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College football on TV: Oct. 13

TODAY’S TV GAMES

NOONTIME

11 Pittsburgh vs. LouisvilleESPNU
Noon Michigan State vs. Iowa ESPN
Noon Minnesota vs. Northwestern ESPN2
Noon Iowa State vs. Kansas State FX
Noon Oklahoma vs. Texas WJLA-7, WMAR-2
Noon Rutgers vs. Syracuse MASN
Noon New Hampshire vs. Richmond Comcast SportsNet
Noon Army vs. Kent State CBS Sports Network
Noon Purdue vs. Wisconsin Big Ten Network
Noon Princeton vs. Brown NBC Sports Network
Noon Mississippi vs. Auburn WDCW-50
12:30 Virginia Tech vs. Duke WTTG-5, WJZ-13
1:30 Presbyterian vs. Liberty MASN2

“I think when God created college football, he intended it to be played on grass, at 1:30 in the afternoon.”

Beano Cook

There probably was no bigger fan of college football, no one who more relished its history and traditions, than Cook, who passed away Thursday at 81. First at ABC and then at ESPN, Cook mixed a keen analytical mind with a sharp wit that made everything he said go down easy.

Oklahoma-Texas will be meeting for the 107th time. The Sooners and Longhorns play for not one but three trophies. They meet Saturday in the early afternoon, on grass. Just as God and Beano Cook intended.

afterNOON

2:30 Miami vs. North CarolinaESPNU
3 Virginia vs. Maryland Comcast SportsNet
3 UCLA vs. Utah WTTG-5, WBFF-45
3:30 Texas Tech vs. West Virginia WJLA-7, WMAR-2
3:30 Missouri vs. Alabama WUSA-9, WJZ-13
3:30 Notre Dame vs. Stanford WRC-4, WBAL-11
3:30 BYU vs. Oregon State pay-per-view
3:30 Michigan vs. Illinois ESPN
3:30 JMU vs. William & Mary Comcast SportsNet Plus
3:30 Boise State vs. Fresno State NBC Sports Network
3:30 Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo pay-per-view
4 San Jose State vs. Utah State MASN
5:30 Florida State vs. Boston College ESPN2

“I’d like to do the last scoreboard show and then go. I don’t want to die in the middle of the football season. I have to know who’s No. 1 in the last polls.”

Beano Cook

Sadly, Cook didn’t get his wish. Alabama was No. 1 in the polls at the time of his death, and the Crimson Tide likely will stay there with a win over reeling Missouri. The Tigers have lost their first three games as a Southeastern Conference program and will be without starting quarterback James Franklin, who’s out with a knee injury. Alabama has the nation’s top-ranked defense, and Missouri backup Corbin Berkstresser completed just 9 of 30 passes against Vanderbilt for 189 yards (85 came on one play) last weekend.

Night

6 Vanderbilt vs. FloridaESPNU
7 Washington vs. USC WTTG-5, WBFF-45
7 Arkansas vs. Kentucky pay-per-view
7 Texas State vs. Idaho pay-per-view
8 LSU vs. South Carolina ESPN
8 Indiana vs. Ohio State Big Ten Network
8 UCF vs. Southern Mississippi CBS Sports Network
8 Louisiana-Monroe vs. Florida Atlantic pay-per-view
9 Mississippi State vs. Tennessee ESPN2
9:15 Louisiana Tech vs. Texas A&M ESPNU

“Dracula and LSU football are at their best after the sun goes down.”

Beano Cook

Since 1960, LSU is 225-60-4 in night games at Tiger Stadium (as opposed to 28-25-3 in day games).

However, the Tigers haven’t scored a home win over a top five team at night since 1997, when LSU upset top-ranked Florida. Those Gators were coached, of course, by Steve Spurrier, who now brings third-ranked South Carolina to Baton Rouge to face No. 9 LSU. . . .

No. 23 Louisiana Tech’s BCS-busting hopes hang on its game against No. 22 Texas A&M. The Bulldogs’ remaining schedule — Idaho, New Mexico State, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Utah State and San Jose State — won’t impress anyone.

— Matt Bonesteel

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