Col­lege foot­ball: Michi­gan State-Ohio State leads Week 11 games to watch.

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Games to watch in Week 11:

No. 7 Ohio State at Michi­gan State

Noon ET, Fox

Line: Ohio State by 31⁄2

A path to the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off still ex­ists for the Buck­eyes. But the Buck­eyes haven’t looked the part of a Play­off team in re­cent weeks, fol­low­ing a blowout loss at Pur­due with a nar­row win against strug­gling Nebraska. The Spar­tans aren’t flashy, but they’re still plenty dan­ger­ous, as re­cent vic­to­ries against Penn State and Pur­due prove.

The Ohio State offense re­mains for­mi­da­ble, with QB Dwayne Hask­ins able to dis­trib­ute the ball among an im­pres­sive ar­ray of big-play threats. But Michi­gan State’s de­fense is built to limit long gain­ers, which could help the Spar­tans keep the game within reach for vet­eran QB Brian Lew­erke.

Pre­dic­tion: The Spar­tans have im­proved demon­stra­bly in the last month. The same can­not be said for the Buck­eyes.

Michi­gan State, 24-17

No. 15 Mis­sis­sippi State at No. 1 Alabama

3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Line: Alabama by 26

The Crim­son Tide’s place in the SEC finale has been se­cured. But the team’s com­mit­ment to coach Nick Sa­ban’s process em­pha­sizes tak­ing noth­ing for granted. The Bull­dogs, who have achieved bowl el­i­gi­bil­ity, shouldn’t ex­pect any re­prieve.

Alabama QB Tua Tago­v­ailoa threw his first in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son at LSU, but he still passed for two touch­downs and ran for an­other de­spite a sore knee. The Tide de­fense con­trolled mat­ters from start to finish. Mis­sis­sippi State QB Nick Fitzger­ald can be more elu­sive, and he does have op­tions downfield that can chal­lenge the Tide sec­ondary. But the Bull­dogs can’t afford to play from be­hind.

Pre­dic­tion: Ev­ery Alabama op­po­nent this sea­son has needed to play catch-up within the first few min­utes. That isn’t likely to change.

Alabama, 48-20

Ok­la­homa State at No. 6 Ok­la­homa

3:30 p.m. ET, ABC Line: Ok­la­homa by 171⁄2 The an­nual Bed­lam show­down finds the Soon­ers in a fa­mil­iar po­si­tion atop the Big 12 stand­ings and the Cow­boys still seek­ing con­sis­tency. But it’s a ri­valry game, so any­thing can hap­pen.

Ok­la­homa QB Kyler Mur­ray over­came a cou­ple of early mis­cues to even­tu­ally lead his team past Texas Tech last time out. But is­sues on de­fense re­main. Cow­boys QB Tay­lor Cor­nelius has the tar­gets to keep up, most no­tably RB Jus­tice Hill, but he can’t afford many empty pos­ses­sions.

Pre­dic­tion: With a trip to West Vir­ginia loom­ing down the road, the Soon­ers have to start show­ing they can get de­fen­sive stops when they need them. This high-profile clash at home would be a good place to start.

Ok­la­homa, 49-31

Auburn at No. 5 Ge­or­gia

7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Line: Ge­or­gia by 141⁄2 Ge­or­gia’s date with Alabama for the SEC ti­tle is en­sured. But the Bull­dogs must avoid a sec­ond loss be­fore try­ing to re­turn to the Play­off. Auburn can only play spoiler at this point but got a needed win against Texas A&M.

The Bull­dogs’ suc­cess run­ning the ball against Ken­tucky’s ex­cel­lent de­fense in the di­vi­sion-clinch­ing win was huge, es­pe­cially af­ter the unit’s strug­gles in the loss at LSU last month. Auburn has a solid ground de­fense as well, but Ge­or­gia QB Jake Fromm’s ac­cu­racy should help keep the rush­ing lanes open. While QB Jar­rett Stid­ham man­aged to res­cue the Tigers a week ago, the team still lacks the bal­ance needed for coach Gus Malzahn’s offen­sive sys­tem to be most effec­tive.

Pre­dic­tion: One of the SEC’s most heated ri­val­ries hasn’t cooled. Don’t ex­pect the Bull­dogs to ease up, even with the di­vi­sion in hand.

Ge­or­gia, 41-23

No. 2 Clem­son at No. 14 Bos­ton Col­lege

8 p.m. ET, ABC Line: Clem­son by 17

Clem­son has been round­ing into cham­pi­onship form, with fresh­man QB Trevor Lawrence turn­ing most of the heavy lift­ing over to his game-break­ing run­ning backs. He might need to stretch the field a bit more against the Ea­gles, who have for the most part been able to con­tain lengthy rush­ing plays. Bos­ton Col­lege needs a big game from RB AJ Dil­lon to keep the Tigers’ su­perb de­fen­sive front from tee­ing off on QB An­thony Brown.

Pre­dic­tion: This is a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity for Bos­ton Col­lege, and the prime-time crowd will be revved. But the Tigers will me­thod­i­cally take the air out of Alumni Sta­dium much as Alabama did in Ba­ton Rouge, and their col­li­sion course for yet an­other Play­off en­counter will con­tinue.

Clem­son, 45-24



Alabama quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa threw his first in­ter­cep­tion this sea­son but also had a 44-yard touch­down run against LSU.

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