Saturday Meal Plan: Your Week 3 TV Viewer's Guide

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

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.

The SEC on CBS kicks off this weekend with the GREATEST GAME OF ALL TIME between Alabama and Texas A&M. Obviously, this is the biggest game of the weekend, and for good reason. You're going to watch it, and if you're not planning on watching it you should reconsider your life decisions.

However, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other games worth your time on Saturday. In fact, there are quite a few other interesting options out there, and you should relish these games while you can because I've taken a peek at next week's schedule and it's a barren wasteland of despair and boredom.

BREAKFAST

No. 5 Stanford at Army -- CBS Sports Network, Noon (All times Eastern)

Now, on first glance, this game doesn't look all that appealing. Stanford should steamroll Army in this game, and it probably will. However, what could make it interesting is the time the game starts. Sure, it's noon in West Point, but it's 9 a.m. in Palo Alto. So the early start time could have an effect on the Cardinal early.

No. 7 Louisville at Kentucky -- ESPN, Noon

These two schools do not like each other, and those feelings extend to both the football field and the basketball court. Now, while the Wildcats aren't likely to make a lot of noise in SEC play this season, taking down Louisville and Teddy Bridgewater at home would be a very nice feather in Mark Stoops' cap during his first season in Lexington.

Akron at No. 11 Michigan -- Big Ten Network, Noon

This is going to be a bloodbath. Some folks enjoy bloodbaths.

Tulsa at No. 14 Oklahoma -- ESPN2, Noon

This game has some potential for surprise. The Sooners have struggled on offense and this week Blake Bell will be starting at quarterback for the first time. I fully expect the Sooners to win, but you never know. Also, at the very least, it'll be interesting to see the Sooners possibly revert to the power-running team of old.

No. 16 UCLA at No. 23 Nebraska -- ABC, Noon

This game will likely be the most enjoyable game of the early slate. Both of these teams had a hard time stopping one another last year, and another shootout could ensue in Lincoln this year. however, like Stanford against Army, the early start time here could have an adverse effect on the Bruins.

Bowling Green at Indiana -- ESPNU, Noon

I feel like this game can go one of two ways. Indiana will either blow Bowling Green out of the water and put up at least 50 points or Bowling Green will pull off the "upset." Either way, it could merit your attention during commercial breaks of the other game you're watching.

Virginia Tech at East Carolina -- Fox Sports 1, Noon

Seriously, if Virginia Tech lost on the road to East Carolina this week would it really be considered an upset? I don't even mean that as a knock on Virginia Tech. What I'm saying is that the Pirates have a potent offense and generally have more fans in their stadium and have more of a home-field advantage because of it than other ACC teams Virginia Tech normally faces on the road.

LUNCH

Youngstown State at Michigan State -- Big Ten Network, 2 p.m.

I dare you to watch this game.

Boston College at Southern California -- Pac-12 Network, 3 p.m.

Can you imagine what would happen if USC lost at home to Boston College this week? Fans in attendance were already chanting "Fire Lane Kiffin" during last week's loss to Washington State. You have to think fans will storm the field with malicious intent if the Trojans lose again this week. So you should watch just for that possibility alone.

No 1. Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M -- CBS, 3:30 p.m.

You don't really need me to tell you why you should be watching this game, do you? You're already reading this, so I know you're not an idiot.

Tennessee at No. 2 Oregon -- ABC, 3:30 p.m.

This game is interesting and could be good commercial break viewing during Alabama and A&M. No offense to Virginia, but this game is the first real test for two new head coaches in Mark Helfrich and Butch Jones.

Nevada at No. 10 Florida State -- ESPN, 3:30 p.m.

If you're like Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and love yourself a good mullet, then this is no doubt the game for you.

Georgia Tech at Duke -- ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.

Look, I don't mean to sound insulting here, but if you're watching this game tomorrow you better be a student or alum at one of these schools. I mean, sure, this game could have some meaning in the ACC standings when the season is over, but come on. Look at your other options right now.

DINNER

Iowa at Iowa State -- Fox Sports 1, 6 p.m.

This game is very important to fans of both of these schools. Both for the rivalry aspect and because the loser of this game already has two losses and is looking at a tough road to bowl eligibility. This game may be of interest to you if you're a fan of car accidents. And I know most of us like to take a peek at a car accident from time to time.

No. 19 Washington at Illinois (in Chicago) -- Big Ten Network, 6 p.m.

Illinois is off to a surprising 2-0 start to the season, but how seriously should anybody be taking that start? What about the Huskies? What should we make of that beatdown of Boise State to open the season? All these questions will be answered in this game or none of them will. I don't know.

UCF at Penn State -- Big Ten Network, 6 p.m.

Yet another game this week which features two teams who might not be major contenders this season, but make for interesting matchups. Christian Hackenberg has looked good for Penn State so far, but he's also made some mistakes. Meanwhile Blake Bortles is the kind of quarterback that could lead the Knights to an upset victory in Happy Valley.

No. 4 Ohio State at California -- Fox, 7 p.m.

Is Braxton Miller going to play? Well, we don't know just yet, but even if he does this game may be a lot closer than you're expecting. Cal has a dynamic, young quarterback of its own and things tend to get weird in Berkeley.

Kent State at No. 8 LSU -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.

Tune in for three hours of announcers mentioning Les Miles and Oklahoma State as Miles' current team eats an opponent live on television.

Vanderbilt at No. 13 South Carolina -- ESPN, 7 p.m.

This is a huge game for both teams as they are both currently 0-1 in SEC play. Simply put, a loss for either one of these teams kills a lot of dreams awfully early.

Mississippi State at Auburn -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.

Listen, we know full well that neither of these teams are going to win the SEC West this year. Frankly, they're both in a battle for fourth place with dreams of third place dancing in their heads. If they're going to achieve those dreams neither one of these teams can afford to lose to the other.

No. 25 Ole Miss at Texas -- Longhorn Network, 8 p.m.

Only the lucky few that actually have the Longhorn Network will get the chance to possibly see Mack Brown's tenure in Austin come to an unofficial end.

No. 21 Notre Dame at Purdue -- ABC, 8 p.m.

If you have seen Purdue play at any point this season, first of all, I'm sorry. Nobody should have to see that. But if you have seen Purdue play then you know that there's no reason to believe this game will be of any interest to anybody by the time the second half starts.

LATE-NIGHT SNACKS

Oregon State at Utah -- Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m.

I don't know if I'd go as far as saying that this game has a chance to be "good" but I will say that it has a good chance of being interesting. Think of Thursday night's game between Texas Tech and TCU, only later at night and without foxes on the field.

No. 20 Wisconsin at Arizona State -- ESPN 10:30 p.m.

So far these two teams have combined to play UMass, Tennessee Tech and Sacramento State. A regular murderer's row of opponents. So while this game has the appeal of being an interesting Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup, it'll also offer us the first chance to see what either of these teams are actually made of.

Texas-San Antonio at Arizona -- Pac-12 Network, 10:30 p.m.

There are going to be so many points scored in this game, you guys.

 
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