College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

Lane Kiffin and Blake Sims better have things squared away when Mississippi State visits Alabama. (AP photo)

Lane Kiffin and Blake Sims better have things squared away when Mississippi State visits Alabama. (AP photo)

There’s no reason to venture far from home this weekend. There are just too many outstanding Southern fried matchups – which should result in outstanding games – for anybody to worry about what’s going in the Big Ten, the Big 12 and the Pac-12.

Clemson at Georgia Tech, noon, ESPN

This isn’t exactly what Georgia Tech’s defense wants to deal with, but a recovered Deshaun Watson will start at quarterback for the Tigers. Clemson needs him to reboot its offense, which had more turnovers (eight) than touchdowns (seven) while his injured hand was healing.

South Carolina at Florida, noon, SEC Network

OK, so these aren’t two teams fighting for spots in the College Football Playoff lottery. Look past the records and find two entertaining teams, either when they’re efficiently executing or so disastrously inept that it’s tough to look away. Plus, you never know what Steve Spurrier might do next.

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

We’ve been waiting for this since Mississippi State let folks know it was serious by knocking off LSU way back on Sept. 20. The Bulldogs have been impressive in rising to the No. 1 spot, but Alabama has always been their arch-nemesis. And the Tide have won 13 consecutive home games.

Auburn at Georgia, 7:15 p.m., ESPN

Just in case you haven’t heard enough of the name by now: Todd Gurley, Todd Gurley, Todd Gurley. Yeah, he’s back, but it’ll be interesting to see if Auburn can recover after last week’s surprising shocker against Texas A&M. Georgia must be on guard about being too fired up for the Tigers.

Florida State at Miami, 8 p.m., ABC

There’s a chance that Miami might kick a dent in Florida State’s season. Don’t overlook the Hurricanes. They’ve won three straight and appear to have their offense in full horsepower behind running back Duke Johnson and maturing quarterback Brad Kaaya, who lately has played better than Jameis Winston.

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