With the exception of Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon, it was a rough week to be undefeated.
Saturday began with 11 remaining undefeated teams and ended with six as Florida, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Rutgers and Ohio all suffered defeats. And for the moment, the race for the national title is unclear with Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame in contention for the BCS championship game
Here’s a look at four key games in Week 10, with a thank you to Pete Korner, founder of The Sports Club, the premier oddsmaking service in Las Vegas:
Oregon (-6) at USC
Oregon is No. 2 for the sixth straight week after a dominating offensive performance in which it put up 56 points by the half on Colorado.
“They’re so powerful (Oregon), but this one is going to be tight game,” Korner says. “I would have liked to have gone a little higher on this game because the public’s attention span is one week.”
The Trojans suffered their second loss after being upset by Arizona on Saturday and will surely be fired up for this one.
Oklahoma State at Kansas State (-7)
Kansas State found the cracks in the Texas Tech defense and still found time to play its backups in a 55-24 win. Collin Klein continued his Heisman bid, passing for 233 yards, running for 83 and accounting for four touchdowns. Korner says his oddsmaking team varied between 6.5 and 7.5, so they decided to set the spread right in the middle at the key number of 7.
Pittsburgh at Notre Dame (-20)
Notre Dame was an 11-point dog at most books heading into Oklahoma on Saturday. The offense came alive and the defense was once again stellar as the Irish handled the Sooners, 30-7.
“Such an impressive win,” Korner says. “Notre Dame will have its backers as usual and I expect a significant amount of money to pour in on the Irish.”
Korner took the highest number suggested by his team this week because of Notre Dame's offensive outburst against a stout Oklahoma defense last week.
Pittsburgh picked up its first back-to-back wins over FBS teams since the final two games of 2010 with a convincing 47-17 win over Temple on Saturday.
Alabama (-7.5) at LSU
Alabama is No. 1 for the ninth straight week and is looking unstoppable after rolling over Mississippi State, 38-7. Korner’s team had Alabama as low as 3 and as high as 10-point favorites this week.
“I don’t want Alabama money,” Korner says. “LSU can pull a surprise…I wanted the extra hook.”