College football’s clash of the season on Saturday will officially pit the two best teams in the country against each other.
The latest Associated Press Top 25 poll confirmed LSU and Alabama as the first and second-ranked team in the nation on Sunday, even though neither took the field in Week 10.
Saturday afternoon’s matchup in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be the first time the two top teams in the AP Poll meet in the regular season since 2011, when LSU was No. 1 and Alabama was No. 2.
Both teams are expected to occupy the first two spots in the College Football Playoff rankings, when the CFP Committee publishes its first ranking on Tuesday, November 6
Behind the top two, the top five of the AP Poll remains unchanged, with Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State in descending order.
The Tigers were the only top-five team in action this weekend and extended their winning run to 24 games with a 59-14 rout of Wofford. Trevor Lawrence finished 12-of-16 for 218 yards and three touchdown passes, while Travis Etienne rushed for a staggering 212 yards over just nine carries as the defending national champions had the game sealed after the first quarter.
Clemson will be looking to keep its winning streak going when it takes on North Carolina State on Saturday night, while Ohio State will be hoping to consolidate its No. 3 ranking when it hosts Maryland earlier in the day.
Penn State, meanwhile, could climb up the rankings if it beats No. 13 Minnesota in one of the only two top-25 matchups on tap for Saturday aside from the titanic clash between LSU and Alabama.
Outside the top five, Georgia kept its playoffs hopes alive with a 24-17 win over Florida, which propelled the Bulldogs up two spots to No.6, while the Gators slid from No. 6 to No. 10.
Jake Fromm picked apart Florida’s defense for a second consecutive season, completing 20 of his 30 passes for 279 yards and two touchdown passes as the Bulldogs took charge of the SEC East.
Georgia had fallen all the way down to No.10 after losing at home to South Carolina in Week 6, but has now given itself a chance to force its way into the College Football Playoff picture.
The Bulldogs are the highest-ranked one loss team, one spot ahead of Oregon, who thrashed USC 56-24 in Los Angeles.
Elsewhere, Memphis was the biggest riser of the week, climbing up five spots to No. 19 after winning 54-48 at home against SMU to hand the Mustangs their first defeat of the season, which saw them drop from No.15 to No. 23.
Aside from the top five teams, Baylor and Minnesota are the only two programs left undefeated in the AP Poll.
The Bears improved to 8-0 with a 17-14 home win against West Virginia and remain in the driver’s seat for a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game, while the Golden Gophers had a bye in Week 10 but remain in control of the Big Ten West.
Here’s everything you need to know about Week 11.
When does Week 11 start?
Week 11 begins on Tuesday, November 5, when Toledo hosts Kent State and Western Michigan welcomes Ball State. A total of five matches are scheduled between Wednesday and Friday, but none feature Top 25-ranked teams.
The game of the weekend is unquestionably the matchup of the two top ranked programs, with No.2 Alabama hosting No.1 LSU on Saturday.
A further two Top 25-matchups are scheduled for Saturday, No.18 Iowa facing No.16 Wisconsin on the road and No.5 Penn State traveling to No. 13 Minnesota.
As usual, coverage of the college football season is split across a variety of networks. ABC broadcasts games in the ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.
Games in the latter three conferences will also be broadcast on FOX and ESPN, with ESPN carrying matchups from the ACC, American, Mountain West, SEC and Sun Belt conferences.
CBS broadcasts SEC conference games, while NBC retains exclusive broadcasting rights to Notre Dame’s home games.
Live streams throughout the season will be available via the broadcasters’ digital platforms, as well as fuboTV and DirecTV.
Week 11 TV schedule for college football Top 25 teams (All times ET)
Saturday, November 9
- Maryland @ Ohio State—12 p.m., FOX
- Baylor @ TCU—12 p.m., FS1
- Penn State @ Minnesota— 12 p.m., ABC
- Vanderbilt @ Florida— 12 p.m., ESPN
- East Carolina @ SMU—12 p.m., ESPNU
- Kansas State @ Texas—3:30 p.m., ESPN
- LSU @ Alabama—3:30 p.m., CBS
- UConn @ Cincinnati —3:30 p.m., CBSSN
- Iowa @ Wisconsin—4 p.m., FOX
- Missouri @ Georgia—7 p.m., ESPN
- Clemson @ NC State—7:30 p.m., ABC
- Notre Dame @ Duke—7:30 p.m., ACCN
- Iowa State @ Oklahoma—8 p.m., FOX
- Wyoming @ Boise State—10:15 p.m., ESPN
- Nevada @ San Diego State—10:30 p.m., ESPN2
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