It’s finally Miami week. Despite their offensive, culturally insensitive, non-PC mascot’s best efforts to protect Miami’s one-game lead in the overall FSU series record and further delay Miami from experiencing a record-setting eighth-straight loss to the ’Noles, the worst effects of Hurricane Nate will mostly avoid Tallahassee, allowing this game to kickoff at the previously scheduled 3:30 on Saturday in Doak.
There will still be other important games being played that ’Noles fans should keep an eye on. Outside of the FSU-Miami game, we’re taking a look at what results FSU football fans should be rooting for in these week 6 games that will ultimately benefit the Seminoles.
Let’s get into the games, which are segmented by the home team’s conference. All times are Eastern. As usual, let me know in the comments if you disagree.
Wake Forest at No. 2 Clemson, 12:00, ESPN2: Wake. FSU still needs Clemson to slip up somewhere if the ’Noles have any chance of winning the Atlantic Division. What better conference foe to slip up against than the only team FSU has beaten to date? FSU fans should pull for Wake Forest to pull the upset in Death Valley on Saturday.
Pittsburgh at Syracuse, 12:30, ACCN: Syracuse. Both of these teams are 2-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play, but FSU plays Atlantic Division member Syracuse next month. The ’Noles won’t play Coastal Division member Pitt this year, and the Panthers have made it a habit of getting blown out in their losses so far this year. FSU fans should root for the Orange on Saturday to beat Pitt in an effort to help the Seminoles’ strength of schedule down the road.
No. 16 Virginia Tech at Boston College, 7:15, ESPN2: Boston College if FSU beats Miami, Virginia Tech if FSU loses. I struggled to pick one team to root for in this one, but then I realized this game will start after FSU-Miami is over, and like ACC officials, I’m just making up new rules as we go along.
If the ’Noles are able to beat Miami, FSU fans can root for the Boston College upset to help FSU’s strength of schedule. The ’Noles obviously play Atlantic Division foe BC every year, but the ’Noles won’t play Virginia Tech during the regular season. If the ’Noles fall on Saturday, FSU fans should root for Va Tech to escape Boston with a win...that is, assuming that all FSU fans would prefer Virginia Tech to win the Coastal Division crown over Miami.
FSU’s game against the Canes will go a long way in determining who to root for in this game. None of us want to live in a world where Miami beats FSU and BC upsets Va Tech, giving Miami a clearer path to Charlotte, on the same day.
Iowa State at No. 3 Oklahoma, 12:00, FOX: Iowa State. The Cyclones lost to Texas at home last week to fall to 0-1 in the Big 12 and 2-2 overall. 4-0 Oklahoma is off to a great start in 2017, and they sure are playing like a Top 5 team in the country. They also represent the Big 12’s best chance of getting a team in the CFP at this point.
...Sounds like a perfect recipe for an upset to me! FSU fans should root for Iowa State to upset the Sooners in Norman on Saturday. Be on the lookout to see what ridiculous pre-game stunt Baker Mayfield might pull.
No. 23 West Virginia at No. 8 TCU, 3:30, FS1: TCU. If Florida State beats Miami on Saturday, they’ll be ranked again. However, they won’t be close to catching TCU if the Horned Frogs and the Seminoles both win. No. 23 West Virginia seems like a reasonable obstacle to pass over, however. West Virginia already lost to Virginia Tech this season, and TCU still has to go to Norman in November.
FSU fans should pull for TCU on Saturday. Anyone using this game as their commercial “flipback” game should be in for a treat...FSU has scored 54 points so far throughout the entire season, and this Big 12 matchup will probably surpass 54 points in the first half.
No. 4 Penn State at Northwestern, 12:00, ABC: Northwestern. Pat Fitzgerald and his Wildcats nearly upset Big Ten West-leader Wisconsin last weekend, and this Saturday they’ll face one of their cross-division opponents, Penn State, who just so happens to be the top team in the entire conference. The good news for 2-2 Northwestern is that they won’t face another currently-ranked opponent for the remainder of the season after this week, where they can turn their attention to becoming bowl eligible for a third straight season. Regardless, FSU fans should root for the unlikely Northwestern upset against the Nittany Lions on Saturday.
Maryland at No. 10 Ohio State, 4:00, FOX: Maryland. Urban Meyer coaches one of the teams playing in this game, and the other team is Maryland. Most FSU fans probably wish both of these teams could lose, but if we have to take one, we’ll root for the Terps to serve Urban some cold pizza.
Maryland unluckily drew Wisconsin as their cross-divisional opponent, and they’ll travel to Madison in two weeks to take on the Badgers.
Michigan State at No. 7 Michigan, 7:30, ABC: Michigan State. Sparty returns to the Big House for the first time since that crazy finish in 2015, with as many wins under their belt already this season as they had all of last season. The annual winner of this game gets state bragging rights and the Paul Bunyan Trophy. (Click here to read Michigan’s disrespectful description and history of that trophy). Michigan is undefeated and ranked in the AP Top Ten, but they have to travel to Happy Valley in two weeks. FSU fans should root for the 3-1 Spartans on Saturday night.
No. 9 Wisconsin at Nebraska, 8:00, BTN: Nebraska. Technically, 3-2 Nebraska is leading the Big Ten West right now because they’ve played two conference games and won them both. The Badgers have only played one conference game, but unlike Nebraska, they’re ranked and undefeated, which means they definitely haven’t lost to Oregon and Northern Illinois. Wisconsin only has one game left on their regular season schedule against a team currently ranked — Michigan — on November 18. After Nebraska, they’ve got Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, and Iowa leading up to Michigan...that’s not exactly a murderer’s row of teams left to play. Must be nice, Badgers! FSU fans should root for the Huskers to pull the upset on Saturday night.
Oregon State at No. 14 USC, 4:00, PAC12: Oregon State. The Beavers are 1-4 overall, their lone win being a 3-point beatdown of Portland State in week 2. Preseason Pac-12 favorite USC dropped their first game of the year last week in an upset loss to Washington State in Pullman. Are the Trojans focused and ready to rebound, or will they come out flat against a bad Oregon State team?
Regardless, FSU fans should root for the Oregon State upset of USC on Saturday.
No. 11 Washington State at Oregon, 8:00, FOX: Washington State. FSU fans should root for Washington State for two reasons: (A) Oregon is the only unranked team to get more votes than FSU in this week’s AP poll, and (B) Mike Leach is out here not giving a crap about who he insults or what bulletin board he produces for the Ducks. It’s truly inspiring how little Mike Leach cares about what other programs think of him. Never mind that this will do nothing but inspire Ducks fans to make even more noise Saturday night, I just admire how little he thinks of Eugene and the Pac-12 in general. What’s the seating capacity for Autzen Stadium? 54,000? 38,000? 12,500? It really doesn’t matter what their little high school soccer stadium holds because Mike Leach is going to carry on with his scorching hot takes and sizzling hate for Oregon. He couldn’t care less.
Washington State closes the regular season at Utah and at Washington. Until then, let’s all just enjoy the national treasure that is Mike Leach.
Stanford at No. 20 Utah, 10:15, FS1: Stanford. The Cardinal are having a rough year. They’re 3-2 overall (2-1 in the Pac-12), but they got walloped by USC and followed that loss up with an upset to San Diego State. Meanwhile, 4-0 Utah (1-0 in the Pac-12) leads the Pac-12 South and are ranked no. 20 in the AP poll. A meaningless Stanford upset would go a long way in helping FSU back up the rankings, assuming they can take care of their own business first against Miami. The Pac-12 South is a weird place to reside as a program; five weeks into the season, the 6-team division USC thought it would solely dominate has 5 teams at .500 or better, being lead by the Utes.
Cal at No. 6 Washington, 10:45, ESPN: Cal. Oh Cal. Poor, poor Cal. The Golden Bears started off the year 3-0, defeating UNC and Ole Miss during that stretch. Since then, they’ve dropped two conference games in a row to USC and Oregon, and this weekend they’re traveling to Washington to take on the Huskies, the top-ranked team in the Pac-12. This could get ugly fast...fast being before midnight eastern time. Regardless, FSU fans should root for the unlikely Cal upset over Washington on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt, 12:00, ESPN: Vanderbilt. UGA is rolling right now, looking really solid through five weeks. I can’t wait to see how they manage to lose to this Florida team in Jacksonville in three weeks.
Ole Miss at No. 12 Auburn, 12:00, SECN: Ole Miss. The Rebels looked really great against Alabama last weekend, losing 66-3, serving only to remind everyone that Ole Miss does in fact field a football team that is only capable of being successful in the age of segregation or blatant NCAA recruiting violations. I’m sure ESPN was really happy with their decision to put that nail biter in their prime time slot last weekend. The Rebel Landshark Bears have to travel back across the Alabama state line this weekend to take on No. 12 Auburn at noon, we’ll all be looking to see if they’ll muster a touchdown against the War Tiger Eagle Plainsmen.
LSU at No. 21 Florida, 3:30, CBS: LSU. Of course the Florida Gators, the luckiest, flukiest college football program in history, get LSU at home the week after the Tigers paid Troy $985,000 to beat them on Homecoming weekend. You remember the Gators, they’re the team that beat a garbage Tennessee team on a last second Hail Mary, then beat Kentucky because the Wildcats refused to cover Florida’s WRs on two TD passes. They haven’t beaten the ’Noles in a half-decade, but they play in the SEC, so they still get a pass from all the window lickers and mouth breathers that make up a certain four-letter network.
Meanwhile, in the most non-shocking development on the coaching carousel front, LSU’s ever-patient and rational boosters seem to be having second thoughts hiring Coach O, a guy who once took his shirt off and threatened to fight his entire team, just five games into his tenure.
The only natural solution to solve this latest drama on the Bayou is to fire Coach O and name Coach O as his own interim replacement. He does better when he’s not the permanent solution.
Oh, and we’re not done with the drama surrounding this game. Les Miles has come out to the press throwing ol’ Jimmy McElwain under the bus for dirty recruiting tactics to flip Feleipe Franks. And Tyrie Cleveland, the only decent offensive weapon Florida has that wasn’t previously suspended, is out for this one, so maybe LSU can find a way to Trojan-horse the Gators in the Swamp. FSU fans will certainly be pulling for LSU.
Arkansas at South Carolina, 4:00, SECN: South Carolina. Keeping with our forced pro-Gamecocks theme (thanks again, NC State!), FSU fans should root for USCjr. on Saturday. This team lost to Texas A&M last weekend, and previously lost to Kentucky, but I’m willing to give that all a pass this week because Bret Bielema is on the hot seat and a loss to South Carolina might be the back breaker. This battle of former Big 8 vs. ACC programs should be viewed from the ESPN bottomline score updates, not from your actual full TV screen.
No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M, 7:15, ESPN: Alabama. The Aggies are crappy, and even their own stadium knows it. There’s no upside to rooting for an Alabama loss on Saturday as a FSU fan. Just ask NC State, teams that beat us need to keep winning to help themselves and help the ‘Noles.
As a Florida State fan, which rival do you despise more?
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