College football: What to watch Saturday on TV

No. 7 Kansas State plays at No.6 Texas Christian in the Big 12 game of the day

Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote on Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping:

MORNING

Presbyterian (5-4) at No. 11 Mississippi (7-2)

9 a.m., SEC Network

Presbyterian looks to rebound after last week's tough home loss to Liberty. The Blue Hose must be careful not to look past this schedule-filler game in advance of next week's huge Big South showdown at Gardner-Webb in Boiler Springs, N.C. Mississippi is reportedly also coming off a tough home loss, although getting updated news out of the Southeastern Conference is sketchy at best.

No. 12 Baylor (7-1) at No. 15 Oklahoma (6-2)

9 a.m., Fox Sports 1 (FS1)

Think of this as the warmup act for the Big 12 Conference game of the day, which is Kansas State at Texas Christian. Baylor still has hopes of defending its Big 12 crown, but doing so will require winning in Norman, Okla., for the first time. The Bears trail the Sooners in the schools' all-time football series, 21-2, but routed Oklahoma last year at home in Waco, Texas.

9 a.m.: Georgia at Kentucky, ESPN; Iowa at Minnesota, ESPN2; Texas San Antonio at Rice, FS West; Southern Methodist at Tulsa, CBS Sports Network; Wisconsin at Purdue, ESPNU; Penn State at Indiana, Big Ten Network.

9:30 a.m.: Georgia Tech at North Carolina State, KDOC.

AFTERNOON

Texas A&M (6-3) at No. 3 Auburn (7-1)

12:30 p.m., Channel 2

This carefully crafted SEC narrative will focus on how great of a game this would have been had it been scheduled in September. Texas A&M has gone into the dumpster since a 5-0 start, losing three straight SEC games and then scratching out a 21-16 win over Louisiana Monroe.

No. 10 Notre Dame (7-1) at No. 9 Arizona State (7-1)

12:30 p.m., Channel 7

Arizona State's five-spot jump in the rankings this week is believed to be the largest involving a win over a school from the state of Utah. Notre Dame remains in the top 10 despite allowing 82 points in its most recent wins against North Carolina and Navy.

Tennessee Martin (5-5) at No. 1 Mississippi State (8-0)

1 p.m., SEC

Brent Musburger reflects on the highs and lows of a remarkable career as he handles the play-by-play for a game involving the hottest team in the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee Martin has won four straight after a 1-4 start. If Musburger handles this assignment without messing up, there's a decent chance he'll earn Tennessee Martin's next game at Eastern Illinois.

No. 7 Kansas State (7-1) at No. 6 Texas Christian (7-1)

4:30 p.m., Channel 11

These Big 12 schools are back in the playoff chase after thinking they blew their chances. Kansas State committed three turnovers and missed field-goal attempts in a six-point home loss to Auburn; TCU somehow blew a 58-37 fourth-quarter lead against Baylor.

12:30 p.m.: Michigan at Northwestern, ESPN2; Iowa State at Kansas, FS West; Connecticut at Army, CBSSN; West Virginia at Texas, FS1; Pennsylvania at Princeton, NBC Sports Network; Tulane at Houston, ESPNU.

1 p.m.: Washington State at Oregon State, Pac-12 Networks.

3:30 p.m.: Virginia at Florida State, ESPN.

4 p.m.: Boise State at New Mexico, CBSSN; UCLA at Washington, FS1; Hawaii at Colorado State, ESPNU.

4:15 p.m.: Louisville at Boston College, ESPN2.

4:30 p.m.: Florida at Vanderbilt, SEC.

EVENING

No. 5 Alabama (7-1) at No. 16 Louisiana State (6-2)

5 p.m., Channel 2

Counted out more times than a punch-drunk boxer, LSU has rallied from two early SEC defeats to make this a compelling matchup with national title implications. LSU needs a win over Alabama and some voodoo to make the four-team playoff; the Crimson Tide controls its own fate with remaining games against Mississippi State and Auburn.

No. 14 Ohio State (7-1) at No. 8 Michigan State (7-1)

5 p.m., Channel 7

Bo Schembechler might be spinning in his grave with the news Michigan State has replaced Michigan as Ohio State's Big Ten compelling competition partner. You'll know the rivalry has turned for good if Ohio State, which traditionally refuses to acknowledge Michigan by name, starts referring to Michigan State as "that team up North … West, we mean in Lansing, we mean northwest in East Lansing." Ah, forget it… Michigan, could you please get good again?

No. 4 Oregon (8-1) at No. 17 Utah (6-2)

7 p.m., ESPN

If this is Oregon's last big playoff hurdle, it's probably good the Ducks have receiver Devon Allen. He's the defending United States national champion in the 110-meter hurdles. Oregon's offensive line, which has improved greatly since horrific efforts against Washington State and Arizona, will be tested by a Utah defense that leads the nation in sacks.

5 p.m.: Colorado at Arizona, Pac-12.

7:30 p.m.: San Jose State at Fresno State, CBSSN.

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