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The chaos of week 6 softened into a week 7 that saw most of the nation's strongest teams hold fast. Now with a two-week reprieve, we prepare for the bloodening of November...

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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.


#21 Texas A&M (5-2) at #7 Alabama (5-1) - CBS (SBN game coverage)

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.

Time Road Home TV Streaming
Noon p.m. ET Western Kentucky Florida Atlantic Sinclair
Noon p.m. ET No. 14 Kansas State No. 11 Oklahoma ESPN
Noon p.m. ET No. 4 Baylor West Virginia FS1
Noon p.m. ET Furman South Carolina SEC Network
Noon p.m. ET Iowa Maryland ESPN2
Noon p.m. ET Purdue Minnesota Big Ten Network
Noon p.m. ET South Florida Tulsa ESPNews
Noon p.m. ET Syracuse Wake Forest RSN, FSN
Noon p.m. ET Tulane UCF ESPNU
Noon p.m. ET UTSA Louisiana Tech FSN
12:30 p.m. ET Virginia Duke ACC Network
2 p.m. ET Western Michigan Bowling Green
2 p.m. ET Akron Ohio
3 p.m. ET Eastern Michigan UMass
3 p.m. ET Appalachian State Troy
3:30 p.m. ET New Mexico Air Force ROOT
3:30 p.m. ET No. 21 Texas A&M No. 7 Alabama CBS
3:30 p.m. ET No. 24 Clemson Boston College ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET No. 8 Michigan State Indiana ESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Rutgers No. 13 Ohio State ABC/ESPN2
3:30 p.m. ET UCLA California ABC/ESPN2
3:30 p.m. ET Ball State Central Michigan
3:30 p.m. ET Army Kent State
3:30 p.m. ET NC State Louisville FSN, CSN
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
4 p.m. ET No. 10 Georgia Arkansas SEC Network
4 p.m. ET No. 15 Oklahoma State No. 12 TCU FS1
4 p.m. ET San Jose State Wyoming
5 p.m. ET New Mexico State Idaho
5 p.m. ET Miami (Ohio) Northern Illinois
6 p.m. ET No. 25 Marshall FIU American Sports Network
6 p.m. ET Colorado No. 22 USC Pac-12 Network
7 p.m. ET Tennessee No. 3 Ole Miss ESPN
7 p.m. ET Utah State Colorado State CBSSN
7 p.m. ET Missouri Florida ESPN2
7 p.m. ET Georgia Tech North Carolina ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Southern Miss North Texas Sinclair
7:30 p.m. ET No. 19 Nebraska Northwestern Big Ten Network
7:30 p.m. ET Georgia State South Alabama
7:30 p.m. ET Kentucky LSU SEC Network
8 p.m. ET No. 5 Notre Dame No. 2 Florida State ABC
8 p.m. ET Washington No. 9 Oregon FS1
8 p.m. ET Iowa State Texas Longhorn Network
10:15 p.m. ET Nevada BYU ESPN2
10:30 p.m. ET No. 23 Stanford No. 17 Arizona State ESPN
10:30 p.m. ET Hawaii San Diego State CBSSN