College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

Bo Wallace leads Ole Miss against Vanderbilt. (Getty)

Bo Wallace leads Ole Miss against Vanderbilt. (Getty)

Good home cooking is in short supply on Saturday.

Most of the top teams around the Southeast will be stuffing their stats and running up scores against smaller FBS programs and various FCS teams on Fat Check Saturday.

Sam Houston State will receive $500,000 for playing LSU, Texas A&M is paying $325,000 to Lamar and defending national champ Florida State is cutting a check for $425,000 to The Citadel.

So cast your eyes to other areas of the country for today’s most competitive matchups.

No. 14 USC at No. 13 Stanford | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

This has become one of nation’s best rivalries, thanks to former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh’s cockiness several years ago and many close games since. Three of the past four have been decided late, including USC’s upset of Stanford last year.

No. 15 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (LP Field) | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN

Will the real Bo Wallace please stand up? Is it the Wallace who threw three early picks against Boise State? Or is the Wallace who threw three TD passes in the fourth quarter of the opening win? Vandy just wants to forget its seven-turnover performance against Temple.

No. 7 Michigan State at No. 3 Oregon | 6:30 p.m. | Fox

Oregon’s flash and dash against Michigan State’s smash in a clash of opposing styles. Ducks QB Marcus Mariota opened his Heisman campaign with typical big stats in a romp over South Dakota, but life gets tougher against the rough and tumble Spartans.

Michigan at No. 16 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

So much for this yearly rivalry. Notre Dame and Michigan don’t have plans to play each other after the Irish brass said they can’t fit the Wolverines on their schedule. So what does Notre Dame do? Sign a deal to play Ohio State. Wonder how that sits with Michigan.

Virginia Tech at No. 8 Ohio State | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Hokies defensive tackle Luther Maddy pulled a Joe Namath and guaranteed a victory at Ohio State. Only he did it in July, before Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller was lost for the season. Still, Beamer Ball might need to be full of air to fulfill Maddy’s prophecy.

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