This past weekend’s games were wild ones with five undefeated teams falling and several highly ranked teams struggling on the road. It’s about time for the stretch run this college football seasons and some of the games to help clear up the College Football Playoff picture take place this week. All games will be listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time. All rankings reflect the College Football Playoff rankings.
Tuesday November 1
#23 Western Michigan @ Ball State
Scheumann Stadium – Muncie, IN
Why you should watch: Western Michigan is undefeated and has an excellent shot to earn the Group of 5 berth into a New Year’s 6 Bowl.
Wednesday November 2
Toledo @ Akron
InfoCision Stadium – Akron, OH
Why you should watch: It’s the only game on. Toledo is very quietly an excellent football team while Akron is looking to go to its second straight bowl game.
Thursday November 3
#14 Oklahoma @ Iowa State
Jack Trice Stadium – Ames, IA
Why you should watch: Oklahoma has bounced back after a tough start to the season and is in the driver’s seat in the Big XII. Iowa State has had a couple of close calls. Is this finally the game where they spring the upset?
UCLA @ #15 Colorado
Folsom Field – Boulder, CO
Why you should watch: UCLA has faltered this year despite having a prospective first round NFL draft pick at QB. Colorado has been revived under fourth year coach Mike MacIntyre.
Friday November 4
Temple @ UConn
Pratt & Whitney Stadium – East Hartford, CT
Why you should watch: Temple is bowl eligible for the third straight year while former Brian Kelly assistant and creator of the lamest rivalry in college football, Bob Diaco needs to win out to get UConn to its second straight bowl game.
Saturday November 5
Navy vs. Notre Dame*
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Why you should watch: This is a game that will be played forever until the end of time because during World War II Notre Dame did not have enough students to keep the school open, so the Naval Academy lent them students so the school did not have to shut down. An unspoken agreement has been in place since then, assuring that these two will play every year.
Air Force @ Army
Michie Stadium – West Point, NY
Why you should watch: It’s the battle for the Commander In Chief’s Trophy. Air Force has already beaten Navy this year. This is the best team Army has had in a long time.
Texas @ Texas Tech
Jones A&T Stadium – Lubbock, TX
Why you should watch: Texas upsetting Baylor last week could prove to be the catalyst that saves Charlie Strong’s job in Austin. Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes is a guy to watch as he throws the ball 50 times a game.
TCU @ #17 aylor
McLane Stadium – Waco, TX
Why you should watch: The last three or four meetings between these two teams have all been incredibly close games, most famously their meeting in 2014.
#11 Florida @ Arkansas
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium – Fayetteville, AR
Why you should watch: Florida has an excellent shot to win the SEC East and doesn’t want to derail that with a second conference loss. Bret Bielema is still looking for a signature win in his fourth year at Arkansas.
#1 Alabama @ #13 LSU
Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA
Why you should watch: It’s one of the best rivalry games in college football, though it has begun to get somewhat lopsided in the last five years. Should LSU win this game, many believe that would seal the deal for Ed Orgeron to be permanently named head coach.
#10 Nebraska @ #6 Ohio State
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
Why you should watch: Both teams control their own destiny in terms of reaching the B1G Championship Game. Nebraska’s undefeated season ended last week while Ohio State’s ended the week before. The winner of this game has a very good chance of making the College Football Playoff, should they win out.
*denotes game being played at neutral site