Alabama vs. Ole Miss, TCU vs. Texas and more


We are approaching the final part of the college football regular season.

And while Week 11 won’t have the best matchups we saw in Week 10, there’s a range of games impacting College Football Playoff and Conference titles. High on that list is No. 4 TCU, a touchdown underdog on the road against Texas. There is also a fascinating match-up between Alabama and Ole Miss.

Time: 3:30 PM | TV: CBS | Line: Alabama -11.5 | Total: 64.5

It’s early November and Alabama has two defeats and is looking from the outside in when it comes to the College Football Playoff picture. It’s an unfamiliar position for Nick Saban’s program, and now the Crimson Tide are heading back to meet a one-loss Ole Miss team that has parted ways. On the other hand, Lane Kiffin would love to take a win over his former boss – a win that could suddenly make the Rebels much more viable in the national title picture. Ole Miss started the year 7-0, but didn’t play many above average opponents during that period.

Time: 3:30 PM | TV: ESPN2 | Line: Tulane -1.5 | Total: 54.5

This is a huge game in the American Athletic Conference race and in the New Year’s Six Bowl picture. At 8-1 overall and 5-0 in AAC play, Tulane ranks first in the AAC and is the team’s top group of five at number 17. UCF, with 7-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play, is next in line at number 22. There are currently no other G5 teams ranked, so the winner of the AAC is the clubhouse leader to secure a spot in the Cotton Bowl.

Time: 7 p.m. | TV: FS1 | Line: BU -2.5 | Total: 53.5

Behind the undefeated TCU, the Big 12 race is extremely busy. The top two teams in the league make it to the championship game and Kansas State, Texas and Baylor are all 4-2 in conference play. However, K-State lost to Texas last week, so the Wildcats really need to go to Waco and win Saturday night. Baylor, meanwhile, has quietly racked up three straight wins after a two-game losing streak to open October. The Bears took care of Kansas and Texas Tech before heading to Norman last week to beat Oklahoma. Kansas State is a step forward in competition for Baylor, which won the Big 12 title last season.

Time: 19:30 | TV: ABC | Line: Texas -7 | Total: 64.5

While there are also major implications for the title of the 12 games in this game, the stakes for TCU are much greater. The Horned Frogs, now 9-0 on the year, moved up to No. 4 in the CFP rankings on Tuesday night. To get to this point, TCU has won a lot of tight games. In fact, six out of nine wins were decided by 10 points or less. And many of those victories have come from behind. Perhaps that pompous act explains why the Horned Frogs are seven-point underdogs in Austin on Saturday. Texas has been favored by the oddsmakers all season; a visit from Alabama was the only time the Longhorns were underdogs this year. But the UT has not always lived up to that bill. Texas opens this game with a 6-3 record, although all three losses were due to one possession.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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