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CFB Saturday Open Thread: Bama Goes to Baton Rouge

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Only two games between ranked teams on somewhat of a sleepy Saturday in November, but conferences races are heating up as we turn to the last month of college football.

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Alabama
Alabama is getting in the endzone in all three phases of the game.
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Another Saturday for UCLA fans to lay off the Xanax and just enjoy watching some college football because it’s still fun, right? Yeah, it’s fun. There aren’t a whole bunch of compelling games, but a couple of big ones in the Big Ten and the SEC.

Here are a few to keep your eye on:

#8 Wisconsin at Northwestern, 9:00am PDT, ABC. As far as I’m concerned you can probably skip the East Coast nooner. But if you insist on football with your coffee, and I don’t blame you, this is the way to go I think. Wisconsin may be the best two-loss team in college football (do I hear some noise out of Auburn?). Northwestern gave Ohio State, perhaps a bit hungover from the previous week’s loss at Penn State, a run for its money. The Badgers are favored by 6 on the road.

TCU at #17 Baylor, 12:30 PDT, FOX. In the past few years, this was a game that had Big 12 Championship implications. Baylor was probably the most overrated undefeated team in the country before being exposed by mediocre Texas in Austin. TCU is reeling but Kenny Hill and co would love to hand another loss to their in-state foes.

#10 Nebraska at #6 Ohio State, 5:00pm PDT, ABC. The Cornhuskers follow their first loss of the season with a trip to Columbus, gulp. Ohio State is coming off a loss to Penn State and slight win against Northwestern. Can they get over their hangups a beat a pretty decent Nebraska team coached by our former Pac-12 friend Mike Riley. The Buckeyes are 18-point favorites in the Horseshoe.

#1 Alabama at #13 LSU, 5:00pm PDT, CBS. Ed O! Ed O! Ed O! Can he spring to life Leonard Fournette and do the unthinkable, beat Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide in Death Valley? Orgeron is aching for the head job in another interim, but Jalen Hurts is taking the Alabama offense to new heights. Is this Saban’s best Alabama team ever? Vegas likes the tide by a touchdown.

Watching? Share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with BN.

Here is the rest of today’s action:

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Matchup Time (PT) TV / Streaming
Navy vs. Notre Dame (in Jacksonville, FL) 8:30 am CBS / CBSSports.com
(4) Texas A&M at Mississippi State 9:00 am SECN / WatchESPN
(7) Louisville at Boston College 9:00 am ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(8) Wisconsin at Northwestern 9:00 am ABC / ESPN3
Vanderbilt at (9) Auburn 9:00 am ESPN / WatchESPN
Texas at Texas Tech 9:00 am FS1 / FS Go
Michigan State at Illinois 9:00 am ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Indiana at Rutgers 9:00 am BTN / BTN2Go
Georgia Southern at Ole Miss 9:00 am ESPNU / WatchESPN
Air Force at Army 9:00 am CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Georgia Tech at (21) North Carolina 9:30 am ACCN (split) / WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Miami (FL) 9:30 am ACCN (split) / WatchESPN
UTSA at Middle Tennessee 11:30 am ESPN3
Virginia at Wake Forest 12:00 pm RSN / WatchESPN
Syracuse at (2) Clemson 12:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
Maryland at (3) Michigan 12:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
(11) Florida at Arkansas 12:30 pm CBS / CBSSports.com
TCU at (17) Baylor 12:30 pm FOX / FS Go
(18) Oklahoma State at Kansas State 12:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
(19) Virginia Tech at Duke 12:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Oregon State at Stanford 12:30 pm FS1 / FS Go
Purdue at Minnesota 12:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
BYU at Cincinnati 12:30 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Charlotte at Southern Miss 12:30 pm ASN/MASN
Florida Atlantic at Rice 12:30 pm ESPN3
Fresno State at Colorado State 12:30 pm ROOT SPORTS / MWN
Texas State at Appalachian State 12:30 pm ESPN3
UMass at Troy 12:30 pm ESPN3
Arizona at (25) Washington State 1:00 pm Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Missouri at South Carolina 1:00 pm SECN / WatchESPN
Tennessee Tech at Tennessee 1:00 pm SECN Alt. / WatchESPN
Memphis at SMU 1:00 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Idaho at UL Lafayette 2:00 pm ESPN3
South Alabama at ULM 2:00 pm ESPN3
Tulane at UCF 2:00 pm ESPN3
FIU at Western Kentucky 2:30 pm beIN Sports / beIN Sports Connect
Louisiana Tech at North Texas 2:30 pm ESPN3
Kansas at (20) West Virginia 4:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(22) Florida State at NC State 4:00 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Oregon at USC 4:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Hawaii at San Diego State 4:00 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Marshall at Old Dominion 4:00 pm ASN/MASN / CUSA.TV
Iowa at (12) Penn State 4:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Georgia at Kentucky 4:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
(1) Alabama at (13) LSU 5:00 pm CBS / CBSSports.com
(10) Nebraska at (6) Ohio State 5:00 pm ABC / ESPN3
East Carolina at Tulsa 5:00 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Houston Baptist at UTEP 5:00 pm CUSA.TV
Utah State at Wyoming 7:15 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Nevada at New Mexico 7:15 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
(5) Washington at California 7:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN

GO BRUINS.