Florida State plays lowly Wake Forest this weekend, which should be a boring game. But there are tons of great games going on nationally. Let's take a look at who FSU fans should be rooting for.
Arizona at Oregon: Arizona. It won't happen, but if it's close, perhaps the national media will realize that Oregon has real issues on the offensive line and on defense?
UPDATE: Arizona upsets Oregon, 31-24. First team in the top 5 to lose this season...
UPDATE 2: ...and one of 4 out of the top 5 to lose this weekend.
Florida at Tennessee: If you think a loss here could prevent UF from making a bowl, root for Florida, because more bowl teams makes FSU's schedule look better. Unless you want UF's bowl-less streak to continue. Honestly, this game is not that important to FSU. A win would help Will Muschamp's job security, however.
UPDATE: Florida pulls out the win in the 4th quarter, 10-9.
Texas A&M at Mississippi State: Mississippi State. Why? Because FSU fans want to reduce the number of undefeated SEC teams as quickly as possible. Right now, there are six. Mississippi State still plays at Alabama and at Ole Miss, and the media loves A&M.
UPDATE: One less undefeated SEC team. Mississippi State toppled Texas A&M, 48-31.
Alabama at Ole Miss: Ole Miss. Ole Miss almost certainly doesn't have the horses to go undefeated, but Alabama does. Reduce the number of undefeated SEC teams as early as possible. Ole Miss with 1-loss doesn't get the same benefit of the doubt as Bama does, by the way. It's a cachet thing.
UPDATE: It's getting lonely at the top. FSU the lone team in the AP top 4 to not lose today, and Auburn is on the block. Ole Miss tops Alabama, 23-17.
Oklahoma at TCU: TCU. A 1-loss Big XII champ is not a shoo-in over a 1-loss ACC champ, just in case.
UPDATE: This is getting insane. Ranks #2, #3, #4, and #6 have all lost so far. Oklahoma leaves Fort Worth with a loss, 37-33.
LSU at Auburn: LSU, again, reducing the number of undefeated teams as FSU sits back and gets to 6-0 before Notre Dame.
Baylor at Texas: Yeah, right. Root for my under wager.
UPDATE: Under wager wins indeed. Baylor tops the Longhorns, 28-7.
Utah at UCLA: Definitely Utah. If Utah pulls this off, and UCLA can beat Oregon next week in LA, the Pac-12 would be out of undefeated teams before Halloween.
Stanford at Notre Dame: I expect Stanford will win, but definitely Notre Dame, for strength of schedule purposes, and to reduce the cachet of the Pac-12.
UPDATE: This day is just going nearly perfect for FSU. Notre Dame pulls out a narrow victory over Stanford, 17-14. Top 10 matchup in Tallahassee on Oct. 18. College GameDay coming back?
Nebraska at Michigan State: Michigan State. A 1-loss B1G team is no threat to FSU, and that would give all of the B1G a loss.
Miami at Georgia Tech: Do you want to play Miami twice in one season? If so, Go Canes. If not, pull for the Jackets to give Al Golden his third loss in six games. Miami with 5 losses v. 4 losses isn't impacting FSU's SOS that much.
South Carolina at Kentucky: Kentucky, because Mark Stoops and D.J. Eliot are nice guys who did a good job in Tallahassee, and because it would further embarrass the SEC East and diminish A&M's throttling of the Gamecocks.
Texas Tech at Kansas State: Tech, because it reduces the number of ranked teams in the Big XII.
Michigan at Rutgers: Michigan, because the Brady Hoke show is funny except when people get concussions. And if Michigan doesn't fire Hoke, Les Miles won't be rumored to get that job, which will cut down on rumors of LSU luring Jimbo Fisher back to LSU, and that makes my job easier.
Ohio State at Maryland: Terps! Because Maryland writer Pete Volk is a friend of mine and Urban Meyer is Ohio State's coach.
UPDATE: Terps couldn't do it. Ohio State wins, 52-24.
|Thursday, Oct 2, 2014||Time (ET)||TV|
|UCF @ Houston||7:00 PM||ESPN|
|Florida Atlantic @ FIU||7:00 PM||FSN|
|Arizona @ (2) Oregon||10:30 PM||ESPN|
|Friday, Oct 3, 2014||Time (ET)||TV|
|Louisville @ Syracuse||7:00 PM||ESPN|
|San Diego State @ Fresno State||10:00 PM||CBSS|
|Utah State @ (18) Brigham Young||10:15 PM||ESPN|
|Saturday, Oct 4, 2014||Time (ET)||TV|
|Ball State @ Army||12:00 PM|
|(20) Ohio State @ Maryland||12:00 PM||ABC|
|Florida @ Tennessee||12:00 PM||SECN|
|Purdue @ Illinois||12:00 PM||ESPN2|
|(6) Texas A&M @ (12) Mississippi State||12:00 PM||ESPN|
|Iowa State @ (21) Oklahoma State||12:00 PM||FS1|
|Marshall @ Old Dominion||12:00 PM||FSN|
|Southern Miss @ Middle Tennessee||12:00 PM||AMSN|
|Southern Methodist @ (22) East Carolina||12:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Virginia Tech @ North Carolina||12:30 PM||ESPN3/ACCN|
|Eastern Michigan @ Akron||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|North Texas @ Indiana||2:30 PM||BTN/BTN2|
|Massachusetts @ Miami (OH)||2:30 PM||ESPN3|
|Tulsa @ Colorado State||3:00 PM|
|North Carolina State @ Clemson||3:30 PM||ESPNU|
|Wake Forest @ (1) Florida State||3:30 PM||ABC/ESPN3|
|(14) Stanford @ (9) Notre Dame||3:30 PM||NBC|
|(17) Wisconsin @ Northwestern||3:30 PM||ESPN2|
|(3) Alabama @ (11) Mississippi||3:30 PM||CBS|
|(4) Oklahoma @ (25) TCU||3:30 PM||FOX|
|(7) Baylor @ Texas||3:30 PM||ABC|
|Navy @ Air Force||3:30 PM||CBSS|
|New Mexico @ Texas-San Antonio||3:30 PM||AMSN|
|Buffalo @ Bowling Green||3:30 PM||ESPN3|
|Ohio @ Central Michigan||3:30 PM||ESPN3|
|Vanderbilt @ (13) Georgia||4:00 PM||SECN|
|Kansas @ West Virginia||4:00 PM||FSN|
|Oregon State @ Colorado||4:00 PM||PAC12|
|Kent State @ Northern Illinois||5:00 PM||ESPN3|
|South Alabama @ Appalachian State||6:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Michigan @ Rutgers||7:00 PM||BTN|
|(15) LSU @ (5) Auburn||7:00 PM||ESPN|
|Texas Tech @ (23) Kansas State||7:00 PM||ESPNU|
|UTEP @ Louisiana Tech||7:00 PM||FCS|
|UAB @ Western Kentucky||7:00 PM|
|Hawaii @ Rice||7:00 PM||AMSN|
|Toledo @ Western Michigan||7:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Louisiana-Monroe @ Arkansas State||7:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Georgia State @ Louisiana-Lafayette||7:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Idaho @ Texas State||7:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Memphis @ Cincinnati||7:00 PM||CBSS|
|Miami (FL) @ Georgia Tech||7:30 PM||ESPN2|
|South Carolina @ Kentucky||7:30 PM||SECN|
|Pittsburgh @ Virginia||7:30 PM||ESPN3|
|Arizona State @ (16) USC||7:30 PM||FOX|
|(19) Nebraska @ (10) Michigan State||8:00 PM||ABC|
|UNLV @ San Jose State||8:00 PM||ESNN|
|Georgia Southern @ New Mexico State||8:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Utah @ (8) UCLA||10:30 PM||ESPN|
|California @ Washington State||10:30 PM||PAC12|
|Boise State @ Nevada||10:30 PM||CBSS|