The college football season is entering the stretch run. The contenders have stated their case while most of the pretenders have fallen by the wayside. It seems like the season just started and it’s already over halfway over. While this week is not one that could be considered loaded, there is still a smattering of good games on. All games will be listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time. All rankings reflect the AP Poll.
Thursday October 27
#25 Virginia Tech @ Pitt
Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA
Why you should watch: This particular division in the ACC is wide open. Virginia Tech is probably the favorite to win it at this point, but Pitt has been a solid team under 2nd year coach Pat Narduzzi.
Cal @ USC
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA
Why you should watch: USC has bounced back to a measure of respectability after a dismal start to the year. Cal’s offense is ridiculous and fun to watch.
Friday October 28
#22 Navy @ USF
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
Why you should watch: It’s two of the best teams in the AAC. These two teams could potentially play in an AAC Championship Game as well, with Navy undefeated in conference play and USF with one conference loss.
Saturday October 29
#10 West Virginia @ Oklahoma State
Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, OK
Why you should watch: West Virginia is one of two undefeated teams left in the Big XII. Oklahoma State has bounced back and won three in a row after starting out 2-2.
#14 Florida vs. Georgia*
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Why you should watch: A big time rivalry game with conference title game implications (not so much for Georgia but for Florida and Tennessee). The Verne Lundquist Farewell Tour rolls on and as he said last week, it’s still the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
Miami @ Notre Dame
Notre Dame Stadium – South Bend, IN
Why you should watch: It’s a rivalry game though with somewhat less significance than 1988’s “Catholics vs. Convicts” game. Brad Kaaya and DeShone Kizer figure to be two of the top QBs taken in next year’s NFL Draft, though Mark Richt has been much more supportive of Kaaya than Brian Kelly has of Kizer during each team’s struggles this year.
#4 Washington @ #17 Utah
Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, UT
Why you should watch: Chris Petersen finally seems to have it rolling at Washington as the Huskies are undefeated and the Pac-12’s best hope for a team in the College Football Playoff. Utah is a dangerous team with only one loss on the year. College GameDay will be in Salt Lake City for this one.
#7 Nebraska @ #11 Wisconsin
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, WI
Why you should watch: It’s a pair of highly ranked teams in a game that has major B1G title implications. Nebraska is undefeated but has not yet been impressive, reminding many of last year’s Iowa team. Wisconsin has two losses on the year, both to top 5 teams (Michigan and Ohio State).
#3 Clemson @ #12 Florida State
Doak Campbell Stadium – Tallahassee, FL
Why you should watch: It’s one of the biggest games of the year every year and this year figures to be no different with both teams highly ranked and Clemson looking to secure a second straight berth in both the ACC Championship Game and College Football Playoff. Florida State’s defense seems to have buckled down after giving up tons of yards and points against Ole Miss and Louisville early in the season.
*denotes game being played at neutral site