College Football Buffet, Week 7: Arkansas vs. Auburn, Ohio State vs. Wisconsin Are Must-Eats

AUBURN AL - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers looks to pass against the Clemson Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18 2010 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Herein Sean Keeley previews every noteworthy game being played this week, and tells you which ones are worth watching, and which aren't, along the way. Plus, TV information! Now, belly on up to the table.

Let's find out what looks tasty and what might be worth pushing to the side of your plate in this weekend's college football buffet. (All times are Eastern.)

GIVE ME A HEAPING HELPING

No. 1 Ohio State @ No. 16 Wisconsin (ESPN/ESPN3D, 7 p.m.) - The Badgers will be relying on their offense, not their defense, to upset the Buckeyes on Saturday. The only question is, which version of RB John Clay will they see?

No. 13 Arkansas @ No. 7 Auburn (CBS, 3:30 PM) - Arkansas is putting up a lot of stats but is having trouble converting them into points. This game is a turning point for both programs, each of which is gunning for SEC and national position.

 

I'LL HAVE A SCOOP OF THAT, PLEASE


Illinois @ No. 11 Michigan State (Big Ten Network, 12 p.m.)  - Illinois' win over Penn State last week has brought hope and excitement to a fanbase that had neither. And statistically, they're not that far off from what Michigan State's done so far.

Texas @ No. 4 Nebraska (ABC/ESPN, 3:30 p.m.)  - What a difference three years has made for the Nebraska football program. Same goes for the Longhorns, who are down but still remain capable of shutting down Husker QB Taylor Martinez.

No. 14 Iowa @ No. 24 Michigan (ABC/ESPN, 3:30 p.m.)  - Denard Robinson has been "video-game-good" so far this season. Lucky for Iowa, their defense is up to the challenge.

Mississippi @ No. 8 Alabama (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) - This is probably a bad week to be playing Alabama. But at least Ole Miss got to sort out its mascot issues, so that's a win. Even if their final selection lacked a little panache...

Oregon State @ Washington (ESPN, 10:15 p.m.) - It's a pivotal week for the Beavers and Huskies so don't expect a little flu and quad bruise to keep Jake Locker down.

 

I'LL TASTE IT FIRST...

Boston College at No. 17 Florida State (ESPN, 12 p.m.) - BC had high hopes when the season started but is now wondering if they'll be home for the holidays. Florida State is coming off a huge win but the Eagles always seem to bring their A game against them.

No. 19 Missouri @ Texas A&M (FSN-National, 12 p.m.)  - The Tigers are coming off a crushing of Colorado as they continue to fly under the national radar. If the Aggies want any shot of beating them, they know they're going to need a big game from QB Jerrod Johnson.

No. 18 Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech (FSN-SW+, 3:30 p.m.) - Yes, there have been some improvements on defense for these squads. That said, there's just too much talent on offense for this not to be a shootout.

Mississippi State @ No. 22 Florida (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) - All eyes are on Gator OC Steve Addazio, who has the ire of Florida fans this season. The Bulldog offense, meanwhile, is coming off a 538 yard day themselves.

 

I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND FOR THE NEXT TRIP

Cincinnati @ Louisville (ESPN, Friday, 8:00 p.m.)  - These two teams are playing for the Keg of Nails. You're playing the Joe Tessitore Drinking Game.

Pittsburgh @ Syracuse (Big East Network/GamePlan, 12 p.m. ET) - Pitt and SU is one of the least-exciting, long-time rivalries in the nation. Despite the fact that the Orange are reborn, 2-3 Pitt knows that a loss here would mean their once-promising season is all but lost.

Maryland @ Clemson (ACC Network/GamePlan, 12 p.m.) - Despite their records, Maryland is probably not "4-1 good"; nor is "Clemson 2-3 bad". That shouldn't give Clemson fans comfort since Ralph Friedgen is 6-3 against the Tigers in his career.

Minnesota @ Purdue (ESPN2, 12 p.m.)  - Believe it or not, the Boilermakers could be in first-place in the Big Ten with a win this weekend. Minnesota might be down but don't think they're just going to roll over for Purdue.

California @ USC (FSN-National, 3:30 p.m.) - For the first time in nearly half-a-decade, the Trojan defense is the question mark on their team. Cal's defense looks impressive on paper but if you dig a little further, you'll see they've got issues as well.

Brigham Young @ No. 5 TCU (Versus, 4 p.m.) - The Frogs seem to be just on the cusp of the National Title game. Despite the fact that this season has been a disappointment, the Cougars are glad to be winning again.

No. 12 South Carolina @ Kentucky (ESPN2, 6 p.m.) - Kentucky's season doesn't get any easier this weekend. The Gamecocks will be keyed in on Randall Cobb as they try to avoid the letdown.

 

I DON'T KNOW...SMELLS KINDA FUNNY...

Vanderbilt @ Georgia (SEC Network/GamePlan, 12 p.m.) - If the Commodores were looking for a chance to whip up on Georgia, this is it. Though it's fair to note that they rank eleventh in the SEC in scoring offense. It's gonna take more than wins over Eastern Michigan to impress the Bulldogs.

North Carolina State @ East Carolina (CBS College Sports, 12 p.m.)  - East Carolina's defense is bad. (How bad is it?) It's so bad, every opponent they've played so far has accumulated at least 400 total yards of offense and four of their five opponents have scored 40+ points.

Miami (FL) @ Duke (ESPN3com, 1 p.m.) - Last week's loss to FSU had a dumpster-fire quality to it for Miami. They'll try to put out the flames this week.

Wake Forest @ Virginia Tech (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.)  - Now that Wake Forest has gotten their annual loss to Navy out of the way, it's time for the Hokies. VT is starting to play with confidence again on a four-game winning streak, bad news for the Deacons.

No. 10 Utah @ Wyoming (The Mtn., 6 p.m.) - This could very well be the last time Utah ever travels to Laramie. The Cowboys hope to give the Utes something to remember them by.

North Carolina @ Virginia (ESPN3com, 6 p.m.) - There's something to be said for the fact that, despite the massive off-the-field distractions, Johnny White and the Tar Heels keep winning.

Iowa State @ No. 6 Oklahoma (FSN-National, 7 p.m.) - Another week, another top ten opponent for the Cyclones. Oklahoma fans aren't concerned with winning as much as they're concerned with "how much" they win by.

Baylor @ Colorado (FCS-Central, 7 p.m.)  - The Buffs are none-too-happy after getting shutout last week by Missouri. Not the best time to see Baylor's Robert Griffin staring back at you.

No. 20 Arizona @ Washington State (Versus, 7:30 p.m.) - The loss to Oregon State last week may have been a blessing in disguise for the Wildcats. A loss this week to Washington State would not.

No. 21 Nevada @ Hawaii (WAC Network/Oceanic PPV/GamePlan, 11:30 p.m.) - It might be worth staying up late for this one. Boise State has to be invested in Nevada to win in order to keep their status high.

 

NO THANKS, PLATE'S FULL

Army vs. Rutgers @ East Rutherford, NJ (ESPN3com, 2 p.m.) - Army and Rutgers are taking this show on the road to the Meadowlands, which fans don't mind as long as it's a once-in-a-while thing.

Western Michigan @ Notre Dame (NBC, 2:30 p.m.) - Last week's win over Pittsburgh might have been the catalyst to turn ND's season around.

Middle Tennessee State @ Georgia Tech (ESPN3com, 3:30 p.m.) - Is Georgia Tech's problem this season stamina and conditioning?

McNeese State @ No. 9 LSU (FSN-S/FSN-SW/Sun/GamePlan, 7 p.m.) - LSU's traveling carnival of delusional optomism continues...

No. 3 Boise State @ San Jose State (WAC Network/GamePlan, 8 p.m.) - The Broncs should open the BCS rankings in a spot for the title game, though beating a team like San Jose State won't do too much to help them stay there.

No. 23 Air Force @ San Diego State (CBS College Sports, 8 p.m.) - Don't look now but the Falcons might be the best sports team in all of Colorado right now. They're lurking the MWC rankings at No. 3 for the time being.

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