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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.
A new feature this week features the list of all remaining FBS undefeated teams on who they play this week. There are 23 teams that are undefeated. [X] play each other this week, so we will see at most [Y] remaining next week.
ACC 1. Florida St. – On the road at unranked NC State. Not a gimme, but they are in good shape
1. Kansas St. – Hosting in-state rival Kansas. Should win easily
2. TCU – At home against Iowa St. TCU hasn’t looked lights out so you never know
3. Texas and West Virginia – Big showdown this week 4. (see above) 5. Texas Tech – Huge home game against Oklahoma. Someone is exposed as a fraud at this one
Big East 1. Rutgers – At home against UConn, should be a win 2. Cincinnati – Home against Miami of the MAC. Must win 3. Louisville – On the road against Pitt, very winnable
Big Ten 1. Northwestern – On the road against PSU; toughest challenge to date 2. Ohio St. – At home against Nebraska, one of the big games this week
Independent 1. Notre Dame – At home against Miami (FL) after a by week
MAC 1. Ohio – At home against Buffalo, should cruise
Pac-12 1. Oregon – At home against a solid Washington team; won’t be a slam dunk 2. Oregon St. – At home against anemic Washington St.
SEC 1. Georgia/South Carolina – One of the two biggest games of the week; should decide SEC East favorite 2. see above 3. Florida/LSU – The other biggest game of the week; someone emerges as #2 SEC team 4. see above 5. Alabama – Bye week; should crush Missouri next week 6. Mississippi St. – On the road against Kentucky; should remain the most under the radar SEC team until @Bama on 10/27
WAC 1. UTSA – On the road against Rice, should win 2. Louisiana Tech – At home against woeful UNLV
Thursday, October 4th
USC at Utah (8 pm/ESPN) – Before the season started I thought this was going to be a big showdown and one of USC’ first challenges. Now Utah looks bad and USC hasn’t been as lights out as we thought. On the road on Thursday night though, always a change for an upset.
Saturday, October 6th
Northwestern at Penn St. (11 am/ESPN) – Tough morning slate. Northwestern is the only bowl eligible Big Ten team without a loss and this is their first real chance to get noticed. Penn St. has won three in a row and Happy Valley is always a tough place to play.
Kansas at Kansas St. (11 am/FX) – Shouldn’t be a close one, but Collin Klein is on the short list for the Heisman right now, which makes him must watch
Navy vs. Air Force (10:30 am/CBS) – The service academies are the only teams in the country everyone should be required to root for. When they play each other, I guess you can’t really root for one specifically.
LSU at Florida (2:30 pm/CBS) – It’s my #2 game of the day only because these two teams aren’t in the same division. LSU has looked shaky, and this is a tough road game. I predict the winner of this game will be #2 in the country on Sunday.
Oklahoma at Texas Tech (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – Texas Tech is quietly 4-0 and playing beyond expectations. This is a big chance for them to prove they are legit.
Michigan at Purdue (2:30 pm/BTN) – I know I am biased, but there aren’t a lot of other choices here. Purdue is in a position to finish 3rd and still make the Big Ten championship, this win will go a long way toward showing whether that’s realistic.
Georgia vs. South Carolina (6 pm/ESPN) – This game will likely eliminate one of these two teams from SEC East contention. Both are the top 6 and this is a chance to see who is really a top 5 team. Should be a great one.
West Virginia at Texas (6 pm/Fox) – The top two teams in the Big 12 collide with the winner vaulting into serious National Championship consideration. Can’t wait for this one.
Nebraska at Ohio St. (7:00 pm/ABC) – Any other week this game would be ranked higher. But this is a really huge week. Nebraska could use this night road win to get back on people’s radar.
Did I miss any games you will be watching?