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Power Ranking 10 Best College Football Showdowns in Week 11

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIINovember 4, 2012

Power Ranking 10 Best College Football Showdowns in Week 11

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    Though Week 11 fails in comparison to Week 10's college football matchups, it presents some exciting games.

    There's no LSU vs. Alabama featured this Saturday, but what will be are some fun high-scoring games and a few potential upsets.

    With Collin Klein dealing with an arm injury, Kansas State's undefeated season could be in peril against TCU. College football is never short on the drama, and that game could provide plenty. 

    But that's not even a Top 3 game of the weekend. Take a peek inside to see which games are.

10. Baylor at Oklahoma

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    Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (No National Network)

    Baylor and Oklahoma could turn out to be a fun affair.

    Landry Jones heated up against Iowa State Saturday with 405 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

    Jones going against a team that gives up 39.1 points per game is sure to put the scoreboard keeper to work. And though Baylor's defense might be horrendous, its offense is formidable.

    In fact, the Bears are sixth in the nation with 43.8 points per game. This could result in an Oklahoma blowout, but if Baylor gets hot offensively, it could turn into a good ol' Big 12 shootout.

9. Arizona State at USC

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    Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (No National Network)

    If you're a fan of tragedies, you're going to want to tune into Arizona State at USC.

    Lane Kiffin is staring tragedy in the face. He has a team that was supposed to be a national championship contender, but right now, USC is just trying to stay relevant.

    After three losses, USC is no longer in the national championship picture, and with games against UCLA and Notre Dame still on the schedule, the Trojans could lose up to five games this season.

    Can they rebound against Arizona State? Or will the Sun Devils add to USC's lack of relevancy?

8. Arkansas at South Carolina

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    Game Time: 12 p.m. ET (CBS)

    Tyler Wilson vs. Connor Shaw? Sign me up.

    Both teams are out the SEC Championship race, but both teams have great skills players, especially at the quarterback position.

    Wilson leads the SEC in passing yards per game with 315 and is as pure of a pocket passer as you'll find around the country. As for Shaw, he's a dual-threat quarterback who can inflict damage with his legs or his arm.

    On paper, South Carolina should win this game without any problem, but Arkansas has been playing hard as of late. The Hogs won three of their last four games, and with a chance to bring down a top-ranked team, don't be surprised to see Arkansas play inspired football.

7. Florida State at Virginia Tech

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    Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

    This game was supposed to be much bigger than what it is.

    Florida State and Virginia Tech should have been a game that featured top NFL quarterback prospects and two teams battling for a national championship bid.

    After disappointing seasons, neither is the case. E.J. Manuel and Logan Thomas are still considered to be top quarterback prospects, but Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Collin Klein, AJ McCarron and Tyler Wilson have all had better seasons.

    Looking at this game through a positive lens, it's still a big game in terms of the ACC, and for a Thursday night game, you can't complain.

6. Penn State at Nebraska

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    Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN 2)

    Penn State should be commended for the way its battled this season.

    The Nittany Lions are 6-3 and have a win against a ranked Northwestern team, but a victory against Nebraska would make Penn State's season.

    Other than Ohio State, Nebraska is the only ranked Big Ten team in the AP poll. Should Penn State pull off the upset, Nebraska would most likely get knocked out of the rankings.

    The Big Ten needs Nebraska to keep winning so it can continue to be represented, but a Penn State victory would make for quite a compelling story.

5. West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State

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    Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2)

    This is for the fans who love high scoring.

    Big 12 fans should be foaming at the mouth for this matchup.

    This is a game featuring a team that averages 42.5 points per game (Oklahoma State) going against a team that averages 40.8 points per game (West Virginia).

    Think this game will feature some touchdowns? For those that favor offense and can withstand poor defensive play, you've found your big matchup of the weekend.

4. Kansas State at TCU

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    Game Time: 7 p.m. ET (FOX)

    If Collin Klein can't go, you can go ahead put Kansas State on upset alert.

    As you know, the Wildcats offense runs through Klein. He runs the football, he passes it and more importantly, he puts it in the end zone. He's done that a total of 29 times in 2012.

    But without him, how good is this offense? Can Kansas State be as effective without Optimus Klein running things?

    If he's unable to go, Kansas State's game against TCU becomes can't-miss television, because as TCU showed against West Virginia last week, it is capable of pulling off an upset.

3. Mississippi State at LSU

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    Game Time: 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)

    Can Zach Mettenberger follow up his magnificent performance?

    Can Mississippi State overcome losing two SEC West games in a row?

    Mississippi State and LSU should be a hard-hitting affair that results in very little scoring. Not very exciting for those who favor the offensive clinics.

    But for the purists who love defensive games, tune into this one. Every yard will be earned, not given.

Oregon State at Stanford

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    Game Time: TBA

    It's time to find out if Oregon State is truly a contender in the Pac-12.

    The Beavers only have one loss this season, and as they face their toughest Pac-12 competitor of the season thus far, all will be revealed.

    Stanford holds a victory against USC and took Notre Dame to its limits. With a strong defense and solid rushing game, Stanford can compete with anybody in the country.

    But that's not the question going into this game. The real question is if Oregon State can continue its path toward recognition. Is it for real or not? Fans will find out Saturday.

1. Texas A&M vs. Alabama

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    Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

    Alabama had an emotional dump against LSU last Saturday, and that sets the table perfectly for Texas A&M.

    Alabama is unquestionably the best team in the country, and while Collin Klein and Manti Te'o are figured to be the best players in the nation, Johnny Manziel can certainly challenge that.

    Here's a guy who's thrown for 2,527 yards, rushed for 922 and totaled 31 touchdowns with six interceptions.

    Can he lead his team to victory against the best team in football? He'll at least keep it close.

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