Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote on Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping:
9 a.m., Channel 7
Ohio State has overcome a 14-point home loss to 4-5
9 a.m., ESPN
This is tangible proof there are other decent teams in the
9 a.m.: Virginia Tech at Duke,
9:30 a.m.: James Madison at Richmond, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN); Pittsburgh at
Noon: Texas Christian at Kansas,
12:30 p.m., Channel 2
This is Mississippi State's day in court. The Bulldogs have parlayed a shamefully weak nonconference schedule and charter membership in the SEC West to unprecedented heights. Mississippi State rose from unranked to No.1 on the strength of three wins over SEC West teams that now have eight losses. However, the Bulldogs could be legitimate national title contenders. Defeating Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the Crimson Tide has been dominant, would prove Mississippi State belonged at the top all along.
12:30 p.m., Channel 7
The winner of this game — provided Ohio State defeats pesky Minnesota — will seize control of the
4:15 p.m., ESPN
This is a what-might-have-been matchup of SEC teams that likely botched their national title hopes with inexplicable defeats. Auburn flubbed a handoff and a center snap in the final 180 seconds last week and lost to Texas A&M; Georgia got played off its feet by a Florida program that was ready to place a classified ad in search of a new head coach.
12:30 p.m.: Northwestern at Notre Dame, Channel 4; Oklahoma at Texas Tech, ESPN;
1 p.m.: New Mexico at
3 p.m.: Utah at Stanford,
4:30 p.m.: Missouri at Texas A&M, SEC; Texas at Oklahoma State, Channel 11.
No. 3 Florida State (9-0) at
5 p.m. Channel 7
The College Football Playoff Committee inexplicably dropped Florida State behind one-loss
San Diego State (5-4) at
7:15 p.m., ESPNU
Rocky Long is the first coach to defeat Boise State in consecutive seasons since
7:45 p.m., ESPN
This is a dangerous road test for an Arizona State team coming off an emotional home win over Notre Dame. Oregon State can take some of the sting out of a dreadful season with an upset that would knock Arizona State out of national title contention.