College football TV schedule

November 9, 2012

Saturday’s College football TV schedule

TODAY’S TV GAMES
NOON
Noon Virginia vs. MiamiWJLA-7, WMAR-2
Noon South Carolina vs. Arkansas WUSA-9, WJZ-13
Noon Michigan vs. Northwestern ESPN
Noon Indiana vs. Wisconsin ESPN2
Noon Rutgers vs. Army ESPNU
Noon Iowa vs. Purdue Big Ten Network
Noon Temple vs. Cincinnati MASN
Noon Old Dominion vs. William & MaryComcast SportsNet
Noon Pennsylvania vs. Harvard NBC Sports Network
12:20 Florida vs. Louisiana-Lafayette WDCW-50
12:20 Tennessee vs. Missouri pay-per-view
12:30 North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech WTTG-5, WBFF-45
1 Western Kentucky vs. Florida Atlantic pay-per-view
1 Miami (Ohio) vs. Kent State pay-per-view
1:30 Arizona vs. Colorado FX

Thanks to a no-huddle offense that doesn’t turn it over much and a defense that has been frisky of late, Indiana — yes, Indiana football — finds itself in the running for the Big Ten Leaders Division title, and a win at Wisconsin on Saturday would put the Hoosiers in good shape to play in the Big Ten title game. Sure, it helps that Leaders leaders Penn State and Ohio State are ineligible for the postseason, but that’s a minor detail considering Indiana hasn’t won the Big Ten title since 1967. . . .

On the other side of the Big Ten coin, the Michigan-Northwestern loser likely can forget about a potential matchup with Indiana in the Big Ten title game.

afterNOON
3 Stanford vs. Oregon StateWTTG-5, WBFF-45
3 N.C. State vs. Wake Forest Comcast SportsNet
3:30 Clemson vs. Maryland ESPNU
3:30 Nebraska vs. Penn State ESPN2
3:30 Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia WJLA-7, WMAR-2
3:30 Alabama vs. Texas A&M WUSA-9, WJZ-13
3:30 San Diego State vs. Air Force NBC Sports Network
3:30 Illinois vs. Minnesota Big Ten Network
3:30 Liberty vs. Stony Brook MASN
3:30 SMU vs. Southern Mississippi WDCA-20
3:30 New Mexico State vs. San Jose State pay-per-view
5 Houston vs. Tulsa CBS Sports Network

Maryland gets all the attention in terms of quarterback shuffling this season, but No. 13 Oregon State and No. 16 Stanford are no slouches in that department, as neither will utilitze the quarterback who started the season Saturday. Cody Vaz took over for a first-injured and later-ineffective Sean Mannion for the Beavers, and he threw three touchdown passes last week against Arizona State. Kevin Hogan (Gonzaga) relieved Josh Nunes after the latter threw seven interceptions for the Cardinal, helping Stanford overwhelm woeful Colorado last weekend. . . .

Top-ranked Alabama allowed 475 yards to LSU last weekend, the most since Nick Saban’s first season as coach in 2007. Now the Crimson Tide get No. 15 Texas A&M, which is averaging 560 yards per game.

Night
7 TCU vs. Kansas StateWTTG-5, WBFF-45
7 LSU vs. Mississippi State ESPN
7 Auburn vs. Georgia ESPN2
7 Mississippi vs. Vanderbilt ESPNU
7 South Florida vs. Central Florida MASN
7 Hawaii vs. Boise State NBC Sports Network
8 Boston College vs. Notre Dame WJLA-7, WMAR-2
10:15 Brigham Young vs. Idaho ESPNU
10:30 California vs. Oregon ESPN
10:30 Washington State vs. UCLA ESPN2
10:30 Nevada vs. Fresno State NBC Sports Network

TCU hasn’t beaten a top 10 team at home since 1965, but the Horned Frogs will get a chance to snap their 12-game losing streak in such games against No. 3 Kansas State. Heisman Trophy front-runner Collin Klein seems likely to play for the Wildcats after suffering a head injury last weekend against Oklahoma State. Kansas State is both the least-penalized team in the nation and the team with the best turnover margin (plus-20), scoring 111 points off opponents’ turnovers. . . .

Boston College has twice beaten Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish were undefeated, in 1993 and 2002. The chances of the Eagles doing it for a third time are somewhere between “heck” and “no.” Boston College ranks 118th nationally in rushing offense and 116th nationally in rushing defense, and its six sacks are tied for last in the country.

— Matt Bonesteel

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