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  • Week 8 in college football is highlighted by a matchup between College Football Playoff contenders in the SEC West, Alabama and Texas A&M. Other intriguing matchups include Ohio State's trip to Penn State and West Virginia's meeting with TCU.
By The SI Staff
October 20, 2016

At this point of the season, we should have a pretty good idea of where most teams belong in the national pecking order. It’s clear squads like Alabama and Ohio State are title contenders, while others such as Michigan State and Notre Dame will struggle to reach bowl eligibility. Yet there’s another group of teams that remains difficult to classify. How good is West Virginia? Is Utah a threat to win the Pac-12? Can Nebraska make the College Football Playoff? The second half of the season will provide answers to those questions and more. This weekend’s slate of games is headlined by a showdown between top-10 teams in the SEC West (Alabama-Texas A&M), but don’t overlook other intriguing matchups in the Big Ten East (Ohio State-Penn State) and Big 12 (West Virginia-TCU). A panel of Sports Illustrated writers and editors (Andy Staples, Pete Thamel, Lindsay Schnell, Brian Hamilton, Joan Niesen, Colin Becht and Gabriel Baumgaertner) made its picks for every big game.

College Football
Midseason Superlatives: Awarding best, worst moments of first half of the season

 

Staples

Thamel

Schnell

Hamilton

Niesen

Becht

Baum-
gaertner

Miami at Va. Tech

BYU at Boise St.

Oregon at Cal

Indiana at NU

Wisc. at Iowa

NC St. at L'ville

Texas at Kan. St.

Colo. at Stanford

TCU at West Va.

TAMU at Alabama

Utah at UCLA

Arkansas at Auburn

Ohio St. at Penn St

Okla. at Tex. Tech

Ole Miss at LSU

Wash. St. at ASU

LAST WEEK

11-3

9-5

10-4

11-3

13-1

9-5

13-1

SEASON

69-36

67-38

75-30

71-34

69-36

70-35

70-35

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