For many ranked teams, the last chance to influence the College Football Playoff selection committee before its first ranking of the season will come away from home.
Thirteen ranked teams are playing road games this weekend, from No. 2 Clemson to No. 25 Appalachian State, and only two are playing another ranked team. That's not including No. 3 Notre Dame taking on Navy in San Diego and No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 Florida having their annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.
All that travel raises the likelihood of upsets and unexpected results, like last week when Purdue pounced on Ohio State in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The 13-member committee meets this weekend and its first rankings will be unveiled Tuesday night. There is a long way to go and history suggests there will be plenty of movement between the first rankings and the final selections on Dec. 2. The committee's first top four has never been the same as its final one.
No. 1 Alabama is off this week. Same goes for No. 4 LSU. The Crimson Tide and Tigers play Nov. 3, ensuring at least some shake up from week one to week two of the rankings. No. 5 Michigan, No. 10 Central Florida and No. 11 Ohio State are also off.
Baylor (plus 14) at No. 13 West Virginia
Bears need two more victories for bowl eligibility and will need to pull off at least one upset to get there ... WEST VIRGINIA 35-24.
No. 25 Appalachian State (minus 10½) at Georgia Southern
Former Southern Conference rivals in FCS now battling for first in Sun Belt East ... APPALACHIAN STATE 28-21.
No. 23 Utah (minus 10) at UCLA
How messy is the Pac-12 South? UCLA, 2-5 overall, with a victory this weekend could be tied for first in the division ... UTAH 28-16.
No. 2 Clemson (minus 16½) at Florida State
Seminoles have a chance to turn their season around, but face a difficult back end of the schedule, starting with the Tigers ... CLEMSON 31-14.
No. 3 Notre Dame (minus 23½) vs. Navy at San Diego
Fighting Irish had an open date to prepare for the triple option ... NOTRE DAME 35-17.
No. 6 Texas (minus 3½) at Oklahoma State
Longhorns have lost three straight to the Cowboys, who are pretty much out of the Big 12 race but could play spoiler ... OKLAHOMA STATE 24-21, UPSET SPECIAL.
No. 7 Georgia (minus 6½) vs. No. 9 Florida at Jacksonville
First time both teams are ranked in the top 10 since 2008 meeting ... GEORGIA 23-17.
Kansas State (plus 24½) at No. 8 Oklahoma
Wildcats are completing 53.5 percent of their passes, last in the Big 12 ... OKLAHOMA 49-20.
No. 12 Kentucky (plus 7) at Missouri
One-dimensional Wildcats will need a big defensive effort against QB Drew Lock ... MISSOURI 24-21.
No. 14 Washington State (plus 3) at No. 24 Stanford
Can Cougars keep the Pac-12's fleeting playoff hopes alive? ... WASHINGTON STATE 28-24.
No. 15 Washington (minus 11½) at California
Huskies have won eight of nine in the series and still control their Pac-12 title hopes ... WASHINGTON 28-14.
No. 16 Texas A&M (plus 2½) at Mississippi State
Bulldogs have passed for 226 yards total in the last three games, not breaking 100 in any of them ... TEXAS A&M 24-21.
No. 18 Iowa (plus 6½) at No. 17 Penn State
No Big Ten team is punting less per game (3.25) than the Hawkeyes ... PENN STATE 24-23.
No. 19 Oregon (minus 9½) at Arizona
The demise in the play of Wildcats QB Khalil Tate, uncertain with an ankle injury this week, has been one of the sadder stories of this season ... OREGON 28-21.
No. 20 Wisconsin (minus 7) at Northwestern
Those 11 a.m. local kickoffs in Evanston, Illinois, can induce sleepy performances ... WISCONSIN 27-17, BEST BET.
No. 21 South Florida (plus 7) at Houston
First big test for the unbeaten Bulls ... HOUSTON 34-28.
No. 22 North Carolina State (plus 2½) at Syracuse
Orange have a QB conundrum after Tommy DeVito replaced Eric Dungey last week and led Syracuse to an OT victory ... NORTH CAROLINA STATE 27-24.
Miami (minus 3½) at Boston College, Friday — @SkinnerKNTU
Eagles star RB AJ Dillon (ankle) should be back after missing last two games ... BOSTON COLLEGE 24-21.
North Carolina (plus 9) at Virginia — @MBeutell25
Last season, the Cavaliers broke a seven-game losing streak in the South's oldest rivalry (122 meetings dating to 1892) ... VIRGINIA 28-16.
Texas Tech (plus 3) at Iowa State — @novig69
Cyclones try to make it three straight victories behind freshman QB Brock Purdy, who has completed 75 percent of his passes for 572 yards and seven touchdowns in wins against Oklahoma State and West Virginia ... IOWA STATE 31-30.
Tennessee (plus 7½) at South Carolina — @jclowersVFL
Last six meeting have been decided by an average of 3.0 points with each team winning three ... SOUTH CAROLINA 27-24.
Arizona State (plus 6½) at Southern California — @bferrer
Since 2-0 start, Sun Devils have lost four one-score games and beaten lowly Oregon State ... USC 27-21.
Last week: 14-5 straight; 7-12 against the spread.
Season: 130-45 straight; 89-84-2 against the spread.
Upset specials: 4-4 (straight up).
Best bets: 3-5 (against the spread).
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