Weekend Viewer's Guide - Part II

Part one of the weekend viewers guide gave you the details on the best college football action available this Saturday, but there's always lots more to work with than just the good stuff. If you're the kind of guy who has a room setup with four televisions going at once, here are the games to put on that old black and white in the corner.

Our categories are named for Monopoly game pieces this week and all times are Eastern.

THE OLD SHOE

East Carolina at NC State (noon, ESPN) -
ECU has been everyone's darling early in the college football season, but that West Virginia win was somewhat diminished in value by the Mountaineers loss to Colorado Thursday. NC State has been awful to watch so far, with no touchdowns against a D-1 team. Injuries have been a gigantic issue for NC State, but they do get tailback Jamelle Eugene back this week which might help some.

UCF at Boston College (1, ESPNU) - BC's offense has been struggling with poor performances from the QB spot thus far. UCF's got a good enough defense that they have a chance to spring the upset in this one.

Arizona at UCLA (3, FSN) - The 59 points Rick Neuheisel's UCLA team lost to BYU by last week match the combined margin of defeat in all of Pete Carroll's USC losses put together. Arizona coach Mike Stoops described himself as "pretty desperate" this week after losing to New Mexico. Someone has to win this game, and considering how beaten up UCLA's offense continues to be (still mising their starting tailback, tight end, top two QBs and key linemen) for Stoops sake it had better be the Wildcats.

Utah at Air Force (4, Versus) - The Mountain West Conference is beginning to complain about not having an automatic BCS berth. Utah beat Michigan this year and the MWC went 4-0 against the Pac-10 last week, so they may have an argument. Two unbeaten teams in this one - for an extra game to keep an eye on, you could definitely do worse.

THE THIMBLE

Iowa at Pittsburgh (noon, ESPN2) -
The two least enjoyable teams to watch in America together in one place. Mediocrity in every aspect of the game personified, right down to having Pam Ward do the play by play.

Akron at Army (1, ESPN Classic) - Army's been bad at football for quite a while, but they're taking it to a new level this year. Losses to Temple and New Hampshire already indicate this team may be your best bet for an 0-12 year.

Rutgers at Navy (3:30, CBS CSTV) - Greg Schiano should've taken the Michigan job when he had the chance, because it's looking like an ugly year in Jersey. Okay, every year is an ugly year in Jersey, but we're talking football specifically here.

South Florida at Florida International (5, ESPNU) - Did ESPNU do some kind of secret deal to carry state of Florida games no matter how awful they are? Last week they aired Chattanooga-FSU, and now this matchup - why? FIU makes history by opening their new stadium, then they'll be history as soon as the game kicks off.

Rice at Texas (7, FSN) - Many Houston residents still don't have power as a result of Hurricane Ike's devastation. At least that means Rice alums might not have to see this beatdown.

Portland State at Washington State (7, Fox Sports Northwest) - Ever wonder whatver happened to former NFL coach Jerry Glanville? He's coaching Portland State now, which means he's got a chance to knock off a division 1 team this week. WSU is likely the worst team in any BCS conference, although they'd have to play Syracuse for us to know for sure.

TCU at SMU (8, CBS CSTV) - The Frog and Pony Show isn't likely to be too entertaining this season. June Jones seems to be taking his argument that Hawaii's Colt Brennan wasn't a system QB to the extreme, since the system stunk it up to the tune of seven points last week.

Fresno State at Toledo (8:15, ESPNU) - The best thing of any Toledo game is hearing announcers say "Coming to you live from the Glass Bowl". After that, you should flip the channel back over to LSU-Auburn ASAP.


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