The college football season is heating up as teams get deeper and deeper into their conference schedules. Here at From The 300 Level, we have you covered on what games you should watch all day from your couch. We are still three weeks away from the first meaningful ranking of the season, but now is the time when teams can really start to put on a show and impress the College Football Playoff committee. Here are the most important games to watch starting with the early games.
Number 17 Iowa at Number 20 Northwestern – 12pm EST (ABC or ESPN2)
Iowa has quietly put together a 6-0 start and this is one of the only tough games remaining on the Hawkeyes schedule. An undefeated record would put them in the Big Ten Championship game, and a win this weekend would give them a leg up on the Big Ten West.
West Virginia at Number 2 Baylor – 12pm EST (Fox)
Baylor took over the number 2 spot in the AP rankings after another victory last Saturday. Two years ago these two teams combined to score 115 points in Baylor’s 73-42 victory. Last year, West Virginia accounted for Baylor’s only regular season loss, and was the reason they were not a member of the Final Four.
Number 13 Ole Miss at Memphis – 12pm EST (ABC or ESPN2).
Ole Miss was considered the best team in the country by many a couple of weeks ago. Last week they got blown out by a solid Florida team (PED using quarterback or not). The Rebels can still get in the playoffs with one loss, but they cannot afford a slip up against a 5-0 Memphis squad.
Number 10 Alabama at Number 9 Texas A&M – 3:30pm (CBS)
This is a College Football Playoff elimination game. The Tide already have one loss to their record and cannot afford another one. Nobody outside of College Station is a big believer in A&M just yet, and just last year, Alabama rolled to a 59-0 victory. A win for the Aggies would really impress the committee.
Number 7 Michigan State at Number 12 Michigan – 3:30pm (ESPN)
Here is another College Football Playoff elimination game, especially for the Wolverines. Michigan has won 5 games ina row after falling to Utah in the first week of the season. For Sparty, their impressive 3 point victory over Oregon looks less impressive as the Ducks sit at .500 with a record of 3-3.
Vanderbilt at South Carolina – 4pm EST (SEC Network)
Two unranked teams here. Why would anyone outside of the state of South Carolina and Tennessee want to watch this game? This is the first Gamecock game since the quick resignation of Steve Spurrier. There are plenty of better games during this time slot, but it will be worth keeping an eye on this one to see how the team responds with out the Old Ball Coach.
Number 7 Florida at Number 6 LSU – 7pm (ESPN)
It has been a rough week for the Gators. First they lose their starting quarterback for using PED’s and then another player was suspended after allegedly shooting a gun in the direction of his pregnant girlfriend. The Gators are 6-0 and the winner of this game will almost be a shoe in to be in the top-4 for the first Playoff ranking.
Number 3 Texas Christian at Iowa State – 7pm (ESPN2)
TCU is averaging 56.6 points per game in their last five games. On the other side of the ball, Iowa State gave up 66 points last weekend to Texas Tech. This game will just be interesting to see if the Horned Frogs can put up 70 points.
USC at Number 14 Notre Dame – 7:30pm (NBC)
Early in the season Notre Dame had some playoff buzz, but after a tough loss on the road to Clemson, the Fighting Irish cannot afford another loss. Beating the Trojans will not do much to impress the committee, but it is still a good rivalry game, and will be the first game of the season without Steve Sarkasian.