#9 TCU at #5 Baylor
In Big 12 country at least, this is the game of the weekend. TCU vaulted 16 spots in the polls with their win over Oklahoma and Baylor, while somewhat uncharacteristically subdued in their win against Texas, still averages 51 points per game, good for first nationally. This one could be a good old-fashioned shootout. As for those around the Big 12 who were wondering when TCU would step back into the limelight as a football power like they were before they entered the conference, wonder no longer. If they beat Baylor, this is a top-5 team with legitimate aspirations of playing in the college football playoff. Game time is 2:30 CT on ABC.
#2 Auburn at #3 Mississippi State
Another week, another monster match up in the SEC West. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are on cloud nine after their win over Texas A&M on the weekend, but their euphoria shouldn’t last too long. On the horizon this Saturday is Auburn who made LSU look like Kansas over the weekend. So many things factor into winning a divisional crown in college football (more so in the SEC West) but you’d have to think that the winner here is in the driver’s seat. Watch it at 2:30 CT on CBS.
#3 Ole Miss at #14 Texas A&M
Back-to-back games against the surging teams from Mississippi for Texas A&M. They couldn’t get it done last weekend in Starkville, but this time they play on their home turf of Kyle Field. Their opponents are the Rebels of Mississippi and all they did this past weekend was beat then-#3 Alabama. They’ll be pumped for this game as both teams know they’ll need to win to keep pace and have a chance at the divisional crown. Check it out at 8:00 CT on ESPN.
#12 Oregon at #18 UCLA
This game would’ve been a must watch had Oregon not lost to Arizona and UCLA not fallen to Utah. But, if you’re into teams that can really put points on the board and are not watching the other afternoon games, this could be a really entertaining game. It’s on Fox at 2:30 CT.
#13 Georgia at #23 Missouri
The eastern side of the SEC isn’t getting any headlines, but this is as important of a game as that division might see the rest of the year. If Mizzou wins, they will have the tie-breaker over both South Carolina and this week’s opponent, Georgia. If the Bulldogs take it, they’ll own the pole position in the race to win the division. It should be a raucous crown in Columbia on Saturday. Game time is 11:00 AM CT on CBS.
Texas vs. #11 Oklahoma (in Dallas)
This game is mentioned here because it’s a historical rivalry game and anything can happen in these types of games. Don’t expect magic though. Oklahoma is mad coming off a loss to TCU and Texas is bad. But, if you have nothing better to do at 11:00 AM CT, tune your TV to ABC to watch this one.