There are still three weeks left in the 2022 college football regular season, which means division races heat up, conference championship photos clarify, and the teams that legitimately qualify for the College Football Playoff dwindle with each Saturday that passes. . This will be the case again in week 11 with multiple top 25 clashes to clarify these scenarios.
The most notable clashes come from the SEC, where No. 7 LSU hopes to avoid stepping back from its thrilling overtime win against Alabama when it visits Arkansas. Despite the Tigers suddenly becoming the talk of the town in Year 1 under coach Brian Kelly, their grip on the SEC West is tenuous. LSU will have to win to secure a spot in the SEC Championship Game (probably against No. 1 Georgia), and that starts with avoiding a disrupted road against an Arkansas team that can play against anyone.
Speaking of the No. 9 Crimson Tide, barring an absolute miracle, their hopes for the SEC and CFP are dashed. That is not the case for No. 11 Ole Miss, who hosts Alabama in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week with Rebels coach Lane Kiffin looking for his first win over Nick Saban. Unlike the Tide, the Rebels still have a shot at winning the SEC West. Ole Miss will have to beat Alabama to get herself into position, though it also needs LSU to take an L at the end of the regular season.
Saturday’s nightcap is a huge Big 12 showdown as the newly minted No. 4 TCU visit No. 18 Texas in what may be the toughest remaining test of the last three weeks. The Longhorns have played much better in the second half of the season, and with former Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson as the analyst, they are sure to have a handle on what TCU is bringing to the table. If the Frogs can get past the ‘Horns’, only Baylor and Iowa State will be left while TCU aims for a playoff spot.
Be sure to stick with CBS Sports all day for coverage of college football from kick-off. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the best games in Week 11.
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Missouri at No. 5 Tennessee
Featured game | Tennessee Volunteers vs. Missouri Tigers
Afternoon | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App — Other than a confusing 40-12 loss at Kansas State in Week 2, Missouri was excellent defensively. Even in that game, the Tigers allowed only 336 yards in total as they were hampered by a 4-to-1 deficit in the turnover margin. The last seven games Missouri has played have ended within the confines of this spread, and the Tigers should be able to keep things respectable here again. Missouri ranks 100th nationally in terms of sales margin, but that has to change at some point. If the Tigers keep their turnover problems under control, they’ll keep the game close. Forecast: Missouri +21 — David Cobb
No. 7 LSU in Arkansas
Featured game | Arkansas Razorbacks vs. LSU Tigers
Afternoon | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — A disappointment on the road against a talented opponent is a natural opportunity to set a trap, but KJ Jefferson’s status makes the upset chance smaller. LSU has played inspired football since its early losses to Tennessee and Florida State, and there’s little reason to expect a team coached by Brian Kelly not to play good, basic football in a critical game with the hopes of the CFP. Prediction: LSU -3 — Shehan Jeyarajah
no. 9 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Miss
Featured game | Ole Miss Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
3.30 pm | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App — Take Ole Miss and the points, but you don’t need them, because the Rebels win this one outright. The multidimensional rebels’ swift strike will have early success, pulling Alabama defenders into the penalty area and Jaxson Dart hitting shots over the top. At the same time, the Ole Miss defense will have enough success to come under pressure to put Alabama behind the sticks. That’s bad news for an Alabama team that hasn’t been sharp on the road. Prediction: Ole Miss +12 –Barrett Sallee
No. 1 Georgia in the state of Mississippi
Featured game | Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Georgia Bulldogs
7 p.m. | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — Mississippi State has failed to cover the spread in three consecutive games, as Georgia looks to be hitting its peak here in the most important part of the season. Georgia’s defense has performed at an even higher level than Alabama’s, and the Crimson Tide was able to pave the way for the band to stop Mississippi State’s offense this year. I think the Bulldogs from Athens will be able to do the same. Forecast: Georgia -16 — Chip Patterson
No. 4 TCU at No. 18 Texas
Featured game | Texas Longhorns vs. TCU Horned Frogs
7:30 pm | ABC, fuboTV (Try for free) — The Longhorns score well in most analytical systems thanks to a close game against Alabama and an outburst from a quarterback-less Oklahoma team. However, the Longhorns also have losses to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, along with a close game against Iowa State. One of these teams knows how to finish matches, and that’s the guys in purple. Forecast: TCU +7 — Jeyarajah
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