We can go ahead and name Week 8 in college football Separation Saturday. The headlining games are No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State and No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State. The former will determine who will compete with Stanford and No. 15 Washington in the Pac-12 North, while the latter will eliminate one team from running with No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten East.

But there’s a lot more to this week than those two games.

No. 16 NC State at No. 3 Clemson might as well be a division championship game. Same for USC at Utah.

UAB can practically wrap up the C-USA West with a win over North Texas in Birmingham. Upstart Buffalo visits perennial MAC contender Toledo. Louisiana-Lafayette heads to Boone, N.C., for a possible Sun Belt Championship preview with Appalachian State.

Meanwhile, No. 9 Oklahoma plays its first game under new defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill and No. 5 LSU looks to avoid a slip up with No. 22 Mississippi State before No. 1 Alabama comes to town in two weeks.

Let’s do it.

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Last week:  11-4 9-6 9-6
This season: 73-32 (.695) 69-36 (.657) 63-42 (.600)

 

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.