College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

Nick Marshall has the unenviable task of playing against Ole Miss' 'Landshark' defense. (AP photo)

Nick Marshall has the unenviable task of playing against Ole Miss’ ‘Landshark’ defense. (AP photo)

Nutty November almost had a premature start. Florida State shook off Louisville on Thursday night to almost assuredly retain its spot in the top four of the College Football Playoff Rankings. We know one spot will change. Either No. 3 Auburn or No. 4 Ole Miss won’t survive their showdown in Oxford.

TCU at West Virginia, 3:30 p.m., ABC

These games aren’t for the purists, but do those exist anymore? In case you haven’t been paying attention, TCU doesn’t resemble the team that was 4-8 last year. Quarterback Trevone Boykin is a Heisman candidate and the Horned Frogs beat both Oklahoma teams before dropping 82 on Texas Tech last week. Bet the over, whatever it is.

Florida vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS

The Bulldogs just need to win to reach the SEC Championship game, but that’s often easier to talk about than accomplish. The Gators looked terrible the last time they played, a pitiful performance that cost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel his job. The Bulldogs have won three straight in this series, but by a total of 15 points. Expect another close one.

Auburn at Ole Miss, 7 p.m., ESPN

The College Football Playoff Rankings will look different next week. No. 3 plays at No. 4. And both already have one loss. Another one would mean certain doom for playoff chances. Gus Malzahn has been scheming ways to avoid the sharp teeth of the “Landsharks,” who form the nation’s best scoring defense.

Stanford at Oregon, 7:30 p.m., Fox

This contrast of styles never grows old. Stanford’s physicality vs. Oregon’s fleet feet. The Cardinal have pushed the Ducks around a bit the past couple of years, but likely won’t be able to keep up with them this time. Oregon, at No. 5 in the CFP rankings, also knows a victory will nudge it closer to the playoff Promised Land

Arizona at UCLA, 10:30 p.m., ESPN

Arizona is in contention in the Pac-12 South, but has never beaten a ranked UCLA team at the Rose Bowl. The venerable venue hasn’t been kind to the Bruins, who dropped two consecutive games there in early October before winning their past two on the road by a combined five points. Watch out for Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon.

 


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