North Carolina State (4-1, 1-0 ACC) at No. 3 Clemson (6-0, 3-0) (11 a.m. Saturday, WFAA/8): North Carolina State is coming off a Hurricane Matthew-soaked 10-3 win against Notre Dame. Clemson shot past Boston College 56-10. While this matchup shouldn’t be a problem for the Tigers, they have struggled with the Wolfpack in the past. Clemson is still trying to establish its same rhythm from a year ago, and this game will give us a glimpse at just how good it is.
No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 9 Tennessee (5-1, 2-1 SEC) (2:30 p.m. Saturday, KTVT/11): Tennessee’s magic ran out last week after a wild comeback attempt against Texas A&M fell short in the second overtime. There were multiple spots where the Volunteers could have given up, but they didn’t. They will need every bit of resolve they can muster against an Alabama team that seems to be rounding into shape quickly with quarterback Jalen Hurts leading an offense that is scoring nearly 45 points a game.
No. 2 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at No. 8 Wisconsin (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) (7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8): Ohio State has looked like one of the most talented teams in the country all season. Now we get to see them on the road, again, taking on an upset-minded Wisconsin team that has already knocked off LSU and Michigan State after entering those games as a large underdog. Two weeks ago, the Badgers battled at Michigan in a classic Big Ten game that ended with the Wolverines winning 14-7. Expect a slightly higher-scoring game between the Badgers and Buckeyes, but Wisconsin’s defense (giving up 12.2 points a game, which is No. 4 in the nation) will play tough.
No. 2 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten): The Buckeyes have a tough game this week on the road at No. 8 Wisconsin, but if they get past that, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 4 Michigan are the only ranked teams ahead on the schedule. And both of those games are at home.
No. 3 Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC): After surviving against Louisville two weeks ago, Clemson looked great against Boston College last weekend. The fight for the Tigers will be to stay focused weekly with a softer schedule ahead.
No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC): The Crimson Tide are in the middle of their season’s make-or-break-stretch. After dominating at Arkansas 49-30, Alabama travels to No. 9 Tennessee and then takes on No. 6 Texas A&M (coming off a bye week) next.
No. 5 Washington (6-0, 3-0 Pac 12): With Houston losing a shocker at Navy, a spot opened up on this list. While there is a shot Louisville could fight its way back to give us two ACC teams in the playoff, an undefeated Washington team that has dominated its competition — including Stanford and Oregon in back-to-back weeks — deserves it for now.