Well hi! I don't know about you, but my week's been bonkers. Full to the brim. But I couldn't let y'all go without some friendly guidance regarding what to watch this college football Saturday - as always, in CST (God’s time).
I just want y’all to remember one thing: we’re picking out the games with the best combination of significance and entertainment value here. I want your college football watching experience to be one to remember! Why do I say that? Because I’m about to make some fanbases very mad at me for “disrespecting” their teams, starting with...
Big Screen: It's **Purdue vs. Michigan State (11a, ESPN).**Yes, Clemson fans, I see that you're playing. I see that. But you are playing an awful team that you should crush. Purdue, on the other hand, is coming off of one of the most surprising upsets of the year at Ohio State, while Sparty is smarting from last week's spanking at the hands of Harbaugh's boys. Expect Mark Dantonio to let loose his barely bridled rage on Purdue. Expect it to be hilarious.
Second Screen: Watch Texas Tech vs. Iowa State (11a, ESPN2). Wait, stop! Where are you going? I promise this is a secretly good game. Texas Tech is their usual selves, meaning they just can't be bothered to play defense. But there's QB controversy too, which is new. Tech is teetering, and they're going to Ames to fight in a cornfield with the Cyclones. If there's one thing Iowa State loves, it's knocking off flawed Big 12 teams that come into their home.
Watch the Score: Clemson vs. Florida State (11a, ABC)
Big Screen: The Designated CBSEC Game Of The Week is Florida vs. Georgia (2:30p, CBS), and it may just be the best thing going this week, period. While I still don't think Feleipe Franks is any good, Florida is still inexplicably winning games despite his play because Dan Mullen can win with a mediocre QB. But does their luck run out against Georgia, who everyone is somehow overlooking due to their LSU loss?
Second Screen: If you like big runs and you cannot lie, Iowa vs. Penn State (2:30p, ESPN) is just the game for you. Although this game is in Happy Valley, it's by no means a sure thing for the Nittany Lions (which is just another name for mountain lions in Pennsylvania - the more you know). Penn State seems snakebit after their close loss to Ohio State, and Iowa is the same plodding Big 10 team they usually are.
Watch the Score: Kentucky vs. Missouri (3p, SECN); Kansas State vs. Oklahoma (2:30p, FOX)
Big Screen: Actual CFB Playoff stakes! Washington State vs. Stanford (6p, PAC12N) is an elimination game for the PAC12, as is every remaining game for the Cougs. As the only remaining one-loss team in the conference, Mike Leach's dynamic squad are the PAC12's last hope. And Stanford is their biggest test yet. Bryce Love is back, if a little hobbled, and Stanford has a reputation for playing solid on both sides of the ball. But what if you don't get the PAC12 Network? Try putting Texas vs. Oklahoma State on your Big Screen (see below for the time and channel), and watching the score for this one very, very closely.
Second Screen: There's an absolute embarrassment of riches tonight, and I wouldn't feel bad if you chose a different game for this slot. But for my money, Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State (6p, ESPN) is the best of the lot. The Aggies are punchy and dangerous, but Kentucky gave them a game the last time they clashed, and Mississippi State is super similar to the Wildcats (except, you know, with less offense).
Watch the Score: Texas vs. Oklahoma State (7p, ABC); NC State vs. Syracuse (6p, ESPN2); Washington vs. Cal (5:30p, FS1); Notre Dame vs. Navy (7p, CBS)
Big Screen: Gimme **Hawaii vs. Fresno State (9:30p, ESPN2),**a game which is actually important, thanks to Fresno State's presence in that race for the New Year's Six Group of 5 bowl game slot. Hawaii is no slouch this year. If you can stay up late for this one, it may go to the wire.
Second Screen: Wow, a second decent late night game! It's been a while. Oregon vs. Arizona (9:30p, ESPN) should be fun because even though the Ducks will likely beat the stuffing out of Zona, the Ducks will probably look very fun and zoomy while doing so.
If you'd like more delicious college football content, my co-host Chandler and I talked about some of this week's big games on Back Porch Talk! Give it a listen! You can also follow me on Twitter here, where I'll tweet on Saturday about the games using #WatchingCFB. Until next time!