Every Friday, theScore will preview the week's best matchups on the college football calendar. Here are the top games to watch in Week 15.
With No. 1 Alabama already in the SEC title game next week versus Florida, Saturday's objective at Arkansas is staying as healthy as possible. Both Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith have a great opportunity to pad their stats for potential runs at the Heisman against the Razorbacks' defense. The Crimson Tide lead all Power 5 programs in scoring this season with almost 50 points per game and should have no issue lighting up the scoreboard in Fayetteville.
The annual Army-Navy game usually has the college football calendar to itself, but with COVID-19 forcing schedule changes, the contest will be played amongst a full slate of matchups. It will also take place on campus at West Point instead of the usual neutral site, marking the first time since 1943 one of the schools played host. Navy hammered its rival last year 31-7, but Army certainly comes into the game in much better shape this campaign. The Black Knights sit an impressive 7-2 on the season and their balanced rushing attack should prevail over the 3-6 Midshipmen. Regardless of the score, the scenes from Michie Stadium should be incredible.
Clemson and Notre Dame might be playing for the ACC title next weekend, but Saturday's North Carolina-Miami matchup is an outstanding undercard for the conference. The Tar Heels feature the most explosive offense in the conference, while the Hurricanes have one of the best defenses in the ACC. The way Miami's vaunted defensive front handles prolific quarterback Sam Howell will go a long way towards winning this one. Howell threw for 264 yards and two scores in last year's narrow three-point victory over the Hurricanes.
Just like Alabama, Florida has already booked its trip to the SEC championship contest next weekend. And also like the Crimson Tide, this game is likely about staying healthy and helping Kyle Trask put up some stats for the Heisman race. The prolific signal-caller leads the country with a whopping 38 touchdown passes this season and faces a Tigers defense fresh off allowing Alabama's Jones to throw for 385 yards and four touchdowns last week. Regardless of the outcome, LSU is set for its worst season in terms of winning percentage since 1999.
The annual battle of Los Angeles takes place this Saturday with both USC and UCLA coming in on hot streaks. The Trojans enter with a perfect 4-0 record, while the Bruins swept the Arizona schools in their last games. The two programs are among the Pac-12 leaders in offense but go about their business in very different ways: UCLA piles up over 225 yards per game on the ground while star quarterback Kedon Slovis leads USC's potent passing attack. Whichever defense rises to the occasion best will likely decide this one.