Welcome to week 9 of the college football season. This week is light on meaningful early games, but the schedule is jammed packed starting at 3:30. Make sure you get your chores done early, because from 3:30 on, you won’t want to miss a minute of the action. Now on to the games!
Early Game to Watch: Tennessee @ South Carolina (noon ET) Just two short weeks ago, South Carolina was ranked 3rd and in the mix for both an SEC and National Championship. Now, they’re trying to stop a 2-game losing streak to save their season. Fortunately, they’re playing a Tennessee team that has yet to win an SEC game. The Vols are riding a 3-game losing streak, but those 3 losses have come against 3 ranked opponents, including top-ranked Alabama last week. Things aren’t going to be any easier for them this week and if the Vols want head coach Derek Dooley to stick around another year, this is a must-win game.
Other Games to Watch: Iowa @ Northwestern (noon ET) North Carolina State @ North Carolina (12:30pm ET)
Midday Game to Watch: Georgia vs. Florida (3:30pm ET) Welcome to the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party! For those of you watching the game at home instead of in Jax, please feel free to have a cocktail or two to join the party. The Gators are finishing up the toughest stretch of their schedule and have climbed to 2nd in the BCS rankings. They’ve done this mostly by playing excellent special teams and forcing turnovers on defense. Last week against South Carolina, Gators QB Jeff Driskel became the first quarterback this century to throw for less than 100 yards and have 4 TD passes. At some point, the Gators are going to need to drive the length of the field and chew up some clock…Will this be that week?
Other Games to Watch: USC @ Arizona (3:30pm ET) Texas Tech @ Kansas State (3:30pm ET) Duke @ Florida State (3:30pm ET) Ohio State @ Penn State (5:30pm ET)
Late Game to Watch: Notre Dame @ Oklahoma (8:00pm ET) Notre Dame may play the toughest schedule in college football, and this trip to Norman, OK may be the toughest of them all. The Sooners are a complete team and play well in front of their home crowd. QB Landry Jones has righted the ship over the last few weeks after starting very slow, especially for someone considered a Heisman frontrunner at the beginning of the year. This will be a tough test. Notre Dame’s defense has been one of the best in the country, allowing only 9.4 points per game. They’re led by LB Manti Te’o, and he’s a big reason the Irish haven’t allowed a rushing TD this season. But to win this game, the Irish are going to need to put some points on the board.
Other Games to Watch: Michigan @ Nebraska (8:00pm ET) UCF @ Marshall (8:00pm ET) Mississippi State @ Alabama (8:30pm ET) Oregon State @ Washington (10:15pm ET)
What games are you watching this week?
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