The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season will come out on Tuesday night, and two of the top four teams in the Associated Press poll — No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 LSU — are off this weekend as they prepare for their meeting in Death Valley on Nov. 3. It thus could be a drowsy weekend in our eternal search for chaos.

All times Eastern.

Time
Game
TV
Noon
No. 2 Clemson at Florida State
ABC
Noon
No. 20 Wisconsin at Northwestern
Fox
Noon
Purdue at Michigan State
ESPN
Noon
Texas Tech at Iowa State
ESPN2
Noon
Massachusetts at Connecticut
ESPNU
Noon
Vanderbilt at Arkansas
SEC Network
Noon
Bethune-Cookman at Nebraska
Big Ten Network
Noon
Army at Eastern Michigan
CBS Sports Network
Noon
Wake Forest at Louisville
NBC Sports Washington Plus (in D.C. area)
12:20
North Carolina at Virginia
WDCA-20 (in D.C. area)
3
TCU at Kansas
Fox Sports 1
3
Oregon State at Colorado
Pac-12 Network
3:30
Stony Brook at James Madison
MASN (in D.C. area)
3:30
Duke at Pittsburgh
NBC Sports Washington (in D.C. area)
3:30
No. 21 South Florida at Houston
ABC/ESPN2
3:30
Arizona State at Southern Cal
ABC/ESPN2
3:30
Kansas State at No. 8 Oklahoma
Fox
3:30
No. 9 Florida vs. No. 7 Georgia in Jacksonville
CBS
3:30
No. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State
ESPN
3:30
Northern Illinois at BYU
ESPNU
3:30
Illinois at Maryland
Big Ten Network
3:30
Cincinnati at SMU
CBS Sports Network
4
No. 12 Kentucky at Missouri
SEC Network
6:30
No. 15 Washington at California
Fox Sports 1
7
No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford
Pac-12 Network
7
No. 16 Texas A&M at Mississippi State
ESPN
7
No. 22 North Carolina State at Syracuse
ESPN2
7
Tulane at Tulsa
ESPNU
7
Boise State at Air Force
CBS Sports Network
7:30
Tennessee at South Carolina
SEC Network
8
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Navy in San Diego
CBS
8
No. 6 Texas at Oklahoma State
ABC
10:30
No. 19 Oregon at Arizona
ESPN
10:30
Hawaii at Fresno State
ESPN2
10:30
San Diego State at Nevada
ESPNU

Either Clemson or Florida State has won the ACC Atlantic Division title since 2009, though only the former has any shot of that this year: The Tigers are 4-0 in conference play and are coming off a thoroughly dominant 41-7 win over N.C. State. The Seminoles (2-3 vs. ACC teams) have righted the ship a bit after their dismal start, but wins over Northern Illinois, lousy Louisville and cratering Wake Forest aren’t exactly statements. Clemson’s defense, ranked second nationally in terms of defensive S&P+ rating (an opponent-adjusted measure of overall efficiency), should have little trouble with a Seminoles offense that ranks 109th in the same metric. But Florida State does have one thing going for it: For the first time all season, it’s poised to start the same offensive line for a second straight game. No other Power Five team has started seven different offensive lines in its first seven games, and this newfound health and stability should help against Clemson’s menacing defensive front. . . .

Georgia’s defense struggled to get off the field in its loss to LSU two Saturdays ago, giving up touchdown drives of nine, 12 and 15 plays, and the Bulldogs appeared gassed in allowing Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to rush for 17 yards to the Georgia 1-yard line in the fourth quarter (Joe Burrow would punch it in to add to LSU’s lead). This got the attention of ESPN analyst Tim Tebow, who chided three Bulldogs defensive players for “jogging to the football” on the play and called the effort “embarrassing” during an SEC Network program. Whether the words of Tebow, a noted Florida alum, are taken as bulletin-board material for Georgia on Saturday against the Gators remains to be seen, but Bulldogs Coach Kirby Smart seemed to suggest this week that Tebow wasn’t completely off the mark, though he chalked it up to a lack of conditioning rather than effort. In any case, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky are knotted atop the SEC East at 4-1, and the loser here might struggle to regain that position (especially if it’s the Gators, who already have lost to the Wildcats this season) . ..

Sixth-ranked Texas last was ranked so high in 2010, but the trick for the Longhorns isn’t getting into the top 25 but staying in it: That 2005 team eventually finished 5-7 (Mack Brown’s lone losing season at the helm in Austin), and Texas has been ranked in the final Associated Press poll only once since then (finishing 19th in 2012). This season looked to be more of the same when the 23rd-ranked Longhorns again flopped against Maryland in their season opener, but they’ve since reeled off six straight, including a win over Oklahoma and two other ranked opponents. But Oklahoma State, Texas’s opponent Saturday night, has beaten the Longhorns in three straight seasons and will be sporting nifty throwback uniforms commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Cowboys team, which featured someone named Barry Sanders.

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