Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote on the weekend, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping:
Houston (6-4) at Southern Methodist (0-10)
9 a.m., CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
11a.m., Channel 2
Arkansas, after losing 17 straight
12:30 p.m., Channel 7
No one said it would be easy: UCLA needs two victories to claim the
12:30 p.m., Channel 11
The winner of the biggest Territorial Cup in years will claim the Pac-12 South if Stanford beats UCLA. The schools have not both been ranked for this matchup since 1986.
8 a.m.: Northern
5:30 p.m.: East
Michigan (5-6) at No. 6
9 a.m., Channel 7
This ranks as one of sports' greatest rivalries, no matter how awful Michigan has played this year. Michigan can salvage Brady Hoke's last game (likely) by knocking the Buckeyes out of playoff contention.
9 a.m., SEC Network (SEC)
Georgia will enter the game as SEC East champions only if Arkansas beats Missouri on Friday. Otherwise, Missouri wins the East and Georgia will have to refocus its goals. Georgia Tech has already clinched a spot in the
Florida (6-4) at No. 3 Florida State (11-0)
12:30 p.m., ESPN
Florida Coach Will Muschamp tries to end his disappointing tenure in Gainesville by landing a punch on No. 1 in Tallahassee. Florida State needs a victory to stay on playoff course heading to next week's ACC title game against Georgia Tech.
12:30 p.m., Channel 2
Mississippi State can claim the SEC West if it beats Ole Miss and Auburn wins at
No. 15 Auburn (8-3) at No. 1 Alabama (10-1)
4:45 p.m., ESPN
There is no way college football's hottest rivalry can top last year's game … can it? Last year, Auburn's Chris Davis returned a missed field-goal attempt 109 yards for the game-winning touchdown as time expired in a game that became an instant classic. The victory sent Auburn on a course to the national title and ended Alabama's quest to three-peat. This year, three-loss Auburn is out of the playoff hunt but would be thrilled if it could once again ruin Alabama's season.
No. 2 Oregon (10-1) at
5 p.m., Channel 7
The Civil War stakes are huge for Oregon, which needs a win to stay on track for a national title. Quarterback
7:15 p.m., ESPN2
Boise State entered the College Football Playoff ranking this week at No. 23, one position ahead of undefeated Marshall. The committee appears to be suggesting Boise State, even with two defeats, will outrank Marshall provided both teams win out. The highest-ranked Group of Five conference school will earn a designated major bowl berth, as determined by the selection committee.
9 a.m.: Kentucky at Louisville, ESPN2; South Carolina at
10 a.m.: Utah at
11:30 a.m.: Grambling State vs. Southern, Channel 4.
12:30 p.m.: Baylor at Texas Tech, Channel 7;
1 p.m.: Connecticut at
1:30 p.m.: Brigham Young at California, Pac-12.
4 p.m.: Pittsburgh at