College Football – Week 9 Preview

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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.

Unbeaten Watch

Here is the list of all remaining FBS undefeated teams on who they play this week. There are 11 teams that are undefeated after 1 lost last week. 2 play each other this week too.

  1. Kansas St. – Womped West Virginia. Tough game against Texas Tech but at home
  2. Rutgers – At home vs. Kent St. Good chance to stay here
  3. Louisville – At home against formerly undefeated Cincinnati
  4. Ohio St. – Held on against Indiana. Purdue should go better
  5. Notre Dame – Huge game on the road against Oklahoma
  6. Ohio – At Miami (OH) this week. Should win
  7. Oregon – Should win in another rout against Colorado this week
  8. Oregon St. – Night game at Washington. Not a gimme.
  9. Florida – Huge game against Georgia this week
  10. Alabama – Also huge game against Mississippi St. this week
  11. Mississippi St. – See above
  12. Cincinnati – Lost to Toledo

Friday, October 26th

Main Screen
Cincinnati at Louisville (7 pm/ESPN) – A week ago this looked like it was going to be a matchup of two undefeated teams. Then Cincinnati went and lost to Toldeo. Still a decent one.

Saturday, October 20th

Morning

Main Screen
Tennessee at South Carolina (11 am/ESPN) – Really tough selection in the morning. This game has appeal because if Tennessee loses they go to 0-5 in the SEC and Derek Dooley might get fired. Meanwhile, South Carolina beat Georgia and still has a longshot at winning the SEC East.

Second Screen
Iowa at Northwestern (11 am/ESPN2) – Might be some Big Ten bias here, but Northwestern has to win to stay in the Big Ten title hunt. Iowa needs to prove they are a Big Ten contender by winning this road game.

Afternoon

Main Screen
Georgia vs. Florida (2:30 pm/CBS) – The afternoon is where the best Saturday of the season really kicks off. Florida can lock up the SEC East with a win and prove they are as good as advertised. Georgia could win and with two easy SEC games left (Ole Miss and Auburn) take control of the SEC East.

Second Screen
Texas Tech at Kansas St. (2:30 pm/Fox) – Texas Tech’s loss to Oklahoma looks better by the day, and after whooping West Virginia and squeaking by TCU this is a huge chance for them to get back into the Big 12 race. Meanwhile Kansas St. can continue to prove their legitimacy. Oh, and Collin Klein, who is now the frontrunner for the Heisman.

Third Screen
USC at Arizona (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – Arizona is 1-3 in the Pac 12 and USC seems to be hitting their stride, but this is an earlier than usual game on the west coast and Arizona puts up a ton of points. If USC wins this one, it sets up an epic game against Oregon next week where someone’s National Championship hopes might die.

Then…

Ohio St. at Penn St. (4:30 pm/ESPN) – Cheating a bit here because A) there are three other games I want for the night slate, and B) there is a good chance one of the games above will be a stinker. Neither of these teams are eligible for the postseason, but they are two of the top four (at worst) Big Ten teams, and both would likely be in the Top 25 of the BCS if they could be. Much bigger game for Penn St., who can prove how good they really are and don’t want to lose at home.

Evening

Main Screen
Notre Dame at Oklahoma (7 pm/Fox) – Thankfully there is a little bit of a break before the amazing night slate. Notre Dame’s defense has looked great, but their offense is a little suspect. Oklahoma is strong on both sides of the ball and have been playing really well since losing to Kansas St. on September 22nd. They are easily the best one-loss team in the country and this is going to be a very tough game for Notre Dame. That being said, a win here should put them in a position to play USC on November 24th with a spot in the National Championship on the line.

Second Screen
Mississippi St. at Alabama (7:30 pm/ESPN) – Mississippi St. has to be the most under the radar undefeated team in the country. This would be a program changing win if they pulled this off. The problem is that even if they do Texas A&M and LSU are there in consecutive weeks. Speaking of LSU, Bama can’t get caught looking ahead, but Saban coached teams rarely do.

Third Screen
Michigan at Nebraska (7 pm/ESPN2) – I know the Wolverines are my guys, but this is really probably for the top spot in the Big Ten. People forget that Michigan’s only two losses are Alabama (on a neutral site) and Notre Dame (in South Bend). If Michigan pulls this one off, they have three winnable games and could head to Columbus 7-0 in the Big Ten and in the top 15. Meanwhile Nebraska is hoping to keep their Big Ten hopes alive, as a loss puts them two games behind Michigan.

Did I miss any games you will be watching?