What to Watch – Week 9: The Best of This Week’s College Football Games

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The games are ranked using a zero- to five-star scale. Five stars meaning that you should make every human effort possible aside from committing a crime to watch this game (it’s time your children learned to feed themselves) and zero stars meaning you probably shouldn’t waste your time.

See the second half of the post for this week’s viewing guide.

Games are ranked using a super-scientific system comparing the overall quality of the two teams and the closeness of the match-up. The quality of each team is found using Brian Fremeau’s, Bill Connelly’s, ESPN’s, and Ed Feng’s advanced stats ranking systems.

PICK RESULTS

All Games Pct. Upset Picks Pct.
Last Week 10-4 .714 3-3 .500
Overall 77-29 .726 14-9 .609

Without further ado: the games. All times AZ. Picks in CAPS.

GAME OF THE WEEK 

#15 AUBURN at Ole Miss
Sat., Oct. 29, 4:15 PM, SECN
Upset Alert
Note: a composite ranking using the four systems mentioned above puts Auburn at (12) and Ole Miss at (11)

THREE-STAR GAMES

#7 Nebraska at #11 WISCONSIN**
Sat., Oct. 29, 4:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Alert
Composite computer top 25: (17) Nebraska vs. (9) Wisconsin

UPDATE: Switched my pick to Pitt.

#25 Virginia Tech at PITT*
Thu., Oct. 27, 4:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Alert / Overtime Watch

#3 CLEMSON at #12 Florida St.
Sat., Oct. 29, 5:00 PM, ABC

Texas Tech at TCU
Sat., Oct. 29, 12:30 PM, ESPN2

#10 WEST VIRGINIA at Oklahoma St.
Sat., Oct. 29, 9:00 AM, FOX
Upset Alert
Composite computer top 25: (24) West Virginia

#22 Navy at SOUTH FLORIDA**
Fri., Oct. 28, 4:00 PM, ESPN2
G5 Game of the Week / Upset Alert
Composite computer top 25: Navy unranked

MIAMI at Notre Dame
Sat., Oct. 29, 12:30 PM, NBC

Cal at USC
Thu., Oct. 27, 7:30 PM, ESPN
Composite computer top 25: (19) USC

Duke at GEORGIA TECH
Sat., Oct. 29, 9:00 AM, WatchESPN (streaming)

#8 BAYLOR at Texas
Sat., Oct. 29, 12:30 PM, ABC
Composite computer top 25: (14) Baylor

*Upset picks
**Vegas favorite despite lower ranking
***Vegas underdog despite higher ranking


VIEWING GUIDE

The top three games during each time slot are listed below starting with the games that are projected to be the most fun to watch. All times AZ.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON

#25 Virginia Tech at Pitt
4:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Alert / Overtime Watch

Appalachian St. at Georgia Southern
4:30 PM, ESPNU

Ohio at Toledo
4:30 PM, CBSSN

THURSDAY NIGHT

Cal at USC
7:30 PM, ESPN

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

#22 Navy at South Florida
4:00 PM, ESPN2
G5 Game of the Week / Upset Alert

San Diego St. at Utah St.
5:00 PM, CBSSN

FRIDAY NIGHT

Air Force at Fresno St.
7:30 PM, ESPN2

SATURDAY MORNING

#10 West Virginia at Oklahoma St. 
9:00 AM, FOX
Upset Alert

Duke at Georgia Tech
9:00 AM, WatchESPN (streaming)

UCF at Houston
9:00 AM, ESPNU

SATURDAY MIDDAY

Texas Tech at TCU
12:30 PM, ESPN2

Miami at Notre Dame
12:30 PM, NBC

#8 Baylor at Texas
12:30 PM, ABC

Maryland at Indiana 
12:30 PM, ESPNU

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

#15 Auburn at Ole Miss 
4:15 PM, SECN
Game of the Week / Upset Alert

#7 Nebraska at #11 Wisconsin 
4:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Alert

#3 Clemson at #12 Florida St. 
5:00 PM, ABC

SATURDAY NIGHT

Stanford at Arizona 
8:00 PM, FS1

Washington St. at Oregon St.
7:45 PM, ESPN2

UNLV at San Jose St.
7:30 PM, CBSSN
Toilet Bowl

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