Some of this weekend's story lines stick out like a sore thumb, while others hide in the shadows. I've saved you some time and have come up with a recommended watch list for this weekend so that you can catch all the good stuff.
I'll start with Friday and work my way through the weekend, and if anyone bothers you for a favor that requires leaving the house (or the comfort of your recliner), just refer them to this list and tell them that you have your hands full for the foreseeable future. You can thank me later.
8:30 EST - Temple at Cincinnati (ESPN): Unless you've got plans to hit up a local high school game, this is the feature game of the night. Temple is still looking for their first win under Matt Rhule (the third head coach in four years), their first win of the season, and their first conference win.
12 EST - Missouri at Georgia (ESPN): Mizzou is coming off a big win against Vanderbilt where they scored 51 points. Georgia enters the game with the SEC's worst scoring defense (32 points per game).
12 EST - Oklahoma vs. Texas (ABC): The 15th (and possibly final) meeting between Bob Stoops and Mack Brown. This game could very well be over by halftime - OU has a 70-12 edge in the second quarter alone over the last two years - or it could be the most dramatic game of the day. Our advice for Mack? When walking into a three-hour fist fight, punch first.
12 EST - Indiana at Michigan State (ESPN2): I firmly believe that this is one of the more underrated games of the weekend. The Big Ten's top scoring defense (Michigan State - 13 ppg) takes on the leagues second best scoring offense (Indiana - 44 ppg). Last weekend Indiana rolled up nearly twice as many points as Penn State allowed as their offense is as potent as nearly any in the country (#9 nationally in total offense).
3:30 EST - Florida at LSU (CBS): This is the tenth straight year that both teams have entered this match up as top 25 teams and the Gators are one of the rare opponents that LSU has a losing record at home to (14-16), including a 4-1 mark under Les Miles.
3:30 EST - Northwestern at Wisconsin (ABC): After last weekend, I'm pretty sure the entire country realizes that Northwestern is the real deal and that Pat Fitzgerald is going to have his guys ready to go toe to toe with anyone in the country. This weekend that's going to mean stopping the rushing attack of Melvin Gordon and James White and a rushing attack that is one of seven programs nationally to come into the game averaging 300 rushing yards per game. All but one team (Ohio State) that Northwestern has faced so far this season has been led by a first year head coach (Cal, Western Michigan, Syracuse, Wisconsin).
4 EST - Oregon at Washington (Fox Sports 1): Oregon has won the 14 of the last 18 in this series, and the Huskies haven't beaten the Ducks since 2003 (9 straight), but Sark's guys used everything in the tank to take a very physical Stanford team down to the wire. This week we see how they respond to the Ducks' fast paced, finesse attack.
7:30 EST - Bowling Green at Mississippi State (ESPN3): To the casual fan, this one doesn't look to be a great match up, but what's lost in the shuffle is that BG has won 12 of their last 15 games, and across the board statistically they're even better than they're even better than their 8-5 team of 2012. Everything else you need to know about this underrated game can be found here. I'm pretty confident that this one deserves more respect than ESPN3, but we'll know for sure after Saturday.
8:30 - Texas A&M at Ole Miss (ESPN): Get some caffeine in your system before this one kicks off when a few of the most respected offensive minds in football square off in Oxford Saturday night. While many expected the Aggie offense to struggle after losing Kliff Kingsbury to his dream job at his alma mater, Clarence McKinney has done an admirable job picking up where they left off last year. McKinney and his offense bring the top passing attack in the league, and will be facing the SEC's second ranked pass defense. Another interesting note; While A&M is 5-0 all time against Ole Miss, the last four meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less, with the last two coming down to a field goal.
10:30 - Oregon State at Washington State (ESPNU): Mike Riley vs Mike Leach. You bet. Whether its over beers at the bar or in bed while the wife is asleep, the play calling in this one will keep you watching.