Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Mike Hiserman handle the remote. The Times' deputy sports editor handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on this weekend's menu of college football games.
4 p.m.: South Florida at Temple,
Oklahoma State at Kansas, 9 a.m., FS1
After his Longhorns gave up 144 points in a three-game stretch, Texas Coach Charlie Strong said he would be paying more attention to the defense. And the Longhorns responded by holding
9 a.m.: North Carolina State at No. 7 Louisville, Channel 7; No. 10
9:30 a.m.: Syracuse at Boston College, KDOC.
At 5-2, Colorado is no doubt improved, but the Buffaloes also lack a signature proved-it win. Their losses: to
No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama, 12:30 p.m., Channel 2
Texas A&M had a Saturday off to heal and prepare for No. 1. Alabama is at the end of what was supposed to be a telling three-game stretch of games against
Utah running back Joe Williams came out of retirement last week to rush for 179 yards and a touchdown in his first game back with the team he quit after the second week of the season. Makes you wonder whether Jim Mora has been trolling some kind of secret list of former running backs who might be on UCLA's campus. The Bruins could use a running game.
12:30 p.m.: Texas Christian at No. 12 West Virginia, ESPN2;
12:45 p.m.: Tulane at Tulsa, ESPNU.
1 p.m.: Middle Tennessee at Missouri, SEC.
2:30 p.m.: Charlotte at Marshall, beIN1.
3 p.m.: No. 17 Arkansas at No. 21
4 p.m.: No. 11 Houston at Southern Methodist, ESPN2; East Carolina at Cincinnati, CBSSN; Montana at Northern
4:30 p.m.: Tennessee State at
No. 16 Oklahoma at
If you like offense, how could you not watch a Texas Tech game? The Red Raiders average 48.8 points and a second-in-the-nation 604.7 yards per game. And they give up averages of 40.2 points and 479.2 yards per game. In this one, the Texas Tech "defense" faces an Oklahoma team that averages 40.2 points and 525.3 yards per game. The poor chain gang...
Talk about a (sun) devil of a statistic: Arizona State is giving up an average of 6.66 yards per play. And to think, Coach Todd Graham comes from the defensive side. The Sun Devils are ranked No. 123 out of 128 major-college teams in defense. And Washington State, with Coach Mike Leach calling the shots, can score, score, score.
5 p.m.: No. 2
7:30 p.m.: Fresno State at Utah State, 7:30 p.m.; Wyoming at