Six weeks down and just over 13 more to go for the 2016-17 college football season.
If you read last week's column, you were probably a very satisfied individual as Tennessee-Texas A&M lived up to the hype as the No. 1 game to watch. The Vols shook off yet another slow start and tested their luck once again in the fourth quarter, somehow managing to erase a 14-point deficit with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.
Unfortunately, the magic ended, as they lost in overtime 45-38 and fell to 5-1 on the season, while the Aggies improved to 6-0 and have officially become the real deal -- they are now the biggest threat to dethrone Alabama in the SEC (though Auburn looks to make a run, too).
Now that we've hit Week 7 of the 2016 campaign, conference play is in full swing and every game matters. Here are the top 10 best games that you should be watching this weekend:
Arizona State at Colorado - Saturday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. ET (PAC12)
Both teams enter with a combined 9-3 record, which most would consider to be above any preseason expectations. Either way, coming out on top would catapult the winner into first place in the Pac-12 South, making it a prime contender for the division.
Nebraska at Indiana - Saturday, Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2)
I was one of the few to pick Nebraska as the Big Ten West favorite this past August and even had the Cornhuskers in my preseason top 25. I'm not 100 percent sold on putting them in my top 10 just yet -- much like the AP has done -- but a strong performance in Bloomington would help push me in that direction.
NC State at Clemson - Saturday, Oct. 15, noon ET (ABC)
If it weren't for a heartbreaking Week 2 loss at East Carolina, Dave Doeren's NC State crew would be sitting at 5-0 entering this contest with undefeated Clemson. Instead, the Wolfpack are 4-1 with back-to-back wins against Wake Forest and Notre Dame. Is this a trap game for the Tigers?
Ole Miss at Arkansas - Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
These teams totaled 105 points during last season's overtime barn-burner in Oxford, which resulted in a 53-52 win for Arkansas. Watching the scoreboard hit triple digits is always fun, and there's potential for a repeat performance on Saturday night.
Wake Forest at Florida State - Saturday, Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Wake Forest is 5-1. This is not a drill; I repeat, Wake Forest is 5-1. Do I have your attention? The Demon Deacons haven't won five games in a full season since 2012 and need just one more to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. The program hasn't been this hot since it started 5-1 in what resulted in an 11-3 Orange Bowl appearance a decade ago. Beating Florida State on the road probably isn't where it earns win No. 6 this season, but still ... Wake Forest, y'all.
UCLA at Washington State - Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Mike Leach has Wazzu in position to compete with Washington for the Pac-12 North and UCLA desperately needs a win to stay in contention for the South. This game has some seriously underrated value.
West Virginia at Texas Tech - Saturday, Oct. 15, noon ET (FS1)
Dana Holgorsen vs. Kliff Kingsbury. This one could hit 80 points ... by halftime.
North Carolina at Miami - Saturday, Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2)
Even with the heartbreaking, 20-19 loss to Florida State, it's clear that a storm is brewing in South Beach under coach Mark Richt. But how Miami responds after getting beat to its most hated rival for a seventh straight year will be key in determining how the rest of the season plays out; the Hurricanes are 7-9 after FSU week since 2013.
Alabama at Tennessee - Saturday, Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
This one needs no explanation. A win would give Alabama its 10th in a row against Tennessee; a win for the Vols would put them back in contention for a College Football Playoff run. You're not missing this game, plain and simple.
Ohio State at Wisconsin - Saturday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Ohio State is trying to make its case for being the No. 1 team in the country, and beating a stout Wisconsin team on the road would add some padding to that argument. The last time these two met (also on a national stage) didn't go over so well for the Badgers when they were completely overwhelmed in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game, 59-0.