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Biggest games of the 2016 College Football season – Part Two!

Alright on to the second post on the biggest games of the 2016 season.  We start to eek into conference play now as we move from September to October’s games.  Just a reminder that some of these networks and times are just guesses.  More games have been given specific times this year than in the past but I still have a bit of guesswork to do.

Week 4

Wisconsin at Michigan State – The Badgers have to be considered the odds-on favourites to win the Big Ten West.  Not that that’s an achievement on par with winning the Big Ten East.  Still a big disparity between the two divisions.  The thing is, all you have to do is make it to the Big Ten Championship and anything can happen no matter who you play.  The Spartans are trying to hold on to their grasp of the upper echelon in the better division.  This should be a good early season conference game.  (3:30, ABC)

Oklahoma State at Baylor – Well, that escalated quickly at Baylor.  What a complete shitshow.  This type of thing has to stop.  Either that or college football will change and it won’t be for the better.  Governments will not allow us to continue much longer.  OK back to the game.  Who knows what Baylor will be like this season after all that has happened.  I have a feeling we will all find out with this game.  Well we won’t because we probably won’t get it in this area.  (3:30, FOX Sports One)

Stanford at UCLA – The Bruins are a bit of a chic pick to win the Pac-12 South.  You could argue the case since Josh Rosen is now a year older and should be that much better than he was during his freshman year where he already showed a lot of potential.  I don’t quite buy the hype but Stanford better be careful with this matchup.  (8:00, ABC)

Florida at Tennessee – Sorry to Georgia but at this point this looks like the de facto SEC East Championship game.  Many experts picked the Vols to win the division about 4 seconds after they won their bowl game back in January.  I wouldn’t sleep on Florida despite the fact their quarterback situation is still a bit of a mess.  (7:00, specialty pack)

Georgia at Ole Miss – No Mark Richt, no problem.  Right?  Kirby Smart gets many tests in his first season as a head coach and this is one of them.  Who knows what Ole Miss will be like by this point but it’s still a Hugh Freeze-coached team which means they will not be an easy team to beat.  And they will be playing at Vaught-Hemingway which is not the easiest place to win games at.  (3:30, specialty pack)

Utah at USC – Still no love for the Utes.  Almost every other team in the Pac-12 South (save for Colorado of course) seems to get more hype than the boys from Salt Lake City.  Kyle Whittingham is hoping to continue improving his team as they were arguably one of the best teams in the nation until late October last year.  USC has to hope that the pieces fall in place because it’s an easy slide to 5th in this very competitive division.  (9:00, FOX Sports One…for fuck’s sake)

Honourable mention: Florida State at USF (Noon, CBS Sports Network), Penn State at Michigan (Noon, ABC/TSN3), Pittsburgh at North Carolina (Noon, TSN1), Duke at Notre Dame (3:30, NBC), LSU at Auburn (7:30, specialty pack)

Week 5

Oklahoma at TCU – Oklahoma is involved in a lot of game of the year candidates.  And rightfully so.  With Baker Mayfield at QB and a bevy of weapons on offense and defense this is probably the team to beat in the Big XII again.  Without a conference championship game (yet), this may end up being the Big XII Championship.  Yes, OSU and Baylor and maybe even Texas will have something to say about that. But until further notice, this is your heavyweight title tilt.  (8:00, ABC)

North Carolina at Florida State – Another statement ACC game.  This time the Heels need to show they are for real.  Last year they came within a hair of blowing up the CFP by keeping it close with Clemson in the ACC Championship game.  This year, they have ample opportunity to get back there and potentially win it.  But they have to go into Tallahassee and take care of the Noles first which is not an easy task for any team.  (3:30, specialty pack)

Northwestern at Iowa – A classic early season divisional elimination game.  Both teams will probably look (slightly) up at Wisconsin this season so this game becomes more important than usual.  I don’t think the Hawkeyes will repeat what they did last season despite the fact C.J. Beathard is back for his senior season.  Northwestern could become the dark horse of the division if they can win this one in Iowa City.  (Noon, specialty pack)

Wisconsin at Michigan – Harbaughall is all the rage in Ann Arbor (and many other satellite camps around the U.S.).  I will give him this: the man is aggressive and will do almost whatever it takes to make Michigan into a power again.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see them in the Big Ten Championship game this year but to do that they have to take care of games like this against a Wisconsin team who is shooting for a division title as well.  Oh and if you’re on Bell (like me) then don’t expect to see this game.  (Noon, BTN)

Stanford at Washington – I have seen a few sites and publications that do not have Stanford nor Oregon at the top of the Pac-12 North heap.  It’s Washington who seems to be the sexy pic out west.  I guess having a QB like Jake Browning helps a lot.  This should be, easily, Chris Petersen’s best team in the Pacific Northwest and a Rose Bowl bid is not out of the realm of possibilities for the Huskies.  (Friday, 9:00, specialty pack)

Memphis at Ole Miss – Remember how good this game was last year?  This time they play at Ole Miss so it will not be a cakewalk for Memphis.  Consider this a tryout for the Big XII to see if they can continue to hang with the big boys.  (4:00, SEC Network)

Honourable mention: Louisville at Clemson (12:30, WSBK), Oregon at Washington State (5:00, FOX), Tennessee at Georgia (7:00, specialty pack), Toledo at BYU (Friday, 9:00, specialty pack), Utah at California (10:30, Pac-12 Network so maybe we get to see this?)

Week 6

Washington State at Stanford – The Mike Leach Fun-Time Brigade travels from the Palouse to the Farm for their biggest test of the year (outside the Apple Cup).  The Cougs keep getting leap-frogged by other programs in the Pac-12 North.  For them to be considered serious contenders for the division crown, they have to realize you can’t win with just offense.  Yes, they throw 80 times a game or so but the defense has to be able to stop somebody for them to be successful.  (7:00, specialty pack)

Houston at Navy – Houston’s road to (possibly) the New Year’s Six bowls has some bumps in the road.  This could be one of them.  Navy was quite good in their first season in a conference ever.  Unfortunately, they play in a division with the Cougars AND Memphis which makes even getting to the conference championship a tough go.  The Middies could ruin Houston’s chances at glory in one foul swoop with a win here.  (3:00, CBS Sports Network)

Alabama at Arkansas – The Tide has had mucho problems with the Hogs in the past few years.  Bret Bielema has been a thorn (a big nasty thorn) in Alabama’s side.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all if a huge upset happens in this one, especially since the game is in Fayetteville and not Tuscaloosa.  (3:30, specialty pack)

BYU at Michigan State – Who will be QB at BYU?  Does it really matter?  BYU is one of those teams that you would always be scared to play regardless of who was behind centre.  No, not because they’re Mormon.  They just always seem to have a knack for playing way above their heads.  The biggest issue might be the fact that Bronco Mendenhall is no longer the head coach there.  Kalani Sitake is the new man in charge and he won’t get an easy ride in his first season in Provo.  (Noon, BTN)

LSU at Florida – Les Miles got a reprieve last year after most of the state of Louisiana and a good part of Twitter went nuts with news of his possible demise at LSU.  The reprieve probably ends this season if LSU can’t get back to at least nine wins.  And the shock won’t be shocking at all.  Don’t want to say this is a must-win but it kind of is for the Tigers.  (3:30, CBS)

Florida State at Miami – I’ve been watching some classic college football games over the past couple months.  OK more like fast-forwarding to classic finishes of classic college football games.  The Wide Right series (and the one Wide Left) are almost too painful to watch and I don’t even have a horse in the race.  This, of course, is back when the Canes were pretty much the most dominant team in the land.  My how times have changed.  Now Miami has to hope that they can stay within striking distance of the Noles to prove that they can compete in the ACC for once.  (3:30, ABC)

Honourable mention: Temple at Memphis (Thursday, 8:00, specialty pack), Washington at Oregon (10:00, FOX Sports Fucking One), Notre Dame at NC State (7:30, specialty pack), Virginia Tech at North Carolina (12:30, WSBK), Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas) (Noon, FOX Sports One again!)

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