It’s Friday again, which means that it’s time for college football. And this week’s guide through the televised world of college football isZooey Deschanel
, who is wide-eyed at the thought of even more upsets like those we saw last week.
I’ll do the patriotic thing and start with the televised college games involving Texas teams, which starts at 1100 on Fox Sports Houston when the country’s number one team Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) travels to Waco to take on the Baylor Bears (2-2). Oklahoma has defeated Baylor 12 straight times, and Baylor has lost 35 of its last 36 games against ranked teams. So while I’m sure that Baylor coach Art Briles is working on that mindset, the Sooners, led by QB Sam Bradford, may not be the team to break that streak with.
ABC’s 2:30 regional game will have the high-scoring Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0) visiting Kansas State (3-1). Kansas State is averaging 47 points per game, which is actually better than Tech’s average of 45.8 points. But the Tech defense is only giving up 16 points per game, and in their last three games, Tech has outscored Kansas State 132-64.
At 6:00 on Fox Sports Houston, the Longhorns (4-0) will play Colorado (3-1). The Horns have scored at least 42 points in each game, and they have yet to give up more than 13 points. And Colorado has lost five of its last six games with Texas. But Texas has its game with Oklahoma next week, and I’ve just got this feeling that Texas is going to overlook Colorado. Texas should still win this game, but if there’s going to be a big upset this weekend, it could be this game.
And on CBS College Sports channel at 7:00, the Rice Owls (3-2) take on Tulsa (4-0) in Tulsa. The fun part of this game, along with the fact that it’s probably going to very high-scoring, is that this is the first time these two schools have met since last year’s Douchebag game. Todd Graham’s Tulsa team is averaging 54.8 points per game, but I think Rice can pull off the victory here. Especially if Chase Clement has time to find Jarrett Dillard.
Nationally, the games don’t look to be that good.
The action kicks off on ESPN at 11:00 with Penn State (5-0) taking on Purdue (2-2). Penn State is fourth in the nation in scoring and ninth in total offense, and Purdue just isn’t that great on the defensive end. But Penn State hasn’t been a very good road team, and since they’re in Purdue, the possibility exists, though slight, that Penn State could be upset. And on ESPN2 at 11:00, Iowa is playing Michigan State.
Kansas (3-1) will be battling Iowa State (2-2) at 11:30 on Versus. Kansas is looking for its fourth straight win over Iowa State, and it shouldn’t have any problem getting this win. There should be a good game at 2:30 over on CBS as Kentucky (4-0) heads into Alabama (5-0). Alabama is playing with its highest ranking in 15 years, and they have not trailed in a game all season.
Also at 2:30 on ESPN will be Illinois (2-2) at Michigan (2-2) and Florida St. (3-1) at Miami (2-2), and the other regional game on ABC, which we’ll see cut-ins of while watching Tech/Kansas State will be Arizona State (2-2) at Cal (2-2).
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There’ll be another good game at 5:00 on ESPN when Auburn (4-1) takes on Vanderbilt (4-0). Auburn’s been struggling with its offense and is only averaging 19.8 points a game. Vandy is trying to go 5-0 for the first time since 1943 and is averaging 29.8 points per game. In normal years, Auburn would win this game handily. But I like Vanderbilt, and I think Vandy easily handles Auburn.
ABC has two games at 7:00. I think Houston will get Ohio State (4-1) at Wisconsin (4-1). Wisconsin blew the 19-0 halftime lead against Michigan last week as they lost 27-25. And Ohio State easily handled Minnesota. I’m not that big a fan of the Big 10, and truthfully, if this is the game on here, I won’t be watching. Not that ABC’s other game – Oregon (4-1) at USC (2-1) – is that great of an option. There should be a decent game at 8:00 on ESPN however, as Missouri (4-0) takes its high-flying offense to Nebraska (3-1). Missouri is trying to win its first game in Nebraska in 30 years, but with its offense and Nebraska’s poor defense, Missouri shouldn’t have any problems.
For those of you who are really desperate, Notre Dame (3-1) hosts Stanford (1-3) at 1:30 on NBC.
-- John Royal