If you love college football, Week 9 is going to suit you well. With four top-25 matchups on the slate, there will be no shortage of stuff to watch, especially at night. So crack open a couple drinks, cook up your best game day meal and get planted on the couch. This will be one of the better Saturdays of the year.
|Noon p.m. ET||Ball State, 7-1||at||Akron, 2-6||ESPN Regional, ESPN3.com|
|Noon p.m. ET||Northwestern, 4-3||at||Iowa, 4-3||Big Ten Network|
|Noon p.m. ET||No. 19 Oklahoma State, 5-1||at||Iowa State, 1-5||FSN, MSG+|
|Noon p.m. ET||Wake Forest, 4-3||at||No. 7 Miami, 6-0||ESPNU|
|Noon p.m. ET||No. 24 Nebraska, 5-1||at||Minnesota, 5-2||ESPN|
|Noon p.m. ET||Houston, 5-1||at||Rutgers, 4-2||ESPNews|
|Noon p.m. ET||No. 20 Louisville, 6-1||at||USF, 2-4||ESPN2|
|Noon p.m. ET||Connecticut, 0-6||at||No. 23 UCF, 5-1||ESPN Regional|
|12:21 p.m. ET||Vanderbilt, 4-3||at||No. 16 Texas A&M, 5-2||SEC Network, MSG|
|12:30 p.m. ET||Georgia Tech, 4-3||at||Virginia, 2-5||ACC Network|
|1 p.m. ET||Pittsburgh, 4-2||at||Navy, 3-3||CBS SN|
|2 p.m. ET||Miami (Ohio), 0-7||at||Ohio, 5-2||ESPN3.com|
|2:30 p.m. ET||Toledo, 4-3||at||Bowling Green, 5-2||ESPN3.com|
|3 p.m. ET||Western Michigan, 0-8||at||Massachusetts, 1-6||ESPN3.com|
|3 p.m. ET||Temple, 1-6||at||SMU, 2-4||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Tennessee, 4-3||at||No. 1 Alabama, 7-0||CBS|
|3:30 p.m. ET||NC State, 3-3||at||No. 2 Florida State 6-0||ABC/ESPN|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Michigan State, 6-1||at||Illinois, 3-3||ABC/ESPN|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Buffalo, 5-2||at||Kent State, 2-6||Time Warner, ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||No. 9 Clemson, 6-1||at||Maryland, 5-2||ESPN|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Boston College, 3-3||at||North Carolina, 1-5||FSN, NESN, ROOT|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Eastern Michigan, 1-6||at||No. 18 Northern Illinois, 7-0||CSN, ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET*||No. 10 Texas Tech, 7-0||at||No. 15 Oklahoma, 6-1||FOX|
|3:30 p.m. ET||UTEP, 1-5||at||Rice, 5-2||CSS|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Tulsa, 2-4||at||Tulane, 5-2||Cox|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Duke, 5-2||at||No. 14 Virginia Tech, 6-1||ESPNU|
|3:45 p.m. ET||West Virginia, 3-4||at||Kansas State, 2-4||Fox Sports 1|
|4 p.m. ET||Utah, 4-3||at||USC, 4-3||Pac-12 Network|
|4 p.m. ET||Troy, 4-3||at||Western Kentucky, 4-3||ESPN3.com|
|5 p.m. ET||Notre Dame, 5-2||at||Air Force, 1-6||CBS SN|
|5 p.m. ET||UAB, 2-4||at||UTSA, 2-5||TWC Sports|
|6 p.m. ET||Louisiana Tech, 2-5||at||FIU, 1-5||N/A?|
|6:05 p.m. ET||UNLV, 4-3||at||Nevada, 3-4||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||No. 8 Baylor, 6-0||at||Kansas, 2-4||ESPNU|
|7 p.m. ET||Furman, 3-4||at||No. 13 LSU, 6-2||PPV|
|7 p.m. ET||No. 21 South Carolina, 5-2||at||No. 5 Missouri, 7-0||ESPN2|
|7 p.m. ET||No. 12 UCLA, 5-1||at||No. 3 Oregon, 7-0||ESPN|
|7 p.m. ET||Wyoming, 4-3||at||San Jose St., 3-3||ROOT|
|7 p.m. ET||North Texas, 4-3||at||Southern Miss, 0-6||FOX CS|
|7 p.m. ET||South Alabama, 3-3||at||Texas State, 4-3||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Georgia State, 0-7||at||ULM, 3-4||ESPN3.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET||FAU, 2-5||at||No. 11 Auburn, 6-1||FSN|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Idaho, 1-6||at||Ole Miss, 4-3||CSS|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Texas, 4-2||at||TCU, 3-4||Fox Sports 1|
|8 p.m. ET||Arizona, 4-2||at||Colorado, 3-3||Pac-12 Network|
|8 p.m. ET||Abilene Christian, 5-3||at||New Mexico St., 0-7||AggieVision.tv, ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||Penn State, 4-2||at||No. 4 Ohio State, 7-0||ABC|
|10:30 p.m. ET||No. 6 Stanford, 6-1||at||No. 25 Oregon State, 6-1||ESPN|
|10:30 p.m. ET||No. 17 Fresno State, 6-0||at||San Diego State, 3-3||ESPN2|
|11 p.m. ET||California, 1-6||at||Washington, 4-3||Fox Sports 1|
|11:59 p.m. ET||Colorado State, 3-4||at||Hawaii, 0-6||Oceanic PPV|
Best option: No. 24 Nebraska at Minnesota
Odds: Nebraska -10.5
Weather: Low 40s, cloudy
Two very good rushing teams that can't stop anybody? Oh do go on. Nebraska takes the spread up north to Minneapolis, where it'll be cold enough that the hits sting. That's #B1G weather, baby. Also, this is the rare noon game that both involves a ranked team and should stay close. Or maybe it won't. If not you can always go back to bed, we won't judge.
Plan B: Vanderbilt at No. 16 Texas A&M
This would be the Best Option by far, but it's only on ESPN's weird SEC Network/Game Plan thing, so if you can get it, you don't need us to tell you to watch. For everyone else, we don't know, have fun following this game on your laptop or whatever.
Keep it in mind: Wake Forest at No. 7 Miami, No. 19 Oklahoma State at Iowa State, No. 20 Louisville at South Florida, UConn at No. 23 UCF
Absolute bunch of rinky-dinkers against ranked competition here, and the only thing working in favor of an upset happening is that there are four chances for it. Still, there's a good chance that UConn is the second-best of the underdogs, and UConn fired its head coach in September.
In case of emergency: Northwestern at Iowa
Don't do this to yourself. You have so much to live for!
Best option: No. 10 Texas Tech vs. No. 15 Oklahoma
Odds: Oklahoma -7
Weather: High 50s, cloudy
The Red Raiders were considerable beneficiaries of a bloodbath in the Top 25, racing up six spots after eking out a win at West Virginia, as one does. Whether the Red Raiders are actually the 10th best team in the entire nation will be put to a major test as Tech travels to Oklahoma. This isn't one of the all-time great Sooner teams, and it's still trying to figure out its offensive identity with Blake Bell at the helm. The Sooners are favored by a touchdown, but this could swing the other way; Texas Tech's spread usually punishes teams that don't have their act together.
Plan B: Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama
The Volunteers have been frisky this season, knocking off South Carolina last week after dropping a heartbreaker to Georgia. But they also got blasted by Oregon, and that was in Knoxville; going to Tuscaloosa to face the top team in the nation may be just as ugly. But hey, watching Alabama do its thing is still really, really fun.
Keep it in mind: North Carolina State at No. 2 Florida State, No. 9 Clemson at Maryland
It's the top 10! The ACC! #ACCtion! Neither of these games will be close, especially with Maryland missing its top two wideouts to broken legs. But FSU QB Jameis Winston is as close to appointment viewing as it gets in college football, so watch him drop four touchdowns on NC State, then go about the rest of your afternoon doing whatever you like; Winston's day will be done early if Jimbo Fisher has any sense of mercy.
In case of emergency: Utah at USC, Notre Dame at Air Force, West Virginia at Kansas State
Depending on which regional/low-budget sports channels you get, your options may be limited on this tier. But they should be more or less entertaining games, if not filled with sparkling play. You're least likely to get Utah-USC, a Pac-12 Network joint, which is a shame because it should be the best of the bunch.
Best option: No. 12 UCLA vs. No. 3 Oregon
Odds: Oregon -21
Weather: Low 60s, clear
Brett Hundley vs. Marcus Mariota is a gift, especially considering how potent the offenses are around them. Oregon's playing for the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings, which it might get considering how thin the margin is right now and the fact that FSU is only playing NCSU. If this game were in LA, perhaps the Bruins would be legitimate candidates for the upset win, but my goodness, the No. 12 team in the nation a 21-point underdog? This may be the second straight prime-time dumptrucking in college football. Although with Joe Tessitore on the call, you never know ...
Plan B: No. 21 South Carolina at No. 5 Missouri
South Carolina can get its season back in order with a road win here, but Missouri has been utterly charmed — well, as charmed as a team that loses its star QB halfway through the year can be, anyway. Maty Mauk was just fine in relief for the Tigers last week as Missouri flattened Florida (ho ho ho it's already flat to begin with LOL topography jokes)
Keep it in mind: No. 6 Stanford at No. 25 Oregon State
Do not sleep on this game — well, unless you go to bed at a reasonable hour, then okay, sleep on it; it kicks off at 10:30 ET and won't get done until the old weird infomercials are on network TV. But Stanford's coming off a mammoth win over UCLA while Oregon State is reasserting itself as a contender with six straight wins after a nightmare season-opening loss to Eastern Washington. Fun stuff here if you want to stay up for it.
In case of emergency: Penn State at No. 4 Ohio State, No. 8 Baylor at Kansas, FAU at No. 11 Auburn, Furman at No. 13 LSU
PSU-OSU might be good if you don't mind the Big Ten. Which is sort of like saying "this burger is good if you don't mind American cheese." The rest we're outright judging you for watching unless you're a fan of an involved team. What's a Furman?