College Football Week Ten Breakdown: Two Rivalry Games Between Ranked Teams

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Week Ten Of The College Football Season Features Two Rivalry Games.

Ohio State and Penn State lived up to the hype and delievered one of the most exciting games of the college football season so far.

Saquon Barkley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and it looked like Penn State to a victory. Barkley also had a 36-yard touchdown run in the second quarter but outside of those two big plays Ohio State was able to shut Barkley down.

Ohio State entered the fourth quarter down by 15 but quarterback J.T. Barrett played the best quarter of football in his career to lead them to a 39-38 victory.

There should be some good games in week ten. Here are two that should be exciting:

#5 Oklahoma at #11 Oklahoma State, 4 pm on Fox Sports One

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Both of these teams come into this game with a 7-1 record. They also have some of the most explosive offenses in college football. This game will likely be a shoot out.

Oklahoma is led by star quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has been outstanding this season, passing for 23 touchdowns and only three interceptions so far. He’s increased his draft stock but his status as a prospect is limited due to the fact that he’s only listed at 6’1”. He is one of the most exciting players in college football and has a shot at the Heisman trophy.

So far this season Oklahoma’s leading receiver is tight end Mark Andrews. The junior already has more catches and yards than he had during either of his first two years as a Sooner. Andrews is one of the top tight end prospects in this draft class.

On defense Oklahoma’s top draft prospect is probably edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. He’s been great this season logging seven sacks and 13 tackles for a loss. NFL teams seemingly can never have enough pass rusher so Okoronkwo will certainly be a prospect to keep an eye on.

Oklahoma State has there own star quaterback, Mason Rudolph. Rudolph leads the country in passing yards. There are questions about his arm strength but he is still considered a pretty decent draft prospect, but not elite.

Rudolph’s favorite target is wide receiver James Washington. Washington makes big plays on a routine basis. He can go up and get the ball or just run past his defender. He’s one of the better receivers in this class.

#19 LSU at #2 Alabama, 8 pm on CBS

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Whenever LSU and Alabama play it always seems to be a low scoring, hard fought game. This year Alabama is the clear favorite but LSU has played well as of late.

LSU’s best player is running back Derrius Guice. Guice has been dealing with a knee injury this year but has a performed really well in LSU’s last game against Mississippi. He carried the ball 22 times for 276 yards and a touchdown. He’ll have a tough time against Alabama’s defense who currently is the best rush defense in college football.

Defensively LSU is led by edge rusher Arden Key. He was limited by a shoulder injury to start the season but he seems to finally be healthy. Also he has found his ideal playing weight, which is 255 lbs. Those factors have led to him collecting three sacks over the last two games and he will look to keep it going against the Crimson Tide.

Alabama’s offense has been dominant rushing the ball this season. Their most effective back has been Damien Harris. Most expected running back Bo Scarbrough to be the lead running back. Both backs have carried the ball 81 times. Harris has turned those 81 carries into 697 yards and ten scores, Scarbrough has managed 377 yards and six touchdowns on his 81 carries.

The Crimson Tide also have one of the best receivers in college football in Calvin Ridley. He’s also considered by many to be the best receiver prospect in this draft class.

Overall, Alabama’s top draft prospect is probably defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (pictured above). The junior has been an important part of the Crimson Tide defense every year he’s been on campus. He is versatile and can play safety and corner at a high level. He will most likely play more safety in the NFL.

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I attend Central Michigan University, I am majoring in Journalism and minoring in Sport Management. I am a junior. I am from Marysville, MI. I love following sports, both professional and collegiate. I follow the Lions, Pistons, and Tigers very closely, and the college team that I choose to cheer for is Ohio State.