As AHMB said -- it is always awesome to enjoy a packed college football Saturday with an undefeated UCLA football team and without having to stress over them. I will kick off the late afternoon/evening thread a little earlier than planned as some of the early afternoon games are still in progress. Couple of games that are going on now that are worth tracking:
- Miami is looking average against Paul Johnson's Georgia Tech's Yellowjackets at their half-empty home. I am guessing Brad Kaya is watching?
- Michigan is looking average against Minnesota up 14-17 in Ann Arbor.
SBNation's mothership has the full-lineup of games here. Picking out the ones of interest include Brian Kelley's mediocre Notre Dame's visit to Arizona State (which fattened up on a disinterested bunch of Trojans last week who were determined to get their talented coach canned and apparently stranded at LAX). There is also a key game between Stanford and Washington in Palo Alto, which will give us some sense about how good the Huskies are this season.
Here is the SBN capsule on ND v. ASU (4:30 pm NBC) (marked as a "Plan B" game for the afternoon):
Plan B: No. 22 Arizona State vs. Notre Dame at Cowboys Stadium, West Virginia at No. 17 Baylor
The Sun Devils are fresh off ending Lane Kiffin's USC career while Notre Dame is reeling from getting thoroughly outplayed by Oklahoma, so you'd think Arizona State's the easy pick. Notre Dame gets up for big games, though, and it should bring plenty of partisans to Arlington for the contest. Meanwhile, Baylor is criminally underrated at No. 17, schedule be damned, and the last time it faced West Virginia the two teams scored 133 points in regulation. Another shootout may be coming.
No. 15 Washington at No. 5 Stanford
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe
Odds: Stanford -6.5
Weather: 60s, clear
Probably the best game of the day, in terms of overall quality. Steve Sarkisian has theWashington Huskies back to a level of quality it hasn't seen since Rick Neuheisel was stalking the sidelines, and Stanford still might be the best team in the Pac-12 this year, Oregon be damned. There's lots of NFL-caliber talent on both sides of the ball here.
Here is the viewing chart courtesy of SBN:
|2 p.m. PST||23 Fresno State||at||Idaho||KSEE 24|
|3 p.m. PST||2 Oregon||at||Colorado||Pac-12 Network|
|4 p.m. PST||24 Ole Miss||at||Auburn||ESPNU|
|4 p.m. PST||Arkansas||at||18 Florida||ESPN2|
|4 p.m. PST||Texas State||at||Louisiana-Lafayette||ESPN3.com|
|4 p.m. PST||10 LSU||at||Mississippi State||ESPN|
|4 p.m. PST||New Mexico State||at||New Mexico||ROOT-NW, RM|
|4 p.m. PST||TCU||at||11 Oklahoma||FOX|
|4 p.m. PST||Cincinnati||at||USF||ESPN3.com|
|4:05 p.m. PST||Weber State||at||Eastern Washington||SWX|
|4:30 p.m. PST||22 Arizona State||vs.||Notre Dame||NBC|
|4:30 p.m. PST||Kentucky||at||13 South Carolina||FSN-S, DET, SunSports|
|4:30 p.m. PST||Louisiana Tech||at||UTEP||CBSSN|
|4:30 p.m. PST||Missouri||at||Vanderbilt||CSS, SportSouth|
|5 p.m. PST||West Virginia||at||17 Baylor||FS1|
|5 p.m. PST||4 Ohio State||at||16 Northwestern||ABC
|7:30 p.m. PST||15 Washington||at||5 Stanford||ESPN|
I think we will want to keep an eye on TCU v. No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 10 LSU's visit to Mississippi State. Of course the tOSU v. North Western game will get all the national hype so I don't need waste much keystrokes telling you about it.
Enjoy rest of your Saturday evening.