At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much to be excited about in week 10 of the college football season, save for the big matchup in the SEC. But, the potential for some serious chaos looms. There are quite a few early games this weekend worth watching, and the evenings will feature several games regionally, so check the coverage maps to see what’s available in your area. All rankings are the current BCS standings.
Now let’s get to the games – here is your Week 10 viewing guide.
7:30 PM ET
#23 Virginia Tech 16 v. East Carolina 3
Overcoming the “blackout” at East Carolina, and avoiding a three-game skid, the Hokies hit the spread of 13 points behind 179 yards rushing by freshman Ryan Williams, who gave up a late fumble last week to allow North Carolina to win on a last second field goal, to win 16-3. Too much too late for Frank Beamer and team, as their big bowl game hopes are already over.
8:00 PM ET
#7 Boise State at Louisiana Tech, ESPN2
Boise State is poised to go undefeated and make a serious claim for a spot in the title game if some of the top teams suffer defeats. Despite their opening game win over Pac-10 leader Oregon, there are still questions about their strength of schedule. If you’re able to catch this game, take a look and judge for yourself if they deserve a shot at the BCS’ crystal ball.
12:00 PM ET
Central Florida at #2 Texas, FSN/Comcast Sport Net
Texas is out of the limelight for the week as they take on Central Florida in late-season non-conference matchup. The Knights nearly pulled off an upset the last time they met, but Texas’ offense is now rolling now and it won’t be the same coming into DKR-Memorial Stadium.
Northwestern at #4 Iowa, ESPN
Iowa keeps finding a way to win. They’ve nearly been upset the last two weeks, but have come alive in the fourth quarter to keep their unbeaten record intact. Their final big test will come next week at Ohio State, so they may be caught looking ahead.
12:30 PM ET
Kansas at Kansas State, Versus
Kansas State currently leads the Big 12’s North division, while Kansas has reverted to their norm at the bottom of the conference standings. If K-State can keep up the pace, they’ll be in line to meet Texas in the Big 12 title game and Kansas comes to Austin in a few weeks so this might be worth a look for scouting purposes.
2:30 PM ET
Navy at #22 Notre Dame, NBC
Navy always gets up for these high profile games and nearly took down Ohio State in Columbus in Week 1. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see the Irish fall at home to the Midshipmen? Front-butt coach Charlie Weis will have to help Heisman-hopeful QB Jimmy Clausen keep the winning ways going in South Bend.
3:30 PM ET
#9 LSU at #3 Alabama, CBS
This is the game of the week and the Tide is vulnerable. If LSU pulls off the upset on the road it could set up quite a you-know-what storm in the BCS. The implications are huge but we won’t focus on “what ifs.” The Tigers have suffered only one defeat, at home to Florida in a hard-fought game. Alabama is coming off of a near loss to Tennessee but has had two weeks to prepare for LSU to come to town. This is must watch.
#16 Ohio State at #11 Penn State, ABC/ESPN2
This is the premier matchup for ABC’s regional coverage. Both these teams started the year with high hopes to make a run at a national title, and both have fallen off course. They still have time to stake the claim of best in the Big 10 should Iowa drop one of their remaining games.
(Also in this slot on ABC or ESPN2 are #19 Oklahoma State at Iowa State and Wake Forest at #10 Georgia Tech.)
7:30 PM ET
Vanderbilt at #1 Florida, ESPN2
Florida shouldn’t have much trouble here, even without Brandon Spikes on the field, but you wouldn’t want to miss this if it turned out to be an upset. This will also fill in the gap before the later games and it’s better than a seventh game in the World Series.
8:00 PM ET
UConn at #5 Cincinnati, ABC
Cincinnati finally gets a spotlight game, at least for part of the country. ABC should send notes of apology to everyone on the West coast forced to watch another pitiful USC outing. The Bearcats seem in control of their season with very few challenges left, yet they are still likely to be left out of the BCS title game as long as there are at least two more undefeated teams from the big conferences. Fortunately for Texas, the Longhorns are positioned to benefit (for once) from the messed up BCS system, though the nightmare scenario for the BCS is to have undefeated teams from the Big 10, Big 12, Big East, and SEC, a scenario that doesn’t seem all that unlikely with the way things are going now. If this is in your region, check out this game to see just how worthy Cincinnati really is.
(Other games in this slot on ABC are #12 USC at Arizona State, and #24 oklahoma at Nebraska.)
Thanks again to LilPete for his viewing guide contribution.