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College Football Saturday Open Thread: #6 Texas A&M Looks To Knock Off #1 Alabama

The only games between ranked opponents are in one division of one conference—perhaps aided by some ranking bias—with a big big big one in Tuscaloosa.

NCAA Football: Alabama at Tennessee
Will Jalen Hurtz be ready for the Aggie defense in Tuscaloosa this afternoon?
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Scroll down the listing of Top-25 match ups this weekend and you may come to a jolting realization: The voting system is indeed rigged. Of course, I mean the AP poll, and perhaps not "rigged" per se, but delinquent of some major SEC bias. The only games between ranked foes on Saturday are action out of one single division, the SEC West.

But let that not stop us from our fun! It’s fall. It’s Saturday. It’s football. Settle in and get ready to enjoy a day of football, during which, fortunately for the early-to-bed-early-to-rise types, your Bruins play smack in the middle of the day.

Here are the big ones to keep an eye on:

NC State at #7 Louisville, 9:00am PDT, ABC. Here is the East Coast nooner and the West Coast watch-while-you-drink-coffee game. NC State missed a very makable field goal last weekend at Clemson, and were unable to knock off the defending runners-up in overtime. Next up? A trip to Louisville, Kentucky and a date with Heisman front-runner Lamar Jackson. What hath thou wrought, Wolfpack schedule!? Bobby Petrino’s team is favored by 20.

#6 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama, 12:30pm PDT, CBS. Should what many expect to be a low-scoring, ugly tilt in the Rose Bowl this afternoon become unwatchable, this is your back up plan, and the game of the day. Once upon a time, Alabama was number one and a man with the last name Football went into Tuscaloosa and knocked off the Tide. Once upon another time, the Aggies got clocked 59-0 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Can a Nick Saban coached defense possibly stop an offense for which Noel Mazzone is pulling the strings? Vegas believes in Saban, by a difference of 19.

#17 Arkansas at #21 Auburn, 3:00pm PDT, ESPN. The Hogs earned their first SEC win of the season over Ole Miss last week, and travel to Auburn in a battle that should tell us which of these two teams is actually any good. With the departure of Will Muschamp, Auburn added a new element to its game this season—defense—and their only losses are to teams ranked in the top ten. Bret Bielema is still being paid a lot of money despite a career 8-19 record in this conference. Auburn’s an 11-point favorite at Jordan-Hare.

#16 Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 5:00pm PDT, FOX. Call it the Baker Mayfield Bowl. If Mayfield’s former coach Kliff Kingsbury could coach defense as well as he could be handsome, the Red Raiders may have a shot in this one. Instead, the nation’s best passing offense is sitting at .500, and a 14-point home dog to the surging Sooners.

#23 Ole Miss at #25 LSU, 6:00pm PDT, ESPN. Ole Miss, the only ranked team without a winning record, travels to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers, a team still ranked despite having fired their head coach in September. Coach O, the horse whisperer for teams who fire coaches around the equinox, has put up more points in each of his two games as head coach than Les Miles was able to do against Jacksonville State. His most prized weapon, Leonard Fournette, is expected back from injury this weekend. If Ole Miss loses another, do you think they will drop all the way to #25?*

Share your thoughts, feelings, emotions, rants, soulful meanderings, etc. with BN. This is your Saturday Open Thread!

Here is the full slate of action:

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Matchup Time (PT) TV / Online
NC State at (7) Louisville 9 am ABC / ESPN3
(10) Wisconsin at Iowa 9 am ESPN / WatchESPN
Texas at Kansas State 9 am ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Indiana at Northwestern 9 am BTN / BTN2Go
Oklahoma State at Kansas 9 am FS1 / FS Go
Rutgers at Minnesota 9 am ESPNU / WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Toledo 9 am BCSN/TWC / ESPN3
Miami (OH) at Bowling Green 9 am ESPN3
North Texas at Army 9 am CBSSN /
UCF at UConn 9 am ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
UMass at South Carolina 9 am SECN / WatchESPN
Syracuse at Boston College 9:30 am ACCN / WatchESPN
Ohio at Kent State 10:00 am ESPN3
Hawaii at Air Force 11:00 am Oceanic PPV
(22) North Carolina at Virginia Noon RSN / ESPN3
Colorado at Stanford Noon Pac-12N /
Akron at Ball State Noon ESPN3
(6) Texas A&M at (1) Alabama 12:30 pm CBS /
Illinois at (3) Michigan 12:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Purdue at (8) Nebraska 12:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / ESPN3
TCU at (12) West Virginia 12:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at (20) Western Michigan 12:30 pm ASN / ESPN3
Memphis at (24) Navy 12:30 pm CBSSN /
Buffalo at NIU 12:30 pm ESPN3
Idaho at Appalachian State 12:30 pm ESPN3
PVAMU at Rice 12:30 pm CUSA.TV
UT Martin at Georgia State 12:30 pm ESPN3
Tulane at Tulsa 12:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at Missouri 1:00 pm SECN / WatchESPN
(19) Utah at UCLA 1:00 pm FOX / FS Go
Charlotte at Marshall 2:30 pm beIN Sports / beIN Video
Colorado State at UNLV 2:30 pm ROOT SPORTS / MWN
(17) Arkansas at (21) Auburn 3:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Oregon State at (5) Washington 3:30 pm Pac-12N /
(11) Houston at SMU 4:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
East Carolina at Cincinnati 4:00 pm CBSSN /
Louisiana Tech at FIU 4:00 pm ESPN3
Old Dominion at WKU 4:00 pm ASN
UL Lafayette at Texas State 4:00 pm TSSP / ESPN3
UTEP at UTSA 4:00 pm KMYS-CW 35
Michigan State at Maryland 4:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Mississippi State at Kentucky 4:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
Tennessee State at Vanderbilt 4:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
(2) Ohio State at Penn State 5:00 pm ABC / ESPN3
(16) Oklahoma at Texas Tech 5:00 pm FOX / FS Go
Georgia Southern at New Mexico State 5:00 pm ESPN3
(23) Ole Miss at (25) LSU 6:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
ULM at New Mexico 6:00 pm ROOT SPORTS / MWN
Washington State at Arizona State 7:00 pm Pac-12N /
Fresno State at Utah State 7:30 pm CBSSN /
Wyoming at Nevada 7:30 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN


* Confession, I stole that joke.