Now it gets good.
We are into week six of the college football season, which means more match ups between Top 25 teams and fewer "money" games involving sacrificial lambs. So as a service to our readers, BC is listing just where the key games will be shown, along with a tidbit or two, including which announcer will be working the games.
Remember, you have been warned.
Two teams have the week off (Baylor and Oklahoma State) while the other 8 get into a full week of conference play.
Saturday Oct. 6
11:00 AM -- Kansas at # 7 Kansas State -- FX (Justin Kutcher, Eric Crouch, Darius Walker).
Kansas and Charlie Weis, along with his "decided schematic advantage," have been off a couple of weeks after blowing a 10-point lead and losing to Northern Illinois 30-23. The Jayhawks (1-3) have lost 14 consecutive road games. Since Bill Snyder came out of retirement, KSU has whipped Kansas by an average of 33 points a contest over the past three years. Quarterback Collin Klein has rushed for 32 touchdowns over his last 17 starts.
2:30 PM -- Iowa State at #15 TCU -- FSN (Mike Morgan, J. C. Pearson, Laura McKeeman -- yeah, I haven't heard of them either).
This has all the makings of a 9-3 Big 10 match up. TCU's offense hasn't exactly been a rolling ball of butcher knives, and with QB Casey Pachall suspended for a DWI it means that freshman Trevone Boykin will get the start. Iowa State survives on defense and special teams (they are ranked 88th in total offense). TCU will be looking to build on its winning streak of 12 games.
2:30 PM -- #14 Oklahoma at #24 Texas Tech -- ABC (Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich) OU is coming off a bye week after their loss to Kansas State. Bob Stoops hasn't lost consecutive games since 2003, which also happens to be the last time the Sooners won in Lubbock. Texas Tech is currently No. 1 nationally in total defense (167.5 ypg), but Oklahoma will be the first offense they have faces with any semblance of a pulse.
Love him or hate him, Gus Johnson is one of the few announcers working today that can create buzz for whatever game he is working -- not that this one needs any more publicity. West Virginia has scored 10 touchdowns in three of its last five games (Clemson, Marshall, Baylor) Texas has improved by leaps and bounds on offense this year. On the other side of the ball, Texas has given up five scores this season of 44 yards or longer. The Longhorns rank 63rd nationally in total defense -- West Virginia is #106. The only time these two teams played before this weekend was in 1956 when West Virginia won 7-6. That could be the score 3 minutes into the game.
Other Games of Interest
Thursday Oct. 4
8:00 PM -- No. 13 USC at Utah -- ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Steele) .
USC is favored by 14. The Utes have won their last 8 Thursday night games.
Saturday Oct. 6
2:30 PM -- #4 LSU at #10 Florida -- CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson).
Even if this wasn't a Top 10 match up it would be Must See TV if for nothing else than Muschamp vs. Miles. Verne Lundquist got his start at KTBC-TV in Austin and when I worked there he held a prominent position on the station's wall of fame. Verne has led the good life since then and it shows.
6:00 PM -- No. 5 Georgia at No. 6 South Carolina -- ESPN (Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox )
The Bulldogs and Gamecocks will trade enjoying Musberger's "Favored Son" status as is his front-running way. This is the first time the two teams have met when both were ranked in the Top 10.
6:00 PM -- Texas A&M at Ole Miss -- ESPNU (Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Angela Mallen) Again, I have no clue as to who these announcers are. This is A&M's first SEC road trip, and they will be hoping that freshman QB Johnny Manziel will exploit a weak Ole Miss defense. Johnny Touchdown has thrown for 10 touchdowns and run for 6 more without throwing and interception, and expect Aggies everywhere pray that their end of the scoreboard reads at least 67 by game's end.
6:30 PM -- Miami (Fla.) vs. Notre Dame in Chicago -- NBC ( Tom Hammond, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan).
Several interesting match ups appear on your TV during the 6:00-7:00 time period on Saturday. Notre Dame is trying to start a season 5-0 for the first time since 2002. The Fighting Irish have a salty front seven on defense and have only given up 36 points in 4 games. Miami has averaged 38 points a game in their wins and QB Stephen Morris will surely attack a Notre Dame defensive backfield that has 3 rookie starters.
7:00 PM -- No. 21 Nebraska at No. 12 Ohio State -- ABC (Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe) .
My mother always told me that if you can't say something nice about somebody, then just don't say anything.
9:30 PM -- No. 23 Washington at No. 2 Oregon - ESPN (Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Lewis Johnson)
Washington shut down Stanford's rough and tumble running game, but trying to slow down the Quack Attack is an entirely different matter. The past two seasons Washington has hung tough with Oregon for a half, only to eventually get blown away.
Anyway, the dog days of September are over, now we get into the meat of the schedule.