Let's say that you're among the 80 percent of the city that has power. And let's say that you're cable has just come back. I'm thinking that you're probably going to want to stay inside and enjoy the A/C and the television for a bit. So in honor of the power and cable being back and formerPlayboy model
and ABC Sports
to the world of sports, I bring you this quick guide to this week's televised college football.
Let's start with the televised games involving our Texas schools. The fun gets started on Versus at 11:30 when Army (0-3) travels to College Station to take on the army wannabes at Texas A&M (1-2). The Aggies were embarrassed by Miami last week, and by Arkansas State in week one. Army's a bad team, so the Aggies should easily win this thing. If not, Mike Sherman might want to call Gary Kubiak to see if he can have his job back.
And in a game postponed by Hurricane Ike, Arkansas (2-1) is finally traveling to Austin to take on Texas (3-0) at 2:30 on ABC. This should be the Horns' first tough game of the season. Then again, Arkansas didn't provide much competition to Alabama last week, so the Horns should roll. If Texas wins this one, I'm thinking Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino might be on the phone to Arthur Blank to see if he can get back his job as coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Also at 2:30, but on CBS College Sports, will be the Houston Cougars (1-3) visiting the East Carolina Pirates (3-1). Both teams lost in heartbreaking fashion last week, with the Coogs being intercepted in the end zone by Gary Kubiak's kid as they lost to Colorado State 28-25. The Pirates, meanwhile, probably blew their shot at a major bowl game as they lost in overtime to North Carolina State.
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TCU (4-0) travels to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) at 6:00 on Fox Sports Net. The Horned Frogs have the top ranked defense in college football, while the Sooners have blown out all three of their opponents. This has the potential to be a good game, but if you want to see it live in Houston, you better hit a sports bar, as the Astros and Braves will be the main attraction on Fox Sports Houston.
Nationally, the best game promises to be Alabama (4-0) at Georgia (4-0) at 6:45 on ESPN. The Tide rolled to victory over Arkansas last week, but Georgia is supposed to be one of the best teams in the country. This game will be a big clue as to just how good Georgia really is. And personally, I'm looking for the upset.
ESPN2 will have Mississippi State (1-3) at LSU (3-0) at 6:30 in a game which should be rather easy for LSU after last week's contest with Auburn. ABC has two games scheduled for 7:00. The primary game is supposed to be Illinois (2-1) providing Penn State (3-0) with some actual competition for the first time this season, but I'm thinking Houston will get Virginia Tech (3-1) at Nebraska (3-0) instead because of the Big-12 tie-in – besides, Erin Andrews will be working this game.
Also in the afternoon you will have Tennessee (1-2) serving as fodder for Auburn (3-1) to take out its anger about last week's loss to LSU. This game will be at 2:30 on CBS. On ESPN/ABC at 2:30, along with Texas/Arkansas, you'll find either Wisconsin (3-0) at Michigan (1-2) or Colorado (3-0) at Florida State (2-1). And NBC will be airing Purdue (2-1) at Notre Dame (2-1) at 2:30. I would try to avoid this game at all costs. -- John Royal