After the Gators take care of business against FAU today (hopefully), all eyes will be turning toward next week's rivalry showdown in the swamp with Florida State. But before we get to that, there are other games of note, including a few with potential College Football Playoff implications, being played around the college football landscape this afternoon and evening.
Here are our picks for what to watch after Florida plays:
Afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern)
LSU at Mississippi (3:30 p.m., CBS): There aren't many games of importance in the SEC this week since several teams are playing cupcakes. This one still could theoretically impact the SEC West race, though. Both teams are looking to salvage their seasons after falling short of expectations, and both teams were last seen losing to Arkansas. Which one gets back on track here?
Michigan State at Ohio State (3:30 p.m., ABC): The Spartans' "interesting" loss to Nebraska took some of the shine off of this one. A one-loss Michigan State team would still control its destiny to the Big Ten Championship Game with a win over Ohio State, though. This was billed as the first real test for Urban Meyer's Buckeye squad this year, but if Connor Cook is potentially still injured, the Spartans could be in trouble.
Evening (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern)
Mississippi State at Arkansas (7:30 p.m., ESPN): Have I mentioned yet how I am not looking forward to the Gators traveling to Fayetteville to play Arkansas in November next year? Bret Bielema's team seems to finally click on all cylinders once the calendar changes to the eleventh month. Mississippi State is coming off a brutal loss to Alabama (and teams don't play well after playing the Tide, apparently) while Arkansas returns home after handily defeating LSU.
Baylor at Oklahoma State (7:30 p.m., FOX): The Big 12's back-loaded November continues. Baylor travels to Stillwater to face their second test of the season, after failing their first one against Oklahoma at home. Oklahoma State is undefeated and needs to take care of the Bears to set up a winner-take-all Bedlam matchup with the Sooners next weekend.
TCU at Oklahoma (8:00 p.m., ABC): Speaking of those Sooners, Oklahoma returns home after an impressive victory over Baylor to face the Horned Frogs. TCU suffered a disappointing loss to Oklahoma State andmay be without star quarterback and Heisman hopeful Trevone Boykin; at minimum, Foster Sawyer, who is apparently not a bro-country artist, will start in Boykin's place. TCU will also be without star wide receiver Josh Doctson, who is now out for the season. Meanwhile, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is on fire, and is potentially a Heisman hopeful himself.