Last week was supposed to be something of a down week in college football, but that was not the case. Lamar Jackson continued his ridiculous season, Mississippi State pulled off a massive upset of #4 Texas A&M and the Alabama/LSU game lived up to the predictions of a defensive slugfest. This week also looks like it could be a down week, but as last week showed us, nothing is a given in college football. All games will be listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time. All rankings reflect the College Football Playoff rankings.
Tuesday November 8
#21 Western Michigan @ Kent State
Dix Stadium – Kent, OH
Why you should watch: Western Michigan is undefeated and has an excellent chance to make it to a New Year’s Six bowl game as the Group of Five representative.
Wednesday November 9
Toledo vs. Northern Illinois*
US Cellular Field – Chicago, IL
Why you should watch: Toledo has been a very good program the last six years and this year is no different as the Rockets look set to go to their sixth bowl game in seven years (they were eligible in 2013 but were not invited). The game is also being played at the home of the Chicago White Sox.
Thursday November 10
#17 North Carolina @ Duke
Wallace Wade Stadium – Durham, NC
Why you should watch: A rivalry more known for the hardwood than the gridiron, this has become a decent football rivalry since David Cutcliffe has been at Duke. Larry Fedora seems to finally have something going at North Carolina.
#15 Utah @ Arizona State
Sun Devil Stadium – Tempe, AZ
Why you should watch: Utah is one of the better teams in the Pac-12 with only two losses on the year: @ Cal and at home against undefeated Washington. Arizona State has cooled off after a hot start to the season.
Friday November 11
Boston College @ #18 Florida State
Doak Campbell Stadium – Tallahassee, FL
Why you should watch: It’s the only game on. Florida State has only failed to win ten games in a season once under Jimbo Fisher (2011 when they went 9-4) and a loss against BC would mean a maximum of nine wins for the Noles this year.
Saturday November 12
Baylor @ #11 Oklahoma
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium – Norman, OK
Why you should watch: Baylor’s hot start has cooled off (deservedly so) after getting crushed at home by TCU. Oklahoma is rolling after a pair of early season losses and could wind up representing the Big XII in a New Year’s Six bowl game.
South Carolina @ Florida
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL
Why you should watch: It’s Will Muschamp’s current team against his former team. South Carolina has been much better than expected under Muschamp and may make it to a bowl game this year. Florida still has the best chance to win the SEC East and go to a second straight SEC Championship Game.
#9 Auburn @ Georgia
Sanford Stadium – Athens, GA
Why you should watch: It’s the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Georgia has been terrible this year while Auburn has a chance to go to the SEC Championship Game if they win out.
Wake Forest @ #6 Louisville
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium – Louisville, KY
Why you should watch: Any game featuring Lamar Jackson is must watch TV. Louisville remains in the thick of the College Football Playoff hunt. Wake Forest is having their best season in years and has already locked up bowl eligibility.
USF @ Memphis
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, TN
Why you should watch: USF is very quietly becoming a very good Group of Five team on a consistent basis. Memphis got off to a hot start, faltered against Navy and Tulsa, and got their grove back by mashing SMU.
#20 USC @ #4 Washington
Husky Stadium – Seattle, WA
Why you should watch: Washington is undefeated and the Pac-12’s last remaining hope or a berth in the College Football Playoff. USC is playing very good football after starting the season horribly.
Cal @ #23 Washington State
Martin Stadium – Pullman, WA
Why you should watch. It’s the great hashtag #Pac12AfterDark. This one should be an absolute barn burner as both Sonny Dykes and Mike Leach have no regard for defense and have their QBs throw the ball 60 times a game.
*denotes game being played at neutral site