Saturday Viewer's Guide: Week 5

The Saturday Viewer's Guide fills you in on what to watch, when to watch and where to watch every Saturday during the college football season.

It's not the greatest week of college football games that I've ever seen, but at least all the best games won't be played at the same time like they were last week. We're even getting a great matchup, for once, to start our day.


#25 Baylor Bears at #9 West Virginia Mountaineers - FX, Noon ET

What's this? Do my eyes deceive me? Do we actually have a game between ranked opponents to start the day? Prayers and death threats have been answered, friends! Not only do we get a top 25 matchup to start the day, but one that could approach 100 points between the two teams.

Indiana Hoosiers at Northwestern Wildcats - Big Ten Network, Noon ET

Big Ten play gets started with one former perennial doormat turned into the conference's best team against another perennial doormat. We'll finally find out the answer to the age-old question of "could a Big Ten team beat a Big Ten team?"

Penn State Nittany Lions at Illinois Fighting Illini - ESPN, Noon ET

All these Big Ten options, how do you choose which one to watch? Easy, you watch Baylor and West Virginia. 

Minnesota Golden Gophers at Iowa Hawkeyes - ESPN2, Noon ET

All right, let's look at this in a glass half-full kind of way. At least with all these Big Ten games on in the morning we're getting them out of the way early. It's like eating your brussel sprouts before you get to that pie for dessert.

NC State Wolfpack at Miami - ESPNU, Noon ET

This game is worth your attention for no other reason than getting a chance to marvel at all the empty seats.


Tennessee Volunteers at #5 Georgia Bulldogs - CBS, 3:30 p.m. ET

Uncles Verne and Gary are down in Athens this week to guide you through another big game in the SEC East. After losing to Florida, the Vols can't afford another loss here against Georgia.

#14 Ohio State Buckeyes  at #20  Michigan State Spartans  - ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET

Has a top 25 matchup ever seemed less appealing? Maybe you think I'm being excessively rough on the Big Ten this week, but I assure you that I'm only doing so because I've had to watch the Big Ten this season. Every week.

#17 Clemson Tigers at Boston College Eagles - ESPN2, 3:30 p.m. ET

This game can only go two ways. Clemson can either take out its frustration from last week's loss to Florida State Seminoles and destroy Boston College, or Clemson could head to Chestnut Hill feeling sorry for itself and get upset. Either way, it could be fun to watch.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPNU, 3:30 p.m. ET

This game is being played at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., and features one team that couldn't beat Pitt and another team that destroyed Pitt. Tune in as both teams compare notes.

Arizona State Sun Devils at California Golden Bears - FX, 4 p.m. ET

In Cal's last two losses, quarterback  Zach Maynard has been sacked 15 times. I know that's not really a reason to watch, but man that is a lot of times to be sacked. It's a wonder Maynard still can walk.


#4 Florida State at South Florida Bulls - ESPN, 6 p.m. ET

Given its history, would you be shocked to see Florida State follow up a huge win over Clemson last week by losing to South Florida? Most likely on a field goal that misses wide right. You should watch at least the first quarter of this one to see if it's possible.

Towson at #3 LSU Tigers - ESPNU, 7 p.m. ET

Ever want to see a Towson eaten alive by a Tiger?

#6 South Carolina Gamecocks at Kentucky Wildcats - ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET

Ever seen a Wildcat eaten alive by a Gamecock? How about a Jadeveon Clowney ? Honestly, the only reason to watch this game is to see what Steve Spurrier might say, and sometimes that's enough.

#12 Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma State Cowboys - Fox, 7:50 p.m. ET

Texas looks to be back on the winning path so far in 2012, but this trip to Stillwater will be the first real test Mack Brown's boys face. We'll also find out how seriously we should take Oklahoma State this season.

#19 Louisville Cardinals at Southern Miss - CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. ET

Louisville and Teddy Bridgewater are the only team from the Big East you need to pay attention to this season, so tune in and get half your Orange Bowl preview now.

Wisconsin Badgers at #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers - ABC, 8 p.m. ET

I know it's a Big Ten game, but this one actually could be pretty interesting to watch. There's been some trash talk thrown Nebraska's way this week, and it'll be interesting to see how Taylor Martinez responds. Whichever way he chooses, I'm sure it will be a mechanical nightmare.

Ole Miss at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide - ESPN, 9:15 p.m. ET

Did Tuscaloosa move to the West Coast while I wasn't looking? Well, whatever, I'm sure it'll be over by 10 p.m. anyway.


#2 Oregon Ducks at Washington State Cougars - ESPN2, 10:30 p.m. ET

Mike Leach's tenure at Washington State has gotten off to a terrible start, but things will surely get easier with Oregon coming to town.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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