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Time Game TV
Noon Louisville at No. 2 Clemson ABC
Noon Nebraska at No. 10 Ohio State Fox
Noon No. 20 Texas A & M at Auburn ESPN
Noon Michigan State at Maryland ESPN2
Noon Memphis at East Carolina ESPNU
Noon South Carolina at Mississippi SEC Network
Noon Rutgers at Wisconsin Big Ten Network
Noon Oklahoma State at Baylor Fox Sports 1
Noon Air Force at Army CBS Sports Network
Noon No. 19 Syracuse at Wake Forest NBC Sports Washington (in D.C. area)
Noon No. 24 Iowa State at Kansas MASN2 (in D.C. area)
12:20 Georgia Tech at North Carolina WDCA-20 (in D.C. area)
3 Villanova at Richmond NBC Sports Washington Plus (in D.C. area)
3:30 No. 6 Georgia at no. 9 Kentucky CBS
3:30 No. 13 West Virginia at No. 17 Texas Fox
3:30 Florida State at no. 21 N.C. State ABC
3:30 No. 16 Iowa at Purdue ESPN2
3:30 Navy at Cincinnati ESPNU
3:30 Tulane at South Florida CBS Sports Network
3:30 Kansas State at TCU Fox Sports 1
3:30 Minnesota at Illinois Big Ten Network
3:45 No. 14 Penn State at no. 5 Michigan ESPN
4 Missouri at No. 11 Florida SEC Network
7 Connecticut at Tulsa CBS Sports Network
7 Duke at Miami ESPN2
7 Houston at SMU ESPNU
7:15 No. 4 Notre Dame at Northwestern ESPN
7:30 UCLA at Oregon Fox
7:30 Louisiana Tech at No. 18 Mississippi State SEC Network
8th No. 1 Alabama at no. 3 LSU CBS
8th No. 7 Oklahoma at Texas Tech ABC
9 Stanford at Washington Pac-12 Network
10 USC at Oregon State Fox Sports 1
10:15 BYU at Boise State ESPN2
10:15 San Diego State at New Mexico ESPNU
10:30 No. 23 Fresno State at UNLV CBS Sports Network
10:45 California at no. 8 Washington State ESPN

Nebraska in Scott Frost's first season at the helm, but the Cornhuskers have shown at least some ability to create big plays, especially on the ground: They rank 24th nationally in rushing explosiveness, a measure of their ability to create 20 seconds (ranking 18th nationally) and 10 percent of their offensive snaps have been lost for 20 yards. Ohio State, Nebraska's opponent"The Buckeyes 'defense ranks 105th in the explosive plays on the ground, and 9.4 percent of their opponents' overall plays have gone on for at least 20 yards (ranking 108th nationally). Ohio State is a double-digit favorite for the sixth time in its past seven games – as they write, the Buckeyes are giving 17.5 points – but they've got the numbers just in those games, and that against Tulane. Their defense's inability to stop big plays is a big reason for this. , , ,

CBS's prime time SEC game later in the day is getting much more attention, but the afternoon affair between Georgia and Kentucky is worthy of your time if only because of the whimsical fact that the Wildcats – the football Wildcats – are playing a meaningful game in the month of November. But it's true! Georgia and Kentucky, which has never finished better than second in the division, have won the title and has finished last or next-to-last at 19 of 26 SEC seasons. The Wildcats win 15-14 comeback win at Missouri, when they are a 14-3 deficit with just over five minutes to play. The first touchdown on comeback came on Lynn Bowden's 67-yard punt return for a score. Bowden would finish the day with 13 catches for 166 yards – a major accomplishment for one of the nation's rushing-intensive teams – but his punt return was his first of the season. He simply went up to coach Mark Stoops and demanded that he be given the chance. Now his team is playing an improbable division title. , , ,

Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich has dubbed the Wolverines' current slate of games as their "Revenge Tour," a.k.a. games against the four Big ten teams that beat Michigan last season. Wisconsin and Michigan State – and now the Wolverines visit Penn State, which beat michigan by 29 last season at the Big House. Trace McSorely is healthy: He suffered a lower-back injury that Iowa last weekend, but hey returned to the game and played well. , , ,

The CFP committee gave Saturday night's main event between Alabama and LSU slightly more juice by slotting the Tigers into the no. 3 spot ahead of Notre Dame, but the Tigers may have been wary of the placement. Auburn, the No. CFP poll in October 2014, preceded to loose four of its final six games and ended up in the Outback Bowl. Ohio State was ranked No. 3 in first CFP poll of 2015 but was relegated to the Fiesta Bowl after a loss to Michigan State. The inaugural CFP poll of 2016 had Michigan at No. 3; The Wolverines went 2-2 down the stretch. And last year, Notre Dame was in the cursed no. 3 spot; The Fighting Irish were trounced by Miami two weeks later and then by Stanford two weeks after that. Nevertheless, the Tigers seem unmoved by both their unfortunate placement and the fact they have to play the most dominant-looking team in recent memory. "I'm not scared of this game," LSU quarterback Joe Burrow said this week. "No one on this team is scared of this game. If you're timid, then do not come out of that easy room. "

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