Well, NC State has completed their full regular season slate, but there are still college football games going on this week. For us State fans, that’s actually probably a good thing... I’m not sure how many more close games my heart can take.
Thursday night features an ACC match-up of a pair of teams the Wolfpack took down this year in Pitt and GT. Using State as the common opponent comparison, expect Pitt to win by 9. That’s how math works, right?
Friday night has the battle for the Arizona Territory, but it lacks a little luster with Arizona and Arizona State entering the game with a combined 0-6 record. This may be Kevin Sumlin’s last game as the Wildcats head coach, though. Man, what a crazy fall (slow slide) from grace he’s experienced.
The game you should be watching Friday night is the Nevada @ San Jose State game. Those two teams are a combined 11-1 and both are better than you probably think. Enjoy!
In the noon slot on Saturday, we’ll see if old pal Eli Drinkwitz and Missouri can make good on that 25th place CFP ranking and stand up to Georgia and they’re 2nd ranked SP+ Defense. Also interesting in that early slate will be the Oklahoma offense versus the doesn’t-sound-like-this-is-correct-but-is good WVU defense. I’m also intrigued to see whether SP+ or Sagarin is right in their opinion of the Wake-Louisville game.
Army-Navy is at 3:00pm and will be played on the West Point campus for the first time since 1943. Army is pretty good again this year, while Navy is having a down year - although their defense has been stout the last two weeks.
At 3:30pm, we’re all Miami Hurricanes fans.
Also in that mid-day slate are probably the two best games of the week: Wisconsin @ Iowa and Washington @ Oregon. I’ll forgive you if neither one of those really gets the blood pumping, but at least it’s better than watching Duke and Florida State in their pillow fight.
In the evening slate, a not-as-good-as-their-record USC and a better-than-people-thought-they’d-be UCLA face off for the pleasure of Emperor Newsom, while UVA and VT face off on the ACC Network in the battle for bragging rights in The Commonwealth.
San Diego State and BYU both have outstanding defenses, so if you need something to help put you to sleep at 10:00pm, they’ve got you covered.
Enjoy the football, everyone! And good luck to all of you who are in your fantasy football playoffs!
Rankings for SP+ Ratings and Sagarin Ratings listed, respectively, ahead of each team’s name. [Note: SP+ is now ranking the 127 teams that are scheduled to play this year. Sagarin is ranking all 257 FBS and FCS teams.]
79/95 Florida Atlantic @ 107/146 Southern Miss - 6:30pm - CBSSN
44/40 Pittsburgh @ 72/86 Georgia Tech - 7:00pm - ESPN3
103/138 North Texas @ 125/174 UTEP - 6:00pm - ESPN3
28/37 Arizona State @ 102/74 Arizona - 7:00pm - ESPN
68/77 Nevada @ 75/73 San Jose State - 10:00pm - CBSSN
1//1 Alabama @ 58/41 Arkansas - 12:00pm - ESPN
10/5 Georgia @ 62/29 Missouri - 12:00pm - SECN
5/7 Oklahoma @ 35/30 West Virginia - 12:00pm - ABC
21/35 Utah @ 53/49 Colorado - 12:00pm - FOX
59/91 Western Michigan @ 84/88 Ball State - 12:00pm - ESPN+
67/34 Wake Forest @ 30/61 Louisville - 12:00pm - ACCN
24/42 Coastal Carolina @ 63/99 Troy - 3:00pm - ESPN+
110/98 Navy @ 60/80 Army - 3:00pm - CBS
12/27 North Carolina @ 14/17 Miami - 3:30pm - ABC
9/9 Wisconsin @ 16/15 Iowa - 3:30pm - FS1
56/62 Houston @ 52/71 Memphis - 3:30pm - ESPNU
81/64 Michigan State @ 22/22 Penn State - 3:30pm - ESPN
20/25 Washington @ 17/19 Oregon - 4:00pm - FOX
98/93 Duke @ 90/87 Florida State - 4:00pm - ACCN
26/57 Appalachian State @ 73/92 Georgia Southern - 6:00pm - ESPN3
51/21 LSU @ 6/4 Florida - 7:00pm - ESPN
100/106 Louisiana Tech @ 54/23 TCU - 7:00pm - FS1
15/18 USC @ 40/32 UCLA - 7:30pm - ABC
46/43 Virginia @ 25/53 Virginia Tech - 8:00pm - ACCN
57/69 San Diego State @ 7/16 BYU - 10:00pm - ESPN2