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Though it was certainly not planned, the No. 15 Florida Gators will have their second bye in a three-week span and spend Saturday doing exactly what you have planned — watching other teams play football.
But just because Florida is not on the field does not mean there’s a lack of worthwhile games to watch. OnlyGators.com is here to point out the best and most interesting games to keep an eye on this weekend. (All times Eastern)
No. 6 Texas A&M (6-0) at No. 1 Alabama (7-0) — 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
No surprise here. Two undefeated SEC West teams going head-to-head is a must-watch game every time we’re lucky enough to get one this late in a season. What’s astounding — despite the incredible quality of the Crimson Tide defense — is that Alabama is nearly a three-touchdown favorite against an impressive Texas A&M squad.
No. 17 Arkansas (5-2) at No. 21 Auburn (4-2) — 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Despite each team already picking up two losses, the Razorbacks and Tigers have flashed already this season. Considering Florida has Arkansas on tap in a couple weeks, this is a great opportunity to see how it will handle a third straight game against a ranked opponent.
No. 23 Ole Miss (3-3) at No. 25 LSU (4-2) — 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Truly a murder’s row of SEC West showdowns this weekend with six ranked teams in three games. The Rebels have gone up against one hell of a schedule already this season, while the Tigers are looking to improve to 3-0 under interim coach Ed Orgeron. Ole Miss should bring LSU back down to Earth a bit this week, but if that doesn’t happen, there may be some good momentum for the Bayou Bengals heading into its upcoming games.
NC State (4-2) at No. 7 Louisville (5-1) — 12 p.m. (ABC)
The Wolfpack took Clemson to the limit last week, and while the Cardinals’ offense has been much more efficient and effective this season, that development gives one plenty of reason to keep an eye on this game early.
No. 10 Wisconsin (4-2) at Iowa (5-2) — 12 p.m. (ESPN)
The Badgers were ousted by the Buckeyes last week, but that does little to diminish Wisconsin’s overall play to this point. This is one damn good defense, which is why it’s a road favorite against the Hawkeyes.
Memphis (5-1) at No. 24 Navy (4-1) — 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
A great channel flipper from the SEC Game of the Week.
TCU (4-2) at No. 12 West Virginia (5-0) — 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Are the Mountaineers really legit? WVU gets a chance to prove it is just that against a downtrodden TCU defense.
No. 2 Ohio State (6-0) at Penn State (4-2) — 8 p.m. (ABC)
Urban Meyer’s not going to lose to James Franklin, is he?
No. 16 Oklahoma (4-2) at Texas Tech (3-3) — 8 p.m. (FOX)
The over/under is 85.5. Take the under but enjoy the scoring.