It’s the second week in a row that college football doesn’t feature any real spotlight games. Hell, as far as sex appeal is concerned, this week might be worse than the last. At least we had one game between ranked teams last Saturday, but we aren’t being afforded the same privilege this week. Still, what the schedule lacks in headliner acts, it makes up for it with depth. It’s like an outdoor concert festival that will keep you busy throughout the day, even if you don’t know any of the bands currently on stage.
(in Dallas) — ESPN, 3:30 p.m.: The biggest game of the day is one of the best rivalries in the sport, but the game loses some steam with Oklahoma losing to
Iowa State Cyclones
last week. Had Oklahoma come into this one undefeated, it would feel like there’s so much more on the line. There is still plenty at stake, however. Oklahoma can survive one loss, but it cannot take another if it wants to hold onto any realistic hope of a playoff berth. As for Tom Herman, what better way to endear yourself to your new adoring fan base than by beating your biggest rival?
at LSU — CBS, 3:30 p.m.: By virtue of its close loss to
and a couple of blowout wins over
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Ole Miss Rebels
, Auburn has been deemed one of the good teams in the SEC, but I’d like to see a little more proof of this. If Auburn truly wants to be considered a challenger to
Alabama Crimson Tide
in the West, and on the same level as
to the East, then it should trounce an
team that barely scraped by Florida last week and lost at home to
two weeks ago. This will be the week we find out if Auburn is serious or not.
TCU Horned Frogs
Kansas State Wildcats
— FS1, Noon: Being the hot team in the Big 12 this season has been a dangerous position. Earlier this year it was
Oklahoma State Cowboys
garnering all the attention, and then the Cowboys lost to TCU. After that, it was Oklahoma who was the Big 12’s best until it lost to Iowa State. Now we all turn our eyes to TCU, which hits the road for an early start against Kansas State in Manhattan. Beware, Frogs of the horned variety. Bill Snyder and Kansas State have a habit of destroying dreams in the heartland.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
at No. 11 Miami — ABC, 3:30 p.m.: This is low-key one of the best games of the day and a possible upset spot. Miami finally slew the
Florida State Seminoles
giant last week, but now it has to deal with a Georgia Tech team that’s always a pain in the butt to deal with. I worry that the Hurricanes could be in a classic letdown spot here, and considering these two teams have looked to be the best squads in the ACC Coastal so far, this is a pivotal tussle for both.
at No. 13
Southern California Trojans
— ABC, 8 p.m.: If you like turnovers, this just might be the kerfuffle you’re looking for. The Trojans rank fifth nationally in turnovers forced, while the Utes are right behind them in seventh. And while both teams are adept at taking the ball away from opponents, they’re both prone to giving it right back at times too. All of which leads me to believe that this game could get weird and weird is fun.
Boise State Broncos
at No. 19
San Diego State Aztecs
— CBS Sports Network, 10:30 p.m.: San Diego State could easily be the best team in the country you haven’t watched play yet. If that’s the case, rectify this sad situation on Saturday night. The Aztecs host Boise State in what could be the last big test standing between the Aztecs and a 12-0 regular season. Also, if you’re a fantasy football player, get a sneak peek at Rashaad Penny before the rest of the owners in your league even hear his name.
- No. 24
Texas Tech Red Raiders
West Virginia Mountaineers
— ESPNU, Noon
Texas A&M Aggies
at Florida — ESPN2, 7 p.m.
- No. 9
Ohio State Buckeyes
— FS1, 7:30 p.m.
- No. 5
Arizona State Sun Devils
— ESPN, 10:45 p.m.