College football TV schedule Saturday: Mich.-MSU, LSU-Florida top games
After Stanford and UCLA combined for 91 points in the Cardinal Pac-12 win late Thursday night, it will be interesting to see how much scoring takes place in Saturday's games.
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There are some big conference match-ups this week within the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll.
Let's start in the Big 12 Conference, where the AP poll's new second-ranked team, Baylor, gets West Virginia at home. This game starts at noon Eastern time and will be broadcast on Fox.
No. 11 Florida State meets Louisville in an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) affair, also at noon, on ESPN.
One non-conference encounter features 13th-ranked Mississippi of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and unbeaten Memphis of the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers, at 5-0, are averaging nearly 48 points per game. Depending on where you live, this game will be televised on ABC or ESPN2, beginning at noon.
A big game in the Big Ten Conference will have 17th-ranked Iowa taking on No. 20 Northwestern. The Hawkeyes, at 6-0, are on the rise while Northwestern stumbled badly at Michigan last Saturday for their first loss of the season. Again, depending on where you live, the Iowa-Northwestern game will be shown on either ABC or ESPN2 at noon.
Toledo moves up two spots to No. 22 in this week's poll and will play Eastern Michigan at noon. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.
Perhaps the biggest game in the Big Ten Saturday will be the annual clash between Michigan and Michigan State. The Wolverines are now No. 12 in the AP poll while the Spartans dropped three spots to No. 7 after barely beating Rutgers last Saturday night. The game in Ann Arbor starts at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time and can be seen on ESPN.
Back in the SEC, tenth-ranked Alabama travels to College Station, Texas, to play No. 9 Texas A&M. Each team has won in the other's backyard prior to last season's shellacking of the Aggies at the hands of the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. This year's contest starts at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS.
The final 3:30 p.m. game has 19th-ranked Oklahoma traveling to Kansas State, who gave TCU everything they could handle before losing in the end. The Sooners and Wildcats will be broadcast on ABC.
Speaking of TCU, the now-third-ranked Horned Frogs hit the road again this week to take on the Iowa State Cyclones, who have a history of playing tough against ranked teams at home. This game will kick off at 7 p.m. Eastern and will be televised on ESPN2.
No. 5 Clemson will play host to Boston College in an ACC tilt at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. And, in the biggest SEC game of the day or night, No. 8 Florida travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to take on sixth-ranked LSU, also at 7 p.m. Florida will be without quarterback Will Grier, suspended for using a substance banned by the NCAA. You can watch the Tigers and Gators on ESPN.
In the team's first game after head coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, USC will go on the road to South Bend, Indiana, to face No. 14 Notre Dame. NBC will televise this contest, starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
At 8 p.m., No. 1 Ohio State will play Penn State in Columbus. with ABC broadcasting the Big Ten game.
Finally, fourth-ranked Utah will host Arizona State in a Pac-12 encounter at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN.