With Wisconsin back in action, Badger fans will undoubtedly be fixed on the TV for the matchup with Iowa. With the recent release of the first College Football Playoff rankings, there is a lot of action to unfold. This weekend is especially loaded with marquee match ups littered across the weekend.
Here are the games to watch this weekend across all time slots.
Wednesday, Nov. 6th
Miami of Ohio (4-4) at Ohio (4-4) —> 7 p.m. CST on ESPN2
MACtion! Wednesday night games featuring the MAC is back. While the return of college basketball and the NBA will likely steal some eyes, if you are yearning for some football this game can quench your thirst before this weekend.
Thursday, Nov. 7th
Temple (5-3) at USF (4-4) —> 7 p.m. CST on ESPN
USF has recovered after Wisconsin dominated them in the first game. Both teams have had up and down seasons to this point, but it will be interesting to see how much USF has improved from the opener in Tampa. This game will go a long way in determining if Charlie Strong can get USF back to a bowl game.
Friday, Nov. 8th
Washington (5-4) at Oregon State (4-4) —> 9:30 p.m. on FS1
Washington has falling well short of preseason expectations, while Oregon State has improved dramatically from a season ago. Oregon State is lead by former Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, who has quickly changed the culture in Corvallis. Washington has struggled offensively at times this year, and with Oregon State having some buzz, the Beavers could shock the Huskies at home and get one step closer to a bowl game.
Saturday, Nov. 9th
No. 5 Penn State (8-0) at No. 13 Minnesota (8-0) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC
This is a game that Badger fans should keep an eye on for sure. Both Big Ten squads enter this contest in the Twin Cities undefeated. Minnesota has the lead in the West division race. If Wisconsin wants to keep their hopes of going to Indianapolis alive, Penn State could help them out in a big way. James Franklin and P.J. Fleck are two of the most polarizing coaches in the conference, but this undefeated tilt should be fun.
No. 11 Baylor (8-0) at TCU (4-4) —> 11 a.m. CST on FS1
Baylor has continued to roll through the Big-12 conference. Baylor now enters the hardest portion of their schedule with TCU, Oklahoma, and Texas all still to play. This is the easiest of the three remaining, but the road contest against TCU will be no gimmie.
Other morning games of interest: Purdue at Northwestern, Florida State at Boston College, Vanderbilt at Florida, Maryland at Ohio State.
No. 18 Iowa (6-2) at No. 16 Wisconsin (6-2) —> 3 p.m. CST on FOX
This is the focal point of the day for Wisconsin fans, but it isn’t the biggest game on the national scale happening at this time. This is the third longest rivalry in Wisconsin history. While Wisconsin has won six of the last seven match ups, this trophy game is usually physical and close.
No. 1 LSU (8-0) at No. 2 Alabama (8-0) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS
Oh boy! This is the game of the day, and possibly the biggest game of the year. Both teams have been chugging along. LSU has ran through one of the toughest schedules in the nation, while Alabama hasn’t played anything close to the level of competition that LSU will bring to town. It is a bummer that this game will be happening at the same time as the Badger game, but this game will be worth keeping an eye on in terms of the playoff picture. (Editor’s note: TWO SCREENS, BABY!)
Other afternoon games of interest: Kansas State at Texas, Wake Forest at Virginia Tech, Louisville at Miami, USC at Arizona State, Illinois at Michigan State.
No. 4 Clemson (9-0) at NC State (4-4) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC
The defending champions go on the road to NC State in what should be a tough road environment. Dave Doeren has the Wolfpack playing decent football, but Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne have been almost unstoppable to this point. Clemson has been known to drop a clunker on the road over the past few seasons, will it be this weekend?
Missouri (5-3) at No. 6 Georgia (7-1) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN
Georgia is the heavy favorite after taking down Florida last weekend. The Bulldogs might be in a letdown spot after the big win, and could sleep walk with a big game at Auburn next weekend. Missouri has lost their last two games on the road, but you never know.
Other afternoon games of interest: Notre Dame at Duke, Washington State at Cal, Appalachian State at South Carolina, Iowa State at Oklahoma.
Wyoming (6-2) at No. 21 Boise State (7-1) —> 9:15 p.m. CST on ESPN
This is a big Mountain West Conference matchup. Wyoming has played well this season, as has the heavy favorite Boise State. BSU has struggled at times these past two weeks. Can Wyoming trip them up?
Other afternoon games of interest: Nevada at San Diego State, San Jose State at Hawaii.