The Biggest College Football Games To Watch In Week 8 With Georgia Implications In Mind

The Biggest College Football Games To Watch In Week 8 With Georgia Implications In Mind

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The Biggest College Football Games To Watch In Week 8 With Georgia Implications In Mind


The Georgia Bulldogs have gotten themselves into a bit of trouble after a 36-16 loss at the hands of the LSU Tigers. However, Kirby Smart’s team still controls it’s own destiny as far as the postseason goes. There is a lot of football left to be played and the next two games are crucial to win the SEC East, as we’ve said many times.

Since the Bulldogs will have to win out to reach the playoff they could use a little bit of breathing room in the divisional race.  It would not hurt to have a few of the top teams lose either, with Georgia eighth in the rankings.

So without further ado, here are the games to watch in week 8, which could impact the Dawgs’ SEC and playoff hopes.

Auburn @ Ole Miss 12:00- ESPN

Auburn and Ole Miss are both out of the playoff and SEC West races. With that being said, this game does not have significant postseason weight to Georgia but it might determine the kickoff time for Auburn’s trip to Athens.

Alabama @ Tennessee 3:30- CBS

With Alabama residing in the Western division and Tennessee all but out of the race to Atlanta, this game appears to have little impact on Georgia. But it’s college football, and anything is possible, even an Alabama loss to an improved Tennessee team. The Tide (7-0) look like an indestructible force, but a slip up to a Tennessee team that just be Auburn would make things very interesting in the West. Tua Tagovailoa’s injured knee may be the biggest reason to tune in.

Mississippi State @ LSU 7:00- ESPN

Coming off a loss at Florida, the Tigers’ season was on the line last Saturday against Georgia. LSU gave the Dawgs all they could handle, in a 36-16 win. With a visit from Alabama looming, many think that Nick Fitzgerald and Mississippi State could upset LSU. We will definitely have an eye on Tiger Stadium come Saturday. An LSU loss and the West is all but decided for Alabama.

Vanderbilt @ Kentucky 7:30- SECN

The Commodores seemed to be well on their way to an upset win over Florida last weekend until the Gators scored 24 unanswered points. Vanderbilt (3-4) is not a very good football team but it has given successful teams like Notre Dame and Florida a scare. Coming off a bye week, Kentucky should easily bounce back against the ‘Dores, though. An upset is unlikely but the possibility keeps us intrigued. Obviously, with Kentucky tied for first in the division with Georgia and Florida, a loss from the Wildcats would be helpful.

NC State @ Clemson 3:30- ESPN

Two years after nearly pulling off an enormous upset at Clemson Memorial Stadium, the Wolfpack of NC State return to Death Valley.  In a rare matchup of undefeated foes, the eyes of the nation will be watching this one.  NC State has sustained a dark horse role all season, being vastly underrated.  Clemson struggled against Syracuse mightily but blew out Wake Forest the following week so we do not know what to expect from Dabo Swinney’s bunch.  What we do know though, is that the winner of this game is in prime position to win the ACC and make the playoff.

Oregon @ Washington State 7:30- FOX

After a crushing overtime loss to Stanford, the Oregon Ducks have rebounded nicely.  Washington State has taken care of its own business since losing to USC, setting up a pivotal matchup in Pullman. College Gameday makes its first trip to Wazzu for a pivotal game in the Pac-12 North.  The winner will have a puncher’s chance at making the playoff, though a loss and hope is all but gone.

Michigan @ Michigan State 12:00- FOX 

Mark Dantonio and the Spartans may be out of the postseason conversation but they always seem to give some teams trouble. After ending Penn State’s Big Ten and playoff hopes, Michigan State is eager to spoil its arch rival’s dreams too. The battle for Paul Bunyan’s trophy should be a good one.

Stay tuned!

We will further discuss the significance of these matchups soon!

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