Everybody needs a break now and then. Even college football teams. So many of them are spending this weekend giving thanks they’re either off or playing a team that needs a new weight room or iPads for its players. Remember Fat Check Saturday (FCS) in September? It’s back, so here are five choices among the slim pickings.
Boston College at Florida State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
The Seminoles must have grabbed some of that Auburn charm when they played last year. Another game. Another rally. Another win. Boston College has a strong ground game and defense, and had a week off, but FSU’s win streak likely will grow to 27 games.
Ole Miss at Arkansas, 3:30 p.m. CBS
With that 17-game SEC losing streak in the rearview mirror, Arkansas would love to win its second straight conference game. The Rebels should be warned. This has all the makings of a trap game, with the Egg Bowl on the horizon.
Louisville at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m., NBC
The Irish fell out of the rankings in large part because Everett Golson can longer keep the ball out of opponents’ hands (19 turnovers in the past seven games). That’s fine with Louisville’s Gerod Holliman, who leads the FBS with 13 interceptions.
Missouri at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
The Tigers embrace road trips. They’ve won nine straight away from home, including in tough places such as Kyle Field, The Swamp and Williams-Brice. Georgia fans will be eager to see if the Vols can knock Missouri off and out of the SEC Championship game.
USC at UCLA, 8 p.m., ABC:
It would be nice for Keith Jackson to come out of retirement to call this great rivalry, even though these teams have combined for five losses. Great uniforms, great pageantry and great QBs in USC’s Cody Kessler and UCLA’s Brett Hundley.
Indiana at Ohio State, noon, Big Ten Network
Don’t laugh. Yes, the Buckeyes are massive favorites, but check out this one because of Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, who Urban Meyer called “ridiculous.” He has 1,678 yards rushing after running for a mere 307 against Rutgers last week.