A bit late, readers, but early enough on Saturday to still be useful for the day.
Wow, what a week 7. Although no one reading this blog probably remembers anything that happened after about 3:30 PM Eastern time last weekend, there were some exciting games following up the Texas Longhorns’ victory over oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Any weekend of college football would be a letdown by comparison, but this week seems especially so. Still we’ll find enough to keep us glued to the action – and plus, what seems like a 364-day baseball season is almost over, so Eyes Of TX can’t complain. Truth be told, all of our heart’s are collectively still recovering from last week’s victory. With that said, here’s your week 8 viewing guide, with all rankings based on the current BCS standings, as well as ESPN’s regional coverage maps for reference.
7:30 PM ET
Florida State 30 v. North Carolina 27
Close game, for two teams that were struggling for their first conference victory after an up-and-down beginning to the season. Isn’t that Bobby Bowden’s 2,000th win? Starting to think he’s a terminator on the inside — he just won’t go away.
8:00 PM ET
Rutgers 27 v. Army 10
With the most effective armed servicemen still serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, is it any question why Army struggles? Just once, Eyes Of TX would like to see a real service academy (Air Force doesn’t count…they are actually capable of competing) – like Army or Navy – compete on the national scene. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
12:00 PM ET
Minnesota at #19 Ohio State, ESPN
Ohio State has a chance to bounce back after their road loss to Purdue. Don’t expect much from Minnesota here, although back-to-back Big 10 losses for OSU would be something for Buckeye Nation to get their sweater vests in a twist over.
12:30 PM ET
#15 Oklahoma State at Baylor, Versus
Oklahoma State has been efficient offensively even without suspended wide receiver Dez Bryant and injured running back Kendall Hunter, and things aren’t expected to be any different going in to Waco. This will be Texas’ last look at OSU before going to Stillwater, oklahoma on Halloween.
3:30 PM ET
oklahoma at #25 Kansas, ABC
ABC is going with regional coverage in the 3:30 PM slot so check your local listings. It would be nice for Kansas to take this one at home to protect their current ranking, but the loss to Colorado last weekend wasn’t a good sign. Texas faces only two more teams who are currently ranked, including the Jayhawks, and even though the ‘Horns are on course to play for the BCS championship as long as they win out, it’s still nice to have that strength of schedule to boost.
(Other games in this time slot are #13 Penn State at Michigan, #11 Oregon at Washington, and Clemson at #10 Miami)
7:30 PM ET
#1 Florida at Mississippi State, ESPN
Florida was the beneficiary of a controversial call last weekend, setting them up for the game-winning field goal to put away Arkansas at home. With that in mind, the Gators shouldn’t expect an easy game this weekend on the road, as Urban Meyer’s teams have lost four in a row in Starkville, Mississippi, and could get caught looking ahead to their rivalry game against Georgia next week.
8:00 PM ET
#3 Texas at Missouri, ABC
The Texas offense needs to reappear this week. While Texas continues their toughest three-game stretch this season, the Tigers face their third straight ranked opponent and are a dangerous challenger (especially on homecoming weekend in Columbia), although they’ve dropped the last two games. To upset Texas in front of their home crowd would make Mizzou’s season, so we’ll see if the ‘Horns are up to this task.
(Oregon State at #7 USC will also air regionally on the west coast at this time. Of note, the Beavers have defeated USC two of the last three years at home in Corvallis, but they’ve lost 21 straight to the Trojans in Los Angeles.)
Thanks to LilPete for these weekly viewing guides.