College football schedule, Week 7: What to watch on Saturday, TV kickoff times
Here's every NCAA football game you need to watch this week; just make sure you have the remote
It's the second week in a row that college football doesn't feature any real spotlight games. Hell, as far as sex appeal is concerned, this week might be worse than the last. At least we had one game between ranked teams last Saturday, but we aren't being afforded the same privilege this week. Still, what the schedule lacks in headliner acts, it makes up for it with depth. It's like an outdoor concert festival that will keep you busy throughout the day, even if you don't know any of the bands currently on stage.
No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas) -- ESPN, 3:30 p.m.: The biggest game of the day is one of the best rivalries in the sport, but the game loses some steam with Oklahoma losing to Iowa State last week. Had Oklahoma come into this one undefeated, it would feel like there's so much more on the line. There is still plenty at stake, however. Oklahoma can survive one loss, but it cannot take another if it wants to hold onto any realistic hope of a playoff berth. As for Tom Herman, what better way to endear yourself to your new adoring fan base than by beating your biggest rival?
No. 10 Auburn at LSU -- CBS, 3:30 p.m.: By virtue of its close loss to Clemson and a couple of blowout wins over Missouri, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Auburn has been deemed one of the good teams in the SEC, but I'd like to see a little more proof of this. If Auburn truly wants to be considered a challenger to Alabama in the West, and on the same level as Georgia to the East, then it should trounce an LSU team that barely scraped by Florida last week and lost at home to Troy two weeks ago. This will be the week we find out if Auburn is serious or not.
No. 6 TCU at Kansas State -- FS1, Noon: Being the hot team in the Big 12 this season has been a dangerous position. Earlier this year it was Oklahoma State garnering all the attention, and then the Cowboys lost to TCU. After that, it was Oklahoma who was the Big 12's best until it lost to Iowa State. Now we all turn our eyes to TCU, which hits the road for an early start against Kansas State in Manhattan. Beware, Frogs of the horned variety. Bill Snyder and Kansas State have a habit of destroying dreams in the heartland.
Georgia Tech at No. 11 Miami -- ABC, 3:30 p.m.: This is low-key one of the best games of the day and a possible upset spot. Miami finally slew the Florida State giant last week, but now it has to deal with a Georgia Tech team that's always a pain in the butt to deal with. I worry that the Hurricanes could be in a classic letdown spot here, and considering these two teams have looked to be the best squads in the ACC Coastal so far, this is a pivotal tussle for both.
Utah at No. 13 USC -- ABC, 8 p.m.: If you like turnovers, this just might be the kerfuffle you're looking for. The Trojans rank fifth nationally in turnovers forced, while the Utes are right behind them in seventh. And while both teams are adept at taking the ball away from opponents, they're both prone to giving it right back at times too. All of which leads me to believe that this game could get weird and weird is fun.
Boise State at No. 19 San Diego State -- CBS Sports Network, 10:30 p.m.: San Diego State could easily be the best team in the country you haven't watched play yet. If that's the case, rectify this sad situation on Saturday night. The Aztecs host Boise State in what could be the last big test standing between the Aztecs and a 12-0 regular season. Also, if you're a fantasy football player, get a sneak peek at Rashaad Penny before the rest of the owners in your league even hear his name.
Kelly led Oregon to a national championship appearance and is an innovator in the game
This week's AP Top 25 college football rankings remained largely unchanged
Mora went 46-30 since joining UCLA in 2012, taking the Bruins to four bowl games
There should not be too many changes to this week's college football rankings
Elsewhere, the top 12 remains the same in this week's college football rankings
Lane Kiffin turned around FAU remarkably fast and has the Owls in the C-USA title game