College Football Week 11 Games to Watch: LSU and Alabama Collide

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The biggest game of the college football season takes place in Tuscaloosa this week.

The top-ranked LSU Tigers will hit the road to take on No.2 Alabama and former head coach Nick Saban in the most highly anticipated edition of this rivalry in over a decade. 

But that's not all that's on deck for Week 11.

Here are your games to watch for the most important weekend of the 2019 season. 

No.5 Penn State at No.13 Minnesota

Saturday, 11/9 — 12:00 P.M. ET

Two of the Big Ten's three remaining undefeated teams clash at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

Penn State (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) are tied atop the Big Ten East with Ohio State, while Minnesota (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) sits two games ahead of second place in the Big Ten West. 

With the first College Football Playoff rankings being released this week, head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions need another Top 25 win to push themselves into the top four. With LSU and Alabama going head-to-head this weekend, a win over the Golden Gophers could be exactly what Penn State needs to make the jump.

For undefeated Minnesota, this game starts the road towards legitimacy for P.J. Fleck and his team. Minnesota has dominated its conference schedule so far, but the Golden Gophers have dates with Penn State, Iowa and Wisconsin to finish out the season.

While they are currently in the driver's seat to make it to the Big Ten Championship Game, Fleck's team will have to prove itself as a true contender against its toughest competition of the season. 

No.11 Baylor at TCU

SATURDAY, 11/9 — 12:00 P.M. ET

Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) currently sits atop the Big 12 but has a long road to travel before securing a spot in the conference championship game. 

After this week, the Bears face Oklahoma and Texas in back-to-back games, providing a litmus test of how good the rejuvenated Baylor program truly is. 

But before we jump ahead, Baylor has a tough test as they travel to Fort Worth for a date with the Horned Frogs. 

TCU (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) is having an uncharacteristically ordinary year, but the Horned Frogs have remained competitive and are not an opponent that Baylor can look past. TCU took down Texas, 37-27, last month, virtually ending the Longhorns' hopes of making it to the Big 12 title game. 

No.1 LSU at No.2 Alabama

SATURDAY, 11/9 — 3:30 P.M. ET

This is the big one. 

LSU (8-0, 4-0 SEC) and Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) is always the game you circle on the calendar when the schedule is released every year, but this edition of the rivalry is uniquely special. The Tigers and Crimson Tide sit right next to each other at the top of the AP Poll and this matchup will not only determine who is No.1 on the CFP Rankings, but also who takes the lead in the SEC West. 

The Tigers have found new life on offense this season thanks to quarterback Joe Burrows and receivers Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase, riding the newly installed spread offense to an undefeated record. This game will be LSU's third meeting with a Top 10 opponent in four games, proving that head coach Ed Orgeron and the Tigers have been put through the ringer this fall. 

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be a game time decision after having surgery to repair a right ankle sprain on October 20. In his place has been Mac Jones, who is coming off a 18-for-22 performance with three touchdown passes in Alabama's 48-7 win over Arkansas two weeks ago. 

While this game won’t be a preview of the SEC Championship Game, it could be a preview of the College Football Playoff National Championship. 

No.18 Iowa at No.16 Wisconsin

SATURDAY, 11/9 — 4:00 P.M. ET

The hype train around Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) was quickly derailed after back-to-back losses, but the Badgers still have a shot at the Big Ten Championship Game. But so do the Hawkeyes. 

Wisconsin and Iowa (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) both sit two games behind Minnesota in the Big Ten West and the winner of this matchup will be a good position to make it out atop the division. The loser of this matchup will seemingly be taken out of conference championship contention, but the winner will have a chance to control their own destiny -- potentially. 

Both Wisconsin and Iowa play Minnesota in the final month of the season, meaning that the two-game gap between those two programs and the Golden Gophers is smaller than it seems. If Minnesota loses to Penn State, then the West division is wide open once again and puts the victor of this game into a great position to win the division. 

No.4 Clemson at NC State

SATURDAY, 11/9 — 7:30 P.M. ET

In a week where either the No.1 or No.2 team in the country will come away with a loss, Clemson (9-0, 6-0 ACC) finds itself in a prime spot. 

The Tigers know a team above them will be handed a loss, so all they need to do is go to Raleigh and secure another win. But, as this season has proven already, winning isn't enough for Dabo Swinney and company. The Tigers will need to put together an impressive road performance in order to impress the Playoff Committee and prove that they are worthy of jumping over the loser of LSU-Alabama. 


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