College football TV schedule Saturday: Ala.-Georgia, ND-Clemson top games
Once again this weekend, a number of teams in the AP Top 25 poll go head-to-head or will meet formidable foes within their respective conferences.
There are no ties in this week's Associated Press Top 25 college football poll, as a pair of Big Ten teams solidify their hold on the top two spots. But there are five new teams to consider.
As for Saturday's schedule, we get busy at noon Eastern time with the following games: second-ranked Michigan State plays host to Big Ten foe Purdue in a game that can be seen on ESPN2.
No. 4 TCU locks horns with Texas in a Big 12 Conference encounter at Fort Worth, which will be televised on ABC.
Staying with the Big 12, 15th-ranked Oklahoma takes on West Virginia, new to the AP poll this week at No. 23, in Norman, Okla. Fox Sports 1 will televise this game.
The undefeated and 16th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats will try to notch their fifth straight victory when they play Minnesota at noon Eastern time Saturday on the Big Ten Network.
The final noon hour contests feature No. 19 Wisconsin meeting 4-0 Iowa on ESPN and, at a new time due to heavy rains expected in association with hurricane Joaquin, No. 22 Michigan travels to Maryland to meet the Terrapins on the Big Ten Network.
At 3:30 p.m. Eastern, another host of college games kick off, including No. 1 Ohio State going on the road to play an undefeated Indiana squad. Last season, the Hoosiers led the Buckeyes in the second half in Columbus before Ohio State reeled off 21 fourth-quarter points to win the game. Depending on where you live, the game will be televised on either ABC or ESPN2.
In the Big 12, fifth-ranked Baylor plays Texas Tech, one week after the Red Raiders nearly knocked off TCU. This contest will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN2.
A big game in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) pits No. 8 Georgia against 13th-ranked Alabama, "between the hedges" at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. CBS will carry this game at 3:30 p.m.
Eleventh-ranked Florida State is on the road this weekend, playing Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
There are a pair of 4 p.m. games Saturday: No. 20 Oklahoma State hosts Kansas State on Fox Sports 1 while California, new to the poll this week at No. 24, hosts Washington State on the Pac-12 Network.
Prime-time college football Saturday night begins at 7 p.m. Eastern with third-ranked Mississippi traveling to No. 25 Florida for another big SEC contest on ESPN.
Over on ESPNU, No. 9 LSU meets Eastern Michigan, also at 7 p.m.
At 7:30, seventh-ranked UCLA plays host to Arizona State on Fox and No. 14 Texas A&M meets No. 21 Mississippi State on the ESPN SEC Network.
Then, at 8 p.m. Eastern, No. 6 Notre Dame travels to "Death Valley," otherwise known as Clemson's Memorial Stadium, for a clash with the No. 12 Tigers. The game will be televised on ABC.
Finally at 10:30 p.m. Eastern, No. 18 Stanford hosts Arizona on the Pac-12 Network.