Alabama vs Ole Miss, TCU vs Texas and more

We are nearing the home stretch of the regular college football season.

And while Week 11 doesn’t have the top-notch matchups we saw in Week 10, it does have a number of games impacting college football playoffs and conference titles. Topping that list is No. 4 TCU, who is a touchdown underdog on the road against Texas. There’s also an intriguing matchup between two-loss Alabama and Ole Miss.

Time: 3:30 p.m. | Television: CBS | Line: Alabama -11.5| Total: 64.5

It’s early November and Alabama has suffered two losses when it comes to the College Football Playoff picture. It’s an unfamiliar position for Nick Saban’s program, and now the Crimson Tide returns to the streets to face a losing Ole Miss team that has a bye. On the other hand, Lane Kiffin would love to pick up a win against his former boss – a win that could suddenly make the Rebels much more viable in the national cover. Ole Miss started the year 7-0, but didn’t play against many above-average opponents during this phase.

Time: 3:30 p.m. | TV: ESPN2 | Line: Tulane -1.5 | Total: 54.5

This is a massive game in the American Athletic Conference race and New Year’s Six Bowl picture. With 8-1 overall and 5-0 in AAC play, Tulane ranks first in the AAC and is the highest-ranked group-of-five team at 17th. UCF, with 7-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play, is next in line at No. 22. There are no other G5 teams currently ranked, so the winner of the AAC is the leader in the clubhouse to secure a seat in the Cotton Bowl.

Time: 7 p.m. | TV: FS1 | Line: BU-2.5 | Total: 53.5

Behind the undefeated TCU, the Big 12 race is mighty crowded. The league’s top two teams make the championship game, and Kansas State, Texas and Baylor are all sitting 4-2 in conference play. However, K-State lost to Texas last week, so the Wildcats really need to go to Waco and win on Saturday night. Baylor, meanwhile, has back-to-back three wins after a two-game losing streak to open October. The Bears dealt with Kansas and Texas Tech before heading to Norman to beat Oklahoma last week. Kansas State is a step up in contention for Baylor, who won the Big 12 title last season.

Time: 7:30 p.m. | TV: ABC | Line: Texas-7 | Total: 64.5

While this game also features Big 12 titles, the stakes are much bigger for TCU. The Horned Frogs, who are now 9-0 this year, moved up to No. 4 in the CFP standings Tuesday night. To get to this point, TCU has won many close games. In fact, six of his nine wins have been decided by 10 points or less. And many of those victories have come from behind. Perhaps this balancing act explains why the Horned Frogs are underdogs with seven points in Austin on Saturday. Texas has been favorably rated by oddsmakers all season; A visit from Alabama was the only time the Longhorns were underdogs that year. But UT didn’t always live up to that bill. Texas goes into this game with a 6-3 record, although all three losses were caused by possession.

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