CLEVELAND, Ohio — The trap door is open for several AP Top 25 teams, hoping not to fall through to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. No. 5 and undefeated Wisconsin (10-0) hosts No. 19 Michigan (8-2) in a game that is conceivably a trap for both.
The Badgers are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. But No. 1 and undefeated Alabama (10-0) is starting to fray around the edges, while No. 2 Miami (9-0), No. 3 Oklahoma (9-1) and No. 4 Clemson (9-1) can’t afford a late-season setback that could open the door for the Badgers.
Michigan is not in the national or Big Ten title chase but the Wolverines are one week away from playing rival Ohio State (8-2). They certainly don’t want to go into that game with the taste of defeat.
No. 9 Notre Dame (8-2) hosts Navy (6-3) looking to get back on the winning track after that humbling loss last week at Miami in the only other Top 10 game of consequence.
There is one rivalry game in the Top 25, No. 12 Southern Cal (9-2) hosting unranked UCLA (5-5).
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Saturday’s AP Top 25 games (all times Eastern):
No. 1 Alabama vs. Mercer, Noon, SECNet
No. 2 Miami vs. Virginia, Noon, ABC
No. 3 Oklahoma at Kansas, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
No. 4 Clemson vs. The Citadel, 12:20 p.m., ACCNet
No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 19 Michigan, Noon, Fox
No. 6 Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Noon, ESPN2
No. 7 Georgia vs. Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., CBS
No. 8 Ohio State vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m., ABC
No. 9 Notre Dame vs. Navy, 3:30 p.m., NBC
No. 10 Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
No. 11 TCU at Texas Tech, Noon, FS1
No. 12 Southern Cal vs. UCLA, 8 p.m., ESPNU
No. 13 Penn State vs. Nebraska, 4 p.m., FS1
No. 14 UCF at Temple, Noon, ESPNU
No. 16 Washington vs. Utah, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
No. 17 Mississippi State at Arkansas, Noon, CBS
No. 18 Memphis vs. SMU, Noon, ESPN News
No. 20 Stanford vs. California, 8 p.m., Fox
No. 21 LSU at Tennessee, 7 p.m., ESPN
No. 22 Michigan State vs. Maryland, 4 p.m., Fox
No. 24 West Virginia vs. Texas, Noon, ESPN
No. 25 NC State at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU