Last week, we had the monster matchups with five games featuring two ranked teams. That meant we learned a lot about teams like Georgia, Clemson, Texas A&M and Florida. Good lord, Florida...
In any case, now we've got a week to get even more info in a pretty light schedule nationwide. You've only got two games of ranked teams on each side, but there's still intrigue.
* Game to be played at neutral site: Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas
This one has certainly lost its luster from the Red River Shootouts of a decade ago. From an NFL standpoint, you've got some names on the Sooners' defense...and that's about it. But I'm biased. Growing up in Dallas, this was THE GAME. Hell, I'm watching this just for the B-roll of the State Fair going down and the new food this year like the smoky bacon margarita or chicken fried lobster or the deep fried alligator's egg nest. Damnit, I miss this.
Georgia Tech at Clemson (3:30pm ET, ABC/ESPN2)
#7 LSU at* South Carolina (3:30pm ET, ESPN)
#13 Northwestern at #18 Michigan (3:30pm ET, Big Ten Network)
* Game to be played at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Need to have the clicker ready today, folks. At least for this point. Honestly, you could go get dinner somewhere after these because the schedule gets pretty thin until the upset alerts come rolling in. With a much more promising Week 7 group, I won't begrudge for skipping the third tier, but we do at least get a nice late showdown.
#23 California at #5 Utah (10:00pm ET, ABC)
Utah kicked off the year with a win over Michigan and capped off their first four weeks with a 62-20 drubbing of then-#13 Oregon. With QB Travis WIlson's dual threat ability and RB Devontae Booker toting it on the ground, the Utes have found enough offense to ride their aggressive defense thus far.
Cal, on the other hand, is 5-0 by the skin of their teeth. They've won their last three games by a combined 13 points. They may not have the complementary pieces to compete for the playoffs, but they've got QB Jared Goff who has played himself into top contention for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Let's get some scouting in, friends.