To be perfectly honest, last week’s slate of college football games was dull and uninteresting. With the exceptions of BYU/Mississippi State, Arkansas/Ole Miss and Houston/Tulsa, none of the games really had any great drama. This week certainly looks much more promising with several ranked vs. ranked matchups. All games will be listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time. All rankings reflect the AP Poll.
Thursday October 20
Miami @ Virginia Tech
Lane Stadium – Blacksburg, VA
Why you should watch: It’s the first really big home game for Justin Fuente in his first year at Virginia Tech. When Lane Stadium is rocking there are few places in college football that are more difficult to play.
BYU @ #14 Boise State
Albertson’s Stadium – Boise, ID
Why you should watch: BYU is better than their record would suggest and every single one of their games this year has been tremendously fun to watch. Boise State is undefeated and jockeying for the Group of 5 spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Friday October 21
USF @ Temple
Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
Why you should watch: Temple has been a solid program under Matt Rhule, winning 10 games last year. USF has only one loss this year, against Florida State.
Oregon @ Cal
California Memorial Stadium – Berkeley, CA
Why you should watch: Both teams have high powered, up-tempo offenses so there should be a ton of points scored. Neither team is particularly good, but it should be a fireworks show.
Saturday October 22
NC State @ #7 Louisville
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium – Louisville, KY
Why you should watch: Any game featuring Lamar Jackson is must-watch TV. Louisville struggled in their last game against Duke, while NC State has only one loss on the year.
Memphis @ #24 Navy
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Annapolis, MD
Why you should watch: Memphis is a program on the rise, entering this game 5-1 with the lone loss against Ole Miss. Navy also has just one loss, against Air Force and beat Houston in their last game (they were scheduled to play East Carolina last Thursday, but that game was rescheduled due to flooding in North Carolina)
TCU @ #12 West Virginia
Milan Puskar Stadium – Morgantown, WV
Why you should watch: West Virginia is undefeated and probably the Big XII’s best hope of getting a team into the College Football Playoff. TCU is having a down year, but is still a very explosive football team.
#6 Texas A&M @ #1 Alabama
Bryant-Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, AL
Why you should watch: It’s a top 10 matchup between two undefeated teams. Alabama has won three in a row (two in a row in blowout fashion) since a shock loss to the Aggies in 2012. College GameDay will be in Tuscaloosa. The Verne Lundquist Farewell Tour enters the final half of the season.
#17 Arkansas @ #21 Auburn
Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn, AL
Why you should watch: It’s two ranked teams. Auburn’s season started off with the Gus Bus crashing and burning, but it appears as though this might still be a good season for the Tigers. Arkansas has a pair of good wins over TCU and Ole Miss on their resume.
#2 Ohio State @ Penn State
Beaver Stadium – University Park, PA
Why you should watch: Ohio State’s last two trips to Penn State have been close, tight games. The Buckeyes are undefeated in true road games under Urban Meyer. Penn State’s two losses this year both came on the road: @ Pitt and @ Michigan.
#23 Ole Miss @ #25 LSU
Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA
Why you should watch: It’s a night game in Death Valley. It’s also two ranked teams. Ole Miss is looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Arkansas. Ed Orgeron is still awesome at being an interim coach.