It’s time. The biggest game of the season is upon Texas Longhorn and oklahoma sooner fans, but don’t blow your tops too soon because there’s a lot to look forward to this weekend across the college football agenda. Find some Shiner Bock, kick back, and enjoy the ride because the slate of games this weekend doesn’t get much better than this. Here’s your week 7 viewing guide.
7:30 PM ET
#8 Cincinnati at #21 South Florida, ESPN
This is a meeting of the best in the Big East. That sounds like a joke, honestly. Both teams are unbeaten and 1-0 in conference play and have never before played with both teams ranked in the top 25. This game should decide the BCS representative from the conference.
9:00 PM ET
Bed time, er, Pittsburgh v. Rutgers
It’s going to be a long day for Big 12 fans on Saturday, so get your beauty sleep. Oh, Pitt is playing Rutgers. Choose sleep.
12:00 PM ET
#3 Texas vs. #20 oklahoma, ABC
Game of the week for the nation, game of the year for Longhorns. oklahoma QB Sam Bradford looked like his old self in his first game back from the injury to his throwing shoulder last weekend, so this won’t be the cakewalk that ou’s losses to BYU and Miami might lead you to believe. Both defenses are ranked in the top 10 nationally and the Texas offense has been sluggish at times, most notably their two offensive touchdown effort last week against an inferior Colorado team. Hopefully, the ‘Horns shake off the rust for good and take this one to Big Game Bob and the land thieves north of the border.
3:30 PM ET
#6 USC at #25 Notre Dame, NBC
Follow up the fireworks in Dallas with another huge rivalry game that has massive implications for both teams, as this game is essentially do-or-die for both teams. The Trojans are going on the road to South Bend and desperately need to leave with a victory in order to keep their BCS dreams alive. For the Irish to have any chance of climbing back into the BCS picture, they need this upset on their resume.
6:00 PM ET
#4 Virginia Tech at #19 Georgia Tech, ESPN2
The Techs square off! Virginia Tech’s only loss to-date was in week 1 to then-#5 Alabama. Since then, the Hokies have been on a roll. However, they return to Atlanta (the site of their opening week loss) this weekend to face the Yellowjackets who could lock up a three-way tie in the ACC’s Coastal division between themselves, Virginia Tech, and Miami if they come away with the win. Either way, something tells me the ACC has a more logical tiebreaker than the Big 12. Eyes Of TX predicts a Tech win, and the Vegas odds will good on that.
8:00 PM ET
#22 South Carolina at #2 Alabama, ESPN
Alabama isn’t playing like the #2 team in the country right now; they’re playing like the #1 team. South Carolina will have their hands full going on the road to Tuscaloosa for this one. Fortunately for Spurrier’s Gamecocks, his defense is ranked #15 in the nation. Unfortunately for them, Alabama’s defense is #2.
9:15 PM ET
#16 oklahoma State at Missouri, ESPN2
Close out the night with another Big 12 matchup. Missouri fell from the top 25 this week after their loss to Nebraska at home, and Okie State has stagnantly remained in the teens since their inexplicable loss to Houston, but sit comfortably at 1-0 in conference play. The Tigers still have a decent shot at competing for the Big 12 North title with both Kansas and Nebraska, but those teams also face precarious games against Texas and Oklahoma respectively in the coming weeks. The Tigers need to take this one in Columbia to keep those hopes alive. The Pokes are going to have a run for their money, especially if star WR Dez Bryant remains ineligible to play.
Thanks to LilPete for his ongoing contributions to the weekly viewing guide for Eyes Of TX.