Another off week for the watchlist...but we've got an open thread to build our own. Let's soothe ourselves with the late October schedule.
Week 6 tore the college football world asunder. Last week was about a return to normalcy. We had a couple of upsets including USC over #10 Arizona and, I guess, #3 Mississippi St. over #2 Auburn. It was a comfortable week. There was breathing.
Now we enter a two-week period to prepare for the insanity of November that is, nevertheless, peppered with entertainment. While the rest of this month just doesn't compare to the unpredictability ahead, there's good scouting to be had. Let's take a look.
#4 Baylor (6-0) at West Virginia (4-2) - FOX Sports 1 (SBN game coverage)
Art Briles' Baylor is currently the top team in all of college ball in points per game. Throw in top talents in DE Shawn Oakman and OT Spencer Drango and Baylor's a very watchable team. Add in that three of their last four games include a visit to #11 Oklahoma and home contests against #15 Oklahoma St. and #14 Kansas St. and the current Big XII inclusion option for the playoffs is weekly viewing.
Oh and West Virginia has WR Kevin White.
#14 Kansas St. (4-1) at #11 Oklahoma (5-1) - ESPN (SBN game coverage)
Really, this is only about the early slate being soft and the fact that Oklahoma is pretty much in must win territory every week. They've got plenty of talent, but they've got to get it done against the weaker opponents and hold today to keep the aforementioned Nov. 8 matchup with #4 Baylor and a season ending episode of Bedlam in play for playoff hopes.
The SEC West has the most NFL talent of any division in college football. It's also on the precipice of turning into a whirlwind of confusion if the two Mississippi-based teams fall. So yeah, this is good.
UCLA (4-2) at California (4-2) - ABC/ESPN2 (coverage map; SBN game coverage)
Unranked Pac-12 game? Unranked Pac-12 game! During California lunch hour! Drink!
#15 Oklahoma St. (5-1) at #12 TCU (4-1) - FOX Sports 1 (SBN game coverage)
Jeez, this is a lot of Big XII. But hey, after today, three of the six listed so far get pushed well off the radar. Besides, you've got nothing heavy between here and four hours later.
#5 Notre Dame (6-0) at #2 Florida St. (6-0) - ABC (SBN game coverage)
...because this is a requirement. I'm not even listing Washington v. #9 Oregon because this is everything. This is so damn college football, your television might cry during the opening.
#23 Stanford (4-2) at #17 Arizona St. (4-1) - ESPN (SBN game coverage)
Your nightcap (East Coast)/dinner viewing (West Coast) is the ranked Pac-12 game of the day. Plenty to see here. And if you haven't seen ASU WR Jaelen Strong, you need to fix that. I had him as the first WR off in my 2015 mock draft. He's living up to that billing.
|Noon p.m. ET||Western Kentucky||Florida Atlantic||Sinclair|
|Noon p.m. ET||No. 14 Kansas State||No. 11 Oklahoma||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|Noon p.m. ET||No. 4 Baylor||West Virginia||FS1||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|Noon p.m. ET||Furman||South Carolina||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|Noon p.m. ET||Iowa||Maryland||ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|Noon p.m. ET||Purdue||Minnesota||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|Noon p.m. ET||South Florida||Tulsa||ESPNews||ESPN3.com|
|Noon p.m. ET||Syracuse||Wake Forest||RSN, FSN||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|Noon p.m. ET||Tulane||UCF||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|Noon p.m. ET||UTSA||Louisiana Tech||FSN||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|12:30 p.m. ET||Virginia||Duke||ACC Network|
|2 p.m. ET||Western Michigan||Bowling Green||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||Akron||Ohio||ESPN3.com|
|3 p.m. ET||Eastern Michigan||UMass||ESPN3.com|
|3 p.m. ET||Appalachian State||Troy||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||New Mexico||Air Force||ROOT|
|3:30 p.m. ET||No. 21 Texas A&M||No. 7 Alabama||CBS||cbssports.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||No. 24 Clemson||Boston College||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||No. 8 Michigan State||Indiana||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Rutgers||No. 13 Ohio State||ABC/ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||UCLA||California||ABC/ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Ball State||Central Michigan||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Army||Kent State||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||NC State||Louisville||FSN, CSN||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|3:30 p.m. ET||UAB||Middle Tennessee||FCS|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Cincinnati||SMU||CBSSN|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Kansas||Texas Tech||FSN||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|4 p.m. ET||No. 10 Georgia||Arkansas||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|4 p.m. ET||No. 15 Oklahoma State||No. 12 TCU||FS1||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|4 p.m. ET||San Jose State||Wyoming||ESPN3.com|
|5 p.m. ET||New Mexico State||Idaho||ESPN3.com|
|5 p.m. ET||Miami (Ohio)||Northern Illinois||ESPN3.com|
|6 p.m. ET||No. 25 Marshall||FIU||American Sports Network|
|6 p.m. ET||Colorado||No. 22 USC||Pac-12 Network||pac-12.com/live|
|7 p.m. ET||Tennessee||No. 3 Ole Miss||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Utah State||Colorado State||CBSSN|
|7 p.m. ET||Missouri||Florida||ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Georgia Tech||North Carolina||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Southern Miss||North Texas||Sinclair|
|7:30 p.m. ET||No. 19 Nebraska||Northwestern||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Georgia State||South Alabama||ESPN3.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Kentucky||LSU||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||No. 5 Notre Dame||No. 2 Florida State||ABC||abc.go.com/watch-live|
|8 p.m. ET||Washington||No. 9 Oregon||FS1||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|8 p.m. ET||Iowa State||Texas||Longhorn Network||ESPN3.com|
|10:15 p.m. ET||Nevada||BYU||ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|10:30 p.m. ET||No. 23 Stanford||No. 17 Arizona State||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|10:30 p.m. ET||Hawaii||San Diego State||CBSSN|