Noon Marshall at Virginia TechESPNU
Noon North Carolina at Georgia TechESPN
Noon San Jose State at MinnesotaESPN2
Noon Vanderbilt at Massachusetts ESPNews
Noon Wake Forest at Army CBS Sports Network
Noon FAMU at No. 4 Ohio State Big Ten Network*
Noon W. Michigan at Iowa Big Ten Network*
Noon Louisiana Tech at Kansas Fox Sports 1
12:20 North Texas at Georgia WDCW-50
12:30 Tulane at Syracuse Comcast SportsNet
12:30 Pittsburgh at Duke WDCA-20

It’s one of those Saturdays, the ones where most everyone is either off, playing an FCS team or playing an FBS team that would more than likely struggle in FCS. You know, a Saturday that causes ESPN to throw up its hands and say, “To heck with it, let’s take ‘College GameDay’ to Fargo” (which is where the weekly show has stopped this weekend, a well-earned salute to two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State).

But onward we go, starting with North Carolina-Georgia Tech, the gem (such as it is) of the 12 o’clock hour. Last year’s game was nuts, a 68-50 carnival ride won by the Yellow Jackets. The teams combined for 1,085 yards, an ACC-record 118 points and only five punts. The Yellow Jackets unleashed their new “diamond” offense — the quarterback lines up in the shotgun with two running backs on either side and a fullback behind him — last weekend in a win over Duke, rushing for 344 yards.

3 S. Brook at VillanovaComcast SportsNet
3 Houston at RiceMASN2
3:30 Maryland vs. West VirginiaESPNU,WTEM (980 AM)
3:30 Arkansas at Rutgers ESPN
3:30 Tennessee at No. 19 Florida WUSA-9, WJZ-13
3:30 Michigan State at No. 22 Notre Dame WRC-4, WBAL-11
3:30 Purdue at No. 24 Wisconsin WJLA-7, WMAR-2
3:30 Utah State at USC ESPN2
3:30 Maine at No. 18 Northwestern Big Ten Network*
3:30 South Dakota State at Nebraska Big Ten Network*
3:30 Kent State at Penn State Big Ten Network*
4 La.-Monroe at No. 20 Baylor Fox Sports 1

Utah State-USC features one good quarterback (Utah State’s) and one floundering coach (USC’s). The game will be televised by ABC on the West Coast, the Aggies’ first appearance on the network since 1978. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton has 12 touchdown passes this season, tied for the national lead.

6 Lehigh at PrincetonNBC Sports Network
7 No. 23 Arizona State at No. 5 StanfordWTTG-5, WBFF-45
7 Colorado State at No. 1 AlabamaESPN2
7 SMU at No. 10 Texas A&M ESPNU
7 Rhode Island at William & Mary Comcast SportsNet
7 Texas State at No. 25 Texas Tech MASN2
7:30 Oregon State at San Diego State CBS Sports Network
7:45 Auburn at No. 6 LSU ESPN, WTEM (980 AM)
8 No. 15 Michigan at Connecticut WJLA-7, WMAR-2
8 Missouri at Indiana Big Ten Network
10:15 Utah at Brigham Young ESPN2
10:15 Wyoming at Air Force ESPNU

Hey look, two ranked teams are playing! No. 23 Arizona State visits No. 5 Stanford. The Sun Devils were last seen escaping with last weekend’s late-night, ref-aided win over Wisconsin. The Cardinal has forced a turnover in 26 straight games, the longest streak in the land.

* 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.

— Matt Bonesteel