College Football Buffet, Week 8: LSU vs. Auburn, Oklahoma vs. Missouri Are Must-Eats

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. 6 LSU at No. 4 Auburn, CBS (3:30 PM ET) - So far, Auburn's defense is allowed less yards than the one from the undefeated 2004 campaign. LSU is going to have to commit to the pass as well as the run if they want to crack this nut.

No. 13 Wisconsin at No. 15 Iowa, ABC/ESPN (3:30 PM ET) - The Badger secondary finally played up to its potential in the upset win over Ohio State. They'll have their hands full with Ricky Stanzi and his absurd 10.17 yards per pass attempt, third in the nation.

No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 11 Missouri, ABC (8:00 PM ET) - The old saying goes "Stats don't lie" and the stats show that Missouri is the best team in the Big 12 in scoring defense. Meanwhile Oklahoma is the best team in the nation, at least according to the BCS. They can confirm that with a win here.

 

I'LL HAVE A SCOOP OF THAT, PLEASE

No. 16 Nebraska at No. 14 Oklahoma State, ABC/GamePlan (3:30 PM ET) - Despite last week's loss, it's probably not time to get too into FirePelini.com. It's the final meeting between these two teams for what will probably be a long time, the Cowboys will try to make it count.

Purdue at No. 10 Ohio State, Big Ten Network (12:00 PM ET) - Purdue and Ohio State are among the six teams left with a legit shot to win the Big Ten. Boilers travel to the Horseshoe, where they haven't won in 22 years. Purdue is hobbled on offense but Ohio State needs the win in order to get back on track.

 

I'LL TASTE IT FIRST...

No. 7 Michigan State at Northwestern, ESPN (12:00 PM ET) - At the moment, there's no better place to be a fan than Michigan State. Northwestern is 15-35 all-time against Michigan State, this year doesn't bode well for their chances to improve that.

Rutgers at Pittsburgh, Big East Network/GamePlan (12:00 PM ET) - The Knights have their attention elsewhere with the injury to Eric LeGrand. Meanwhile, Pitt is trying to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this year.

Mississippi at No. 23 Arkansas, SEC Network/GamePlan (12:30 PM ET) - The Houston Nutt Bowl always gives Arkansas a reason to get fired up. Ole Miss is still all worked up about its mascot issues but perhaps they'll take some time to focus on the game.

North Carolina at Miami (FL), ESPN2 (7:30 PM ET) - Miami will have to go it without Latwan Anderson, who has left the team. North Carolina continues to march through the ACC in spite of its off-the-field issues, coming off a trouncing of Virginia.

Air Force at No. 5 TCU, CBS College Sports (8:00 PM ET) - Air Force dropped out of the rankings after being upset by San Diego State last week. Bad timing, as TCU won't have much pity.

Washington at No. 18 Arizona, ESPN (10:15 PM ET) - Will Jake Locker play and how effective will he be? That's the big question for UW. Either way the Wildcat defense will be tough, they're ranked 10th in the nation in total defense, allowing 284.3 yards per game.

 

I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND FOR THE NEXT TRIP

Syracuse at No. 20 West Virginia, ESPN2 (12:00 PM ET) - There was a time when this game was the Big East's marquee rivalry game. Lately in this series, the only thing killer about Syracuse has been its mascot.

Notre Dame vs. Navy @ East Rutherford, NJ, CBS (12:00 PM ET) - The Irish are on a roll now and they'll try to keep it going against the "Cardiac Mids."

Arizona State at California, FSN-National (3:30 PM ET) - The Bears are thankful to be home, where they're considerably better than on the road. Their mission, to shut down ASU QB Steven Threet.

Connecticut at Louisville, ESPNU (3:30 PM ET) - The Cardinals aren't quite as bad as we thought and can exorcise a lot of demons by beating UConn. The Huskies lost starting QB Cody Endres to a drug-test suspension so their day just got a whole lot tougher.

Georgia Tech at Clemson, ABC/ESPN/GamePlan (3:30 PM ET) - The Tiger are purpling-out in their quest to beat the Jackets for the first time since 2006. The two teams played twice last season, with disastrous results for Clemson

No. 8 Alabama at Tennessee, ESPN (7:00 PM ET) - Alabama really hates Tennessee, even if Vols fans don't know who the QB is. And speaking of, Bama QB Greg McElroy might be facing down a QB controversy very soon.

No. 21 South Carolina at Vanderbilt, FSN-S/Sun/FSN-SW/GamePlan (7:00 PM ET) - Vandy had a rough time last week, losing 43-0 to Georgia. The Gamecocks have a really good team, they swear, they just take certain weeks off.

Georgia at Kentucky, CSS/CST/BH/Comcast Network/GamePlan (7:30 PM ET) - Amazingly, both of these teams are still in the hunt for the SEC Eastern Division. Last week's win over South Carolina has the Wildcats feeling pretty optimistic.

 

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

South Florida at Cincinnati, ESPN2 (Friday, 8:00 PM ET) - As Cincinnati's run defense improves, so does the team overall. USF is short on true rivals but  based on past events they might want to consider Cincy.

Iowa State at No. 19 Texas, FSN-National (12:00 PM ET) - Texas' season bottomed-out early but now has a chance for rebirth thanks to the Nebraska win. Beating Iowa State did wonders for Oklahoma, what can it do for Texas?

Duke at No. 25 Virginia Tech, ACC Network/GamePlan (12:00 PM ET) - The will-be-won't-he dance with RB Ryan Williams seems to be coming to an end. He's probably for the Hokies game against Duke.

Penn State at Minnesota, ESPNU (12:00 PM ET)  - The Tim Brewster Era is officially over at Minnesota. Penn St. has had two weeks to stew over that Illinois loss, they're not planning on taking pity on the Gophers.

Indiana at Illinois, Big Ten Network (12:00 PM ET) - Indiana escaped with a win last week over Arkansas State, but they're not above taking it. The new and improved Illini are trying not to overlook their neighbors.

Maryland at Boston College, ESPN3com (1:00 PM ET) - The Eagles are looking to snap a four game losing streak, and right the ship on a disappointing season. Meanwhile, Ralph Friedgen and the Terrapins are setting out to prove that their fast 4-2 start wasn't a fluke.

Texas A&M at Kansas, FSN-National (7:00 PM ET) - The key for the Aggies might be for QB Jerrod Johnson to get aggressive. Kansas hasn't done much over the past few weeks and there's not much reason to think they will this one.

 

NO THANKS, PLATE'S FULL

Wyoming at Brigham Young, The Mtn. (2:00 PM ET) - Saturday's matchup between Wyoming and BYU will highlight the offensive struggles that both teams have experienced this year so far. Believe it or not these are two equally-matched teams and nothing would make Cowboy fans happier than to send the Cougars out of the conference with a loss.

Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, CSN-Chicago/GamePlan (4:00 PM ET) - The Huskies hope to get sstar strong safety Tracy Wilson back for this one, even if they've been 4-0 without him.

Washington State at No. 12 Stanford, FCS-Pacific (5:00 PM ET) - Stanford has too much talent for this one to be anything but a blowout. Washington State has allowed an NCAA-worst 29 sacks in seven games, which does not bode well.

Colorado State at No. 9 Utah, The Mtn. (6:00 PM ET) - In 2002, the Rams won the conference and Utah was terrible. Since then, the Rams are 36-56 and the Utes 75-20.

UAB at No. 24 Mississippi State, ESPNU (7:00 PM ET) - Don't look now but Mississippi State is ranked. LB Chris White is a big part of that.

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