Heath's Remote - Week 11

This curious college football season continues to lack something - big games. There are only two meetings of ranked teams this Saturday, and the fact that ESPN's Gameday program is in Fort Worth for Utah at TCU tells you what kind of week it is. Florida plays their final road game of the year against old friend Steve Spurrier at 3:30 on CBS, and it's like a lot of the matchups this week.

There's a small level of intrigue about a possible upset, but in the end one team is clearly better than the other and should prevail. Here's your best bets for college football viewing this weekend.  

The noon timeslot has multiple SEC games this week thanks to a doubleheader on CBS, meaning you can live a Dave Neal and Andre Ware free life this week. It's the Ed Orgeron Bowl in Oxford, as Tennessee visits Ole Miss. This was already an interesting game before three Vol players were arrested early Thursday morning. Both programs still need a win to secure bowl eligibility, something that could become a particular issue for Ole Miss should they stumble here considering what's left on their schedule.  

On ESPNU FSU begins the E.J. Manuel era at quarterback, as the redshirt freshman tries to lead them to a much needed victory over Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have taken three straight against FSU, and should the Seminoles lose their consecutive bowl streak will end unless they win in Gainesville. Also on at noon is Georgia Tech at Duke on ESPN2. With a win the Yellow Jackets would claim a spot in Tampa for the ACC Championship. This is a good game to put on a TV with the sound down, since Pam Ward is doing the play by play.  

Florida's beaten the Gamecocks by a combined 80 points the last two years, so there may be a point where other 3:30 viewing options become important. Iowa at Ohio State on ABC is the only game with two ranked BCS conference teams going at it this week, although OSU's a seventeen point favorite thanks to the injury to Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi. The Hawkeyes are looking for their first win in Columbus since 1991. In a potentially interesting Pac-10 tilt, Stanford shocked USC two years ago and hosts the faltering Trojans for the first time since then on FSN. The Cardinal beat Oregon last week after the Ducks destroyed USC the week before.  

The cowbells will be clanging all night in Starkville as Mississippi State hosts Alabama on ESPN at 7. Dan Mullen is hoping to break the attendance record from the UF game, and the Bulldogs have had two weeks to get ready for a Crimson Tide squad that has struggled to score touchdowns. On ESPN2 at the same time Auburn visits Athens for the annual rivalry with Georgia. It doesn't feel right but neither team in this one is ranked, and the Bulldogs aren't even bowl eligible yet.  

If you're one of the fortunate few who actually have access to CBS College Sports, that's where you'll find the Utah at TCU showdown at 7:30. The Utes have done very well against TCU, but will be facing a sold out stadium in Fort Worth - the first time this decade that's happened. The rest of us looking for an extra game can see the potential finishing touches game for Charlie Weis, as Notre Dame visits Pittsburgh at 8 on ABC. If you're looking for some late night action there's Arizona State at Oregon beginning at 10:15 on ESPN.  

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