Conference Drama

The Best of Week 9 College Football

It was a good weekend to enjoy a rout. You think about good games, and you think they’re supposed to be close. But the satisfaction of a blowout is perfectly legitimate. If that’s your bag, Saturday’s college football games were for you.

Penn State knocked Michigan right out of the top 25, winning 42-13. Penn State is now #2 in the country, and there is speculation about how secure Alabama is at #1.

Notre Dame trounced USC definitively, 49-14, taking the Jewelled Shillelagh. Notre Dame is now #9. USC ranks #21.

Iowa State dominated Texas Tech, winning 31-13, and ok, Iowa State, we hear you. You beat Oklahoma, and you’re 5-2 overall. Have a #25 ranking.

Finally, Florida State lost 31-28 against Louisville. This was not a blowout, but we need to point out that the Seminoles, for the first time in 35 years, seem unlikely to play in a bowl game. The streak was the longest in college football history, and it was a good run. But it may be over. Now we turn to Virginia Tech, who has played in bowl games every year for the past 24. We’ll check back in a decade to see if they’re close to Florida State’s record.

This Saturday, week 9, we will see top teams fight it out with conference championships and playoff hopes on the line. Be sure to tune in.

Penn State vs Ohio State
3:30pm on FOX

If you watch one college football game this Saturday, make it Penn State vs Ohio State. Obviously. The Big 10 powerhouses meet to decide conference standings and probably College Football Playoff viability. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley remains atop Heisman Watch lists, and there are whispers that a flashy performance could vault Buckeye QB J.T. Barrett onto the list. He has a 21-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, after all. Anyway, Nittany Lions-Bucks is a no-brainer.

N.C. State vs Notre Dame
3:30pm on NBC

Just a couple of teams having really strong seasons through the first half. A win for the Wolfpack would be a surprise, to be sure, but it’s not unthinkable, and it would carry a lot of weight. Notre Dame is a big favorite, but the N.C. State defense is one of the best the Irish will see this season.

TCU vs Iowa State
3:30pm on ESPN2, ABC

The Big 12 is in quite a state! There have been ups and downs for everyone, except for TCU, who is undefeated and ranked #4. They just beat Kansas 43-0. TCU has an exciting schedule down the stretch, including Oklahoma in week 11. Iowa State, meanwhile, has beaten conference rivals Oklahoma and Texas Tech to put themselves in the middle of the Big 12 race.

Oklahoma State vs WVU
12pm on ABC

Is Oklahoma State headed for the Big 12 Championship game? Is WVU? Is Baylor? Is the cast of ESPN’s College Gameday? Are you? Who knows? We’ll find out as the #11 Cowboys take on the #22 WVU Mountaineers.

Arkansas vs Ole Miss
12pm on SEC Network

We can’t say there are big national implications of the annual RazorbacksRebels game. But in recent years, this series has given us very close games, including last year’s, which Arkansas won with 2:20 remaining, and 2001’s, which took seven overtimes to settle.

DISH has the most college football, and not just because we show all the overtimes. Check back next week right here for the games to watch in week 10.