Back for another week, its the college football viewing guide. No ISU this week, as the Clones get the weekend off before starting the grinder that is the Big 12 season.
11 AM - Iowa vs. Central Michigan - BTN
Iowa is a big favorite in this one, the largest spread of the season for the Hawks so far (-14.5 right now). Iowa still has a few questions heading into Big Ten play next week - Will James Vandenberg throw a TD pass this year (my money says he gets at least one tomorrow)? Who will be standing at RB at the end of the game? I enjoy games when Iowa kicks off at 11 A.M., and we get our first one of the season tomorrow. Good thing too - there's not much else to pick from...TCU-Virginia, anyone?
2:30 PM - Missouri @ South Carolina - CBS
As far as Vern and Gary games go, this is a real dud. But hey, its still the SEC on CBS. Missouri has looked mediocre at best in their first year in the SEC, barely escaping vs. ASU last week and getting blown out by Georgia in week 2. I think the Tigers are in for the thumping again at the hands of the Old Ball Coach. Another games I'll check out here is UCLA vs. Oregon State on ESPN2. The Big Ten has four games in this slot - all ticketed to be total junk. Penn State vs. Temple highlights the bunch on ABC. Sorry Husker fans, but Idaho State vs. Nebraska does nothing for me.
6 PM - LSU @ Auburn - ESPN
The three best games of the day start at 6:30, and this is the perfect appetizer. Bama Bob told us earlier in the week he thinks its a victory if Auburn keeps it within 30 points. At that rate, it could be over by the time the next game gets underway.
6:30 PM - Michigan @ Notre Dame - NBC
Get that remote ready - they're coming fast and furious from here on out. Looking ahead at Nortre Dame's schedule (one of the toughest in the land), a win vs. Michigan would go a long ways toward a BCS bowl berth. They'll need more help down the road, but a loss here makes it difficult with Oklahoma, Stanford, and USC on the agenda. I agree with everyone else - Denard Robinson will have to throw the ball for the Wolverines to win, as Notre Dame's front seven is very good. If Golson can avoid freshman mistakes at QB, the Irish have a real chance to be 4-0.
6:50 PM - K-State @ Oklahoma - FOX
The Sooners are tough to beat at home, but this could be K-State's best shot in years. Their defense is improved, they return a ton of experience, and they've got a Heisman candidate at QB. Colin Klein and the K-State offense will try and run, run again, and run some more to control the tempo of this game. In fact, there have been games where the Wildcats control the ball for 40:00 a game. A lot of people view Landry Jones' career at Oklahoma as somewhat of a disappointment - a win against a very pesky K-State team could only help.
7 PM - Clemson @ Florida State - ABC
Florida State comes into the game as a double-digit favorite against a fellow top ten team. At the start of the season, I gave the Seminoles an outside shot to play for the national title this year. They'll have to win Saturday to keep that dream alive.
9:30 PM - Oregon vs. Arizona - ESPN
The nightcap features a high flying Ducks offense taking on Rich Rod's Wildcats in Eugene. What a job Chip Kelly has done in just three full years at Oregon. He's lost only six games in 3+ years, and played in nothing lower than a Rose Bowl. And don't forget, Rich Rod is off to a pretty good start post-Michigan this season - 3-0 including a blowout win over Oke State in week 2. Might not be a bad week to stay up late for the Pac-12 matchup.