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Saturday’s college football TV schedule

TODAY’S TV GAMES

NOON

Noon Florida vs. MissouriESPN2
Noon Louisville vs. Temple WJLA-7, WMAR-2
Noon Iowa State vs. Oklahoma pay-per-view
Noon Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M ESPN
Noon Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt ESPNU
Noon Minnesota vs. Michigan Big Ten Network
Noon Army vs. Air Force CBS Sports Network
Noon Cincinnati vs. Syracuse MASN
Noon Delaware vs. Towson NBC Sports Network
Noon Arkansas vs. Tulsa WDCW-50
12:30 Maryland vs. Georgia Tech WTTG-5, WJZ-13

No. 16 Texas A&M at No. 17 Mississippi State is the best of an underwhelming early slate, if only because of Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel. The redshirt freshman who answers to Johnny Football has rushed for three touchdowns in two of his last three games and has 13 rushing touchdowns on the season, which ties him (with Robert Griffin III, among others) for the most by an FBS freshman quarterback in the BCS era.

Texas A&M had a light practice last week against circling-the-drain Auburn, a 63-21 rout in which Manziel played a little more than a half but accounted for five touchdowns. Mississippi State, meantime, thudded back to earth in a 38-7 loss to top-ranked Alabama. The Bulldogs have yet to lose a game at home this season, but wins over Jackson State, Auburn, South Alabama and two Tennessees (Middle and regular) aren’t anything to shout about.

afterNOON

2 Colorado vs. StanfordFX
3 West Virginia vs. TCU WTTG-5, WBFF-45
3:30 Navy vs. Florida Atlantic CBS Sports Network
3:30 Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh WRC-4, WBAL-11
3:30 Georgia vs. Mississippi WUSA-9, WJZ-13
3:30 Texas Tech vs. Texas ESPN2
3:30 Michigan State vs. Nebraska WJLA-7, WMAR-2
3:30 Ohio State vs. Illinois ESPN
3:30 Purdue vs. Penn State ESPNU
3:30 Indiana vs. Iowa Big Ten Network
3:30 Wake Forest vs. Boston College pay-per-view
3:30 Maine vs. James Madison Comcast SportsNet
3:30 Liberty vs. Charleston Southern MASN2
4 Louisiana Tech vs. Texas-San Antonio MASN

Three Pittsburgh players, including leading rusher Ray Graham and leading receiver Devin Street, were charged Thursday with simple assault and conspiracy over an incident last month, charges they deny. Thus, they will play when the Panthers visit No. 4 Notre Dame. Notre Dame will look to improve to 9-0 for the first time since 1993. . . .

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege threw 13 touchdown passes in wins over West Virginia and TCU before being limited to only two in a loss to Kansas State last weekend. Now, when the 20th-ranked Red Raiders host Texas, he could again pad his stats against a defense that has allowed opposing quarterbacks to compile a 140.4 rating (94th in the country).

Night

7 USC vs. OregonWTTG-5, WBFF-45
7 Duke vs. Clemson ESPN2
7 South Florida vs. Connecticut ESPNU
7 Central Florida vs. Southern Methodist CBS Sports Network
8 LSU vs. Alabama WUSA-9, WJZ-13
8 Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State WJLA-7, WMAR-2
10:30 Oregon State vs. Arizona State ESPN2
10:30 Boise State vs. San Diego State CBS Sports Network

Oregon has scored at least 40 points in 11 straight games, last failing to do so in a 38-35 loss to USC last season, which derailed the Ducks’ national title hopes. So revenge will be in the air when second-ranked Oregon visits the 18th-ranked Trojans, a team that failed to halt similarly speedy Arizona in a 39-36 loss last weekend.

LSU Coach Les Miles can use every bit of sorcery he has in his weird arsenal — all the fourth-down attempts and fake kicks and grass-eating and un­or­tho­dox, splayed-fingered clapping — and it might not be enough when the No. 5 Tigers host No. 1 Alabama. The Crimson Tide is No. 1 in five defensive categories — total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense and passing yardage defense — while LSU has been decidedly one-sided in its attack, with its running backs carrying the load while quarterback Zach Mettenberger struggles (the Tigers average just 177.4 passing yards per game, 106th nationally).

— Matt Bonesteel

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