College Gameday 2012: Week 10 Schedule, Location, Predictions & More
The college football slate has plenty of exciting, ranked matchups to offer, which the ESPN College GameDay crew will be breaking down on Saturday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is the site of the marquee SEC feature between host LSU and No. 1-ranked Alabama, which beat the Tigers to win last year's national title.
This is a game you won't want to miss at 8:00 p.m. But there are plenty of other storylines to watch for in Week 10's action. Here is a closer look at those games, with some predictions and a full Top 25 schedule to cap it off.
What: ESPN College GameDay
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Coverage: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Alabama Continues Roll at LSU
The breaking point between these two great defenses and running games will be under center. A.J. McCarron gives the Crimson Tide a huge advantage at QB over talented Tiger Zach Mettenberger.
No one has even come close to beating Nick Saban's team this season, although this will easily be his toughest test from a pure opponent standpoint and in matching wits with the Mad Hatter Les Miles. The Tigers will also be out to avenge the BCS national championship game loss to the Tide a little less than a year ago.
McCarron has not thrown an interception all season, and Bama's defense may have gotten even better despite losing so much top-tier talent in the past NFL draft.
These two teams are very evenly matched, but Alabama is just slightly better in every facet other than QB. That should translate to a road victory and a continued undefeated roll toward an undefeated season.
Oregon Finally Proves Itself
A lot has been made of the Ducks' very weak schedule. But they have not even come close to losing in 2012, and the matchup against USC will at least put some of that concern to rest.
Trojans QB Matt Barkley can pretty much throw it anywhere in the vicinity of Robert Woods or Marqise Lee and count on his phenomenal receivers to make a play. Life shouldn't be quite as easy against Oregon.
Led by senior running back Kenjon Barner's 14 TDs, the Ducks will likely be able to keep the Trojans' potent passing offense off the field for the majority of the game.
The biggest concern for the Ducks is that they have only played two road games this season: at Washington State and Arizona State. Not exactly the most formidable challenges, but Chip Kelly's bunch still took care of business convincingly.
This is a huge statement game for Oregon, which has its first legitimate opportunity to make its case as a top-two team.
Aggies Pick Up Road Win
Both Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Tyler Russell of Mississippi State are reeling after extremely tough outings in losses to LSU and Alabama, respectively.
Ironically, those two are faced in the premier Week 10 game, while the recovering losers to SEC powerhouses both try to get their feet back under them.
Considering the Aggies' only losses have come narrowly at the hands of Florida and LSU, there is plenty of reason to believe that they can go on the road and pull out a win against Dan Mullen's revived program.
The Bulldogs just had their hopes crushed in Tuscaloosa, and traveling back home won't make recovery any easier against such a crappy foe. Look for the Aggies to come out on top in this SEC West showdown.
Red Raiders Launch Longhorns Out of Top 25
It's going to get ugly for Mack Brown and Texas on the road in Lubbock. Texas Tech QB Seth Doege still has a shot at the Heisman, and he will play like it against one of the worst defenses in the country in Texas.
The presence of Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator seems to really be missed by the Longhorns, who haven't been the same on that side of the ball in recent years.
With a suddenly unstable QB position for the Longhorns, there is even more controversy surrounding the team. After barely edging out 1-7 Kansas on the road, Texas should have been booted from the Top 25 from there.
But they weren't, and whether it turns out being David Ash or Case McCoy predominantly calling the shots at QB, the Longhorns are doomed for a blowout.
Week 10 Top 25 Schedule
No. 1 Alabama at No. 5 LSU, 8:00 p.m. ET, CBS
No. 24 Oklahoma State at No. 2 Kansas State, 8:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Pittsburgh at No. 3 Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC
No. 4 Oregon at No. 17 USC, 7:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Ole Miss at No. 6 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Missouri at No. 7 Florida, 12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2 & ESPN 3D
Temple at No. 10 Louisville, 12:00 p.m. ET, ABC, ESPN 3 & GamePlan
Arizona State at No. 11 Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
No. 12 Oklahoma at Iowa State, 12:00 p.m. ET, ABC, ESPN3 & GamePlan
No. 13 Clemson at Duke, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
No. 14 Stanford at Colorado, 2:00 p.m. ET, FX
No. 16 Texas A&M at No. 15 Mississippi State, 12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 23 Texas at No. 18 Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC & ESPN2
San Diego State at No. 19 Boise State, 10:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network
No. 20 Nebraska at Michigan State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC & ESPN2
TCU at No. 21 West Virginia, 3:00 p.m. ET, FOX
No. 22 Arizona at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
UTSA at No. 25 Louisiana Tech, 4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3 & GamePlan
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