College football TV schedule and preview for Nov. 23

November 21, 2013

Noon

Time Game D.C. TV
Noon Virginia at Miami ESPNU
Noon No. 13 Michigan State at Northwestern ESPN
Noon No. 25 Duke at Wake Forest ESPN2
Noon Cincinnati at Houston ESPNews
Noon No. 22 Oklahoma at Kansas State Fox Sports 1
Noon Michigan at Iowa Big Ten Network
Noon Illinois at Purdue Big Ten Network
Noon Old Dominion at North Carolina Comcast SportsNet
Noon Maine at New Hampshire Comcast SportsNet Plus
Noon Memphis at No. 21 Louisville MASN
Noon Harvard at Yale NBC Sports Network
12:20 Mississippi State at Arkansas WDCW-50
12:30 Pittsburgh at Syracuse WTTG-5
12:30 Lafayette at Lehigh MASN2

At one point this season, Northwestern was No. 16 in the nation. Then the Wildcats lost to Ohio State on Oct. 5, squandering a 10-point lead in the third quarter, and everything went south from there. Northwestern has lost six straight in nearly every imaginable fashion (a hail mary against Nebraska, a hail mary field goal by Michigan that forced overtime in the Wolverines’ eventual win last weekend). And at one point, 13 of the team’s top performers were either out with or limited by injuries, including running back Venric Mark and leading receiver Tony Jones. Now, Northwestern hosts Michigan State, which needs one win over its last two games to clinch the Big Ten Legends Division title.

MIDAFTERNOON

Time Game D.C. TV
3:30 Boston College at Maryland Comcast SportsNet
3:30 Idaho at No. 2 Florida State ESPNU
3:30 Indiana at No. 4 Ohio State WJLA-7
3:30 No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 18 LSU WUSA-9
3:30 No. 16 Wisconsin at Minnesota ESPN
3:30 BYU at Notre Dame WRC-4
3:30 Nebraska at Penn State Big Ten Network
3:30 Colorado State at Utah State CBS Sports Network
3:30 James Madison at Towson NBC Sports Network
4 California at No. 10 Stanford Fox Sports 1
4 New Mexico at No. 15 Fresno State ESPNews

In the run-up to LSU’s game against Texas A&M, Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. played the role of Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel in practice. His impersonation was so good that some Tigers players this week said Beckham — who’s third in the SEC in receiving yards — should get some snaps at quarterback on Saturday. LSU Coach Les Miles agrees. Maybe. “Um . . . I certainly wouldn’t want to spill a piece of strategy, but . . . I’m not certain,” he told the Baton Rouge Advocate this week.

NIGHTSIDE

Time Game D.C. TV
7 No. 19 Arizona State at No. 14 UCLA WTTG-5
7 Kentucky at Georgia ESPNU
7 Tulsa at Louisiana Tech CBS Sports Network
7 Vanderbilt at Tennessee ESPN2
7:45 No. 8 Missouri at No. 24 Mississippi ESPN
8 No. 3 Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma State WJLA-7
8 Kansas at Iowa State Fox Sports 1
10:30 Boise State at San Diego State CBS Sports Network
10:30 Washington at Oregon State ESPN2

Arizona State can clinch the Pacific-12 South Division title with a win over UCLA. To do so, the Sun Devils will need to stop Bruins freshman Myles Jack, who started the season as a linebacker (his interception clinched UCLA’s win over Utah on Oct. 3) but, because of a string of injuries, has since been moved to running back, where he’s thrived. Jack has 179 yards and five touchdowns over the past two games, four of the scores coming last week against Washington. And it’s not like the Bruins are doing anything fancy with him. “I really have just one play,” Jack told the Los Angeles Times this week. “You see me go into the game, I ask [quarterback Brett Hundley] where I go and Brett says, ‘Myles, go right’ and I go, ‘OK.’ ”

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