If you had a chance to catch any college football games last week, you probably got to see some form of chaos. Despite only two games between ranked teams on the college football schedule, five programs in the top 10 lost.
And like last week, there is the chance for more unexpected chaos. While none of the teams in the top 4 of the College Football Playoff rankings play a ranked opponent this week, there are still plenty of intriguing games on the docket.
As for the SEC, there’s one huge SEC matchup, the rescheduled Florida-LSU game. But the conference also has three other games that feature two SEC teams.
|Time||SEC games||Should you watch|
|Noon ET||UTSA @ No. 25 Texas A&M, ESPNU/WatchESPN||Only if you’re a Texas A&M fan|
|Louisiana-Lafayette @ Georgia, SEC Network Alternate/WatchESPN||Maybe|
|1:00 p.m. ET||No. 23 Florida @ No. 16 LSU, SEC Network/WatchESPN||Absolutely|
|Playoff contenders on the road|
|Noon ET||No. 2 Ohio State @ Michigan State, ESPN/WatchESPN||Sure|
|No. 7 Wisconsin @ Purdue, ABC/WatchESPN||Maybe|
The SEC noon slate isn’t special but at 1 p.m., fans get the best SEC game of the weekend. The Florida-LSU game was originally slated for Oct. 8 but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. The game was also supposed to be played in Gainesville, Fla., but will now take place in Baton Rouge. The Gators will also be without several key players.
As for the non-SEC games, two playoff contenders go on the road for the noon games. While both Purdue and Michigan State are Big Ten bottom-feeders, Michigan proved last week how difficult winning on the road in conference can be.
|Time||SEC games||Should you watch?|
|3:30 ET||Missouri @ N0. 19 Tennessee, CBS/CBSSportslive||Sure|
|4:00 ET||Western Carolina @ South Carolina, SEC Network Alternate/WatchESPN||Only if you’re a South Carolina fan|
|4:30 ET||Austin Peay @ Kentucky, SEC Network/WatchESPN||Only if you’re a Kentucky fan|
|3:30 ET||No. 22 Washington State @ No. 10 Colorado, FOX/Fox Sports Go||Yes|
|3:30 ET||Indiana @ No. 3 Michigan, ESPN/WatchESPN||Sure|
So, the midafternoon slate of SEC games isn’t the best set of games in the world. South Carolina and Kentucky both have chances to earn bowl eligibility with wins against FCS opponents. As for the CBS game, Missouri has an opportunity to play spoiler to Tennessee’s SEC East hopes.
As for the non-SEC games, Washington State and Colorado should be a ton of fun to watch and has huge PAC-12 ramifications. Michigan should win easily, but the Wolverines may be without starting quarterback Wilton Speight, and Clemson proved last week that top teams can lose at home.
|Time||SEC games||Should you watch|
|7:00 ET||Chattanooga @ No. 1 Alabama, ESPN2/WatchESPN||Only if you’re an Alabama fan|
|Arkansas @ Mississippi State, ESPNU/WatchESPN||Sure|
|7:30 ET||Alabama A&M @ No. 18 Auburn, SEC Network Alternate/WatchESPN||Only if you’re an Auburn fan|
|8:00 ET||Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt, SEC Network/WatchESPN||Yes|
|Late night fun|
|No. 9 Oklahoma @ No. 14 West Virginia, ABC/WatchESPN||Absolutely|
The night shift features two SEC games and two games with FCS opponents. Last year’s Arkansas-Mississippi State game featured 101 point, so that matchup has some promise. Ole Miss freshman quarterback Shea Patterson shined in his first start and Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason compared him to Johnny Manziel.
For the non-SEC matchup, the West Virginia-Oklahoma game could be a ton of fun and act as a springboard for either team to jump into the College Football Playoff discussion. It should be another exciting slate of games on the schedule this week.