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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, October 10th
Rutgers at Louisville (6:30 pm/ESPN) – After losing in OT in week 1 to what appears to be a good Fresno St. team, Rutgers has run off four straight wins, including an upset or Arkansas. Now they get a chance to really make an impact against a top 10 Louisville team that is undefeated. Meanwhile Teddy Bridgewater has the spotlight basically all to him on Thursday night.
Friday, October 11th
Tempe at Cincinnati (7:30 pm/ESPN) – The only game in town this Friday. This one is rough to say the least. Temple is 0–5 including a home loss to Fordham. Cincinnati has looked shaky with their best win coming against Purdue and two losses against mediocre AQ schools Illinois and South Florida. Hard to get excited for this one.
Saturday, October 12th
Missouri at Georgia (11 am/ESPN) – It’s not often this kind of marquee game makes it to the 11 AM timeslot, but here it is. Missouri is quietly 5–0. but that happens when your best wins are Indiana and Vanderbilt. This starts a three game run against Georgia, Florida and South Carolina that will show what the Tigers are. Georgia barely survived the letdown game at Tennessee, and needs this one to pretty much just leave Florida as their only hurdle to the SEC title game.
Oklahoma vs. Texas (11 am/ABC) – Definitely not the game people thought it was preseason, but the Mack Brown death watch is on, and Oklahoma still needs to show people they are a real championship contender. All of the intrigue here mostly lies with Texas avoiding a beatdown.
South Carolina at Arkansas (11 am/ESPN3) – The Brett Bielma era still lacks a signature win. With Alabama looming next, Arkansas has to start working about going oh-fer in the SEC this year. Meanwhile South Carolina has to put the off-field shenanigans behind them and win this road game.
Oregon at Washington (3:00 pm/Fox Sports 1) – Game of the day kicks off in the later afternoon. Oregon has been steamrolling people so far (the fewest points they have scored is 55 and the most they have allowed is 16!) but none of their wins are as impressive as the names on the other jerseys appear. This is their 2nd or 3rd toughest game all season, and all signs point to either an Oregon romp or an upset. Washington looks like one of the better 1-loss teams in the country, but doesn’t have a significant win yet.
Florida at LSU (2:30 pm/CBS) – ESS-EEE-SEE!!!! Florida is still undefeated in the SEC and has looked really solid on defense every game this season. LSU’s offense has looked solid, and their only loss was a shootout to Georgia on the road. A loss for LSU gives Alabama a nice cushion in the SEC West, so this is almost must-win for them.
Baylor at Kansas St. (2:30 pm/Fox) – Lots of decent options here. I personally will be rocking the Michigan game. But the Baylor game is a great option. They have scored at least 69 points in all four of their games. With Iowa St. and Kansas on deck, they would conceivably keep the streak alive for the first 7 games.
Texas A&M at Ole Miss (7:30 pm/ESPN) – Maybe the weakest night slate of the season, Ole Miss is just outside the top 25 and a team on the rise, but coming off two tough road losses. Texas A&M, obviously, has Johnny Manziel. Ole Miss has two conference losses and one is to Alabama, meaning it’s almost impossible for them to reach the SEC title game at this point. So all they can do is play spoiler.
California at UCLA (9:30 pm/ESPN2) – Really rough night slate. Brett Hundley is fun to watch, it’s too bad it’s always so late at night. California has had a rough schedule, but they don’t seem to be able to stop anyone from scoring, so Hundley could have a big game. Unfortunately no one will see it.
Did I miss any games you will be watching?