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Games to Watch in Week 8 of College Football

Each Thursday, we’ll bring you some key matchups from around the country, so you can plan your weekend accordingly.

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#14 Kansas State at #11 Oklahoma

This is a huge game in the Big 12, one that both teams circled on their calendars when the schedule was announced. Oklahoma is coming off two less than impressive performances and K-State probably feels like the time is right to pick off the Sooners. This will be K-State’s first test since they almost beat Auburn, and when Bill Snyder gets a week off to prepare for a game, things go the Wildcats’ way more times than not. On the flip side, this game would mark a statement win for OU and put them back on track for a shot at the Big 12 crown. Game time is 11:00 AM CT, and it’s being televised on ESPN.

#15 Oklahoma State at #12 TCU

Another monster game in the Big 12 where both teams have something to prove. TCU thinks they should’ve beaten Baylor after letting a 21 point fourth quarter lead slip away, and Oklahoma State has to wonder if their near loss at Kansas will serve as a wake-up call. Either way, I expect a shootout in this one. Can it rival the classic that we saw this past weekend in Waco? Find out at 3:00 CT on Fox Sports 1.

#5 Notre Dame at #2 Florida State

Away from the Big 12, all eyes will be in Tallahassee this weekend as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish invade Doak Campbell Stadium to take on the former number one team in the country, the Florida State Seminoles. Both teams are undefeated, but this is the first road test for the Irish, and they had trouble at home last weekend with ACC bottom feeder North Carolina. Perhaps the Irish were looking ahead to their clash with FSU, but they had better turn in a better performance if they want to leave the Florida capital with a result. This game has huge playoff implications as well. Game time is 7:00 CT on ABC.

#21 Texas A&M at #7 Alabama

At the beginning of the season, this might have been considered the game of the year. Now, with the Mississippi schools on the rise, this game might not have as many playoff ramifications as we once thought. Either way, it’s a showcase of two of the most storied and powerful programs in college football history, and one that’s worthy of your attention at 2:30 CT on CBS.