College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

Nick Marshall and Auburn has another tough game against Mississippi State. (AP photo)

Nick Marshall and Auburn has another tough game against Mississippi State. (AP photo)

Last Saturday was a such a tremendous day of football, it’ll be interesting to see if this week can match or even surpass it. The quality of the games remains high, especially in Mississippi, where ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be visiting for the second straight Saturday, this time in Starkville.

UGA at Missouri, noon, CBS

There’s a pallor to Bulldog Nation after Todd Gurley’s suspension, which could wreck the season. Georgia would have had a tough time with Missouri even with Gurley on the field. Now the Bulldogs have to reconfigure their game plan while trying to block Missouri sack specialist Shane Ray, who leads the SEC with eight.

Auburn at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m., CBS

The numbers in front of these teams are so low they can be found on dice. That’s No. 2 Auburn vs. No. 3 Mississippi State. Darwin would be proud of the SEC West, because it’s certainly survival of the fittest out there. Enjoy watching the SEC’s two best QBs: Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott and Auburn’s Nick Marshall.

TCU at Baylor, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Defense vs. offense. Baylor big-arm QB Bryce Petty is coming off his worst game and might find a tougher experience against TCU, which has been known to hound and confuse opposing offenses. The Horned Frogs are coming off a huge victory over Oklahoma, so will they have enough hop in their step this week?

Louisville at Clemson, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU

Only a few folks know if Will Gardner or Reggie Bonnafon will start at QB for Louisville. There’s no question about the starting QB at Clemson. Deshaun Watson has taken the job and transformed the Tigers’ offense. Each team already has one ACC loss, so winning is critical to keep pace with Florida State in the Atlantic Division.

Ole Miss at Texas A&M, 9 p.m., ESPN

Catch a nap or make a pot of coffee. Do whatever you need to do to stay up and catch the Late, Late Show from College Station. The Rebels are coming off an emotional win; the Aggies are trying to rebound from an emotional loss. Texas A&M can’t afford another one, with Alabama, Auburn and LSU left on the schedule.


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