U: 54.5

The Texas Longhorns got a bye week to lick their wounds following their loss to Oklahoma State but now they face the Kansas State Wildcats, who just beat that same Cowboys' team 48 to 0.

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Prediction: Texas 41, Kansas State 38.

2. No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1) at No. 10 LSU Tigers (6-2)

Fans cheer for the "Saban Bowl" prior to the game between Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium

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  • How to Watch: ESPN
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Betting: LSU -13.5, O/U: 58

The LSU Tigers are hot right now and look to take over the top spot of the SEC West as they welcome in the 7-1 Alabama Crimson Tide.

Prediction: Alabama 31, LSU 27.

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1. No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers (8-0) at No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (7-0)

Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel and Georgia head coach Kirby Smart face off in the biggest football game of the year.

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  • How to Watch: CBS
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Betting: UGA -8, O/U: 66

In what is going to be the biggest game of the year, the SEC East has their more than likely champion determined as the Tennessee Volunteers go on the road to play the Georgia Bulldogs.

Prediction: Tennessee 36, Georgia 30.

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