Saturday’s college football TV schedule

November 16, 2012
TODAY’S TV GAMES
NOON
Noon Maryland vs. Florida StateESPNU
Noon Michigan vs. Iowa ESPN
Noon Michigan State vs. Northwestern ESPN2
Noon Cincinnati vs. Rutgers MASN
Noon Penn State vs. Indiana Big Ten Network
Noon Army vs. Temple CBS Sports Network
Noon New Hampshire vs. Towson Comcast SportsNet
Noon Tulsa vs. Central Florida WDCA-20
Noon Harvard vs. Yale NBC Sports Network
12:20 Alabama vs. Western Carolina WDCW-50
12:20 Mississippi State vs. Arkansas pay-per-view
12:30 Boston College vs. Virginia Tech WTTG-5, WJZ-13
1 Florida vs. Jacksonville State pay-per-view
1 South Carolina vs. Wofford pay-per-view
1:30 Lehigh vs. Lafayette MASN2
1:30 Colorado vs. Washington FX
1:30 Georgia vs. Georgia Southern pay-per-view

Michigan senior quarterback Denard Robinson is battling an elbow injury that has kept him out since Oct. 27, but Wolverines Coach Brady Hoke said he would think about putting in Robinson for one play when the Wolverines host Iowa on senior day. Devin Gardner has thrown for 520 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for three scores in two games since Robinson went down. . . .

Harvard has never beaten Yale a sixth straight time, but can do so Saturday in the 129th edition of The Game.

afternoon
3 UCLA vs. Southern CaliforniaWTTG-5, WBFF-45
3 Miami vs. South Florida Comcast SportsNet
3:30 Navy vs. Texas State CBS Sports Network
3:30 Georgia Tech vs. Duke ESPNU
3:30 Coastal Carolina vs. Charleston Southern MASN
3:30 Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest WRC-4, WBAL-11
3:30 LSU vs. Ole Miss WUSA-9, WJZ-13
3:30 Clemson vs. N.C. State WJLA-7, WMAR-2
3:30 Wisconsin vs. Ohio State ESPN2
3:30 Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech WDCA-20
3:30 Nebraska vs. Minnesota Big Ten Network*
3:30 Illinois vs. Purdue Big Ten Network*
3:30 Boise State vs. Colorado State NBC Sports Network
3:30 Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston pay-per-view

Think No. 17 UCLA is motivated for its game against 21st-ranked USC at the Rose Bowl? Last season, the Trojans throttled the Bruins, 50-0, the biggest blowout in the series since 1930 and USC’s fifth straight win in the rivalry. But this year UCLA is the higher ranked team in the matchup for the first time since 2001. Plus, the winner gets the Pacific-12 South title and a spot in the conference championship game.

USC avoided a three-game losing streak last weekend with a win over Arizona State, but the Trojans committed five turnovers for the second time in three games. USC has committed 26 turnovers, which ranks 111th nationally.

Night
7 West Virginia vs. OklahomaWTTG-5, WBFF-45
7 Missouri vs. Syracuse ESPNU
7 Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee ESPN2
7 James Madison vs. Old Dominion NBC Sports Network
7:30 Kentucky vs. Samford pay-per-view
8 Baylor vs. Kansas State ESPN
8 Oregon vs. Stanford WJLA-7, WMAR-2
8 Southern Mississippi vs. UTEP CBS Sports Network
10 Utah vs. Arizona ESPNU
10:30 San Jose State vs. Brigham Young ESPN2

Top-ranked Oregon has the nation’s third-ranked rushing attack at 325.1 yards per game, but only managed 180 last weekend against California, mainly because quarterback Marcus Mariota was shredding the Golden Bears for 377 passing yards and six touchdowns in a 59-17 win.

“If you’re gonna let us throw it for 377 yards and six touchdowns, we’ll take that every week,” Chip Kelly, Oregon coach and understatement enthusiast, said this week.

No. 14 Stanford, which visits Oregon, has the nation’s top rushing defense (58.6 yards per game) . . . .

Second-ranked Kansas State hasn’t won at Baylor since 2002, but the Wildcats should encounter few problems against the nation’s worst defense (519.8 yards allowed per game).

— Matt Bonesteel

*Check with your cable or satellite provider; the Big Ten Network televises multiple games in the same time slot, but not all cable and satellite providers air them.

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