Here's a fun little fact for you. This weekend, No. 6 Texas A&M will hit the road to take on No. 1 Alabama. The game will be the eighth time this season that we've had a matchup of two teams ranked in the top 10 of the current AP poll.
It's only week 8!
The last time there were this many top 10 matchups through this point of the season was in 1991 when there were 10. Of course, the biggest difference is in 2016 you can actually watch all of these games. That wasn't quite the case in 1991.
Just about everybody is on national television on a weekly basis at this point, which is fantastic for fans, but does make it a bit more difficult to figure out what to watch on any given Saturday. But that's why I'm here; to help you.
You don't have to thank me, but if you want to, I accept cash.
No. 10 Wisconsin at Iowa -- Noon, ESPN: This is a very important game in the Big Ten's West Division. With Nebraska sitting at 3-0 in conference play, neither of these teams can afford another loss; particularly Wisconsin, which sits at 1-2 in Big Ten play (those two losses being to Michigan and Ohio State, of course). A loss for the Badgers basically eliminates them from Big Ten title consideration, while a win for Iowa would leave it in control of its destiny, as it will finish the season against Nebraska. It'll be interesting to see how Wisconsin plays in this game, as it's coming in off two tough games against Michigan and Ohio State, and the body blow theory suggests they could be ripe for an upset (it's favored) here. Iowa, on the other hand, is somewhat difficult to read. The Hawkeyes have rebounded from a loss to Northwestern with two straight road wins, but they came against Minnesota and Purdue. In fact, the Minnesota win is the most impressive victory the Hawkeyes have this year. Beating Wisconsin would prove something.
No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama -- 3:30 p.m., CBS: The biggest matchup of the weekend, bar none. Alabama has been dominant, as it typically is, but this game should provide the toughest test it has faced since Ole Miss last month. Both the Crimson Tide and Aggies enter this game tied for first in the SEC West at 4-0, and the winner has a huge advantage in the division race. The Tide is coming off a blowout win over rival Tennessee, but Texas A&M has the benefit of coming into this game off a bye, affording them an extra week to prepare for the behemoth that is Alabama. The Aggies also have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, particularly on defense. Another interesting subplot? A&M quarterback Trevor Knight could become the first quarterback to beat a Nick Saban-led Alabama team twice. Knight's first win came as a member of the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.
No. 17 Arkansas at No. 21 Auburn -- 6 p.m., ESPN: It certainly feels like there's a dichotomy in the SEC West between Alabama, Texas A&M and everybody else, but the truth is, Auburn's a win over Arkansas away from being right back in the division race. Arkansas, meanwhile, would need a whole lot of help to get to the top of the division considering it's already lost to both Alabama and A&M, but you know this is a team that feels good about itself after beating Ole Miss last week. This game has the potential to be a high-scoring, exciting affair.
No. 2 Ohio State at Penn State -- 8 p.m., ABC: There are a lot of remarkable stats about Urban Meyer's tenure at Ohio State. It's not just that he's 56-4 in his first 60 games with the Buckeyes, or that he's 35-2 in Big Ten play. The stat that makes me shake my head more than any other is that every one of Urban's regular season losses at Ohio State has come at home in Columbus. After beating Wisconsin in overtime last week, the Buckeyes are now 20-0 on the road under Meyer. Which would seem to be bad news for a Penn State team that hasn't beaten Ohio State since 2011! Having said that, the last time Ohio State came to Happy Valley in 2014, it needed two overtimes to beat the Nittany Lions, and Penn State comes into this game off a bye, while Ohio State was scratching and clawing just to survive last week. So, who knows? This one could get weird.
No. 23 Ole Miss at No. 25 LSU -- 9 p.m., ESPN: Another fun little fact that I haven't mentioned yet. There are seven teams in the SEC West, and six of them are currently ranked in the AP poll, and all of them are playing one another this week (if you hadn't noticed). Of course, Ole Miss is ranked with a 3-3 record, so maybe it shouldn't be, but it is. Either way, whichever team loses this game won't be ranked next week. Obviously, at 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the SEC, Ole Miss really needs another win this week, but it won't come easily. LSU has played pretty well under Ed Orgeron, and word is that Leonard Fournette will be back on the field this week.