It’s rivalry week so the college football slate for this weekend is absolutely fucking loaded. We usually only preview the top 5 games for the weekend, but there are just too many games that need to be watched. Drop whatever you are doing and go to your man cave and tell your significant other you are sick and can’t be bothered. Let’s not forget that there are conference championship games next week so the season is winding down and the committee is watching ever so closely to see who will make the cut. Here are the games you need to tune in for!
LSU at Texas A&M (Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Will this be the final game for coach O in Baton Rouge? It very well may be. It will also be the second last game we get to watch Leonard Fournette in college. Does anyone else think Fournette was a little bit of a bust for not winning a Heisman? All the hype coming in and disappointment. That’s what happens when you have bad quarterback play during your collegiate career. Speaking of quarterback play, it will be awful in this match up but the athletes (Fournette, Christian Kirk, Myles Garrett) will surely make up for it.
No. 5 Washington at No. 23 Washington State (Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX)
Who would have thought Chris Petersen would have the Huskies in this position? He sure did turn around this program quickly. With all that being said, the Huskies are in connection for a final four spot, but need to win out. Standing in front of them is Mike Leach and the Cougars. Coming off a loss against Colorado last weekend, the Cougars are looking for some revenge and to make their way back up in the rankings.
Toledo at No. 21 Western Michigan (Friday, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
With a Broncos win, that secures an undefeated regular season, and should lock up the Group of Five berth into a new Year’s Six game. And for the casual view, the MAC saved its best conference game for last. Keep an eye out for WMU wide out Corey Davis who will be a top 3 round draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Don’t sleep on the MAC, but you should already know that #MACtion
Rutgers at Maryland (Saturday, Noon ET, ESPN News)
Just kidding. Please don’t watch this game while Ohio State is playing Michigan.
No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State (Saturday, Noon ET, ABC)
This is the game. Ohio State has covered up all the M’s and we are not sure if coach Harbaugh has redecorated the visiting locker room at The Shoe. The Buckeyes open up as a -6.5 point favorite. The big question mark surrounding this game is whether or not Wolverines QB Wilton Speight will be under center. He has taken reps this week during practice, but we will see what happens come Saturday at noon. What team wants it more?
Virginia at Virginia Tech (Saturday, Noon ET, ESPN2)
Virginia Tech needs to win this game to win the ACC Atlantic. Virginia is now coached by Bronco Mendenhall, and for the Cavaliers, this is a game that screams “the steps we need to take to become a great football team.”
Kentucky at No. 11 Louisville (Saturday, Noon ET, ESPN)
This is Lamar Jackson’s final chance to put a stamp on the Heisman. Ball out and its yours. Struggle again, and Baker Mayfield can sneak up. After a rough start to the season, Mark Stoops has turned the tide and will give his Seniors a chance to play in a bowl game. A win over the Cards to hoist the Governors Cup would be a solid ending to a great season.
TCU at Texas (Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1)
Will this really be the last game we see Charlie Strong stroll the sidelines at UT. Matthew McConaughey sure hopes so. Remember when Texas beat Notre Dame early on in the season? Neither do we. After a BAD loss against Kansas last week, they should have canned his ass last week. If the Longhorns somehow manage to win and secure bowl eligibility, expect Strong to be carried off the field by his players.
Michigan State at No. 7 Penn State (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN):
Both Ohio State and Michigan will be rooting for the Spartans to pull off the upset and knock Penn State out of the Big Ten race. The player to watch in this game is Spartans running back LJ Scott. He will be in the running for the Heisman award in 2017, so catch him now while you can.
No. 13 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS)
This one is an annual must-see, but the key will be if a hampered Kamryn Pettway can run against Alabama’s defense full of future NFL players.. Fournette wasn’t able to solve the Tide’s frightening defensive interior, so it’s hard to fathom that Pettway will. Pretty sure Alabama is already a 21 point favorite for the SEC championship game against Florida.
Duke at Miami (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Remember when this happened?
Mississippi State at Ole Miss (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network)
While this years Egg Bowl won’t be like the past two years (which featured Dak Prescott, Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell), this is one of the great rivalries where the hate for the opposition is stronger than the love for your own team.
Notre Dame at No. 12 USC (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
The NCAA came down on the Irish vacating their ’12 and ’13 wins, but they need to get over that and get ready for one of the hottest teams in college football right now. The Trojans have had a major turnaround since Sam Darnold took over. Can the committee really enter a 3 loss team into the top 4? If we asked you at the beginning of the season, who would win this game, most would say Notre Dame in a land slide. College football can be mysterious.
No. 22 Utah at No. 9 Colorado (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX)
This game has a ton of Pac-12 title implications. Colorado secures the Pac-12 South with a win, USC gets it if Colorado loses.
No. 15 Florida at No. 14 Florida State (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, ABC)
Florida is guaranteed a spot in the SEC championship game against Alabama, but a win over in state rival Florida State just gives Jim McElwain another opportunity to show off those pearly whites. The intensity will be there no doubt. Let’s see if Dalvin Cook can match his 225 yard performance from last week against Syracuse.
That’s it folks. Plenty of football games to watch this weekend!