College football on TV

Chris Dufresne tells what's on and, more important, what's worth watching Saturday.

Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games.


No. 24 Northwestern (5-0) at Penn State (3-2)

9 a.m., ESPN

The Big Ten is down report: Northwestern is the only undefeated team in the conference eligible to compete for this year's Bowl Championship Series title. If Northwestern keeps up the good work and wins the Legends Division, we could be looking at a title-game showdown against Purdue for the Rose Bowl bid. Penn State is to be commended for having a winning record this deep into a season the NCAA had hoped to destroy.

Arkansas (1-4) at Auburn (1-3)

9 a.m., ESPN2

The game the Southeastern Conference doesn't want you to see! Auburn won the national title two seasons ago, but its only win this season came in overtime against Louisiana Monroe. Arkansas is the first team to go — in a month — from preseason top 10 to the 99-cent bin at the Fayetteville flea market. The Razorbacks' only win was against Jacksonville State, but SEC schedule relief may be on the way in the form of Kentucky and Mississippi.

8:30 a.m.: Navy at Air Force, Channel 2.

9 a.m.: Connecticut at No. 22 Rutgers, ESPNU; Kansas at No. 7 Kansas State, FX; Boise State at Southern Mississippi, FS West; Michigan State at Indiana, BTN; Boston College at Army, CBSSN.

10 a.m.: Towson at James Madison, NBCSN


No. 4 Louisiana State (5-0) at No. 10 Florida (4-0)

12:30 p.m., Channel 2

The game the SEC will pick you up in a limo to see! LSU is at a crossroads after shaky wins over Auburn and Towson. LSU had five turnovers and 19 penalties in the two games, but a win at The Swamp would make everything better. Florida has had a week to prepare and is looking to avenge last year's 41-11 defeat at Baton Rouge.

Noon: Arizona at No. 18 Stanford, Channel 11; Virginia at Duke, Prime.

12:30 p.m.: No. 17 Oklahoma at Texas Tech, Channel 7; Illinois at Wisconsin, ESPN2; Georgia Tech at No. 15 Clemson, ESPN; Wake Forest at Maryland, ESPNU; Iowa State at No. 15 Texas Christian, FS West; Tulsa at Marshall, CBSSN.


No. 5 Georgia (5-0) at No. 6 South Carolina (5-0)

4 p.m., ESPN