Your perfect Saturday: The ultimate TV guide to college football's Week 10
There are real, actual rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee, and whether you think it's a good idea or not that the committee is doing this, it doesn't change the fact that there are real, actual rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee to look at and analyze and factor in when we're all watching games. Just look at that Auburn and Ole Miss game between two teams currently in the top four. It wouldn't feel as big or have as much impact if it was just the No. 4 and No. 7 teams in the AP poll. Sure, now it might be manufactured energy and excitement, but in the same way movie theater butter isn't really butter, it's still delicious and it's better slathered all over your kernels than nothing at all.
There are plenty of other games with real, actual postseason implications, so let's all watch some football.
This is your perfect Saturday for Week 10.
The early slate
Noon: No. 24 Duke at Pittsburgh (ESPNU)
Tune in to see how Pittsburgh will follow up last week's five fumble performance and also to see a Duke team that could be quietly playing its way into another Coastal division title.
Noon: No. 23 East Carolina at Temple (ESPNEWS)
Temple is two wins away from bowl eligibility, which is kind of amazing in and of itself. You should also take every opportunity to watch that East Carolina offense go to work, even if it's been relegated to ESPNEWS.
Second screen specials
These are games that are tailor-made for your tablet, extra laptop, giant phone or any other device you use to stream things. Go crazy.
Noon: Northwestern at Iowa (Big Ten Network)
Admit it: you'll miss these sorts of Big Ten games when it's the offseason and we have no football at all.
Noon: No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State (Fox Sports 1)
It's in Ames, and according to this video, "Ames is one of the greatest places you've never heard of." If Ames isn't your style, you could always watch North Carolina play Miami at 12:30 on the ACC Network/WatchESPN.
Dog day afternoon
3:30 p.m.: No. 7 TCU at No. 20 West Virginia (ABC/ESPN2)
The best way to describe this game is probably to use that fire emoji about 50 times.
3:30 p.m.: Florida vs. No. 11 Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla. (CBS)
There's always a little extra incentive to watch the Florida-Georgia game, even if Todd Gurley is still suspended and Florida is struggling mightily. Plus any game could be Will Muschamp's last.
Second screen special
4 p.m.: Kentucky at Missouri (SEC Network)
If Georgia slips up in one more game, the Tigers' schedule gives them a very real shot at stealing the SEC East, which is remarkable considering this is the same team that lost at home to Indiana and was shut out, 34-0, by the Bulldogs. But a loss to Kentucky would all but eliminate Missouri and give Georgia a bit more breathing room.
7 p.m.: No. 3 Auburn at No. 4 Ole Miss (ESPN)
We've heard this described as a play-in game for the playoff, and while that may not be completely true, it isn't that far off either. At the very least, this is likely an elimination game both for the playoff and the SEC West title. It'll be fun to watch the speedy and talented Ole Miss defense try to go to work against that multi-faceted Auburn rushing attack. Yay for good football games.
7:30 p.m.: Stanford at No. 5 Oregon (Fox)
Can Stanford shorten the game with long, sustained drives? Can the Ducks stop anybody on third down? Can the Cardinal slow down an Oregon offense that has looked much better in recent weeks with a healthier offensive line? This game has critical Pac-12 implications and is a must-win for the Ducks to reach the playoff.
Second screen specials
8 p.m.: Oklahoma State at No. 9 Kansas State (ABC)
The Cowboys are reeling and head to Manhattan to play a Kansas State team that just handed Texas its first shutout since 2004.
Late night theater
10:30 p.m.: No. 12 Arizona at No. 22 UCLA (ESPN)
Is Arizona for real? So far, it seems that way. But the Wildcats can go one step further to prove they're in it for the long haul if they can avoid a letdown against the Bruins at the Rose Bowl.
11 p.m.: No. 17 Utah at No. 14 Arizona State (Fox Sports 1)
Put another pot of coffee on. You're going to want to stay up for this one.
Second screen special
11 p.m.: Utah State at Hawaii (TheMW.com)
Who's ready for a nightcap?