Saturday Meal Plan: Your Week 14 TV Viewer's Guide

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.

Saturday will be the last full Saturday of college football games you have to choose from until next fall, which, man, I didn't mean to depress you like that right off the bat. I apologize. I probably shouldn't even mention that while there are plenty of games to choose from, it's not even really a full slate considering how many games were played on Thursday and Friday.

But you know what? Even if there aren't a ton of games to choose from on Saturday, there are plenty of good ones. For most of the country it's rivalry week, which not only gives us games featuring teams that hate each other, but games between teams that hate each other and actually matter as far as tangible things like conference and national championships are concerned.

So here's a guide to how you can enjoy your final real Saturday of the college football season. Cherish every play, because before you know it all you're gonna have to watch is baseball. And oh god that's boring, and I say that as somebody who actually likes baseball.


No. 2 Florida State at Florida -- ESPN, Noon (All times Eastern)

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has spent the last few weeks throwing as many votes of confidence as he can behind Will Muschamp. Even after Florida lost to Georgia Southern at home last week. So it could be interesting to tune in to this game and try to figure out at which point -- if any -- Jeremy Foley changes his mind.

No. 3 Ohio State at Michigan -- ABC, Noon

Listen, I know that Michigan has been an incredibly lackluster team all season, but this is still Ohio State and Michigan. You may not consider it the greatest rivalry in college football, but if it's not in your top three then you're just looking for attention. You really don't need a reason to want to watch this one, though the fact that Michigan will not only be looking to beat Ohio State, but to end any national title aspirations it has as well, is a bonus.

Minnesota at No. 11 Michigan State -- Big Ten Network, Noon

While Michigan State already has the Legends Division wrapped up, this is still a team that wants to remain in contention for a BCS bowl even if it loses to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. So it will not be taking Minnesota lightly, nor should it. The Gophers would love to cap off the regular season with an upset of the Spartans and nine wins.

No. 24 Duke at North Carolina -- ESPN2, Noon

You know it's been a strange season in the ACC when there's a football game between Duke and North Carolina with as much meaning as this one. While the overall Coastal Division picture is murkier, it's actually quite clear for Duke. If the Blue Devils beat the rival Tar Heels then Duke will be going to the ACC title game to take on Florida State. If it loses, it won't. Yes, that's a real thing I wrote about Duke football. I wasn't being sarcastic or anything. 

Rutgers at Connecticut -- ESPNU, Noon 

Honestly, with all the other games going on at this time, if this is the one you choose to tune into, we probably can't be friends. But if Rutgers' pursuit of bowl eligibility is that important to you I'm not going to tell you how to live your life.

Temple at Memphis -- ESPNNews, Noon

Can Temple win its first conference game of the season? Can Memphis win its second? Such exciting questions that will no doubt be answered, but I won't be sitting around waiting for the answers.

Kansas State at Kansas -- Fox Sports 1, Noon

A win here for Kansas State would improve its bowl position in the Big 12, but other than that there's nothing on the line here but good ol' bragging rights. And sometimes that's enough to make for an interesting game. But, again, this should be pretty low on your morning totem poll of options.


No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 Auburn -- CBS, 3:30 p.m.

So, yeah, this game is kind of important. I mean, it's the Iron Bowl, and much like Ohio State-Michigan before it, this is just one of those games that you should want to watch every season. And when it includes two teams ranked in the top five with the SEC West title on the line (and in a strange turn of events, maybe even the Heisman Trophy) as well? All right, you convinced me. I'll watch.

No. 9 Baylor at TCU -- ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.

Here's the thing, Baylor may have seen its chance at a national title ripped away by Oklahoma State last week, but the Bears are still alive for a Big 12 title and trip to a BCS bowl game. So it will be interesting to see how Baylor responds to last week's loss, and while TCU doesn't have a bowl game to play for, this is an old SWC rivalry. TCU would love to do nothing more than extend Baylor's misery.

Penn State at No. 15 Wisconsin -- ESPN, 3:30 p.m.

Honestly, I can't help but wonder what the case would be for Wisconsin right now had the refs had any clue what they were doing at the end of that loss against Arizona State. Obviously, we know the Badgers would be 10-1, but I wonder where they'd be ranked in the BCS. As for this game, the Badgers do still have an outside shot at a BCS at-large berth, so they'll be looking to improve their standing against a Penn State team that has been pretty average this season.

Georgia at Georgia Tech -- ABC, 3:30 p.m.

This rivalry doesn't get a ton of national attention, but these two teams don't like each other. What will be interesting is whether or not Georgia Tech knows about it's ACC Coastal chances before this game starts, because if Duke beats North Carolina in the morning, it could be pretty deflating for the Yellow Jackets heading in to this game.

Virginia Tech at Virginia -- ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.

This game is somewhat similar to the Georgia-Georgia Tech game. You know the Hokies will be paying attention to Duke and North Carolina before this one starts, because if Duke loses all the Hokies need to do is beat the Cavaliers to get to the ACC title game. If Duke wins, well, it will just have to settle for trying to beat up its in-state rival.

Northwestern at Illinois -- Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m.

A rivalry that really isn't much of a rivalry, as neither of these teams can manage being good at the same time and playing for something meaningful. Really the only things being played for here are Northwestern trying to avoid going winless in the Big Ten and Illinois looking to finish the season with two straight wins. 

Purdue at Indiana -- Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m.

This is kind of like Northwestern and Illinois in that these two teams just can't be good at the same time, but unlike that rivalry, these two teams don't like each other. Purdue has had a terrible season, but winning the Old Oaken Bucket can put a nice cap on the season. It's also be a good consolation prize for an Indiana team that missed out on its goal of going bowling this season.

Iowa State at West Virginia -- Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.

Neither of these teams can go bowling, and, believe it or not, Iowa State and West Virginia aren't actually rivals. So, yeah, not a whole lot of reasons to check this one out.


No. 6 Clemson at No. 10 South Carolina -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.

Now this game would be fun even if both of these teams weren't currently ranked in the top ten. These teams and, at times, these coaches really don't like one another. Both squads could be 0-11 but they'd be out there trying to beat the hell out of each other anyway. So throw in the fact Clemson still has BCS aspirations and this one should be pretty good.

<strong>No. 25 Notre Dame at No. 8 Stanford -- Fox, 7 p.m.</strong>

Stanford already has its trip to the Pac-12 Championship sewn up, but I'm sure the Cardinal would like some revenge for that touchdown that wasn't in South Bend last season. Meanwhile the Irish would like to get to 9-3 on the season and make itself that much more attractive to bowl officials.

Tennessee at Kentucky -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.

Tennessee's loss to Vanderbilt last week took a lot of the possible drama out of this game. Tennessee could have been playing for bowl eligibility in this one, but instead it's just two teams whose first-year coaches are trying to end the season on a positive note. 

No. 21 Texas A&M at No. 5 Missouri -- ESPN, 7:45 p.m.

These two are rivals by default in the SEC, even though there wasn't much of a rivalry between the schools when they were both in the Big 12. Still, what this game might lack in mutual hatred, it makes up for in meaning. It's pretty simple for Missouri. Beat Texas A&M and the Tigers go to Atlanta to take on the winner of the Iron Bowl. Lose to the Aggies and head to Florida for a New Year's Day bowl game. Not bad at all considering preseason expectations, but those expectations have changed.

No. 22 UCLA at No. 23 Southern California -- ABC, 8 p.m.

Had UCLA managed to beat Arizona State last week this game would have been really important to both of these teams. So I guess we'll all just have to settle for two teams that don't like each other, and an interim coach that is still trying to convince his current bosses that he's the right man for the job.


Arizona at No. 12 Arizona State -- Pac-12 Network, 9:30 p.m.

Arizona State has wrapped up the Pac-12 South, but it can wrap up homefield advantage in the Pac-12 title game with a win over in-state rival Arizona. So this is a pretty good rivalry game to end your day with, and one that carries meaning with it as well.

New Mexico at Boise State -- ESPN2, 10:15 p.m.

Whether or not this game matters will depend on what happens between Utah State and Wyoming earlier in the day. Should Utah State lose then Boise State would just need to beat New Mexico to get a rematch with Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship. If Utah State beats Wyoming then it won't matter what Boise does in this game.

San Diego State at UNLV -- ESPNU, 10:30 p.m.

Nothing on the line here except maybe making yourself look more attractive to a minor bowl game. Of course, for UNLV, that sounds awesome.

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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