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College football TV lineup for Saturday

CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

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 15, 2012|By Chris Dufresne
  • Oregon receiver Josh Huff catches a 39-yard touchdown pass against the California Golden Bears in the third quarter of the Ducks' 59-17 win on Nov. 10, 2012.
Oregon receiver Josh Huff catches a 39-yard touchdown pass against the… (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty…)

MORNING

Yale (2-7) at Harvard (7-2)

9 a.m., NBCSN

A tradition unlike any other … no wait, that's the Masters on CBS. This is the 129th meeting of the Ivy League schools. Yale holds a 65-55-8 advantage in the storied rivalry, but Harvard has won 10 of the last 11 and seeks a record sixth straight win in the series.

No. 10 Florida State (9-1) at Maryland (4-6)

9 a.m., ESPNU

Florida State is 9-1 for the first time since 2000 but can't gain traction in the Bowl Championship Series computers. A Seminoles victory clinches an Atlantic Coast Conference title-game berth. Maryland is just trying to survive an injury-plagued season that has forced the Terrapins to play a converted linebacker at quarterback.

9 a.m.: Iowa at No. 23 Michigan, ESPN; Northwestern at Michigan State, ESPN2; Central Florida at Tulsa, FS West; Indiana at Penn State, BTN; Temple at Army, CBSSN.

10:30 a.m.: Washington at Colorado, FX.

11 a.m.: Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M, ESPN Classic.

Noon: No. 21 USC at No. 17 UCLA, Channel 11; South Florida at Miami, Prime; Washington State at Arizona State, Pac-12.

AFTERNOON

No. 6 Ohio State (10-0) at Wisconsin (7-3)

12:30 p.m., Channel 7

The temperature may hit freezing at Camp Randall Stadium for a matchup that has become chilly in recent years. Ohio State has dominated a Big Ten Conference Leaders Division it can't win because of NCAA probation, so the only thing left is to further diminish Wisconsin's trip to the Big Ten title game and, possibly, the Rose Bowl.

Wake Forest (5-5) at No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0)

12:30 p.m., Channel 4

Notre Dame is 10-0 for the eighth time in history, but things have changed: The Irish won national titles five times after those starts and two other times finished second. However, those stats predate the BCS era and modern-day Notre Dame needs help to guarantee a spot in this year's title game. Wake Forest is down, but the Irish aren't good enough on offense to take any opponent for granted. Pittsburgh was supposed to be an easy game too, remember?

North Carolina State (6-4) at No. 11 Clemson (9-1)

12:30 p.m., ESPN2

North Carolina State became bowl-eligible with last Saturday's win over Wake Forest, so now the goal is to take down the second-best team in the ACC hierarchy. The Wolfpack is responsible for Florida State's only defeat, rallying from 16-0 down to pull out the win. Clemson's only loss is to Florida State. Significant note: North Carolina State hasn't won at "Death Valley" since 2002.

No. 13 Oklahoma (7-2) at West Virginia (5-4)

4 p.m., Channel 11

This looked like the best game on Nov. 17 when the schedule came out, but the Sooners have lost two games at home and the Mountaineers have lost four straight games after looking like national title contenders. West Virginia suddenly needs to win one of its last three to be bowl-eligible. Quarterback Geno Smith has disappeared as a Heisman Trophy candidate, though his numbers are still pretty quite remarkable. He has 31 touchdown passes with only three interceptions.

12:30 p.m.: Mississippi at No. 8 Louisiana State, Channel 2; Duke at Georgia Tech, ESPNU; Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, FS West; Minnesota at No. 16 Nebraska or Purdue at Illinois, BTN; Texas State at Navy, CBSSN; Colorado State at Boise State, NBCSN.

1 p.m. : Wyoming at Nevada Las Vegas, TWCSN.

4 p.m.: Tennessee at Vanderbilt, ESPN2; Syracuse at Missouri, ESPNU; Iowa State at Kansas, FS West; Old Dominion at James Madison, NBCSN.

EVENING

No. 14 Stanford (8-2) at No. 1 Oregon (10-0)

5 p.m., Channel 7

Stanford's top-notch defense does not match up well with Oregon's speedy offense, but the Cardinal's No. 1 rush defense should be able to neutralize the Ducks' running attack. How's this for contrast: Oregon is averaging 359 rushing yards the last four games; Stanford is giving up an average of 12. Stanford must exploit a depleted Oregon defense in order to pull off this tall-order upset in Eugene.

No. 2 Kansas State (10-0) at Baylor (4-5)

5 p.m., ESPN

Baylor has the nation's No. 2-ranked offense but is last in defense. Kansas State's problem might be scoring too fast and handing the ball back to a potent Baylor offense that is averaging 42 points per game. Kansas State is solid on all fronts and should get to 11-0 to set up a Dec. 1 home game against Texas for a chance to earn the school's first BCS title berth.

Brigham Young (6-4) at San Jose State (8-2)

7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Brigham Young has already accepted a bid to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 20. San Jose State looks to improve on an already impressive season under third-year Coach Mike MacIntyre. The Spartans' only losses this year are to Stanford (8-2) and Utah State (8-2).

5 p.m.: Texas El Paso at Southern Mississippi, CBSSN.

7 p.m.: Arizona at Utah, ESPNU

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