Thursday, September 15, 2011

THREE GAMES TO WATCH OUTSIDE OF CHESTNUT HILL

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We're not picking apples yet. Yet.
I'm not quite at the point where I'm recommending non-football activities for Saturday afternoons. So, here's three games worth watching after the 12:30 Saturday game with Duke.

Tennessee at #16 Florida (3:30, CBS): Yes, I know there are some riveting ACC Coastal division games going on, but since BC plays neither UVA nor UNC this year, I think we can skip that matchup for the ever exciting SEC East rivalry game between the Vols and Gators. Rocky Top hasn't been victorious against their conference mates in the last six tries, but this will be the first time in years that Urban Meyer hasn't been the head coach providing the beating. First year coach Will Muschamp better not let down the Gainesville faithful.

Ohio State at Miami (7:30, ESPN): As passed along by SB Nation's Luke Zimmerman, this game shall be henceforth known as Tits vs. Tats - and nothing corny like "Suspension Bowl." Miami lost its last nationally broadcast game against the Maryland State Flag, so this is another test against the team that let Toledo hang along just a little bit longer than they should have. Come for the football, stay for the Schaedefreude, at least until...

#1 Oklahoma at #4 Florida State (8:00, ABC): This one is going to be fun because it will show whether either one of the two teams is for real, as it is really unlikely that either team will be tested too much by in conference schedules. There aren't a lot of stats to go on at this point: Florida State handled a few directional schools the way they were supposed to, and Oklahoma treated the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes like tropical depressions. There was a conversation a few weeks back about the Oregon-LSU game - would the loser be locked out of the BCSCG if they stumbled in week 1 - which probably seems a lot more appropriate here. Except for either Texas or a match with VT in the ACCCG (respectively), Oklahoma and Florida State do not have a lot of other chances to fix their resume as one loss teams - nor lots of traps on the schedules. This is a playoff, in week 3, and the winner is riding shotgun to the title game.

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