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Football previews: LSU, Florida to play hurricane-delayed game

LSU’s Derrius Guice rushed for 252 yards in the Tigers’ 38-10 victory over Arkansas last week.
LSU’s Derrius Guice rushed for 252 yards in the Tigers’ 38-10 victory over Arkansas last week. AP

No. 21 Florida (7-2, 5-2 SEC) at No. 16 LSU (6-3, 4-2 SEC) (Noon Saturday, SEC Network): The Gators and Tigers will finally play their rivalry game, a month and a half after Hurricane Matthew forced postponement of the game originally scheduled in Gainesville, Fla. LSU will host the matchup in Baton Rouge, La., but has agreed to play at Florida in 2017 and 2018.

No. 20 Washington State (8-2, 7-0 Pac-12) at No. 12 Colorado (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) (2:30 p.m. Saturday): No one predicted that the Cougars and Buffaloes would both be ranked in the Top 25 when they played in Week 12. Yet each is sitting atop its division in the Pac-12, making this showdown a potential conference championship preview. Washington State has reeled off eight straight wins after losing to Eastern Washington and Boise State to start the year. The Cougars could make a push into the Top 10 with wins in their two large matchups left: Colorado this week, and at home against No. 7 Washington.

No. 8 Oklahoma (8-2, 7-0 Big 12) at No. 10 West Virginia (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) (7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8): With another year to wait before the Big 12 decides its winner with a conference championship, this game in Morgantown, W.Va., could be the closest we get this season. A win for the Sooners, who have played well since early losses to Houston and Ohio State, would keep Oklahoma perfect in conference headed into its rivalry game against Oklahoma State. West Virginia, which lost to Oklahoma State, needs to beat the Sooners and then have Oklahoma to beat Oklahoma State. No matter what, the Big 12 keeps providing entertaining, high-scoring games. The Mountaineers haven’t lost at home since Oct. 10 of last year.

Playoff watch

1. Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC): Alabama is a clear No.1 with a mad scramble for positions 2-10.

2. Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten): The Big Ten title should still come down to the Ohio State-Michigan game. With the Wolverines stumbling at Iowa and the Buckeyes back in form, Ohio State gets the edge for now. While they are both ranked in the CFP Top 4, don’t expect both to make the playoff. They meet too late in the season for each to get in.

3. Clemson (9-1, 6-1 ACC): While Louisville is making a push to leap over many of the teams ahead of it in the rankings — including the Tigers — Clemson’s win against the Cardinals gives it the edge at the moment.

4. Washington (9-1, 6-1 Pac 12): While the Huskies dropped their first game of the season, a 26-13 loss to resurgent USC, Washington is hanging in these projections for now. There will be plenty of chances for other teams to overtake the Huskies, however. West Virginia could leap in the standings, and Louisville is lurking as well.

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