Welcome back to the College Football Weekly Buffet here at SB Nation.
Every week, I'll be breaking down the weekend schedule, separating the tasty morsels from the leftovers with the help of SB Nation's college bloggers. By the time you wake up Saturday morning, grab your plate and head for the food line, you'll already know exactly what you're going to chow down on.
So 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 Oklahoma @ No. 5 Florida State (8PM ABC) - Florida State fans remember all too well what happened last season up in Norman. 34 points and almost 400 yards allowed in the first half qualifies as a disaster. The big question here is, does the loser still have a chance to play for the National Title?
I'LL HAVE A SCOOP OF THAT, PLEASE
No. 4 Boise State @ Toledo (Friday, 8PM ESPN) - The Broncos take on the Rockets in a rematch of last season's lopsided Boise State win. Toledo has considerably more confidence this year and are sky-high after a moral victory over in-state bully Ohio State. Hope they're still up for giant-killing, the #4 Broncs will be the highest ranked opponent to ever walk into the Glass Bowl.
Pittsburgh @ Iowa (Noon ESPN2) - Both Pitt and Iowa enter Saturday's game having their share of struggles. The Hawkeyes are fresh off an overtime loss to Iowa State, and the Panthers, while 2-0, have looked lackluster so far.
No. 18 West Virginia @ Maryland (Noon ESPNU) - Maryland looks to retain their hard-earned momentum against West Virginia in a (future conference?) rivalry game with big implications. And look! Maryland won't even be wearing something super ugly!
I'LL TASTE IT FIRST...
No. 7 Wisconsin vs. Northern Illinois @Chicago, IL (3PM ESPN3) - The Huskies will face the Badgers this Saturday, but will there be anybody around to see the game? Only 35,000 tickets or so have been sold and the game is only going to be broadcast on ESPN3.com. A lot of people think this could be Wisconsin's toughest non-conference opponent.
No. 15 Michigan State @ Notre Dame (3:30 NBC) - Michigan State will have fancy new uniforms in this one, complete with a matching glove set. They also bring a much more traditional offense with them than the Irish have seen so far.
I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND FOR THE NEXT TRIP
Mississippi @ Vanderbilt (noon SEC Net/ESPN3) - The Vanderbilt Commodores continued to show that it is a new era in Nashville last week in giving away a solid lead and then coming from behind to dispatch Connecticut. History, it favors Ole Miss not.
Virginia @ North Carolina (3:30 ESPNU) - UNC and Virginia may be the South's Oldest Rivalry, but of late the games have had as much impact as the annual Harvard-Yale match. Then again, both teams are undefeated this season, so that's something.
Washington @ No. 10 Nebraska (3:30 ABC/ESPN) - Steve Sarkisian takes his Huskies on a date with the history-rich Nebraska Cornhuskers, in a match-up that features two teams familiar enough with each other for it to almost feel like a conference game. The Huskers want this to be more like their first meeting last year than the Holiday Bowl.
Washington State at San Diego State (6:30PM The Mtn.) - Many expected last season to be season Wazzou turns it around. Instead, it looks like this is the one.
I DON'T KNOW...SMELLS FUNNY...
Iowa State @ Connecticut (Friday, 8PM ESPN2) - The Cyclones have allowed an average of 181 yards per game on the ground, surrendering over 200 yards to FCS (Division I-AA) school Northern Iowa. Whether it's Lyle McCombs and D.J. Shoemate or just the former, the Huskies should be able to make hay.
Penn State @ Temple (Noon ESPN) - In wrestling terms, Temple has spent most of its existence as the "jobber" to Penn State's main-eventer. Might that be changing?
Kansas @ Georgia Tech (12:30 ACC Net) - It is a general consensus amongst all good Georgia Tech fans that the 2010 season was ruined by the Kansas Jayhawks. Georgia Tech's offense is still extremely impressive and it poses a major challenge for the Jayhawks' D.
Navy @ No. 11 South Carolina (6PM ESPN2) - South Carolina currently ranks 75th in total offense, largely because the passing game is struggling so mightily.
No. 8 Oklahoma State @ Tulsa (10PM FSN) - The winner of the game is less important than the winner of the mullet war.
NO THANKS, PLATE'S FULL
Wyoming at Bowling Green (Noon BCSN/ESPN3) - Two high powered offenses face off this weekend and one team will suffer their first loss of the year. The last time these two teams met it wasn't a pretty game for the Cowboys as they lost 45-16 in Laramie.
Eastern Michigan @ Michigan (noon BTN) - The EMU Eagles will test their perfect record in Ann Arbor this weekend in a clash with the Wolverines, who are fresh off a historic win over Notre Dame last weekend.
Duke at Boston College (12:30 PM ACC Network (National)/GamePlan/ESPN3) - The Eagles offense is averaging just 10 points a game. Duke is Duke. Something has to give.
Coastal Carolina at Georgia (1 PM CSS-PPV/GamePlan/ESPN3) - You know what Georgia needs? A win. Here's a good chance.
Colorado State @ Colorado (1:30 FSN) - Colorado's passing attack lit up the skies in Saturday's game against California. Aberration or the real deal?
Louisiana-Monroe at #23 TCU (2 PM The Mtn.) - TCU should steamroll La-Mo in this one. Still, this year's team will probably never come close to what last year's did.
Texas Tech @ New Mexico (3:30 VS) - It seems improbably that New Mexico will be able to keep pace with Texas Tech, especially when the Lobos struggled to put the ball in the endzone all season.
Missouri State at #12 Oregon (3:30PM CSN-Northwest/GamePlan) - Oregon is going to win this game, so they're more concerned with padding their stats.
Akron at Cincinnati (3:30 PM ESPN3) - Last week, Cincy went into Neyland Stadium still searching for that program-defining and validating non-conference win and came up short. They're going to take it out on Akron.
Miami-OH @ Minnesota (3:30 BTN) - Jerry Kill is out of the hospital and there's a good chance he'll be on the sidelines for this one.
South Carolina State @ Indiana (3:30 BTN) - After two disappointing losses, Indiana seeks its first win of the season over FCS team South Carolina State in what, on paper, appears to be the Hoosiers' most winnable game of the season.
Arkansas State at #13 Virginia Tech (4PM ACC Network (Regional)/GamePlan/ESPN3) - When the schedule first came out, Hokie fans pointed to this game as the easiest one on the schedule. It's easy to be a revisionist after you've already beaten one team by 53 points, but it's apparent after two weeks that the Red Wolves are far from the worst team Virginia Tech will play this year.
Gardner-Webb at Wake Forest (6:30 PM ESPN3) - Wake Forest expects a dogfight from Gardner-Webb. Not sure about that, but, sure.
Idaho at #9 Texas A&M (7PM FSN-PPV) - Aggie RB Mister Jones has withdrawn from school. No more Mister...nice guy?
Stephen F. Austin at #19 Baylor - Baylor will do its best to concentrate on football while it's concerned with legal matters.
Florida A&M at #20 South Florida (7PM BH-Tampa/SNY/GamePlan/ESPN3) - Florida A&M's last ten games against teams from BCS conferences have ended with them losing by an average score of 53-7. USF's only previous meeting ended with a 37-3 score.
Western Illinois at Missouri (7PM FSN-PPV) - What the heck is a Leatherneck anyway?
Kent State at Kansas State (7PM FCS-Central) - Kansas State has no idea what's going on. They should probably just put their head down and play football.
North Texas at #2 Alabama (7:30PM FSN-Regional/GamePlan/ESPN3) - Borth Texas will afford the Tide one final tune-up before things really get ugly.
Troy at #14 Arkansas (7:30PM BH-Orlando/CST/GamePlan/ESPN3) - Although the Hogs likely will keep their game plan fairly vanilla in anticipation of pulling out all the stops against Alabama, they can't afford to overlook the Trojans too much. It's worth remembering that in 2008 Troy jumped out to a 31-3 third quarter lead against LSU before succumbing to an epic comeback.