Top 25 College Football Offenses

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Georgia at LSU (3:30 p.m. ET)

This one lost some of its luster after LSU dropped its road game against Florida. But that doesn't change the importance of this matchup for either team. Georgia has College Football Playoff aspirations, and LSU isn't out of the race if it can rebound with a win.

Georgia will hold the advantage due to its offensive upside and consistency compared to LSU. Considering the Bulldogs have a defense as talented as Florida's, Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow is going to need a career game out of his surrounding cast to win. It's not out of the question, but they must be crisper with execution to win.


Washington at Oregon (3:30 p.m. ET)

The Pac-12 has a midday showdown in Eugene with Washington and Oregon facing off. The Huskies have taken care of business against the bottom-feeders on their schedule, but they haven't proven themselves against a top-tier opponent yet.

Oregon will be one of their toughest tests this year. Ducks signal-caller Justin Herbert is lethal when he's left clean in the pocket, so pressuring him can derail their high-powered offense, which could decide this game.


Michigan State at Penn State (3:30 p.m. ET)

After dropping a game against Northwestern and looking generally unprepared, the Michigan State Spartans haven't fulfilled expectations. Mark Dantonio's crew looked much better on paper prior to the season, but the passing game has been abysmal, as the offensive line and receivers have often failed quarterback Brian Lewerke. Even so, Penn State cannot overlook the Spartans.

The Nittany Lions showed they're one of the stronger teams in the country against Ohio State. They've taken time to warm up in most games, and that could be costly if they start slow again. A rebound win is needed.


Wisconsin at Michigan (7:30 p.m. ET)

Two teams viewed as potential College Football Playoff contestants before the season, this evening game is a must-watch. Michigan has recovered well after losing to Notre Dame to start the season and it appears the offense is taking strides in the right direction. The Wolverines must win to keep up with Ohio State.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin has what it takes to still win the conference. The Badgers' trench toughness matches the Wolverines', but they need to find the playmaking to create easier scoring opportunities. That means Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook must complete the few critical throws he'll be asked to make, and the defense needs to confuse Michigan QB Shea Patterson into turnovers.


Colorado at USC (10:30 p.m. ET)

Prior to their Week 6 win against Arizona State, the Colorado Buffaloes' opponents had just two combined wins. It was fair to be skeptical of the quality of their 4-0 record, but beating Arizona State was a good start in proving their talent.

The spotlight on Colorado quarterback Steven Montez and receiver Laviska Shenault will be brighter than ever when they travel to USC. The Trojans are maddeningly inconsistent, which is to be expected considering their youth, but it's bad for these bigger games. If the Buffaloes win, the Heisman hype for Montez will significantly increase, as will the team's presence in the national media.

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