Week 10 is coming, and it looks rather perfect.
Every season, one week has a slate that literally jumps off the page, and this coming Saturday certainly qualifies. Some mega matchups of Week 10 could have been circled months ago, while others gained momentum during the first weeks or months of the season. The Alabama-LSU game headlines the national schedule, as it used to do every season, but there are intriguing matchups elsewhere. There are big games in the Big 12 (No. 12 West Virginia at No. 15 Texas) and Big Ten (No. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan), and a second pivotal SEC game — in Lexington, no less — as No. 6 Georgia visits No. 11 Kentucky.
I spoke to coaches about the big one on the Bayou and the other huge Week 10 matchups on tap Saturday. Also, be sure to check out my notes from this past weekend.
Alabama at LSU (8 p.m. ET, CBS)
The defenses usually take center stage in this matchup, but Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the yet-to-be-stopped Crimson Tide offense (54.13 points per game, 8.3 YPG) own the spotlight. Alabama is so prolific, especially early in games, and its opponents never find their bearings. Most Tide games are over by the second quarter.
But Tagovailoa and the Tide haven’t seen a defense like LSU’s, which has reached the next level in coordinator Dave Aranda’s third season in Baton Rouge. LSU has the personnel to potentially harass Tagovailoa and, perhaps more important, press Alabama’s superfast receivers at the line of scrimmage.