Welcome back to the College Football 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. 14 Arkansas @ No. 3 Alabama (3:30 CBS) - One year ago in Fayetteville, after outplaying Alabama nearly all afternoon, Arkansas had the Crimson Tide on the ropes in the fourth quarter only to implode in the closing minutes, allowing an otherwise beaten 'Bama team to somehow escape with victory. They'll try to seal the deal this time, though they'll have to do it without DE Jake Bequette.
No. 2 LSU @ No. 16 West Virginia (8 p.m. ABC) - Things are getting a little crazy in Morgantown. Well, crazier than usual. A big game here could propoel Geno Smith into the Heisman discussion. It's LSU's defensive line's hope the game becomes one-dimensional.
No. 7 Oklahoma State @ No. 8 Texas A&M (3:30 ABC/ESPN2) - The Aggies haven't really played anyone of value just yet, which could be cause for concerned considering Ryan Tannehill had a poor outing last week.
I'LL HAVE A SCOOP OF THAT, PLEASE
Missouri @ No. 1 Oklahoma (8 p.m. FX) - Oklahoma single-handidly saved the Big 12...or at least they'd like you to think that. The Sooners are looking for some on-the-field revenge after last year's loss.
I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND FOR THE NEXT TRIP
San Diego State @ No. 22 Michigan (Noon BTN) - The Wolverines are 3-0 but they're full of issues. Brady Hoke's former team will do their best to identify them.
California @ Washington ( 3:30 FSN) - Husky Stadium has been a place of nightmares and despair for the Cal Bears. The Washington D is coming off a dreadful performance against Nebraska and needs to bounce back to instill confidence in DC Nick Holt.
I DON'T KNOW...SMELLS FUNNY...
Central Florida @ Brigham Young (Friday, 8PM ESPN) - The Knights will head west to Provo to face the Cougars as both teams try to shake off tough losses from a week ago.
UCLA at Oregon State (3:30PM PrimeTicket/FCS-Pacific) - The return of James Rodgers will be both an emotional and a technical boost to the Oregon St. offense. Last year their defense was able to get to the Bruins...except when it came to touchdowns.
NO THANKS, PLATE'S FULL
Eastern Michigan @ Penn State (Noon ESPN2) - You may have heard that Penn State is one of a handful of FBS programs without a touchdown pass. That's almost impressive.
Central Michigan @ Michigan State (Noon ESPNU) - CMU ain't what she used to be but what she used to be upset the Spartans two years ago.
Louisiana-Monroe @ Iowa (Noon BTN) - If you're an Iowa fan, I just hope someone close to you didn't schedule a wedding for today.
Toledo @ Syracuse (Noon Big East Net) - The Orange are 1-17 in their last 18 games played at Noon. That does not bode well.
Massachusetts at Boston College (1PM ESPN3) - BC can't overlook UMass, especially considering they've already lost to Duke.
Ohio at Rutgers (2PM ESPN3) - The Knights try to keep their focus on the game and not on their crazy, unknown future status in the sport.
Western Michigan @ No. 24 Illinois (3:30 BTN) - Illinois has a history of following big wins with a letdown loss. They'll want to be mindful of that.
No. 13 Virginia Tech @ Marshall (3:30 CBSSN) - Win here and Virginia Tech has a chance to be undefeated heading into October for the first time since 2005.
Southern Mississippi @ Virginia (3:30 ACC Net) - The Golden Eagles beat the Hoos in Hattiesburg in 2009. Revenge time?
Connecticut at Buffalo (7PM SNY/BH/GamePlan/ESPN3) - Husky fans wish Coach P would hurry up and pick a QB already. Current Bulls QB Chazz Anderson used to play for Cincy and knows a little something about UConn.
Louisiana Tech @ Mississippi State (7:00 ESPNU) - In an NCAA '12 simulation, the Bulldogs won 28-17. We'll stick with that.
North Dakota State @ Minnesota (7PM BTN) - The Gophers needs to mix things up. How bout a two-headed monster in the backfield?
UTEP at No. 18 South Florida (7PM ESPN3) - The Bulls have a lot of concerns about their conference future. Meanwhile, UTEP's redshirt Freshman Jay Hall has shown some flashes in his time filling in for starter Nick Lamaison, but he has also shown his inexperience.
Florida Atlantic at Auburn (7PM FSN-Regional/GamePlan/ESPN3) - Howard Schnellenberger's retirement tour continues. Let's hope the Tigers are too rude as hosts.
Rice @ No. 17 Baylor (7PM FS Southwest) -Baylor continues its march to back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 1992.
Nevada @ Texas Tech (7PM FOX College Sports) - Unlike last year, it's Nevada's running game that could cause problems for the Raiders.
No. 9 Nebraska @ Wyoming (7:30 VS) - Some have labeled this the most anticipated game in Wyoming history. Bottom line for the Huskers, take Wyoming lightly and Nebraska will be coming back to Lincoln to some angry people.
Tulsa @ No. 4 Boise State (8:00 CBSSN) - Should be another patented blue turf massacre.