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 weekend truly kicked off on Thursday night, but there are still games to be played on Saturday. And that includes a pretty big matchup on Saturday night as Alabama takes on LSU. Now, odds are you're going to be watching that game because you're smart and you enjoy nice things, but there are other games on that you can help pass the time with this Saturday.
Hopefully this week's Meal Plan can help you figure out which games are right for you.
You know Florida State fans enjoyed what they saw on Thursday night when Stanford knocked off Oregon because that basically means the only thing that can stop Florida State from reaching the title game now is Florida State. Of course, let's not overlook Florida State's ability to stop itself, particularly when it's playing a road game against an ACC team it shouldn't have any trouble with.
If Missouri is going to hold on to its lead in the SEC East than this is simply a game in which it can't afford to slip up. The good news for the Tigers is that they are facing a Kentucky team that hasn't won an SEC game in nearly two full years, losing its last 12 SEC contests.
We've all been so surprised to see Missouri leading the SEC East that I feel like the fact Auburn actually controls its own destiny in the SEC West is being overlooked. I mean, this was a terrible team last season, and now it's suddenly back in the top ten. However, don't overlook Tennessee. The Vols got killed last week, but they've been very tough at home this season.
This is an interesting matchup of two teams that are headed in different directions right now. After a rough start to Big 12 play Kansas State has won its last two, while Texas Tech has lost its last two Big 12 games. It'll be interesting to see whether or not Texas Tech can stop its slide.
Do yourself a favor and do not watch this game. Because, honestly, neither of these teams have covered themselves in glory in 2013.
So exactly what the heck do we make of this Minnesota team that suddenly finds itself at 7-2 after winning its last three Big Ten games? Are the Gophers actually this good, or is it more a result of catching the right teams at the right time? I'm not sure, but I do know I won't be shocked if the Gophers find themselves at 8-2 come Sunday when you consider Penn State needed a late comeback and overtime to beat Illinois last week.
Iowa at Purdue -- Big Ten Network, Noon
Purdue hasn't had an offensive possession in the red zone since September 28. That was also the last time it managed to score a touchdown. So, looking at those numbers, you know that this Purdue offense is just amazing for all the wrong reasons. In yet another year when the Big Ten is looking weak, the Boilermakers are taking it to another level entirely. That kind of futility might be worth your time on Saturday.
Here's something you might not have realized considering they've already fired their coach this season, but the Trojans are actually still alive in the Pac-12 title hunt. Sure, they need
Mississippi State at No. 15 Texas A&M -- CBS, 3:30 p.m.
This is the first of a doubleheader on CBS, and it's worth your time simply because it features Johnny Manziel, who like Florida State fans, had to enjoy what he saw on Thursday night. While the Aggies don't really have any SEC title hopes at this point -- though the BCS is still in play -- Manziel's chances to win another Heisman improved following Marcus Mariota's struggles against Stanford. He'll probably improve his case on Saturday.
It's odd to see a non-conference game featuring a Big Ten team in November, but this is one of those under-the-radar matchups. Wisconsin is so much better than its ranking, and this week it's facing a strong BYU defense. We could see a surprise in Madison on Saturday afternoon.
Both of these teams come into this game with a 6-2 record, but it really feels like they're 4-4, doesn't it? Nebraska needed a Hail Mary last week to avoid its second straight loss at home, while on the other side, I'm pretty sure Devin Gardner died last week against Michigan State. Or at least he should have. The fact he survived might mean he's actually immortal. As for what's going to happen in this game, given the two teams involved, something stupid. But it could be the entertaining kind of stupid. You know, like your friend Steve.
Illinois at Indiana -- Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m.
This is not a matchup of good teams, but this is a matchup of two teams with terrible defenses and competent offenses. There's a reason the current over/under on this game is set at 78 points, and there's a good chance that this game could be entertaining because of it.
Kansas at No. 14 Oklahoma State -- Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.
Yeah, if this game isn't over before halftime I'll be very surprised. But Kansas fans will be okay with that because basketball starts this weekend.
No. 22 Arizona State at Utah -- Pac-12 Network, 4 p.m.
Arizona State finds itself in the driver's seat in the Pac-12 South, but this will be a tough test. Everybody already knows that Utah beat Stanford in Salt Lake City earlier this season, but the Utes have been good at home against everybody. Their two home losses to Oregon State and UCLA came by a combined 10 points, and one of those losses was an overtime loss. So the Pac-12 South could get more interesting this weekend.
A matchup of two fan bases who really would rather be watching their teams play basketball, but Duke is actually doing well on the football field this season. So maybe the fans in attendance will stop talking about basketball for a few minutes.
Virginia Tech at No. 11 Miami -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
I can't help but feel like this is going to be an ugly game. First of all, any game involving Virginia Tech's offense will probably be ugly, but Miami will be without Duke Johnson on its own offense. So I just feel like the first team to get to 10 is probably going to win. If they even get that far.
Odds are you don't much care about the American Athletic Conference, but trust me when I say this is a game you should try. First of all, it has huge implications because the winner of this conference gets a BCS berth. Second of all, these two teams are actually pretty good, and they're fun to watch as well.
Texas at West Virginia -- Fox, 7 p.m.
My initial take on this game is that it probably won't be all that interesting, but weird things have happened in Morgantown already this season, so there's a chance the Mountaineers can surprise and knock off the Longhorns. Of course, the fact that Texas is playing in this game is probably reason enough to believe somebody could step up and knock off the Longhorns.
No. 13 LSU at No. 1 Alabama -- CBS, 8 p.m.
Listen, I know that the games between these two aren't always pretty, but what they all are is competitive. Well, all the regular season games are competitive. Also, we've already seen one unbeaten fall this week, and this is one of those few remaining tests on Alabama's schedule this season. Chaos could really take hold on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.
This is the game you schedule as your national primetime broadcast when you know that everybody is going to be watching LSU and Alabama anyway.
Yeah, you're probably not going to watch this game.
LATE NIGHT SNACKS
No. 19 UCLA at Arizona -- ESPN, 10 p.m.
This could be the perfect game to finish your night with. It might feature a whole lot of touchdowns while keeping you up until 1 a.m.. What more can you ask for from a late night Pac-12 game?
Fresno State has played with fire often this season, and I can't help but feel like it is going to get burned at some point. It might be in Wyoming.
It's Saint Diego versus Saint Jose in the holy war to end all holy wars. Or it's just a late night Mountain West battle that could prove to be entertaining. I guess we'll have to wait to find out.