Bye Week Bulletin: What to watch while UF’s off

By Adam Silverstein
October 24, 2015

The No. 13/14 Florida Gators have a much-needed bye week Saturday and will not step foot on the gridiron – but that does not mean there are no college football games worth watching. In this season’s edition of Bye Week Bulletin, points out the best and most interesting games to keep an eye on this Saturday.


Tennessee (3-3) at No. 8 Alabama (6-1) – 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Yes, somehow the Vols still have an outside chance at winning the SEC East … though that should all come to an end Saturday at the hands of the Crimson Tide. Tennessee will likely be able to keep it close early, but an Alabama blowout is more than possible and Butch Jones may have to answer for this loss just one week after pulling off an upset of Georgia.

No. 15 Texas A&M (5-1) at No. 24 Ole Miss (5-2) – 7 p.m. (ESPN)
The Rebels remain the Gators’ best victory through the midway point of the 2015 season, but Ole Miss has struggled since beating Alabama and just lost to an incredibly talented yet still underrated Memphis team. The Aggies fell to the Tide last week and are looking for a rebound; will it come at Oxford? Florida’s best chances of winning the SEC include not facing Alabama in the title game, so while an Ole Miss victory would help the quality of that UF win, TAMU coming out on would keep them in the hunt for the SEC West title with a second Bama loss.

No. 3 Utah (6-0) at USC (3-3) – 7:30 p.m. (FOX)
Why are the Trojans favored against the undefeated third-ranked team in the nation? Try offensive efficiency and a home game. Utah and USC will likely be the game everyone is talking about on Sunday; don’t you want to be involved in the conversation. The Pac-12 has a legitimate chance to cannibalize itself out of the College Football Playoff this year. Saturday’s game could be the beginning.

Should Watch

No. 6 Clemson (6-0) at Miami (4-2) – 12 p.m. (ABC)
If Florida has an chance of getting into the CFP, it may need to come at the expense of another conference, such as the ACC. With Clemson and Florida State set to do battle, a win for Miami would be an early blow to the conferences hopes. Plus, simply put, it should be an interesting game for the future of the Hurricanes program and Al Golden’s tenure.

No. 9 Florida State (6-0) at Georgia Tech (2-5) – 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
See above. Plus, the Yellow Jackets – though underwhelming this year – always seem to give the Seminoles fits. FSU will be better prepared for GT than it has been in years past, and Dalvin Cook should run all over a struggling rushing defense, but this is still an important showdown for a rival.

Washington (3-3) at No. 10 Stanford (5-1) – 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Cardinal are a fun team to watch, and the Huskies under Chris Petersen can always surprise. What else are you going to do after the evening’s early slate of games are over?

Could Watch

Auburn (4-2) at Arkansas (2-4) – 12 p.m. (SEC Network)
Oh, you don’t want to watch Will Muschamp on your bye week?

No. 23 Duke (5-1) at Virginia Tech (3-4)– 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Western Kentucky (6-1) at No. 5 LSU (6-0) – 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Kentucky (4-2) at Mississippi State (5-2) – 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

No. 1 Ohio State (7-0) at Rutgers (3-3) – 8 p.m. (ABC)
Oh, you don’t want to watch Urban Meyer on your bye week?


  1. SW Fl Joe says:

    With the rise of the Gators and the demise of Golden, Shannon and Dixon should be able to lock down south florida and reopen the recruiting pipeline to Gainesville

  2. Dave Massey says:

    I think if Florida wins out it will be real difficult for the committee to leave them out with the schedule they played. Especially if they beat LSU in the SECCG on a neutral field.

    Having said that I absolutely enjoyed watching Clemson paste the snot out of Miami. Goodbye Al, and hello to oblivion for the U.

    Definitely enjoyed watching the Dumpster’s D giving up 54 too. Auburn might not make 6 wins, the only game they will probably be favored for is Idaho, lol.

    • 305Gator says:

      I also enjoyed watching the sorry canes get pasted. We should be able to flip a few more of their recruits this cycle just like we did last year. Sam Bruce needs to make it official and come join the winners in Gainesville.