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For the foreseeable future my Saturdays in the fall are consumed by college football. I often include a second, and sometimes third screen in my day, and this year will be no exception. Be that as it may, I figured a good way to preview the college football weekends would be to go through the day and say what I plan to watch on each screen.
Thursday, September 27th
Stanford at Washington (8 pm/ESPN) – Stanford is in the top 10 and has to prove they belong there. On the road on Thursday night and national television is tough. Washington is probably not very good but this is no cupcake. I expect it to be closer than expected.
Friday, September 28th
Hawaii at Brigham Young (7 pm/ESPN) – Only game this Friday. Probably could find something better to do. Seriously.
Saturday, September 29th
Baylor at West Virginia (11 am/FX) – This is quite possibly the game of the day. West Virginia looks like a big time team and QB Geno Smith is probably the favorite for the Heisman right now. Baylor is good, but not great. This is game is definitely going to play a role in the Big 12 race.
Penn St. at Illinois (11 am/ESPN) – Penn St. is gaining some steam and I have enjoyed watching them. Illinois doesn’t look very good but I haven’t really watched them yet.
Indiana vs. Northwestern (11 am/BTN) – Northwestern is 4-0 with three of those wins coming against BCS schools. They can’t look ahead to next week in Happy Valley if they want to prove they are legit. A convincing win this week likely gets them in the top 25.
Ohio St. vs. Michigan St. (2:30 pm/ABC) – Ohio St. is one of the reasons I think the polls shouldn’t exist until after week 4 or 5. They are #14 but haven’t really beaten anyone of note. This week should give us an idea of how they really are.
Tennessee at Georgia (2:30 pm/CBS) – Classic “trap” game1. Georgia has their big SEC East showdown with South Carolina next week. Tennessee hasn’t looked great but you never know the SEC. I think they at least keep it close.
Clemson at Boston College (2:30 pm/ESPN2) – No other top 25 team is playing in the afternoon. They need to bounce back from choking away a lead against Florida St. If they want to get back in the hunt in the ACC they have to keep winning.
Texas vs. Oklahoma St. (6:50 pm/Fox) – Texas, like Ohio St. haven’t played anyone of note. The line in this game is only Texas −2.5. Usually when it seems that out of whack there is a reason. Either Texas proves they are the real deal or they are exposed as massively overrated.
Wisconsin at. Nebraska (7 pm/ABC) – Preseason this looked like a big one, but Wisconsin has not looked good. Nebraska on the other hand might be the favorite in the Legends Division at this point. Prime time against an at least decent Big 10 team means something.
South Carolina at Kentucky (6:00 pm/ESPN2) – Like Georgia, they can’t get caught looking ahead. Plus this is a chance to watch Heisman hopeful Marcus Lattimore who seems to be ramping up as the season moves on.
Did I miss any games you will be watching?
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