Today's televised college football games
TODAY'S TV GAMES
|Noon||Maryland at MiamiESPNU|
|Noon||Illinois at MichiganESPN|
|Noon||Louisville at SyracuseMASN|
|Noon||Air Force at ArmyCBS College Sports|
|Noon||North Carolina State at ClemsonWDCA-20, WJZ-13|
|Noon||Wisconsin at PurdueBig Ten Network* (check with cable provider)|
|Noon||Minnesota at Michigan StateBig Ten Network* (check with cable provider)|
|Noon||Iowa at IndianaBig Ten Network* (check with cable provider)|
|12:20||Florida at Vanderbiltpay-per-view|
|12:30||Baylor at Oklahoma StateComcast SportsNet Plus|
|12:30||Idaho State at Georgiapay-per-view|
|12:30||Charleston Southern at Kentuckypay-per-view|
|1||Chattanooga at Auburnpay-per-view|
So, Maryland. You've won the games you're supposed to win. Now comes the hard part: Scoring a win or two over the ACC's supposed heavy hitters. The Terrapins' first test today comes against hobbled Miami, which will be missing both starting quarterback Jacory Harris and starting running back Damien Berry. Only two division I-A teams have been penalized more times per game than the Hurricanes, who average nearly 10 per contest. Twenty nine percent of those penalties have been false starts, so Miami would do well to not give true freshman quarterback Stephen Morris too many second-and-15 situations. The Terrapins are no slouch in the penalty department, either, at 7.8 per game (107th in the nation).
Michigan hosts Illinois, while Syracuse hosts Louisville. These games are connected, somehow. Michigan's defense, which is led by former Syracuse coach Greg Robinson, is rancid (allowing 440.3 yards per game, 106th in the nation). Syracuse's defense, which is led by former Michigan defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, is rather frisky (296.6 yards per game, 13th in the nation). Orange fans are reveling in what's turned out to be the most lopsided trade since the Cowboys traded Herschel Walker for 342 draft picks.
|3||Pennsylvania at PrincetonVersus|
|3:30||Navy at East CarolinaMASN|
|3:30||TCU at UtahCBS College Sports|
|3:30||Alabama at LSUWUSA-9, WJZ-13|
|3:30||North Carolina at Florida StateWJLA-7, WMAR-2|
|3:30||Northwestern at Penn StateESPN2|
|3:30||Hawaii at Boise StateESPNU|
|3:30||James Madison at RichmondComcast SportsNet|
|3:30||Washington at Oregonpay-per-view|
|3:30||Nebraska at Iowa Statepay-per-view|
|4||Maine at MassachusettsComcast SportsNet Plus (joined in progress)|
|4||Fresno State at Louisiana Techpay-per-view|
|5||Nevada at Idaho pay-per-view|
CBS College Sports has the game of the day, which is No. 4 TCU at No. 6 Utah. According to its Web site, CBS College Sports is available in approximately 32 million households, which seems like a lot but really isn't (ESPN is seen in 99.5 million homes). Here's an idea that would have been just swell: Move TCU-UTAH to big-boy CBS at 3:30, then bump Alabama-LSU to 8 p.m. That way, the Horned Frogs and Utes would have strutted their stuff on the big stage, CBS would have gotten some live prime-time programming (featuring comically unpredictable LSU Coach Les Miles, no less) instead of repeats of "NCIS," "The Defenders" and "48 Hours Mystery," whatever that is.
But alas, such dreams are merely that, and TCU and Utah will battle in front of relatively few viewers, though CBS College Sports is offering a free preview today. On Sunday, one of those teams still will be in the running for a BCS bowl bid, while the other likely will be planning a bowl trip to a city that has "regional" instead of "international" in the name of its airport.
In the afternoon's other key tilt, LSU will again play both Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee at quarterback, even though the duo has combined to lead the Tigers to the nation's No. 113 passing attack (138.8 yards per game) and throw only four touchdown passes.
|7||Arkansas at South CarolinaESPN|
|7||Louisiana-Lafayette at MississippiESPNU|
|7||Oklahoma at Texas A&MComcast SportsNet Plus|
|7||Oregon State at UCLAVersus|
|7:30||Louisiana-Monroe at Florida Internationalpay-per-view|
|8||Arizona at StanfordWJLA-7, WMAR-2|
|8||Texas at Kansas StateESPN2|
|8||Tennessee at MemphisCBS College Sports|
|8||Missouri at Texas Techpay-per-view|
|10:30||Arizona State at USCComcast SportsNet|
For the most part, it's nonconference patsy day in the SEC. Georgia plays Idaho State. Kentucky plays Charleston Southern. Auburn plays Chattanooga. Ole Miss plays Louisiana-Lafayette. Tennessee plays Memphis. Florida plays Vanderbilt. (Oh, wait.)
LSU and Alabama are bucking that trend, along with No. 17 Arkansas and No. 18 South Carolina. Led by quarterback Ryan Mallett, the Razorbacks have the nation's second-ranked passing offense (360.3 yards per game), but Mallett won't have leading wide receiver Greg Childs, who's out for the season with a knee injury. Will it matter against a Gamecocks pass defense that has given up at least 300 yards in three of their last four games? However, South Carolina can clinch the SEC East with a win and if Florida somehow loses to Vanderbilt, so there may be added motivation there.
Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh was, shall we say, pleased with his team's effort in a 41-0 win over Washington last weekend. "Dominating!" Harbaugh was heard yelling by reporters. "We kicked their [behinds] every which way! One hell of a job on both sides of the line! Dominant, dominant!"
No. 13 Arizona could pose a slightly stronger challenge for No. 10 Stanford than the reeling Huskies. Quarterback Nick Foles will return from a dislocated right kneecap for the Wildcats.
- Matt Bonesteel