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If you have plans next Saturday, cancel them. It’s time to sit in front of the television and watch an exceptional day of rivalries, crucial battles and marquee showdowns.
It may be a week early to gorge on Halloween candy, but it’s going to be an early fall feast, nevertheless. Let’s take a look at the big games.
Wisconsin at Ohio State (Noon ET)
Yes, the Badgers’ shocking setback to Illinois took away some of the luster, but if you think they can’t at least slow down Ohio State’s vaunted attack, you’re underestimating the Wisconsin defense.
Nobody has shown the ability to stop Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields yet, and he is looking like a college clone of Patrick Mahomes. But the Badgers were looking ahead to this one, and they’ll be ready. Still, it would be stunning to see Ohio State lose.
Oklahoma at Kansas State (Noon ET)
After a solid start to the season, first-year coach Chris Klieman is finding reality a little frustrating as he looks to build K-State into the powerhouse he fielded at North Dakota State. Playing the Sooners isn’t going to help.
But weird things happen every year in Manhattan. Can the Cats make things tough on Jalen Hurts, or are there too many weapons? An early start could lead to some OU rust.
Auburn at LSU (3:30 p.m. ET)
Thanks to the Badgers clunker, Auburn vs. LSU perhaps became the sport’s biggest game of the day.
Despite a slow start against Arkansas on Saturday, Gus Malzahn’s Tigers found their way in plenty of time to embarrass the Razorbacks, and they field the best defense in the SEC. How much fun is it going to be to watch them square off against Joe Burrow and LSU’s weapons?
The only thing missing is this game being under the lights. It’s a massive battle in the SEC West.
Penn State at Michigan State (3:30 p.m. ET)
The good thing about the Nittany Lions this year is they’ve shown they can beat you with their offense or defense. Are they sneakily the second-best team in the Big Ten? It looks like they may be.
They’ll travel to East Lansing on Saturday to take on a defensive-minded Spartans team that is going to have to ugly it up to win. PSU should handle its business. This looks like another first-one-to-20-wins game.
Oklahoma State at Iowa State (3:30 p.m. ET)
Two of the most fun teams to watch that aren’t quite in the Top 25 thanks to some missteps. Still, these teams can make quite a bit of noise in the Big 12 before the season is over.
With redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders and star running back Chuba Hubbard, coach Mike Gundy’s team has some firepower. While Brock Purdy and Iowa State aren’t known for torching opponents, they got back on track with 34 points in a 34-24 win over Texas Tech on Saturday.
This could be one of the most fun games to watch of the day.
Notre Dame at Michigan (7:30 p.m. ET)
Say what you want to about this game and how it lost some of the pizzazz with the Wolverines’ laid-egg against Wisconsin earlier this year. Notre Dame lost at Georgia, but the Irish continue to look impressive despite all the youth.
But you’ll not find any other game with more pageantry than this one. When the Irish and Wolverines are playing and you’re a college football fan, you’re at least paying attention, even if you aren’t outright hanging on every play.
It’s going to be fun to watch this rivalry again.