clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Corn Flakes: Biggest Games in College Football Weekend Preview!

New, 23 comments

What are the best games across the college football landscape this weekend?

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Another great weekend for college football, and not just because it's the weekend in which we finally get a chance to really find out if our favorite beloved Nebraska team is any good, but because there are a lot of really good games that involve top-rated teams going on the road.

Look at the games listed below. All the high-ranking opponents are on the road!

There is a crapload of game previews below. A crapload.

# 2 Michigan at Michigan State (11:00 am, ESPN)

There are two storylines at play here. They intersect in this game and may have a very large impact on the 2016 football season. On one hand you have Michigan State, one of the worst flops this season, who is desperate (or not) to salvage their horrific season. On the other hand you have Jim Harbaugh's Michigan Wolverines, one of the best teams in the nation. Harbaugh has shown no mercy on his opponents, using a style that might be referred to as bravado by the Michigan faithful, but seen as dickishness by everyone else.

Sparty could pull it together, could get a good game going, but it's doubtful. Michigan State's defense hasn't been completely awful, but their offense can't score worth a damn. Maybe pride can pull it together for Michigan State but I don't have a lot of hope for them.

#10 West Virginia at Oklahoma State (11:00 am, Fox)

This is a good alternative game if or when Michigan/Michigan State gets out of hand. Expect a lot of scoring, which seems to have become commonplace amongst the games in the Big 12 conference. It is the Cowboys' homecoming, so maybe they'll be extra jacked to knock off a Top 10 team.

The Mountaineers have come out of nowhere to become a potential college football playoff contender. They have games left against Oklahoma and Baylor, but both teams match up fairly well. Both quarterbacks have similar stats, with Oklahoma State relying a little bit more on the running game but it's on defense where West Virginia has the clear edge.

It'd be nice to see another undefeated team go down.

#4 Washington at #17 Utah (2:30 pm, Fox Sports 1)

ESPN's College Gameday Crew will be at Utah for this game.

There's something about Washington that makes me believe they're destined for the playoff. It's not the fact that they've destroyed nearly everyone on their schedule so far… well, it is, actually. They've got an explosive, balanced offense and a defense to match - a statement that will be taken as a grain of salt by everyone besides Pac-12 fans as the Huskies defense can easily be written off as "they played against soft football teams".

Washington will be a great unknown when they get into the playoff, and I hope that if they do, they wreak havoc because I like chaos.

I'd be very surprised if Utah gave them much of a game, but at least they're in a time slot in which all of you can see them.

#7 Nebraska at #11 Wisconsin (6:00 pm, ESPN)

This is it. How you feeling about this game? You get to wait all day tomorrow. What are you going to do with all that time until the biggest Nebraska game of the season starts? Are you gonna make sure that you're actually sober enough to get through it? Or are you just gonna say the hell with everything in tailgate from morning till night?

The one key about this game is Nebraska's offense versus Wisconsin's defense. If good Tommy shows up, the Nebraska offense can get on a roll. I mentioned this in the Wisconsin Q and A we did with our SBNation Wisconsin site, but if this game was named after a band, it would be called "Danny and the Screens". My hope is that Danny Langsdorf can call timely screens and draws and other misdirection plays against the Badger defense, negating their rush and get them on their heels. Misdirection has been difficult this season because of our guards inability to pull properly, but except a heavy dose of screens to minimize that Watts kid.

Either way, should be fun. Should be exciting. WOOHOOOooOoOO!!!

Fun fact - Omaha's Jim Connor as Larry Culpepper will be at this game with the Tailgate 2000. You did listen to our podcast episode where the guys interviewed Jim, right?

#3 Clemson at #12 Florida State (7:00 pm, ABC)

It's rare you find yourself in position to root for Florida State, right? This is one of those times. Clemson needs to lose, and this is their biggest chance at a loss left this season, with games against Syracuse, Pitt, Wake Forest, South Carolina, and (probably) the ACC Championship game left.

Is your love of chaos stronger than your hate of Florida State? I hope so.

NEWS

How Nebraska's Spencer Lindsay coped with losing his two best friends

But then Sam Foltz died and Spencer Lindsay couldn't handle looking at all that every day, couldn't handle being in the two-bedroom apartment where his best friend was never going to sleep again. So he packed up everything and moved into a smaller place, where grief felt more manageable.

Badgers football: UW avoiding penalties through first half of season | College Football | host.madison.com

Five weeks after its first flag-free game since 1997, the University of Wisconsin football team once again did not suffer any loss of yardage due to penalties in a 17-9 victory at Iowa on Saturday.

2016-17 Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview: the Frontcourt - BT Powerhouse

What can we expect from Nebraska’s frontcourt next year?

MAILBAG: Is Nebraska legit? How good is Penn State? What’s the best kind of scotch? - Off Tackle Empire

Asking the important questions...and giving you lots of answers.

Know the Foe: A closer look at Wisconsin - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The Huskers are not only out to prove to national pundits – and local ones, for that matter – they’re worthy of their lofty ranking, they’re aiming to put a stranglehold on the West Division race.

Huskers Begin Second Half of B1G Schedule - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The No. 1 Nebraska volleyball team begins the second half of its Big Ten schedule with a pair of matches this weekend at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Big Ten

Jury rules in favor of ex-Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary in defamation case - LA Times

A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football coach $7.3 million in damages Thursday, finding the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation.

Week 9 Big Ten Football Preview in MS Paint Infographics - Off Tackle Empire

Previewing Week 9 for those of you who don’t like to read

You always like this one, right?

Michigan vs. Michigan State Game Preview: Watch, listen, stream, more - Maize n Brew

Everything you need to know heading into Saturday’s rivalry showdown in East Lansing.

As more details emerge, UW reels from rape case

The University of Wisconsin-Madison campus continued to reel Thursday under the national spotlight as new details emerged in the case of a senior facing felony charges of sexually preying on multiple students over the last 18 months.

This is pretty sad news.

State of the Race: Five Way Tie for the West Crown? - Off Tackle Empire

Minnesota still has a non-negligible shot at Indy!

An Underdog Story: Michigan State Against a 20-Point Spread - The Only Colors

It’s been a long time since Michigan State has been an underdog of this magnitude

The Only Questions: Q&A with Maize N Brew - The Only Colors

Harbaugh is coming to town, need I say more?

Interviews with the Enemy: A Q&A with Black Shoe Diaries - Hammer and Rails

We talk with Aaron Roke of BSD about Saturday’s game.

Game Preview: Penn State at Purdue - Black Shoe Diaries

After a dramatic upset victory, Penn State hits the road to take on the Boilermakers.

James Franklin: How You Like Me Now, Suckers - Black Shoe Diaries

James Franklin delayed his weekly press conference due to a death in the family, but he had some choice words for the media when he came back.

Why Northwestern will/won't beat Ohio State - Inside NU

There's always a chance!

Minnesota Football vs Illinois: Q&A with The Champaign Room - The Daily Gopher

A writer for SB Nation’s Illinois blog shares knowledge and insight about Lovie Smith’s Fighting Illini

Behind Enemy Lines: Minnesota Golden Gophers - The Champaign Room

Blake Ruane of The Daily Gopher joins us to discuss this weekend’s matchup versus Minnesota.

Elsewhere

Clemson preparing for FSU with ‘hourglass’ mentality | The Clemson Insider

Swinney held up the hourglass in front of his players, and flipped it over. As the sand trickled down, Swinney made a point about time and not taking it for granted.

Florida State football opponent Q&A: Clemson - Tomahawk Nation

Let’s get a Clemson perspective on Saturday’s prime time showdown at Doak

Clemson at Florida State Preview: Q&A with Tomahawk Nation - Shakin The Southland

This rivalry clash may not be the game of the century we expected at the start of the year, but it is still the game of the week. We are fortunate to have Dylan Kidd from Tomahawk Nation join us to...

Florida State can still beat Clemson, if the Noles answer these 3 questions - SBNation.com

A two-loss season counts as a disappointment in Tallahassee. Here’s what FSU has to do to disappoint somebody else.

Q&A with Block U: Talking Utah Utes Football - UW Dawg Pound

Learn more about the 7-1 Utes from someone who knows them well

Florida-Georgia is the most unpredictable major rivalry in all of college football - SBNation.com

A review of 23 major rivalries over the last 30 years shows this game is simply more upset-prone.

NFL's ratings decline, as explained by football fans | The MMQB with Peter King

We asked readers of The MMQB to share their theories and explanations behind the double-digit losses for prime-time games and the general sense that the league is losing viewers.

There are 16 occurrences of the word “commercials” in this article explaining why people aren’t watching the games. I don’t even think about the NFL much any more.