Saturday Meal Plan: Your Week 6 TV Viewer's Guide
The Saturday Meal Plan fills you in on what to watch, when to watch and where to watch every Saturday during the college football season.
So am I the only one who feels the college football season is going by too quickly? I mean, once the season ends that period from early January until September when games begin anew feels lie an eternity to me, but I feel as though the season just started and here we are already in October for the sixth week of the season.
We're just about two-fifths of the way through the regular season and I would really appreciate it if time would slow itself down a bit. Maybe go for a walk, spend some time with the family.
Just allow all of us to sit back and enjoy the season a bit longer, would you?
Air Force Falcons at Navy Midshipmen -- CBS, 11:30 a.m. (All times Eastern)
No matter where you reside politically -- and oh man is there nothing I care less about than your politics -- I'm pretty sure we can all agree that the government shutdown threatening to cancel college football games was going too far. Thankfully common sense prevailed, and because of it we can all start our Saturday a bit earlier than usual with Air Force and Navy. Winner gets to make the first joke about the Coast Guard.
No. 25 Maryland Terrapins at No. 8 Florida State Seminoles State" data-canon="Florida Gators" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> -- ESPN, Noon
Odds are that if you're not a Maryland fan you haven't spent any time watching the Terps in action this season. Well, that should change this week because those undefeated turtles are heading to Tallahassee to take on the Seminoles. We'll all find out just how seriously we should take that 4-0 start to the season.
Illinois Fighting Illini at Nebraska Cornhuskers -- ESPNU, Noon
Before the season started I think we'd have all expected a blowout here, but with Nebraska's struggles on defense and Illinois' improvement on offense, suddenly anything is possible in this game. Now, if somebody leaked a tape of Bo Pelini cursing Nebraska fans after a loss to UCLA, can you imagine what will be on the tape that's released if the Cornhuskers lose to Illinois?
No. 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders at Kansas Jayhawks -- Fox Sports 1, Noon
Since the 2009 season the Jayhawks are 2-32 in Big 12 play, which is absolutely horrible. That includes losing their last 21, however, last season in Lubbock the Jayhawks forced two overtimes before finally falling to Texas Tech. Will that streak actually come to an end on Saturday? Probably not, but I don't care because I actually found a way to almost sell this game to you.
Michigan State Spartans State" data-canon="Michigan Wolverines" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> at Iowa Hawkeyes -- ESPN2, Noon
These two teams got together to play one of the ugliest college football games of the 2012 season. I mean, there has never been a double-overtime game that was as boring as that affair. So, on the bright side, this year's game has to be better than last year's. It's just that better doesn't exactly mean good, you know?
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Southern Methodist Mustangs -- ESPNNews, Noon
One of the American Athletic Conference's oldest, fiercest rivalries comes to an end this Saturday.
No. 3 Clemson Tigers at Syracuse Orange -- ABC/ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.
Syracuse plays its first ACC game and gets to do so against Clemson. Which means that both Pitt and Syracuse open their ACC lives against Florida State and Clemson respectively, the two best teams in the conference. Welcome to your new homes!
No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs at Tennessee Volunteers -- CBS, 3:30 p.m.
Yeah, there's a bit of a thin slate in the SEC this week. I'm sorry, Tennessee, it's just that after seeing the way you played against Oregon Ducks and South Alabama I just have a really hard time imagining you'll be able to hang with Georgia for very long. Or, wait, no. I mean this game will be super exciting throughout with thrilling plays on thrilling plays! Make sure you tune in this Saturday on CBS! America's most watched network!
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at No. 14 Miami -- ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.
Another interesting ACC matchup this week. Miami is off to a 4-0 start to the season, but if it finally wants to win the ACC Championship and win the Coastal Division, then this is exactly the kind of game it needs to win.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at No. 19 Michigan -- ABC/ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.
Did the week off fix what has been ailing Michigan in its last couple games? I know Wolverines fans are hoping so, but if not and Michigan struggles with more turnovers then this one has a chance to get interesting.
Kansas State Wildcats at No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys State" data-canon="Oklahoma Sooners" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> -- ABC, 3:30 p.m.
So Oklahoma State got a bit of a wakeup call against West Virginia Mountaineers last week, and if the Cowboys want to maintain any real chance of winning the Big 12 this season, they certainly can't afford to lose this game. And while Kansas State may not be the same Kansas State we've seen in recent years, it's still coached by Bill Snyder and that means it still practices the dark arts.
Washington Huskies State at California Golden Bears -- Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.
While this isn't really a matchup of great teams, it is somewhat of a "teacher-student" matchup. Cal coach Sonny Dykes got his first offensive coordinator job at Texas Tech under Mike Leach and now they meet across the sidelines from one another. You should expect a five-hour game that feature five running plays at most.
No. 2 Oregon at Colorado Buffaloes -- Pac-12 Network, 6 p.m.
Since Colorado joined the Pac-12 it has lost both of its games against Oregon by a combined score of 115-16. The last time they played in Boulder the final score was 45-2. So if that doesn't make you want to watch this game, nothing will.
No. 10 LSU Tigers at Mississippi State Bulldogs -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Yeah, it's SEC football, but I think Mississippi State is going to find itself in the wrong place at the wrong time this week. Oh, and the fact the Bulldogs haven't beaten LSU since 1999 and have lost 25 of the last 28 meetings doesn't help them much either.
TCU Horned Frogs at No. 11 Oklahoma -- Fox, 7 p.m.
I have not been very impressed with what I've seen from TCU so far this season, but if there was ever an opportunity to turn a season around, this would be it for the Horned Frogs. Now whether or not they can do it is another matter entirely.
Arkansas Razorbacks at No. 18 Florida -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
I have a feeling this game could be over in less than three hours considering the tendencies both these teams have on offense. Arkansas is running the ball on 67% of its plays this season while Florida has run the ball 67% of the time as well. So, using advanced mathematical metrics, I have deduced that 134% of the plays in this game will be of the running variety.
No. 24 Ole Miss Rebels at Auburn Tigers -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Of all the games in the SEC this week I believe this one just might be the most entertaining to watch. Ole Miss would like to reclaim some of its dignity after being pummeled last week, and Auburn has improved quite a great deal since last season. These are also two teams that like to run a lot of plays on offense, so it could get pretty exciting in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night.
No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes at No.16 Northwestern Wildcats -- ABC, 8 p.m.
Safe to say this is the biggest game in Northwestern history? It's not just the national attention the game is getting, either, it's also what this game means for the program as a whole. Pat Fitzgerald has done remarkable things since taking over, and the Wildcats have crossed a lot of things off their to-do list along the way. But beating a team like Ohio State is the next thing the Wildcats have to do if they want to start winning Big Ten titles and going to Rose Bowls.
West Virginia at No. 17 Baylor Bears -- Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.
Do you remember what happened in this game last year? If not, let me remind you. These two teams combined to score 133 points while amassing 1,507 yards of offense. There were 19 touchdowns scored in that game and not a single field goal. It was insane. It was the video game you've been playing against your friends for years. And it's not going to happen again this season.
LATE NIGHT SNACK
It's the only late option we have this week -- Hawaii-San Jose State isn't televised nationally -- but it's a pretty great option to have, isn't it? Washington pulled off the upset over Stanford in Seattle last season, winning 17-13. I have a feeling we'll see more points this season, as well as a lot more jokes about the winning team's coach leaving to take the job at USC. It should be fun.
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