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CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

College football TV lineup for Saturday

Break out the chips and cold drinks but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games.

November 01, 2012|Chris Dufresne
  • Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo wields a sledgehammer as he celebrates with fans following a 30-13 victory over Oklahoma on Oct. 27, 2012.
Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo wields a sledgehammer as he celebrates… (Sue Ogrocki / Associated…)

MORNING

No. 16 Texas A&M (6-2) at No. 17 Mississippi State (7-1)

9 a.m., ESPN

Two former Big 12 schools joined the Southeastern Conference this season. One has gained instant respect and credibility; the other is Missouri. Texas A&M, in its first trip through America's Conference, has already scored 58 and 63 points in wins over Arkansas and Auburn — and played No. 5 Louisiana State nearly even in a five-point loss. Now comes the chance to knock some SEC West bark off Starkville before next week's SEC initiation at Alabama.

No. 14 Oklahoma (5-2) at Iowa State (5-3)

9 a.m., Channel 7

Bob Stoops has a record of 79-5 at home as Oklahoma's coach, but now is a good time to get out of town. Both of Oklahoma's defeats this year — against Kansas State and Notre Dame — have been suffered in Norman. The trip to Ames should get the Sooners away from the noise that comes with losing as a double-digit home favorite.

Towson (4-4) at Delaware (5-3)

9 a.m., NBCSN

Before the big game Saturday night in Baton Rouge, check out the Towson team that can still boast the most points scored against Louisiana State this season. Alabama needs 23 points to top the 22 Towson's Tigers scored in Death Valley against LSU in late September.

9 a.m.: Missouri at No. 8 Florida, ESPN2; Vanderbilt at Kentucky, ESPNU; Houston at East Carolina, FS West; Troy at Tennessee, Prime; Michigan at Minnesota, BTN; Air Force at Army, CBSSN.

MIDDAY

11 a.m.: No. 15 Stanford at Colorado, FX.

Noon: Texas Christian at No. 23 West Virginia, Channel 11; Washington State at Utah, Pac-12.

AFTERNOON

Pittsburgh (4-4) at No. 4 Notre Dame (8-0)

12:30 p.m., Channel 4

This might be as dangerous as any game Notre Dame will play. It's easy to get up for Oklahoma, but not so much for Pitt. The last Notre Dame team to start 8-0 returned home after a huge win at Florida State only to lose to Boston College. Coach Brian Kelly is surely saying all the right things to keep the Irish motivated, stressing that this Pittsburgh team is much improved since losing its opener against Youngstown State.

No. 2 Oregon (8-0) at No. 18 USC (6-2)

4 p.m., Channel 11

It's still a huge game with national title implications for one of the teams — Oregon. USC's squandered road trips to Stanford and Arizona have left the Trojans to play rotten spoilers for all of us who want to see Alabama versus Oregon in the Bowl Championship Series title game.

12:30 p.m.: Mississippi at No. 7 Georgia, Channel 2; No. 21 Nebraska at Michigan State, Channel 7; Illinois at No. 6 Ohio State, ESPN; Texas at No. 20 Texas Tech, ESPN2; Penn State at Purdue, ESPNU; Kansas at Baylor, FS West; Boston College at Wake Forest, Prime; Iowa at Indiana, BTN; Florida Atlantic at Navy, CBSSN.

1 p.m.: New Mexico at Nevada Las Vegas, TWCSN.

4 p.m.: No. 10 Clemson at Duke, ESPN2; Connecticut at South Florida, ESPNU; Southern Methodist at Central Florida, ESPNU; Hawaii at Fresno State, TWCSN.

EVENING

Oklahoma State (5-2) at No. 3 Kansas State (8-0)

5 p.m., Channel 7

The last time Kansas State played an unstoppable offense, the Wildcats left Morgantown with a 55-14 win over West Virginia. Oklahoma State goes to Manhattan, Kan., this week with the nation's No. 1 offense, averaging 586 yards per game. Kansas State's defense, though, has a way of making you look like the nation's No. 71 offense.

No. 1 Alabama (8-0) at No. 5 Louisiana State (7-1)

5 p.m, Channel 2

LSU had a week off to think about how it might score a touchdown against Alabama, and probably concluded its best bet would be to score three field goals. This is the third meeting in a year between these SEC powerhouses. The teams split the first two, combining for one touchdown and one BCS title.

NIGHT

7:30 p.m.: Arizona State at No. 13 Oregon State, ESPN2; No. 24 Arizona at No. 25 UCLA, Pac-12; San Diego State at No. 19 Boise State, CBSSN.

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