By Stewart Mandel
November 04, 2011
College Football Pickoff: Week 10
Saturday, Nov. 5
8 p.m. ET (CBS) No. 1 LSU (8-0) at No. 2 Alabama (8-0)
These are two equally talented teams that will both come prepared. Alabama's defense may be slightly more talented and sound, but LSU's is more capable of producing game-changing turnovers. Both will be effective. But the Tide have by far the biggest offensive difference-maker in Trent Richardson. He'll get going in the second half to make his Heisman statement.
7:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) No. 10 South Carolina (7-1) at No. 8 Arkansas (7-1)
This is the week we find out just how dominant South Carolina's sixth-ranked defense can be. The Gamecocks will need Melvin Ingram, Jadeveon Clowney and Co. to apply every possible bit of pressure to Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, who hasn't thrown an interception in five games. The Gamecocks will have success, but not enough to compensate for their lack of offensive firepower.
8 p.m. ET (ABC) No. 17 Kansas State (7-1) at No. 3 Oklahoma State (8-0)
Last week K-State made an early push against Oklahoma, going up 17-14 -- then watched the Sooners score 44 unanswered points. The scary part: Oklahoma State may prove tougher to defend because of its balance. The Wildcats' best hope is for quarterback Collin Klein to burst some long runs, but Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys simply have far more weapons.
10:30 p.m. ET (FSN) No. 6 Oregon (7-1) at Washington (6-2)
The Washington crowd will be rocking in the last game at soon-to-be-renovated Husky Stadium until 2013. The Huskies themselves will be looking to end a seven-game losing streak to the hated Ducks. UW brings its best offense in years, led by elite back Chris Polk (1,016 yards), but unfortunately its hapless defense will have no answer for LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and DeAnthony Thomas.
3:30 p.m. ET (ABC) Texas A&M (5-3) at No. 7 Oklahoma (7-1)
Taking a trip down memory lane, here are the scores of Texas A&M's games in Norman during the Bob Stoops era: 51-6, 31-10, 77-0, 36-30, 42-14 and 65-10. Suffice it to say, the Aggies won't likely have to worry about blowing a second-half lead this week. Aggies quarterback Ryan Tannehill will produce yardage, but OU will largely keep him out of end zone until garbage time.
7:30 p.m. ET (Versus) No. 20 Arizona State (6-2) at UCLA (4-4)
Why include this game? Because the winner will control its destiny in the Pac-12 South. ASU is 4-1 in conference play, UCLA 3-2 after a surprising 31-14 rout of Cal in which the suspension-ravaged Bruins feasted on five turnovers. Don't expect the UCLA defense to fare nearly as well against Brock Osweiler and the Sun Devils offense, averaging 36 points per game.
Noon (FX) Texas Tech (5-3) at Texas (5-2)
How can anyone forecast a Texas Tech game anymore? One week the Red Raiders upset the No. 3 team in the country on the road, the next they lose 41-7 to Iowa State at home. Tommy Tuberville's team should come out better prepared this week, but the 'Horns have improved enough to take care of business in games where they're clearly the more talented team.
8 p.m. ET (ABC) Notre Dame (5-3) at Wake Forest (5-3)
This game is no gimme for the Irish. Wake was able to beat Florida State earlier this season and boasts a dangerous quarterback, Tanner Price. And we all know Notre Dame's penchant for giving the ball away. But as the weeks go by, the FSU game looks more and more like an aberration for the Demon Deacons, who haven't played stout defense since.
2 p.m. ET (Mtn.) TCU (6-2) at Wyoming (5-2)
Led by impressive freshman quarterback Brett Smith (25-of-36 for 341 yards and two TDs last week at San Diego State), Wyoming has been the surprise of the Mountain West. But it wasn't that long ago Wyoming lost 63-19 to 2-5 Utah State and 38-14 at home to Nebraska. After a rough start, TCU has gotten its act together, winning three straight, and should keep it up here.
Noon (ESPN) No. 13 Michigan (7-1) at Iowa (5-3)
UPSET SPECIAL: Coming off a humiliating loss to Minnesota, it's clear the Hawkeyes are a far cry from their 11-2 Orange Bowl team of two years ago. The Wolverines -- who went 5-7 that year -- are notably improved, particularly on defense. But here's guessing the Hawkeyes have one last mini-upset in them. This would be very Ferentz-esque on the heels of the Minnesota loss.
Record Last Week: 9-1               Record This Season: 58-32
Week 10 Preview
Source:SI previews the best Week 10 action, beginning with the No. 1 vs. No. 2 bout between LSU and 'Bama.

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