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College Football Saturday: Washington Travels to Salt Lake in Pac-12 Showdown

The Bruins are off, perhaps a welcome respite for UCLA fans, but there is plenty of football to watch on the last Saturday in October.

Washington v Oregon
Heisman contender Jake Browning will face a tough defense in Salt Lake City this afternoon.
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Week 9 of college football is the week of undefeated teams going on the road. In the top-25, all seven unbeatens are playing away from home today. Let me ask you something. If you still have a zero in the loss column, and this is the Saturday before Halloween, is that really a chance you’re excited to take? Will something, ahem, scarrrrryyy happen today?

Here are a few big games to keep an eye on.

#2 Michigan at Michigan State, 9:00am PDT, ESPN. Speaking of scary, Jim Harbaugh and the maize and blue faithful are still having nightmares about a certain special teams play that happened at the end of this game last year. Michigan State is reeling, 2-5 after getting into the College Football Playoff last year, while Michigan is the hottest team in the country outside of Tuscaloosa. Will Harbaugh do something crazy like go for 2 up 35 in fourth quarter? Probably, yes.

#10 West Virginia at Oklahoma State, 9:00am PDT, FOX. Another early one to watch with your coffee, this might be an actually compelling game, as the undefeated Mountaineers travel to Stillwater. Both of these teams are known for their offense, but Dana Holgerson’s team is getting it done with defense as well this year, allowing only 5.14 yard per play. The Cowboys are still doing the classic Big 12 no defense thing. WVU is favored by 4 in Vegas, but ESPN’s FPI likes the home team to prevail.

#4 Washington at #17 Utah, 12:30pm PDT, FS1. The Huskies were the hottest team in the country heading into the 2016 season, and they’ve won in 7 in a row. But how? So far their best pelt on the wall belongs to S&P+ ranked 55 team Stanford. Utah will be a real test, with Joe Williams out of retirement and surging. College GameDay spotlighted the game, so you know The MUSS will be rocking this afternoon in Salt Lake. Chris Petersen’s team is a heavy favorite.

#7 Nebraska at #11 Wisconsin, 4:00pm PDT, ESPN. Nebraska is probably "how to talk to your kids about Iowa" undefeated, whereas Wisconsin's only two losses were close ones at the hands of Big Ten powers Ohio State and Michigan. Mike Riley’s team can prove if it’s for real tonight, or perhaps fold as expected: the Badgers are 9 point favorites in Camp Randall.

#3 Clemson at #12 Florida State, 5:00pm PDT, ABC. Prior to the season, this looked like a game that would decide a spot in the College Football Playoff, but strange things happen in college football. Florida State met Lamar Jackson in Louisville, and Tarheel placekicker Nick Weiller in their own home. Clemson still doesn’t feel like the team that went to the championship game last year, but here they are, undefeated, and if they win tonight as expected, favored by 4 in the betting markets, they have a pretty clear shot to get back to the playoff again.

Here is the full list of today’s games.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(2) Michigan at Michigan State 12:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
(5) Louisville at Virginia 12:00 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
(10) West Virginia at Oklahoma State 12:00 p.m. FOX / FS Go
(24) Penn State at Purdue 12:00 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
Duke at Georgia Tech 12:00 p.m. RSN / ACCNExtra
Kansas State at Iowa State 12:00 p.m. FSN / FS Go
Kent State at Central Michigan 12:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Kentucky at Missouri 12:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Minnesota at Illinois 12:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
UCF at Houston 12:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
UConn at East Carolina 12:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Wagner at UMass 12:00 p.m. ASN/NESN / ESPN3
Boston College at NC State 12:30 p.m. ACCN / ACCNExtra
(4) Washington at (17) Utah 3:30 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
(8) Baylor at Texas 3:30 p.m. ABC / ESPN3
(14) Florida vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville, FL) 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Army at Wake Forest 3:30 p.m. RSN / ACCNExtra
Cincinnati at Temple 3:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Maryland at Indiana 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Miami (FL) at Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. NBC /
Miami (OH) at Eastern Michigan 3:30 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Northwestern at (6) Ohio State 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Samford at Mississippi State 3:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Texas Tech at TCU 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Western Kentucky at Florida Atlantic 3:30 p.m. ASN/MASN
SMU at Tulane 4:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Arizona State at Oregon 5:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Georgia State at South Alabama 5:00 p.m. ESPN3
(7) Nebraska at (11) Wisconsin 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
(13) Boise State at Wyoming 7:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Kansas at (16) Oklahoma 7:00 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Marshall at Southern Miss 7:00 p.m. ASN/MASN
Middle Tennessee at FIU 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
North Texas at UTSA 7:00 p.m. KMYS-CW 35
Rice at Louisiana Tech 7:00 p.m. CampusInsiders
ULM at Arkansas State 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
(15) Auburn at Ole Miss 7:15 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
(18) Tennessee at South Carolina 7:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
New Mexico State at (9) Texas A&M 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
(3) Clemson at (12) Florida State 8:00 p.m. ABC / ESPN3
Old Dominion at UTEP 8:00 p.m. CUSA.TV
Tulsa at Memphis 8:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
UNLV at San Jose State 10:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Washington State at Oregon State 10:45 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Stanford at Arizona 11:00 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
New Mexico at Hawaii 12:00 a.m. Oceanic PPV