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 / CBSSports.com|
|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 / CBSSports.com|
|Army at Wake Forest||3:30 p.m.||RSN / ACCNExtra|
|Cincinnati at Temple||3:30 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Maryland at Indiana||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Miami (FL) at Notre Dame||3:30 p.m.||NBC / NBCSports.com|
|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 / Pac-12.com|
|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 / CBSSports.com|
|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 / CBSSports.com|
|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|