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Five Games to Watch, Week 10

This could be a fantastic weekend of college football with top ten teams squaring off with each other, a quarterback showdown in the west, a pair of surprise teams battling for Big 12 south supremacy and a chance to witness history in Happy Valley. Just another weekend of college football? Not a chance.

No. 3 TCU at No. 5 Utah
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST

There has never been a bigger game in the Mountain West Conference. The winner of this game takes a giant step forward in the BCS picture. The TCU Horned Frogs are 0-3 all-time in Salt Lake City and the Utes have been flying under the radar all season.

No. 6 Alabama at No. 10 LSU
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST

Watch out for the Alabama Crimson Tide! An early season loss to South Carolina may not be enough to keep Alabama out of the BCS and they are crawling back in to the BCS championship picture. The best one-loss team in the nation can make a bit of a statement this weekend by winning at LSU and a win may help get Alabama closer to jumping one of the non-AQ conference schools ranked ahead of them with zero losses. Boise State fans will be feverously watching this game this weekend.

No. 15 Arizona at No. 13 Stanford
Saturday, 8:00 p.m. EST

The Pac 10 always seems to have an intriguing quarterback match-up. This week Stanford and Arizona have just that. Stanford’s Andrew Luck may be one of the best quarterbacks in the country and has thrown 20 touchdowns and 1,920 yards. He is the Pac-10’s leader in passing efficiency ratings. Arizona will hope tat Nick Foles, who returns from injury after missing a couple games, is ready to go and help Arizona try to keep up with Stanford’s high-scoring offense. The Cardinal have lost just once and still have a shot at winning the conference if Pac-10 leader Oregon stumbles down the stretch. The Wildcats have the seventh best scoring defense, allowing just 14.4 points per game. Stanford ranks fifth in the nation in scoring offense (42.4 points per game).

No. 21 Baylor at No. 17 Oklahoma State
Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EST
Big 12 Game of the Week

If you told anyone before the start of the season that Baylor and Oklahoma State would be meeting to determine who controls the Big 12 South division race, they probably would have laughed in your face. I will admit it, I would have laughed too. But that is exactly what lies in store for the Baylor Bears and Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend in Stillwater. Can Robert Griffin III lead the surprising Bears to a second straight surprise win on the road a week after shocking the Texas Longhorns in Austin?

Northwestern at Penn State

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST

No ranked teams here but this game could be one of historic significance. Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is going for his 400th career victory, becoming the first coach in 1A/FBS college football to reach that mark and just the third in college football history. The game also has a hidden storyline as both Penn State and Northwestern are expected to start quarterbacks coming back from concussion injuries. Penn State’s Rob Bolden sat out last week against Michigan and Northwestern’s Dan Persa (a Pennsylvania native) was knocked out last week against Indiana.

Some in the Penn State community also suspect that when the time does come to find a new head coach in State College, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald could be a candidate. But of course, all eyes are on Paterno.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.