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.
This is going to be a great Saturday of college football viewing for yours truly. Not because there are a lot of great games on the schedule, because the truth is, this week's slate is actually a bit thin.
No, Saturday will be great for me for another reason entirely. That's because I live in a neighborhood in Chicago with a ton of families and young children, so the Fornelli household bought a lot of candy for Halloween this year. Well, it rained quite a bit in Chicago on Thursday night, which slowed down the trick-or-treating.
And that means we still have three giant bags of candy left that weren't even opened. Also, the lady left Friday morning to go visit her brother in New York for a week. Which means that on Saturday I'll be home alone with 14 hours of football to watch and three big bags of candy.
This is the life, my friends.
This is basically the kind of matchup we'll be seeing around the country this weekend. A good team -- although I do feel Wisconsin is criminally underrated -- against a team that has been mediocre for most of the season. However, this game may be interesting because I've noticed the Hawkeyes have a tendency of playing up or down to their opponent.
Typically I wouldn't give Boston College much of a chance in this matchup, but, well, Virginia Tech just lost at home against Duke last week and it's offense can best be described as horribawful. So I'm thinking first team to 14 wins.
Let's see, Penn State enters this game coming off a 46-point loss to Ohio State while Illinois just lost to Michigan State by 39. What a matchup! Though what could make this interesting is that Penn State still harbors a lot of ill will toward Tim Beckman and the Illini coaching staff for trying to recruit Penn State players after the NCAA sanctions. That means there's a high probability of Penn State calling a lot of "eff you" plays if given the chance.
No. 4 Ohio State at Purdue -- Big Ten Network, Noon
Logically, there's no reason to think that Ohio State will have any trouble in this game, however, it's not that simple. Purdue always seems to give the Buckeyes trouble, and has won the last two games played in West Lafayette. Also, last season Ohio State needed a fourth quarter comeback to force overtime in Columbus. So there's a chance!
Will Southern Miss ever win another game? Tune in and find out!
The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville is not the matchup of top 10 teams we all anticipated before the start of the season. Now it's just a matchup of two of the top 10 most injured teams in the country. However, it's still Georgia and Florida, and compared to the rest of the options this week, that's probably enough.
No. 8 Clemson at Virginia -- ESPN, 3:30 p.m.
Clemson just ain't been right since that Florida State game. Yeah, it won last week against Maryland, but it wasn't the most impressive win against a banged up Terps team. Virginia makes for the perfect opponent to work out the kinks, but it remains to be seen if Clemson will do so.
No. 21 Michigan at No. 22 Michigan State -- ABC, 3:30 p.m.
This is one of the weekend's better matchups, as it features two ranked teams that don't like each other very much. This could also be a good chance for Michigan State to show the country that it's No. 22 ranking might be a bit too low for a 7-1 team with one of the best defenses in the country. Same goes for Michigan, which hasn't exactly been impressive in its 6-1 start. But here's what will happen: whichever team wins, it will only be because the other team was overrated. You heard it here first.
Want to watch a game that's going to last roughly five hours and feature 200 plays? Well this might just be the game for you.
Here's something I never thought I'd say about a game between Minnesota and Indiana: this game has a chance to be very interesting. Minnesota surprised me with its win last week, and Indiana's offense (and, for opposite reasons, its defense) have a tendency to make things interesting at the very least.
This is a game between two programs who seem to constantly be walking around with a dark cloud overhead these days. I just feel like somehow, some way, this game will end in a tie.
I really can't think of a reason why you should watch this game unless you went to one of these schools or are related to one of the players.
This is another game like the previous one. Once you get to the bottom half of the Big 12, things just get ugly.
Auburn sure jumped up the polls quickly the last few weeks, didn't it? If you haven't seen Auburn this season, give them a chance. They're a lot more fun to watch now that Gus Malzahn has taken over. Not as fun as the Cam Newton team, but still good times.
Just seeing the word Missouri makes me feel awful about the way last week's game ended for the Tigers, but hopefully they've moved on because this team is still in control of its own SEC East destiny. And this week its gets a Tennessee team that's struggled on the road this year and has a new starting quarterback.
At this point it's hard to imagine both Baylor and Texas losing twice in Big 12 play, so this game essentially serves as a playoff game of sorts for both of these teams. If you win you're still alive in the Big 12 title chase. If you lose, you're done. On top of that, I think this game has a good chance of being one of the more entertaining contests we're going to get this week.
I've always been a fan of option offenses, but I can't work up any desire to watch this.
Well at least Pac-12 schedule makers aren't complete sadists. Giving UCLA a home game against Colorado after making the Bruins play both Stanford and Oregon on the road in consecutive weeks is the least they could do.
No. 7 Miami at No. 3 Florida State -- ABC, 8 p.m.
Finally! A top ten matchup! Albeit, it's a top ten matchup that currently has a 22-point spread, but it's still a top ten matchup! It feels like nobody is giving Miami much of a chance in this game -- of our six CBSSports.com "experts" only Jeremy Fowler even picked Miami to cover the spread -- but that just means Miami is going to win on some kind of crazy last-second Hail Mary or something.
LATE NIGHT SNACKS
UTEP at No. 12 Texas A&M -- ESPN2, 9 p.m.
This game isn't really a late-nighter, but it does start after the majority of the primetime games, so it qualifies!
I will probably be in a candy coma by the time this game starts, but I'll regret missing it. If I ever wake up I mean. However, if you're not in a coma, you should tune in just because there's a good chance you could be seeing Fresno State in a BCS bowl come the end of the season. So get a feel for the Bulldogs now.