The 9 most important games for Oregon Duck fans to watch in Week 10

The Oregon Ducks may not have one of the most hyped games of the week, hosting the California Golden Bears on Saturday afternoon. Fortunately for Duck fans, there are a ton of incredibly entertaining games taking place throughout the day to tune into when not watching Oregon.

Whether it’s a clash between USC and Washington in the afternoon or a couple of major tests for both Georgia and Alabama, there are going to be a lot of opportunities for potential chaos to take place just a few days after the first College Football Playoff rankings were released.

That sounds like a great week to take care of business against an opponent where you’re favored by more than three touchdowns, doesn’t it?

If you’re looking for some high-stakes football throughout the day that will likely have an impact on the playoff race and the Pac-12 race, then we’ve got you covered. Here are the games that you need to pay attention to:

No. 23 Kansas State vs. No. 7 Texas

When: Saturday, November 4 | 9:00 a.m. PT

Where to Watch: FOX

Why to Watch: This is an incredibly important game in the Big 12, and should Texas lose at home, then the conference is in an even worse spot when it comes to getting into the College Football Playoff, which has a direct impact on the Pac-12. QB Quinn Ewers won’t be back for this game, so it will be on Maalik Murphy to keep the Longhorns’ season alive.

No. 18 Utah vs. Arizona State

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When: Saturday, November 4 | 11:00 a.m. PT

Where to Watch: Pac-12 Network

Why to Watch: This game won’t have massive impacts outside of the Pac-12, but I am very curious to see how both teams play after last week. The Utes got dismantled by the Ducks at home, while Arizona State pulled off a huge upset over Washington State. It could be an entertaining game to keep tabs on.

No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 12 Missouri

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When: Saturday, November 4 | 12:30 p.m. PT

Where to Watch: CBS

Why to Watch: I’d argue that this may be the game of the day, only rivaled by Washington vs. USC later in the afternoon. This will be one of the biggest tests that Georgia faces all year, and they have to go on the road to a really good Missouri team that will be trying to grab the upset. Georgia has looked pretty good of late, but this will be their biggest test to date.

No. 22 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

When: Saturday, November 4 | 12:30 p.m. PT

Where to Watch: ABC

Why to Watch: Much like Texas vs. Kansas State, this game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could be massive for both the Big 12 and Pac-12, as the two conferences jockey for position to grab a spot in the college football playoff. Oklahoma lost their first game of the year last week to Kansas, and could be on a slide with the Cowboys coming to town.

Maryland vs. No. 11 Penn State

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When: Saturday, November 4 | 12:30 p.m. PT

Where to Watch: FOX

Why to Watch: This isn’t the most important game of the day, but it’s worth keeping tabs on Penn State in what should be a relatively tough game against Maryland. The Penn State offense has been abysmal as of late, while Maryland’s offense has been above average. I wouldn’t be shocked to see this as a close game down the stretch.

No. 20 USC vs. No. 5 Washington

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When: Saturday, November 4 | 4:30 p.m. PT

Where to Watch: ABC

Why to Watch: If Georgia vs. Missouri isn’t the game of the day, then this one definitely is. Both Washington and USC have two of the best offenses in the nation, and neither has a defense that seems capable of shotting the other down. Expect points, expect excitement, and expect a potential upset scenario for the Huskies. This one could be a barn burner.

No. 8 Alabama vs. No. 14 LSU

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When: Saturday, November 4 | 4:30 p.m. PT

Where to Watch: CBS

Why to Watch: The hits just keep on coming. Alabama and LSU have been in some classic matchups against each other over the years, and there’s no reason to believe that this one is going to be any different. Alabama has looked really good as of late, but slowing down the LSU defense is no easy feat.

Colorado vs. No. 16 Oregon State

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When: Saturday, November 4 | 7:30 p.m. PT

Where to Watch: ESPN

Why to Watch: After Oregon State’s tough loss last week to Arizona, I’m curious to see how they bounce back and try to right the ship. Of course, Colorado is in need of a couple more wins in order to become bowl-eligible, so we’ll see if they can get one against the Beavers.

Arizona vs. No. 19 UCLA

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When: Saturday, November 4 | 7:30 p.m. PT

Where to Watch: FS1

Why to Watch: This nightcap could be incredibly entertaining. For all intents and purposes, Arizona should be ranked inside the top 25, and the Bruins have looked like they are getting back into form after a momentary lapse earlier in the season. I expect some wild Pac-12 After Dark in this one.

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