Heath's Remote - Week 10

We'll finally get to see actual SEC football again this weekend, not that it's likely to break through the never ending news cycle of official criticism punishments, "eye-gouging" debates and whatever Lane Kiffin's latest snarky comment is. The conference has a mixed bag to offer, with the best game of the week balanced out by four matchups with non-FBS teams.

Florida hosts Vanderbilt on ESPN2 at 7:15, with the same Mark Jones-Bob Davie crew that called the Tim Tebow concussion game on the mics. It's a pretty meager week overall, but here's the best blend of viewing possibilities for your football Saturday.  

Next week's Gator opponent plays in the ESPN over-the-air SEC Network game this week, with kickoff at 12:21. South Carolina travels to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks without four of their original defensive starters due to injury and with a walkon starting his first game ever at left guard. Ryan Mallett is completing just 47 percent of his passes against SEC teams, a stat the Gamecocks would like to keep accurate.  

The other early games to watch are Northwestern at Iowa on ESPN at noon and Kansas at Kansas State on Versus at 12:30. Iowa continues to lead a charmed life, rallying for an 18-point win against Indiana last week after trailing big. Northwestern has an experienced quarterback and might be able to give them yet another scare. Someone has to win the Big 12 North, which makes the Sunflower State showdown relevant. Kansas coach Mark Mangino surprised a lot of people when he benched his stud quarterback Todd Reesing mid game last week. We'll see how Reesing responds this week.  

LSU's visit to Alabama is enormous for both squads. A win puts LSU on pace for a possible rematch with Florida in the SEC title game while reducing the Crimson Tide from national title contender to possible Capital One Bowl participant. Les Miles against his predecessor Nick Saban should be good theater too. The game is on CBS at 3:30.

Ohio State at Penn State is on ABC and/or ESPN2 in this time spot rather than prime time as a result of a Big Ten rule that says teams can not play outdoor night games in November. Terrelle Pryor's return to home state as QB of the Buckeyes should make for some intense crowd reaction.  

There's not a lot of great options available to put on your other TVs alongside the Gator game. At 7:45 FSU's at Clemson on ESPN. The Tigers have won four of the past five in this series, and FSU's defense has been a disaster this season.

For those of us who used to enjoy it as a yearly rivalry, it's hard to imagine that Oklahoma at Nebraska isn't even the featured national game on ABC at 8. It's still worth watching, as both teams have stout defenses. There's almost nothing in the late window, although Idaho is one of the feel good stories of this season. They host Fresno State on ESPNU at 10:30.


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