Weekend Viewer's Guide - Part II

It's a good weekend for college football fans, with lots of interesting games. We covered those in part one of the viewers guide. At any buffet, there are some dishes that are less popular than others.

These 13 games are the football equivalent of pickled beets, but in case you're into that here's the details. Our categories are named after possible Heisman voter giveaway gimmicks of the past, and all times are Eastern.


NC State at Clemson (noon, Raycom) -
After the Alabama fiasco, Clemson's next four games are at home against teams without a D-1 win yet. Two of them are 1-AA teams, and two are ACC teams that can't beat anyone but 1-AA teams. NC State is one of those, and their offense can't score against a stiff breeze. Their front seven on defense isn't terrible, though, and might make things interesting for the Tiger attack.

Cal at Maryland (noon, ESPN) - Maryland is the other dreadful ACC team Clemson will play this month. Coming off a 10-point loss to Middle Tennessee State, the odds of them putting on a strong showing against a Cal team that won a Pac-10 game 66-3 last week is not good. Think Urban Meyer will be watching this thinking "if only I still had Josh Portis?" Me neither.

UAB at Tennessee (12:30, Raycom) - The only reason to watch this is for a scouting report prior to next week's UF game. The Volunteers supposedly will unveil adjustments like rolling Jonathan Crompton out of the pocket more to take better advantage of his mobility. If UAB scores double digits on the Vols, something is very wrong in Knoxville.

Auburn at Mississippi State (7, ESPN2) - Auburn opens up conference play and gets Chris Todd and their offense a little bit more experience before next week's enormous matchup with LSU. As is traditional under Sylvester Croom, MSU's offense is struggling mightily in September.

UNLV at Arizona State (10, FSN West) - Arizona State gets Georgia in Tempe next week, so this game might be worth watching to see what the Bulldogs will be up against. UNLV's already gotten one of their two annual victories, so losing big here will just be a way of pacing themselves. That's important to do in Vegas.


Navy at Duke (noon, ESPNU) -
Duke tries to recover from having their dream of a perfect season stopped by Northwestern last week.

Florida Atlantic at Michigan State (noon, ESPN2) - These are two teams that just don't like each other. Heck, they don't even know each other.

Penn State at Syracuse (3:30, ABC) - How old is Joe Paterno? He's so old he remembers when Syracuse football wasn't an embarrassing fiasco.

Chattanooga at Florida State (3:45, ESPNU) - The Moccasins opened their year with a 57-2 loss to Oklahoma in a game which wasn't really that close. FSU throttled a different 1-AA opponent 69-0 in theirs. This shouldn't even be on closed circuit television, much less a cable network.

Hawaii at Oregon State (4, FSN Northwest) - The Warriors hope their second trip to the mainland this year turns out better than the one to Gainesville.

Virginia at Connecticut (7:30, ESPNU) - UConn is one of just four D-1 teams that hasn't allowed an offensive touchdown this season. The Cavaliers score once per game, so something has to give!

Oklahoma at Washington (7:45, ESPN) - Odds Bob Stoops and Ty Willingham discuss before the game just how bad Pac-10 officials are - 100 percent.

Arizona at New Mexico (8, CBS CSTV) - You do know Ohio State and Southern Cal are on, right?

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