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College Football Saturday: #8 Wisconsin Finally Faces a Worthy Opponent in #20 Iowa

Plus, #12 Michigan State heads to #13 Ohio State and #11 Southern Cal visits Boulder in the Pac-12.

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Today’s early games start off with a dandy when the #12 Michigan State Spartans travel to the Horseshoe to face the #13 Ohio State Buckeyes. While both of these teams have been eliminated from consideration for the College Football Playoff, anytime you pair up schools this good, anything can happen and, today, probably won’t be an exception.

But, Bruin fans may just want to keep an eye on the other early matchup between Top 25 teams when #15 Oklahoma State visits #21 Iowa State in a Big 12 game. Why would this one be of interest to Bruin fans? Two words: Matt Campbell. He’s done a fantastic job leading the Cyclones and he should be on Dan Guerrero’s short list to replace Jim Mora once the season wraps up. Chip Kelly will still be the big draw even though he shouldn’t be but Campbell has earned the right to interview for the job and I can think of a lot of choices that would be worse than Campbell. He’s a young up-and-coming coach. Give this game a look today.

There are two 12:30 kickoffs that should prove to be interesting. In the first one, the #1 Georgia Bulldogs visit the #10 Auburn Tigers in the SEC. Can the Tigers knock off #1? In the other game, the #8 Wisconsin Badgers finally play a worthy opponent when the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes visit Madison. Wisconsin is still undefeated, but they are only ranked eighth by the Playoff Committee due to their schedule. This is really their first big test. A blowout win is needed to put them back in the Playoff conversation.

Finally, there are two early Pac-12 games. #11 Southern Cal travels to Boulder to play the Colorado Buffaloes at 1 pm PT on FOX. Can the Buffaloes use the thin mountain air to knock off the Trojans? I don’t know, but I do know that the Buffs are my second favorite team today.

Then, at 2:30 pm PT, the #19 Washington State Cougars travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes. A similar question arises for the Utes. Can they use the thinner mountain air to help knock off the Cougs?

College Football Schedule for Saturday, November 11, 2017

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
#12 Michigan State at #13 Ohio State 9:00 AM FOX
Rutgers at #14 Penn State 9:00 AM BTN
#15 Oklahoma State at #21 Iowa State 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2
Connecticut at #18 UCF 9:00 AM ESPNU
#23 NC State at Boston College 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2
Arkansas at #24 LSU 9:00 AM ESPN
Duke at Army 9:00 AM CBSSN
Texas Tech vs Baylor 9:00 AM FSN
Louisiana at Ole Miss 9:00 AM SEC Network
Florida at South Carolina 9:00 AM CBS
Indiana at Illinois 9:00 AM BTN
Nebraska at Minnesota 9:00 AM FS1
#17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech 9:20 AM ACC Network
Middle Tennessee at Charlotte 11:00 AM None
Wake Forest at Syracuse 12:00 PM ACC Network
#1 Georgia at #10 Auburn 12:30 PM CBS
Florida State at #4 Clemson 12:30 PM ESPN
#20 Iowa at #8 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ABC
Virginia at Louisville 12:30 PM ESPNU
Michigan at Maryland 12:30 PM BTN
West Virginia at Kansas State 12:30 PM ESPN2
SMU at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN
Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Tech 12:30 PM Stadium
Southern Mississippi at Rice 12:30 PM None
#11 USC at Colorado 1:00 PM FOX
Maine vs UMass 1:00 PM NESNPlus/Eleven
Georgia State at Texas State 1:00 PM None
San Jose State at Nevada 1:00 PM None
Kentucky at Vanderbilt 1:00 PM SEC Network
Troy at Coastal Carolina 1:30 PM None
Arkansas State at South Alabama 2:00 PM None
UTEP at North Texas 2:00 PM None
#19 Washington State at Utah 2:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
Kansas at Texas 3:00 PM Longhorn Network
Western Kentucky at Marshall 3:30 PM beIN None
#2 Alabama at #16 Mississippi State 4:00 PM ESPN
Purdue at #25 Northwestern 4:00 PM ESPN2
UAB at UT San Antonio 4:00 PM KCWX
Tulane at East Carolina 4:00 PM CBSSN
New Mexico at Texas A&M 4:00 PM ESPNU
Old Dominion at Florida Intl 4:00 PM None
Tennessee at Missouri 4:30 PM SEC Network
#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami 5:00 PM ABC
#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma 5:00 PM FOX
Arizona State at UCLA 6:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
Oregon State at Arizona 7:00 PM ESPN2
Wyoming at Air Force 7:15 PM ESPNU
Boise State at Colorado State 7:30 PM CBSSN
Fresno State at Hawai'i 8:00 PM Spectrum Sports/KSEE None

Join your fellow Bruin fans discussing all of today’s action leading up to tonight’s UCLA game in the comments below!

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Go Bruins!