College football on TV: What to watch this Saturday

Chris Dufresne handicaps what is worth watching and skipping on Saturday's menu of college football games.

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Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games:


No. 25 Missouri (5-0) at No. 7 Georgia (4-1)

9 a.m., ESPN

Last week, No. 25 Maryland entered the rankings just in time to get exposed, 63-0, at No. 8 Florida State. You have to wonder whether Missouri is this week's Maryland as it steps into the spotlight. The Tigers are 5-0 but have feasted on the likes of Murray State and Arkansas State with a couple of decent wins over Indiana and Vanderbilt. Georgia is coming off an emotional overtime win at Tennessee but lost three more key players to injuries.

No. 12 Oklahoma (5-0) vs. Texas (4-2)

9 a.m., Channel 7

If this is Mack Brown's last stand he doesn't want to take it lying down. Brown's 16-year career at Texas probably rests on reversing a trend of lopsided losses against the Longhorns' Red River Rivalry archrivals. It's the way Texas has lost to Oklahoma that has rightfully rankled fans. The last two scores were 63-21 and 55-17. Brown has also lost by scores of 63-14 and 65-13. One more number in that range and it could be "86" for Mack.

9 a.m.: Iowa State at Texas Tech, FS1; Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech, ESPNU; Indiana at Michigan State, ESPN2; Memphis at Houston, ESPN News; Eastern Michigan at Army, CBSSN; Nebraska at Purdue, BTN; Kansas at Texas Christian, FS West; South Carolina at Arkansas, KDOC; Lehigh at Columbia, NBCSN.


No. 19 Northwestern (4-1) at Wisconsin (3-2)

12:30 p.m., Channel 7

Northwestern must regroup after letting another late lead slip away last week against Ohio State. The Wildcats have not won at Wisconsin in 13 seasons and will face a rested Badgers' team still stinging from a controversial defeat to Arizona State. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has already rushed for 698 yards while averaging 10.3 yards per carry.

No. 17 Florida (4-1) at No. 10 Louisiana State (5-1)

12:30 p.m., Channel 2

This is a powerhouse pairing of Southeastern Conference East vs. SEC West. Expect the winner to be lauded by CBS as the best one-loss team in America and better than any unbeaten team out there except Alabama. The loser is probably out of the title race unless it's LSU, which in 2007 became the only school to win a Bowl Championship Series title with two defeats.

No. 16 Washington (4-1) at No. 2 Oregon (5-0)

1 p.m., FS1

This may redefine the definition of shootout. Oregon has scored 55 or more points in five straight games and Washington has gone up-tempo in averaging 37.4 points per game this season. Oregon has won nine straight in the series, its closest margin of victory 17 points. You won't find a game this weekend matching better quarterbacks. Fifth-year Washington senior Keith Price was magnificent in last week's three-point loss at Stanford; Oregon sophomore Marcus Mariota has been so dominant he has yet to play a full game.

No. 5 Stanford (5-0) at Utah (3-2)

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