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There are a lot of teams we want to see lose this weekend. Or at least suck really bad.

New Mexico State v Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin apparently is entitled to lose football games because, hey, schedule.
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Outrage. Anger. Consternation. Indignation. Indifference. SEC Bias!

Our cumulative reactions to the decision of the CFP Committee to list UW #5 in the first release of the playoff seeding rankings ran the gamut. If there were ever a need for a rooting guide, now is the time.

Luckily for you, I am here to guide my fellow Husky fans through the quagmire that is the race for the playoffs. Though the parts are many, the premise is simple. We want anybody that can boost UW’s strength of schedule to win and anybody within one game of a potential one-loss, Pac-12 UW team to lose.

Got it? Good.

Week 10 Rooting Guide

Arizona at #25 WSU

The Cougs have three games left before the Apple Cup: vs Arizona, vs Cal, at Colorado. If you think that there are two losses in there, then you are rooting for the Cougs to get them. UW can’t go to the playoffs if they aren’t Pac-12 champs. They can’t be champs if they don’t go to the Pac-12 championship game. The easiest path there is to take the outcome of the Apple Cup out of the equation.

If you think that there is no chance of WSU dropping two of the next three, or if you think that there is a greater chance of UW losing one of their next three than WSU dropping two of their next three, then yes, we want them to run the whole damn table. A ranked WSU team that we could defeat in the Apple Cup would help our one-loss resume.

Oregon at USC

USC’s chance of winning the South is still very alive despite Colorado’s win on Thursday. So, yeah, let’s root for USC to beat Oregon, get ranked and then get spanked by UW next week in Seattle.

#4 Texas A&M at Mississippi State

The Bulldogs don’t look like much of a match for the Aggies on paper. However, don’t be fooled. Dan Mullen runs a very similar offense in Stark-vegas to what Kevin Sumlin runs at TAMU. The Bulldog defense will have had practice in preparing for the Aggies. I don’t think a Miss State win is likely, but it is in enough question to root for. At the very least, a competitive game that goes into the fourth quarter might remind the committee of how mediocre TAMU has actually been all year against mediocre competition (hello, UCLA).

#8 Wisconsin at Northwestern

The Wildcats have surged the last several weeks. The only blemishes on the schedule since their disastrous opening two weekends are an 11-point loss to an undefeated Nebraska and a four-point loss to Ohio State last week. Think of these guys as the Cougs of the Big 10. I like their matchup against Wisconsin and I think that they are going to upset the Badgers straight up. A loss by Wisconsin might take them out of the equation for the West title, and that wouldn’t be a bad thing. Root for the Wildcats.

Syracuse at #2 Clemson

There isn’t much standing between Clemson and the ACC crown now. The only thing that we can hope for is that the Tigers continue their trend of playing down to competition such as Troy and NC State. They are favored by 26.5 points to a 4-4 Syracuse team. All we need to root for is another sloppy effort and close outcome.

#1 Alabama at #13 LSU

At this point, we don’t want anything to do with a possible upstart taking the SEC crown from Alabama. That would definitely open the door for a two-SEC team playoff situation, so let’s root for Alabama. Though, if they get a little beat up, that wouldn’t be too horrible.

#10 Nebraska at #6 Ohio State

The Cornhuskers can do UW a huge favor here and eliminate any thought of Ohio State becoming a one-loss competitive threat to UW. If they can go on the road and take out the Buckeyes, they could effectively eliminate Ohio State from the Big Ten championship race no matter the outcome of the Michigan game on 11/26 (assuming Michigan keeps winning). That sounds pretty good to me. Root for Nebraska here.

#11 Florida at Arkansas

The Gators at 6-1 are quickly becoming a real threat as a one-loss playoff contender. Similar to the argument against LSU, we don’t want Florida to be an upset in the SEC championship game away from making Alabama a second SEC playoff team. They need to lose one more along the way if not two. Arkansas can definitely get the job done at home.

#7 Louisville at Boston College

Of course, we want Louisville to struggle in this one. Their résumé continues to take hits as they struggle with lesser competition, but they keep finding ways to win. It is hard seeing BC providing any resistance here, but if they did, all the better.

Maryland at #3 Michigan

Jim Harbaugh’s résumé is already so good that we are better off rooting for the Wolverines to go ahead and win out. Anything that puts their Big Ten title at risk is probably bad news for the Huskies. Go Blue.

How To Watch College Football – Week 10

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Navy vs. Notre Dame (in Jacksonville, FL) 11:30 am CBS / CBSSports.com
(4) Texas A&M at Mississippi State 12:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
(7) Louisville at Boston College 12:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(8) Wisconsin at Northwestern 12:00 p.m. ABC / ESPN3
Vanderbilt at (9) Auburn 12:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Texas at Texas Tech 12:00 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Michigan State at Illinois 12:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Indiana at Rutgers 12:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Georgia Southern at Ole Miss 12:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Air Force at Army 12:00 p.m. CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Georgia Tech at (21) North Carolina 12:30 pm ACCN (split) / WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Miami (FL) 12:30 pm ACCN (split) / WatchESPN
UTSA at Middle Tennessee 2:30 pm ESPN3
Virginia at Wake Forest 3:00 pm RSN / WatchESPN
Syracuse at (2) Clemson 3:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
Maryland at (3) Michigan 3:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
(11) Florida at Arkansas 3:30 pm CBS / CBSSports.com
TCU at (17) Baylor 3:30 pm FOX / FS Go
(18) Oklahoma State at Kansas State 3:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
(19) Virginia Tech at Duke 3:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Oregon State at Stanford 3:30 pm FS1 / FS Go
Purdue at Minnesota 3:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
BYU at Cincinnati 3:30 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Charlotte at Southern Miss 3:30 pm ASN/MASN
Florida Atlantic at Rice 3:30 pm ESPN3
Fresno State at Colorado State 3:30 pm ROOT SPORTS / MWN
Texas State at Appalachian State 3:30 pm ESPN3
UMass at Troy 3:30 pm ESPN3
Arizona at (25) Washington State 4:00 pm Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Missouri at South Carolina 4:00 pm SECN / WatchESPN
Tennessee Tech at Tennessee 4:00 pm SECN Alt. / WatchESPN
Memphis at SMU 4:00 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Idaho at UL Lafayette 5:00 pm ESPN3
South Alabama at ULM 5:00 pm ESPN3
Tulane at UCF 5:00 pm ESPN3
FIU at Western Kentucky 5:30 pm beIN Sports / beIN Sports Connect
Louisiana Tech at North Texas 5:30 pm ESPN3
Kansas at (20) West Virginia 7:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(22) Florida State at NC State 7:00 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Oregon at USC 7:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Hawaii at San Diego State 7:00 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Marshall at Old Dominion 7:00 pm ASN/MASN / CUSA.TV
Iowa at (12) Penn State 7:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Georgia at Kentucky 7:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
(1) Alabama at (13) LSU 8:00 pm CBS / CBSSports.com
(10) Nebraska at (6) Ohio State 8:00 pm ABC / ESPN3
East Carolina at Tulsa 8:00 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Houston Baptist at UTEP 8:00 pm CUSA.TV
Utah State at Wyoming 10:15 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Nevada at New Mexico 10:15 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
(5) Washington at California 10:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN