This Weekend's Top Games park
Here's a look at some of the top upcoming games for this week of college football action. All times listed are Central. Please check local listings to confirm broadcast information.
Indiana at #6 Ohio State (Saturday, 11 a.m., BTN): Ohio State can clinch the Big Ten East title with a victory as the Buckeyes continue their impressive rise since redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has gone from quarterback afterthought to Heisman Trophy candidate since a preseason injury to star Braxton Miller.
Rutgers at #11 Michigan State (Saturday, 11 a.m., BTN): Despite their loss to Ohio State two weeks ago, the Spartans still have plenty to play for; with a win over Rutgers (bowl-eligible in its first Big Ten season) and in their finale at Penn State, Michigan State could be a strong candidate for an Orange Bowl bid.
#8 Ole Miss at Arkansas (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., CBS): Losses in their last two SEC games put a damper on the midseason excitement around Rebel football, but with Arkansas on tap and Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, Ole Miss could have a memorable finish while climbing into an elite bowl game.
#15 Arizona at #17 Utah (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN): This week's only game between AP ranked teams could bring a bit more clarity to the Pac-12 South logjam, which includes five teams still in the mix to win the divisional title.
#16 Wisconsin at Iowa (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): The Badgers, winners of five straight, can take another step towards the Big Ten West title with a win over the Hawkeyes. However, the real reason to watch this game is star running back Melvin Gordon, who set an FBS record with 408 rushing yards on Saturday – Gordon, a 6-1, 213-pound junior, leads the nation in rushing yards (1,909) and scoring (15.0 points per game). Iowa ranks 46th in the country in rushing defense.
Boston College at #3 Florida State (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2): In last year's dominant national championship season, the Seminoles trailed for a total of 11 minutes all season; on Saturday, they trailed Miami for 49 minutes before recovering. In fact, on the year, Florida State has trailed in seven of its last eight games, including three deficits of 15 or more points; despite the challenges, they remain undefeated, extending their school record winning streak to 26 games.
Oklahoma State at #7 Baylor (Saturday, 6:30 p.m., FOX): If Baylor closes the year with wins over Oklahoma State and Kansas State, the Bears will be guaranteed at least a share of the Big 12 title; if they can impress the CFP Selection Committee sufficiently, that could translate into a bid to the first-ever College Football Playoff.
Vanderbilt at #4 Mississippi State (Saturday, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network): The Bulldogs need to avoid a double-trap this week; not only do they need to recover quickly from the tough loss at Alabama on Saturday, but they can't look ahead to their Nov. 22 Egg Bowl showdown with Ole Miss – Vandy, meanwhile, is looking for its first SEC victory of the year.
#19 USC at #9 UCLA (Saturday, 7 p.m., ABC): The longtime Los Angeles rivalry will feature a favored Bruin team, which has recovered from two midseason losses to win four in a row and climb back into the playoff picture; USC, meanwhile, has also only lost two Pac-12 games (by a total of seven points) and is hoping to make its way to the Pac-12 Championship game.