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College Football Preview – Week 5

All times Central

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 26th

Evening

Main Screen
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (6:30 pm/ESPN) – Both teams are just outside of the top 25. Georgia Tech is coming off a big win against North Carolina, while Virginia Tech’s only loss is against Alabama, but they just squeezed past Marshall in three overtimes. A convincing win by Georgia Tech almost certainly lands them in the top 25. The triple option is always fun to watch.

Friday, September 27th

Probably nothing worth watching…

Saturday, September 28th

Morning

Main Screen
South Carolina at UCF (11 am/ABC) – Finally, a very solid week with multiple games at least worth keeping an eye on. UCF pulled off the upset at Penn St., and are probably better than anyone thinks. Road games are no cakewalks in college, and South Carolina needs an unblemished non-conference record if they want a BCS bid.

Second Screen
Oklahoma St. at West Virginia (11 am/ESPN) – West Virginia has lost to both FBS schools it’s played so far, including a 37–0 drubbing at the hands of Maryland. Oklahoma St. appears to be the cream of the Big 12 crop, but haven’t had much of a challenge yet. Coming off the buy week this one should be easy.

Third Screen
Northern Illinois at Purdue (11 am/ESPN2) – Northern Illinois is still undefeated, and might have their eyes on another BCS game if they can go undefeated. Non-conference wins, even against Purdue, will help. Purdue meanwhile, is 0–3 vs FBS schools, and in badly need of a win. They have a bye week next week so they can leave it all on the table.

Afternoon

Main Screen
LSU at Georgia (2:30 pm/CBS) – Easily the game of the day. Because these teams are in opposite devisions in the SEC, a loss here isn’t backbreaking for anyone. Georgia seems to be the favorite in the East, and a win here would likely lock that theory in for now. LSU definitely doesn’t have the quality win Georgia does, and that opening week victory against TCU seems forever ago. Should be a good one.

Second Screen
Oklahoma at Notre Dame (2:30 pm/NBC) – Notre Dame looks shaky. Close wins against Purdue and Michigan St. haven’t left their fans all too confident about how good this team is. Meanwhile Oklahoma hasn’t had a chance to show what it has with their only AQ game coming against a West Virginia team that now looks pretty lousy. OU has the advantage of bye week, and could knock ND from the top 25 with a win here.

Third Screen
Florida St. at Boston College (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – Florida St. is #8 in the country, but wins against Pitt and Nevada aren’t terribly impressive. Boston College doesn’t have a quality win either, and just suffered a lopsided loss to USC. But they are coming off a bye week, and that might be enough to make a game of this one somehow.

Evening

Main Screen
Ole Miss vs. Alabama (5:30 pm/ESPN) – Ole Miss is a very young team with a ton of potential superstars, and their fast start has made the SEC West by far the best division is college football. Ole Miss is coming off the bye week, but the fact that the are on the road doesn’t help. Ole Miss could breakthrough to the top echelon of teams if they could somehow pull off the upset. Meanwhile, Alabama could cement themselves as the best team on the country leading into a stretch of games against Georgia St., Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee, all of which they should win.

Second Screen
Wisconsin vs. Ohio St. (7 pm/ABC) – Essentially a Big Ten semifinal. Since Penn St. is ineligible and Indiana, Illinois and Purdue don’t look very good. Wisconsin’s controversial loss against Arizona St. hurt, but their prize is the Big Ten championship. This will be Ohio St.’s first real challenge, and Braxton Miller will need to show he’s healthy early if he wants to play this one out. Should be good.

Third Screen
Texas A&M at Arkansas (6:00 pm/ESPN2) – Johnny Manziel is always worth watching. A bye week next week means they have nothing to look ahead to. This is Brett Bielma’s first SEC game, and after losing their first real challenge against Rutgers last week, this one won’t be easy. With Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama to follow in consecutive weeks, things are about to get real tough for the Razorbacks.

Did I miss any games you will be watching?

College Football – Week 14 Preview

All times Central

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.

BCS Bowl Predictions

Rather than list the handful of unbeaten teams, this week will feature my predictions for BCS Bowls. This is based on the current BCS Standings (“if the season ended today”) and mostly focuses on where the at-large teams will end up. If you want information on how teams end up where, check out the official BCS procedures. Bold teams represent existing tie-ins, basically things I am not guessing.

  • BCS National ChampionshipNotre Dame vs. Alabama/Georgia
  • Fiesta BowlKansas St. vs. Oregon
  • Sugar Bowl – Florida vs. Rutgers
  • Orange BowlFlorida St./Georgia Tech vs. Kent St.
  • Rose BowlStanford/UCLA vs. Nebraska/Wisconsin

Thursday, November 29th

Evening

Main Screen Louisville at Rutgers (6:30 pm/ESPN) – This game will decide the Big East. Rutgers controls their destiny, but a Louisville win creates a logjam at the time where all kinds of tiebreakers come into play.

Friday, November 30th

Evening

Main Screen
UCLA at Stanford (7 pm/Fox) – The Pac 12 Championship features two teams no one thought would be here. UCLA had a huge season under new coach Jim L. Mora. Stanford upset Oregon and here they are. This is going to be an interesting game.

Second Screen
Northern Illinois vs. Kent St. (6 pm/ESPN2) – Who would have thought the MAC Championship would factor in to the BCS picture. Kent St. is 17th in the BCS standings and if they crack the top 16, and finish ahead of the Big East champ (which is a lock), they would automatically qualify for a BCS bowl. Even NIU has a shot to crack the top 16 if things fall their way. The Pac 12 champ could fall, as could Nebraska and Clemson if they lose their championship games.

Saturday, December 1st

Morning

Main Screen
Oklahoma at TCU (11 am/ESPN) – Oklahoma is still hoping for a shot at an at the Big 12 title or an at-large bid. If they win and Kansas St. loses, they will win the Big 12. As far as at-large bids go, they are definitely third behind Florida and Oregon in the pecking order (one would assume). If Kent St. (or NIU) doesn’t steal the last at-large bid, they are likely the best option.

Second Screen
Oklahoma St. at Baylor (11 am/FX) – Should be a high scoring Big 12 affair. Might also be Art Briles last game in Waco.

Afternoon

Main Screen
Alabama vs. Georgia (3 pm/CBS) – It’s unsurprising that the SEC Championship is going to serve as a de facto national semifinal. It’s also unsurprising that these are the two teams in the game. This should easily be the game of the weekend, especially with so much riding on it.

Evening

Main Screen
Texas at Kansas St. (7 pm/ABC) – Kansas St. will know before kickoff if they have already won the Big 12 title or need to win this game. That will definitely play a role. Collin Klein went from Heisman lock a few weeks ago, to pretty much an afterthought. Last impressions are always important, and with Mantei Te’o and Johnny Manziel not playing, Klein has a very long shot at getting back.

Second Screen
Nebraska at Wisconsin (7:17 pm/Fox) – Wisconsin goes back to the Big 10 Championship for the second time in a row, and these teams are playing a rematch of their September 29th meeting. Winner heads to the Rose Bowl, but other than that it’s not the best game in the world.

Third Screen
Florida St. at Georgia Tech (7 pm/ESPN) – The ACC Championship is definitely the low man on the championship list. And when your top two teams (North Carolina and Miami) are ineligible, things like 6-6 Georgia Tech happen. You have to kind of root for them to win, if only for the potential that four of the BCS teams could be: Georgia Tech (7-6), Kent St., anyone from the Big East and a 9-3 UCLA.

Did I miss any games you will be watching?

Mack Brown’s Possible Replacements

UPDATE (Sept. 10th 2013): There is a new version of this post for the 2013 season.

Darren Rovell tweeted Mack Brown’s buyout over the weekend. This after Brown’s Texas Longhorns suffered their second straight loss in an absolute beatdown at the hands of rival Oklahoma. After losing the National Championship to Alabama at the end of the 2009 season Texas went 5-7 and 8-5 (although only 4-5 in the Big 12 that second season). Despite a National Championship in 2005, and back-to-back one loss seasons, Longhorn fans have apparently had enough. This is of course ludicrous, but what else is new. Brown is owed a ridiculous amount of money over the rest of his contract, but can be bought out for just $3.5M this year, and it goes down each subsequent year. That latter point is what makes me think they are in no hurry to replace him, but it’s still fun to speculate.

Texas is a “destination job”. In other words, it basically means that the coach of this school wouldn’t leave to be the coach somewhere else (besides the NFL) unless he was fired. There are probably about a dozen schools that fall into this category besides Texas. Notre Dame, USC, Ohio St., Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida are no brainers. Michigan, Florida St., LSU, Georgia and maybe Penn St. probably are in the conversation as well. What is really means, is that almost no one would turn this job down.

I have comprised a list of 10 guys I think could get be on Texas’ radar, assuming they wouldn’t hire either of their top two assistants (Manny Diaz and Major Applewhite), which they might.

Art Briles – Baylor Head Coach

Art Briles is 56 and is a Texas native. He has coached in Texas his entire life, starting with high schools before being an assistant at Texas Tech for just two seasons. He then served as Houston’s head coach from 2003-2007. He has been the head coach in Waco for five seasons. This is a good way to summarize his success there:

Briles has won 13 Big 12 conference games in his four years as head coach. Baylor had won only 11 Big 12 conference games in the 12 seasons preceding his arrival.

Briles signed an extension last December with a significant pay bump, but I can’t find the years or buyout. It’s not likely that any buyout will be an issue for a school like Texas but you never know.

Mark Dantonio – Michigan St. Head Coach

Mark Dantonio is also 56, but grew up in Ohio and has no ties to Texas. It’s unclear to me whether he was ever a candidate for the Ohio St. job last year, but if he was he didn’t go for it. He is in his 6th season at Michigan St. and is coming off two 11-win seasons and two top 15 finishes.

Dantonio signed an extension last fall and has a $3.5M buyout and basically has a “lifetime” contract now because it includes an athletic department position after he retires.

It’s pretty say to say that he isn’t going anywhere, but Texas might kick the tires.

Pat Fitzgerald – Northwestern Head Coach

Pat Fitzgerald is 37 and one of the younger head coaches in the country. He has been Northwestern’s head coach since 2006 and it’s the only head coaching job he has had. He grew up outside of Chicago, went to Northwestern and is probably their greatest player ever. He is just a few wins shy of most coaching wins in team history in just his 7th season. He has taken them to four straight bowl games and a couple of winning Big Ten records.

Fitzgerald supposedly took his name out of the race for both the Notre Dame and Penn St. openings. I can’t see a situation where he would pass those up but consider Texas. He has no ties there either. It seems like an incredible longshot, but because of his age he is going to be a candidate for big time jobs for a while.

Al Golden – Miami Head Coach

Al Golden is 43 and in his second year as Miami’s (FL) head coach. He went to college at Penn St. and was an assistant on the east coast for a few years before taking the head job at Temple. If Golden had stayed one more year at Temple he likely would have been a lock to take the Penn St. job this past winter. Instead he muddled through a 6-6 first season and is 4-3 so far this season.

With all of the sanctions and issues at Miami, few would blame him for jumping ship. He has just three years remaining after this season, and if nothing else, could parlay a Texas offer into an extension at Miami. I think he would at least consider the job.

Dana Holgorsen – West Virginia Head Coach

Dana Holgorsen controversially took over at West Virginia when Bill Stewart was forced out. He is 41 and has no direct ties to Texas. He was an assistant at Texas Tech from 2000-2007, as well as two years at Houston as offensive coordinator. He just signed a six year contract in August of last year and might not want to move laterally to another Big 12 school with as much as he is being paid. With everything that led to his hiring, it seems unlikely he is at a point where he would leave, but he would have to give it some thought.

Chip Kelly – Oregon Head Coach

Chip Kelly grew up in New Hampshire and hasn’t coached anywhere but there and Oregon. He was Oregon’s offensive coordinator for just two seasons before getting the big job. All he has done so far is win three Pac 12 titles and a Rose Bowl, and lost one National Championship team. He is 6-0 so far this season.

Even now, it’s hard to call Oregon a destination job, but in a few years Kelly could make it that. There were rumors Kelly was in the hunt for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job, and might even have backed out at the last minute. At only 48, he will likely get more NFL offers. At this point, I think that is the only thing he leaves for. He has a good gig at Oregon, and the expectations would be higher at Texas, where he would basically be starting over.

Dan Mullen – Mississippi State Head Coach

Dan Mullen is 40 years old and grey up in New Hampshire. He doesn’t have any Texas ties either, and after following Urban Meyer around, including being Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Florida, he took the Mississippi St. job in 2009. He has had good success there in three seasons, including two bowl wins. His team is 6-0 right now and could have a big season ahead of them. Long term though, it’s hard to see Mississippi St. as a big time program. Mullen’s coaching history doesn’t point to any obvious “dream jobs”. If offered the Texas job, I wonder if he could turn it down.

Will Muschamp – Florida Head Coach

Will Muschamp is 41 and grew up in Gainesville Florida. He played at Georgia and has been an assistant at several places in the SEC. He was also Texas’s defensive coordinator for three seasons. He was also named Mack Brown’s eventual successor before deciding to take the Florida job last year instead. He has the Gators off to a surprising 6-0 start and already back on the map. It would seem crazy that he would go back to Texas at this point, especially since Florida is a destination job itself. I would assume he wouldn’t be interested.

Chris Petersen – Boise St. Head Coach

Chris Petersen is 48 and has had ridiculous success at Boise St. His name comes up for every job and time and time again he seems to turn it down. He grew up in California and spent some time as an Oregon assistant. They won WAC titles in 4 out of the 5 seasons they were a part of it. He is 4-2 in bowl games and is off to a 5-1 start despite losing star QB Kellen Moore. Petersen signed a very lucrative extension in February. He is exceptionally well paid, and with the move to the Big East, he is finally in a bigger conference. He wasn’t interested in the UCLA job, but this might be the biggest job opportunity he could have had. I still find it hard to believe he won’t try something else at some point. This might be too good to pass up.

Charlie Strong – Louisville Head Coach

Charlie Strong is 52 and one of the hot coaching names out there right now. It’s very likely he will take a step up at some point. Strong grew up in Arkansas and played at Central Arkansas. He has had four separate stints as a Florida assistant, including a recent 8 year run as defensive coordinator. He has had success at Louisville so far, including a Big East title in 2011. He already has his team off to a 6-0 start this season, which means he could have his best season ever before this is all over. Anything can happen between now and the winter, but he has to be at the top of Arkansas’ wish list. Since he has roots there, he might prefer that job to Texas anyway.

Who Will It Be?

It’s too early to know if Texas would actually release Mack Brown sometime this year, but it’s definitely possible. If it happens this year, I think Dan Mullen would be my pick as the top outside candidate. Art Briles has good Texas ties as well, and I would think he would also be a serious contender. If Chris Petersen would actually leave Boise St. he would be in the running as well. And if Charlie Strong was somehow not offered the Arkansas job, he would have to be a serious option too.

College Football – Week 7 Preview

All times Central

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

A new feature this week features the list of all remaining FBS undefeated teams on who they play this week. There are 16 teams that are undefeated after 7 lost last week.

ACC 1. Florida St. – Upset by NC State.

Big 12 1. Kansas St. – At Iowa St. Looked good against TCU last week. But overall not a great team. KSU should cruise 2. TCU – QB Casey Pachall got suspended and that’s all sure wrote. 3. Texas – Lost to undefeated West Virginia 4. West Virginia – At Texas Tech, who got smoked at home by Oklahoma. Should be a win, but WVU could fall at any time. 5. Texas Tech – Lost to Oklahoma

Big East 1. Rutgers – At home against a pretty lousy Syracuse team. Should roll. 2. Cincinnati – At home against Fordham. Should really roll. 3. Louisville – On road against a Pitt team that hasn’t beat anyone of note besides Virginia Tech, but that win doesn’t even look very good now.

Big Ten 1. Northwestern – Lost to Penn St. in Happy Valley 2. Ohio St. – On the road against Indiana. Shouldn’t be a problem.

Independent 1. Notre Dame – Tough home game against Stanford. See below

MAC 1. Ohio – At home against a dismal Akron team.

Pac-12 1. Oregon – Bye week before Arizona St. 2. Oregon St. – On road against BYU who lacks quality wins. But OSU lost their starting QB so this could be it.

SEC 1. Georgia – My SEC pick was destroyed by South Carolina 2. South Carolina – Huge game at LSU this week. I predict they go down 3. Florida – Headed to Vanderbilt for what should be an easy win provided they are looking ahead to back to back games against South Carolina and Georgia. 4. LSU – Lost a close one to Florida 5. Alabama – On the road against a struggling Missouri team. Shouldn’t be a problem. 6. Mississippi St. – At home against a Tennessee team without an SEC win.

WAC 1. UTSA – Home against Rice. Shouldn’t be an issue. 2. Louisiana Tech – Make up game against Texas A&M. Should be challenging, but not a slam dunk for A&M.

Saturday, October 13th

Morning

Main Screen
Texas vs. Oklahoma (11 am/ABC) – Not the showdown this looked like before last week but both teams are still alive in the Big 12 race for now. One of them likely falls from contention this week.

Second Screen
Kansas St. at Iowa St. (11 am/FX) – Kansas St. keeps winning and is all the way up to #6. Collin Klein still trails Geno Smith in the Heisman race so he will have to keep the pedal to the floor.

Third Screen
Northwestern at Minnesota (11 am/ESPN2) – A rough morning slate. This is a big game for my hometown Big Ten Wildcats who need to win to keep pace in the Legends division.

Afternoon

Main Screen
Stanford at Notre Dame (2:30 pm/NBC) – Probably the #2 game of the day. Notre Dame will be tested this week against a Stanford team with just one quality win (USC), who isn’t great at anything. Notre Dame could really flex their muscles this week.

Second Screen
West Virginia at Texas Tech (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – Texas Tech has a pretty good defense, and as much as I like rooting for West Virginia and Geno Smith, I think they will stumble at some point.

Third Screen
Oregon St. at BYU (2:30 pm/ABC) – Oregon St. lost their starting QB to injury, and in many people’s minds they were already playing with house money.

Evening

Main Screen
South Carolina at LSU (7 pm/ESPN) – LSU is coming off a tough loss at Florida and you bet they will bring their “A” game. I think South Carolina is the better team, but Baton Rouge is a really tough place to play at night.

Second Screen
USC at Washington (6 pm/Fox) – Not a great game mostly due to the fact that Washington is not very good, but their only two losses are to LSU and Oregon. So maybe there is something here.

Third Screen
Tennessee at Mississippi St. (8 pm/ESPNU) – A stretch, but it’s SEC and Mississippi St. is probably the most likely undefeated team in a night game to lose.

Did I miss any games you will be watching?

College Football – Week 6

All times Central

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

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

Big 12 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

Evening

Main Screen
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

Morning

Main Screen
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.

Second Screen
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

Third Screen
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.

Afternoon

Main Screen
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.

Second Screen
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.

Third Screen
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.

Evening

Main Screen
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.

Second Screen
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.

Third Screen
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?

College Football – Week 3 Preview

All times Central

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 13th

Evening

Main Screen
Rutgers at South Florida (6:30 pm/ESPN) – The only game in town. Two Big East teams match-up. This game will likely have impact on the Big East race, but I don’t really think I will watch.

Friday, September 14th

Evening

Main Screen
Washington St. at UNLV (8 pm/ESPN) – Definitely a worse game than Thursday night. Pretty much a must win for Mike Leach.

Saturday, September 15th

Morning

Main Screen
California at Ohio St. (11 am/ABC) – Ohio St.’s first real test, but Cal has been struggling. Rumors are that Jeff Tedford is on the hot seat and a win here would go a long way towards getting him off. Ohio St. continue to have nothing to play for, but I expect they will pile it on just for show this week.

Second Screen
Virginia Tech at Pitt (11 am/ESPNU) – The morning slate is pretty rough, and this is about as good as it gets. Tech is still my dark horse team, as is QB Logan Thomas when it comes to the Heisman. This road game might be all that stands between them and a 5-0 record heading into more ACC play.

Third Screen
Wake Forest vs. Florida St. (11 am/ESPN) – The only top 5 team playing in the morning, Florida St. is a legitimate championship contender in man people’s minds. Wake pulled out the upset against North Carolina last week but probably won’t have the same luck here.

Afternoon

Main Screen
Alabama vs. Arkansas (2:30 pm/ESPNU) – Arkansas got massively upset last week against Louisiana-Monroe, so much so that they fell all the way out of the top 25 from #8. It’s unlikely they are as bad as they played, but the real question this week is whether or not Tyler Wilson plays. If he does, this is still going to be a challenge for Alabama. On the other hand, it’s their chance to flex their muscles once again.

Second Screen
Boston College at Northwestern (2:30 pm/BTN) – Northwestern is no stranger to fast starts. They started 5-0 in 2010. But this season they have already beaten two AQ-conference schools. There is no way they can be left out of the top 25 if they win this week. More importantly, their next 4 games are against South Dakota, Indiana, Penn St. and Minnesota. That all means that there is a chance they could be 7-0. Even their historic Rose Bowl they couldn’t pull that off.

Third Screen
North Carolina at Louisville (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – Probably the best chance at a third solid game, and a really weak Saturday. Louisville is probably better than they get credit for, but that is what happens when you play in the Big East. This would be a big non-conference win for them.

Evening

Main Screen
Florida vs. Tennessee (5 pm/ESPN) – Anytime two top 25 teams from the SEC square off, everyone has to take notice. In this case, both teams need big seasons to guarantee their coaches stay employed, and both teams are 2-0. This is a big match-up in the SEC East, where at the moment Georgia and South Carolina are the prohibitive favorites. Whoever wins this one instantly becomes the third team in the SEC East and likely moves into the top 15.

Second Screen
USC vs. Stanford (6:30 pm/Fox) – Pac 12 showdown. USC is #2 in the country and won’t resist piling it on to show how good they really are. If Stanford puts off the upset they separate themselves from the rest of the Pac 12 and move into the top tier with USC and Oregon. I think that’s a long shot though, and expect USC to roll.

Third Screen
Notre Dame at Michigan St. (7pm/ABC) – Probably on the big screen in my house, this game has a history of being downright crazy. Notre Dame might be better than anyone thought, but still barely got past Purdue. Michigan St. won a close game against Boise St. and needs to show they ware more than just a good defense. I expect this one to low scoring.

Did I miss any games you will be watching?

Texas Gov. Says Texas A&M Considering Move to SEC

This post refers to espn.go.com

David Ubben from ESPN on Texas A&M moving to the SEC:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his alma mater, Texas A&M, and the SEC are discussing the Aggies possible future membership in the league, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News.

I am definitely in the camp that says the four “super conferences” are coming. The biggest roadblock, to me, are the basketball schools in the Big East and ACC. But non-basketball schools like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Miami, Florida St. and potentially Clemson could all push to move. It’s tougher in the Big East where there are a bunch of schools with either none, or a non-Division I football program.

If Texas A&M does leave, expect the remaining Big 12 schools to start getting a bit nervous.