Weekend Viewer's Guide - Part II
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Arizona State at USC (3:30, ABC) - The Sun Devils are already one of the season's most disappointing teams and likely won't have quarterback Rudy Carpenter for this game. USC quarterback Mark Sanchez is hurt as well but may still be able to go. Pete Carroll's crew is looking to punish people to regain attention for a possible shot at the BCS.
Purdue at Ohio State (3:30, ABC) - Ohio State is ranked, which means Purdue will lose this game as they always do when they play someone good. For the Buckeyes, the question is how the continued development of freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor is coming along with critical games against Michigan State and Penn State the next two weeks.
Notre Dame at North Carolina (3:30, ABC) - Raleigh newspaper columnist Carlton Tudor wrote this week that North Carolina football will finish 11-1 this year, "maybe 10-2 if things go poorly". Apparently they've moved on to stronger stuff there on what once was known as Tobacco Road. Having said that, the Heels are doing well with backup quarterback Cam Sexton and appear likely to be able to handle a Notre Dame team that's 4-1 but has struggled with the likes of San Diego State and Stanford.
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East Carolina at Virginia (noon, ACC Raycom) - Last week the Richmond paper's sports columnist called for Al Groh to be fired. His team immediately went out and thrashed Maryland 31-0. No word on whether Groh has asked the guy to do it again, but you don't want to watch this team play regardless.
Syracuse at West Virginia (noon, ESPNU) - If you want to see good Syracuse football this year, you're going to have to drop a few dollars on a ticket to "The Express".
Eastern Michigan at Army (1, ESPN Classic) - An army made up of emus would be kind of interesting to watch. EMU at Army... not so much
Indiana State at Northern Illinois (2:30, FSN) - This may be the first time Indiana State's gotten on national TV for anything since Larry Bird played there in 1979. Watching that title game with him facing off against Magic would be a much better viewing choice than this game.
TCU at Colorado State (3:30, CBS CSTV) - Bad news if you're one of those people who picks games based on whose mascot is tougher. This is one time where a Frog can beat a Ram.
UCF at Miami (3:45, ESPNU) - If UCF wins, Randy Shannon wants you to know it's only making "the U" stronger because all the good players will be demanding to be a part of the fifth best program in the state.
Washington State at Oregon State (6:30, Fox College Sports Pacific) - Washington State had lost every D-1 game this year by 26 or more until last week, when they lost to UCLA by 25. At this rate of progress they will be watchable just in time for Halloween 2010.
Boise State at Southern Miss (8, CBS CSTV) - No Smurf Turf for Boise, but likely no problems either with the 2-3 Golden Eagles.
Utah State at San Jose State (7:30, ESPNU) - SJSU's top two receivers are out indefinitely. One has mono, and the other sprained his ankle getting off the team bus. You're probably not going to want to watch this game now that you know that the Spartans aren't at full strength.
UCLA at Oregon (10:15, FSN) - Rumors are Oregon will debut a one piece all-black uniform with a black helmet in this game. That would give them four different helmets. Perhaps the fashion forward thing is being taken a little too far?
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