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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 12 teams that are undefeated after 4 lost last week.
1. Kansas St. – Snuck by Iowa St. this week. Tough road game at West Virginia this week.
West Virginia – Whooped by Texas Tech last week.
Big East 1. Rutgers – Survived Syracuse. On the road against Temple this week. 2. Cincinnati – Thumped Fordham. At 6-1 Toledo this week. 3. Louisville – Got by Pitt. Easy home game against hapless South Florida this week.
Big Ten 1. Ohio St. – Held on against Indiana. Purdue should go better.
Independent 1. Notre Dame – Keeps winning. BYU won’t be gimme, and might be trap game.
MAC 1. Ohio – Beat Akron. At Miami (OH) this week.
Pac-12 1. Oregon – Continue to look really good. At Arizona St. on Thursday night. 2. Oregon St. – Lost their QB and won at BYU anyway. Utah is an easier foe. Looks more legit each week.
South Carolina – LSU knocked them down this week.
2. Florida – Beat Vandy. Now two consecutive games (S. Car and UGA) that should decided SEC East.
3. Alabama – Can’t get caught looking ahead to Miss. St. But Tennessee is abysmal.
4. Mississippi St. – Have what should be an easy one at home against Middle Tennessee. Can’t get caught looking ahead to Bama.
UTSA – Embarrassing loss at Rice. End of their dream season.
2. Louisiana Tech – Loss a crazy game to Texas A&M. Will have to settle for winning the WAC.
Thursday, October 18th
Oregon at Arizona St. (8 pm/ESPN) – Oregon looks really, really good. But Thursday night’s on the road are always tough.
Saturday, October 20th
LSU at Texas A&M (11 am/ESPN) – Both of these teams remain alive in the SEC West race. But the loser is almost certainly done. LSU has a bye week after this before Bama, so no trap.
Purdue at Ohio St. (11 am/ABC or ESPN2) – A weak morning slate, but non-bowl eligible Ohio St. is still undefeated, and Braxton Miller is one of the top three Heisman frontrunners so far.
Virginia Tech at Clemson (11 am/ABC or ESPN2) – Clemson is almost certainly out of the national title race, but they are very much alive in the ACC race. Like I said, week slate.
South Carolina at Florida (2:30 pm/CBS) – Huge game for Florida to stay alive in the National Championship race. Easily the game of the day. Florida needs to get through South Carolina this week and Georgia next week and the SEC East should be theirs.
Texas Tech at TCU (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – Not quite the stakes people were hoping for before both these teams lost. But the winner of this game is still alive in the Big 12 race.
BYU at Notre Dame (2:30 pm/NBC) – Shouldn’t be trouble for a Notre Dame team that has played really well so far, but anyone that is skeptical about Notre Dame keeps waiting for them to falter.
Kansas St. at West Virginia (6 pm/Fox) – Not the big showdown it looked like two weeks ago, but this is a tough road game for Kansas St. But it also might be their toughest challenge for the rest of the season. Plus it’s two of the top three Heisman candidates (Klein and Smith) going head to head.
Alabama at Tennessee (6 pm/ESPN) – A pretty weak night slate without a second game to really get excited about. SEC road games aren’t cakewalks though.
Did I miss any games you will be watching?