The top two NCAA football teams – #1 Florida and #2 Texas – are off this week, as many teams are beginning to get in to their conference schedules, but there are still plenty of games to keep the masses entertained this weekend. Unfortunately, the TV schedule this week is top loaded on the evenings with a lot of regional coverage, so check your local listings and decide which games have the biggest impact on your 2009-2010 expectations.
For reference, here’s the NCAA football week five TV viewing guide.
7:30 PM ET
Colorado at West Virginia, ESPN
Both teams are down this year, which is too bad, but this will still be an entertaining matchup for a Thursday night. The winner could turn it around this season, the loser is going to be seriously down and out.
8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh at Louisville, ESPN2
Friday night game, watch if you must. Or, go to happy hour. Best part of college sports? Highlights. While at the bar. Perfect.
12:00 PM ET
Arkansas State at Iowa, ESPN2
Curious to see if Iowa is for real, or if Penn State was once again just overrated in their loss last weekend? Arkansas State shouldn’t put up much of a fight, so we’ll see if the Hawkeyes can put up some big numbers and make the Big 10 Conference look good.
3:00 PM ET
Kansas State at Iowa State, FCS Central
Take a look and see what’s happening in the Big 12 Conference’s North Division. Or, go watch paint dry. This could seriously end in a 0-0 tie. Eyes Of TX should have some Cyclones’ game analysis from some guest bloggers attending the game in Kansas City next week.
3:30 PM ET
Penn State at Illinois, ABC
We’ll see how Joe-Pa and Penn State rebound, going on the road, following a tough loss at home to Iowa. Are they as good as the pre-season hype? Did they just have an off week? How “juiced” will Illinois be? Get it?
8:00 PM ET
USC at California, ABC
A week ago, this would have been must-see game, but now it’s relegated to ABC’s “B team” and will likely only be seen on the West coast. Still, this is a compelling matchup despite Cal’s precipitous fall down the standings after the absolute debacle at Autzen Stadium at the hands of Oregon. USC needs to continue to rebound in Pac-10 play after the disappointing loss to Washington. The winner places itself in pole position to climb back in to the BCS hunt, while it’s “better luck next year” for the loser.
oklahoma at Miami, ABC
The real game of the week. Or, it should be. Head coach Bob Stoops has managed to weasel ou back in to the top 10 rankings (after the opening week loss to BYU) quicker than anyone would have imagined thanks in large part to the poor play and exposure of so many top-ranked teams last week. That, and the fact that just about every pollster slurps Stoops so much you wish they would get it over with and just ask him to the prom already. On Thursday, Stoops announced back-up quarterback Landry Jones would start in place of the injured Sam Bradford, and Miami’s Jacory Harris needs to bounce back after the loss to Virginia Tech to keep his name in the Heisman Trophy discussion.
Thanks to LilPete for this weekly contribution.