Games to watch in Week 10 of college football season

Hannah Williford, Sports Reporter

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared as part of the November 5 Double Coverage flipbook.

No. 12 Auburn at No. 13 Texas A&M

Nov. 6, 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS

The crowded competition in the SEC West continues into Week 10 as the No. 12 Auburn Tigers take on the No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies. While both teams carry two losses on the season, they have also earned big victories. In early October, the Aggies took down then-No. 1 Alabama while Auburn carried home a definitive win over Arkansas. Texas A&M  has averaged 29.6 points per game while Auburn averages 34.9 points per game, but the Aggies have put up a slightly stronger defensive effort this season. In Weeks 7 and 9, Texas A&M has held its opponents to 14 points, making for a promising matchup come Saturday.


Texas at Iowa State

Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. CT, FS1

The Longhorns head into Week 10 with a three-game losing streak after their third consecutive fourth quarter meltdown. While Texas has endured some brutal losses, all three recent defeats came to ranked Baylor, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma — programs with promising records. Texas and first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian cannot afford another loss this Saturday against an unranked Iowa State team, which would tip the scale to a 4–5 losing record on the season. The Cyclones won their matchup against ranked Oklahoma State in Week 8, although they found losses to Arkansas and Baylor. Texas’ defense allows approximately 10 more points per game than Iowa State, making the Longhorns enter the game as underdogs.


No. 5 Michigan State at Purdue

Nov. 6, 2:30 p.m. CT, ABC

Michigan State earned Big 10 credibility last weekend in a dramatic finish against rival Michigan. As the only undefeated team remaining in the Big 10, the conference is Michigan State’s to lose. While the Spartans will face off against Ohio State and Penn State later this month, their performance this weekend could serve as a harbinger of their performance in future tighter games. The Boilermakers, who upset then-No. 2 Iowa in October, have proved they are not an opponent to look past.


No. 7 Oregon at Washington

Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. CT, ABC

After Oregon’s overtime loss against Stanford in early October, the Ducks simmered down. Yet Oregon, who shook up a then-No. 3 ranked Ohio State team early this season and has dominated the Pac-12, is making a strong statement for its playoff consideration. Running back Travis Dye has emerged as a power player for the Ducks, helping to an offensive average of about 36 points per game. Oregon’s case could be strengthened by a strong performance against Washington, which beat Stanford in Week 9. While Washington is 4–4 on the season, the Huskies have held their opponents to an average of 18.9 points per game.


No. 11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia

Nov. 6, 2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN

The one-loss Cowboys will travel to Morgantown this weekend to take on West Virginia, which is 4–4 on the season. The teams promise a competitive offensive matchup as both programs have scored just under 30 points per game. While Oklahoma State has an impressive season record, the Mountaineers have shown improvements in the past few weeks with victories over Iowa State and TCU.