No. 4 Washington (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) at No. 17 Utah (7-1, 4-1 Pac 12) (2:30 p.m. Saturday, FS1): While Washington has crept into many playoff projections, the Huskies haven’t seen a real challenge yet in a down Pac-12 (their biggest game so far was against Stanford, a 44-6 victory). Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning has thrown for 1,709 yards, but it’s his accuracy that has propelled the Huskies offense. Browning has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
No. 7 Nebraska (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at No. 11 Wisconsin (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) (6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN): The Badgers’ two losses came to Michigan and Ohio State, and each loss was by a touchdown. While Nebraska is experiencing a resurgence, its best win came against an Oregon team that is in a tailspin. Saturday the Cornhuskers have a chance to prove they are for real.
No. 3 Clemson (7-0, 4-0 ACC) at No. 12 Florida State (5-2, 2-2 ACC) (7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8): Before the season, this game was circled as the key matchup in the ACC. Florida State has steadied after an early season debacle at Louisville and a home upset loss to North Carolina. Clemson has fought to stay perfect but should have lost to North Carolina State. Both teams have been preparing for two weeks. Either Clemson escapes and has the inside track to the ACC championship and the playoff, or Florida State creates chaos with a win that would thrust Louisville back into the conversation.
No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC): Nobody seems to faze the Crimson Tide. Then-No. 6 Texas A&M had a brief second-half lead last week, but Alabama calmly scored the final 20 points to put away a game that never seemed in doubt.
No. 2 Michigan (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten): With Ohio State falling at Penn State, the big winner was Michigan. But the Wolverines still have a looming showdown at Ohio State to end the season.
No. 3 Clemson (7-0, 4-0 ACC): Clemson plays at Florida State this weekend, its biggest hurdle left before conference championship week. Win Saturday, and the near failure against North Carolina State will be a distant memory.
No. 4 Washington (7-0, 4-0 Pac 12): We might not know just how good the Huskies are until Dec. 31. But an undefeated Power 5 team can’t be ignored. Washington has rolled against sub-par competition and could ride its momentum all the way to a playoff berth.