CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

College football: What to watch Saturday on TV

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

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

MORNING

No. 13 Michigan State (9-1) at Northwestern (4-6)

9 a.m., ESPN

First place meets last place in the Big Ten Legends Division in this story of programs going in opposite directions. Michigan State has won six straight on its way to an inevitable, league-title collision against Ohio State. Northwestern's six-game losing streak started with a fourth-quarter collapse against Ohio State in Evanston, Ill.

No. 22 Oklahoma (8-2) at Kansas State (6-4)

9 a.m., FS1

Don't look now, but Bill Snyder's Wildcats have won four straight since a three-game skid against Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor. Snyder gets bonus class points for penning a personal letter to Texas Tech star tight end Jace Amaro, who was injured during last Saturday's loss to Baylor. "Admire how hard you play and the innate toughness you display to help your team," Snyder wrote. This certainly isn't helping Snyder's Grumpy Old Man reputation.

Harvard (8-1) at Yale (5-4)

9 a.m., NBCSN

Harvard and Yale were major powers long before Boise State ever thought of putting down a blue field, but de-emphasized football in an effort to refocus on what's really important about going to college. The Ivy League doesn't even participate in the FCS playoffs.

9 a.m.: Duke at Wake Forest, ESPN2; Cincinnati at Houston, ESPN News; Michigan at Iowa, BTN; Virginia at Miami, ESPNU; Illinois at Purdue, BTN1.

9:15 a.m.: Mississippi State at Arkansas Little Rock, KDOC.

AFTERNOON

No. 5 Oregon (9-1) at Arizona (6-4)

12:30 p.m., Channel 7

Stanford's loss to USC put Oregon back in control of the Pac-12 North. Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown 285 passes without an interception yet has fallen out of the Heisman Trophy race for reasons no one has satisfactorily explained.

No. 9 Texas A&M (8-2) at No. 18 Louisiana State (7-3)

12:30 p.m., Channel 2

Johnny Manziel can put down his claim on a second Heisman with a strong performance against a quality Southeastern Conference team on the road. Meantime, fellow Heisman contenders AJ McCarron of Alabama and Jameis Winston of Florida State get to run up meaningless statistics against Chattanooga and Idaho.

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