What to watch today
No. 4 LSU at No. 7 Alabama
7 p.m., Ch. 4
Records: LSU 7-0, 4-0 SEC; Alabama 7-1, 4-1
The skinny: The winner of this game has gone on to play for the SEC championship nine of the past 10 years. The winner moves one step closer to making the College Football Playoff and claiming an SEC West title. The Crimson Tide would be all but eliminated from both with a loss to the Tigers, the last remaining unbeaten team in the SEC. LSU, led by the punishing rushing of Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette, controls its own destiny but still has to face fellow division contender Mississippi.
The stat: Fournette has seven consecutive games of at least 150 rushing yards, but Alabama is No. 3 in the nation against the run (78.5 yards per game).
The line: Alabama by 7
No. 5 TCU at No. 12 Oklahoma St.
2:30 p.m., Ch. 9
Records: TCU 8-0, 5-0 Big 12; Oklahoma State 8-0, 5-0
The skinny: Both schools are pushing for a playoff spot but still have to play No. 2 Baylor and No. 14 Oklahoma. TCU is second nationally at 616.3 yards per game and second at 48.9 points per game, while Oklahoma State is 15th at 502.9 ypg and seventh at 44.0 ppg.
The stat: Oklahoma State backup QB J.W. Walsh, who plays mostly in the red zone, has a 315.5 QB efficiency rating (18-for-23, 296 yards, nine TDs, zero interceptions) and has also run for seven TDs.
The line: TCU by 5
No. 17 Florida St. at No. 3 Clemson
2:30 p.m., Ch. 5
Records: Florida State 7-1, 5-1 ACC; Clemson 8-0, 5-0
The skinny: A Florida State victory would cost Clemson its No. 1 spot in the CFP rankings and probably its chance at an ACC title. The Seminoles, who have won the past three meetings with the Tigers — including a 51-14 blowout at Death Valley in 2013 — would gain control of the ACC Atlantic.
The stat: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson leads the ACC in total offense (290 yards a game), passing yards (242 per game) and touchdowns (20).
The line: Clemson by 10 ½
No. 8 Notre Dame
11 a.m., Ch. 5
Records: Notre Dame 7-1, Pittsburgh 6-2
The skinny: The Fighting Irish, a surprising fifth in the first CFP rankings this week, can't afford any missteps if they want to make the playoff. While Notre Dame has historically dominated the rivalry, nine of the past 10 meetings have been decided by one possession, with Pitt winning four of them.
The stat: The Irish already have scored 10 touchdowns that went for 50 yards or more, their most since the 1988 national championship team.
The line: Notre Dame by 9
No. 10 Iowa
2:30 p.m., ESPN
Records: Iowa 8-0, 4-0 Big Ten; Indiana 4-4, 0-4
The skinny: Iowa leads the Big Ten West and could sneak into CFP; the Hawkeyes probably have the easiest path of any conference team to a perfect regular season. The Hoosiers are trying to end a four-game losing streak and get within one win of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.
The stat: Iowa DB Desmond King is tied for the national lead with seven interceptions and needs one more to tie the program single-season record.
The line: Iowa by 7