This article will break down College Football Week 10 and its top games. Ranked Auburn and Texas A&M headline a lighter slate of games, but plenty of smaller-scale matchups provide intrigue. Liberty travels to Ole Miss in a showdown that holds heavy NFL Draft implications with both Matt Corral and Malik Willis on display. Week 10 also starts midweek MACtion, with three MAC games kicking off that slate.
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College Football Week 10 Top Games
Auburn at Texas A&M
Coming off a massive win at home against Ole Miss, Bo Nix leads the Auburn Tigers into College Station to face Texas A&M. Kyle Field is a notoriously difficult place to play, with the Aggies pulling off one of the upsets of the year over #1 Alabama in that environment. Auburn has taken the last two games at Kyle Field.
Texas A&M is a favorite behind their raucous home crowd and a defense allowing just 4.6 yards per play this year (11th). After averaging 14 points per game against Power Five opponents in their first three games, Zach Calzada has posted 40 points per game over their last three games.
Auburn has held their opponents to under 30 points in every game but one (vs #1 Georgia), including keeping Ole Miss to 20 points a week ago. The over/under for this game is .
Michigan State at Purdue
Michigan State is no longer the nation’s quietest 8-0 team after an explosive win over rival Michigan. Kenneth Walker III made a case for his Heisman candidacy, jumping from +1600 to +500 in odds to win the award on Saturday alone. The Spartans travel to Purdue on the back of that statement win now with the expectations of College Football Playoff contention.
Purdue was able to squander the Playoff hopes for Iowa three weeks ago, but did so thanks to an unreliable and inconsistent Iowa offense. Michigan State leaves little uncertainty with their ability to score, particularly with Walker, but also with success in their downfield passing game; the Spartans are 29th in the nation in yards per pass attempt (8.4).
State also fields a formidable defense that’s top-40 in yards per play allowed and 18th in average turnover margin (+0.7). Purdue is 96th in the country in giveaways per game at 1.6, including five giveaways in their loss to Wisconsin.
Liberty at Ole Miss
At first glance, this game lacks the grandeur of other week’s top games. However, this one comes down to the NFL Draft implications between Matt Corral and Malik Willis. According to CBS’ latest mock draft, both quarterbacks will go in Round 1 and– depending on the source– you can find both players going in the top half of Round 1.
The Rebels are favored by at home, which may come as a surprise to some. Liberty posts a top-seven defense in terms of yards per play allowed (4.3) and top-11 defense in yards per pass attempt allowed (5.9). While Willis and the offense has garnered most of the attention this season, the defense has been Liberty’s saving grace.
After leading the nation in scoring through the first three weeks of the season, Corral and Ole Miss have dropped to 66th in scoring over their last three, behind teams like Army, Georgia Tech, and Tulsa. The game, though, still carries an over/under of points.