Heath's Remote - Week 8

It's an unusual week for college football viewing. Games that usually would be among the most anticipated of the week aren't quite as titanic this season. As a result, there's only game pitting a pair of ranked teams against each other. Sometimes those kind of days lead to some surprising results.

Here's the breakdown of what to keep your eye on as the college football day builds toward Florida at Mississippi State at 7:30 on ESPN.  

Arkansas has gotten a lot of positive publicity out of their close call against Florida last week. Now they'll travel to Ole Miss to go against former Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt for the second time. It's the ESPN over-the-air SEC Network game, meaning kickoff is at 12:21. Other options for the early window include Minnesota and Ohio State at noon on ESPN. The Buckeyes hadn't lost to a regular season team that wound up missing the BCS since 2004 before Purdue shocked them last week. How will the home crowd react should they struggle with the Gophers? If you're in an area that gets the ACC Raycom package, No. 12 Georgia Tech is visiting Virginia looking for their first win in Charlottesville since 1990. The Cavaliers are somehow the only remaining team undefeated in ACC play.  

Lane Kiffin gets another chance to show his stuff against a team he talked trash about in the offseason as Tennessee visits Alabama for the 3:30 CBS kickoff. It seems the entire college footbal pundit community is in love with Alabama, but typically teams who are on their way to BCS championships score more than one offensive touchdown per week. Bama has two in their last two games. There are good options alongside this one, with ABC's Penn State at Michigan being interesting despite there not being as much on the line as in previous years. The Wolverines have lost their last two games against D-1 teams but have scored 28 or more each week but one. A Penn State loss would likely finish them off as a possible BCS at large possibility.  

Boston College has won six in a row over Notre Dame. Charlie Weis can get away with losing five in a row to USC, but if the Eagles extend their streak in South Bend the pressure on him will begin to build. The game's on NBC at 3:30. Also on ABC in some regions in that time slot is Clemson at Miami. This is the last team on the Canes schedule with anything close to the same level of athletes as they have. It is Clemson though, so it's anyone's guess whether those athletes will be prepared to play or not.  

There's not much to tempt you to flip around while UF/Miss. State is on, but Auburn is at LSU on ESPN2 beginning at the same time. This is another of the games that usually has more importance attached to it than this year's version does, although LSU still controls their own fate for the SEC title game despite having lost to UF. TCU at BYU is the only game with two ranked teams going at it all day, but since it's on Versus the odds are about 50-50 you even have access to it and even less that you know which channel that is if you do. Arizona State at Stanford on FSN is the best of a meager set of late night options.

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