College Football Week 6 Schedule: When to Catch Games with BCS Implications

Darin Pike@darinpikeContributor IOctober 6, 2012

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Marcus Lattimore #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes upfield against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 2012 College Football season hits the midway point today, and with it fans are being given the best matchups thus far in the season. The only downside to the weekend is there are too many must-see games to watch them all, including five showdowns pitting a pair of Top 25 teams against each other.

Week 6 also features several key conference contests that will have implications on championship games and BCS bowl berths.

Here is a summary of the weekends' biggest games, and they don't get much better than the first matchup of Top 10 teams...or do they?


Kansas at No. 7 Kansas State

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. ET


The biggest issue for Kansas State should be thinking they are invincible following their big win over Oklahoma. Fortunately for the Wildcats, they've had an off week to let the win sink in.

Don't expect a letdown or for them to let up on the Jayhawks.


No. 24 Northwestern at Penn State

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN, also available in 3D

Don't look now, but Northwestern could be playing for the Big Ten title this season. Penn State should be little more than a speed bump after their program was decimated by...oh, wait. The Nittany Lions have won three straight, including a dominating performance over Illinois last week.

Both of these teams are undefeated in conference play, and the Wildcats are 5-0 in 2012.


Arizona at No. 18 Stanford

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

The Cardinal suffered their first defeat on the season last week and hope to rebound to keep their Pac- 12 title hopes alive. QB Josh Nunes will need to turn his play around to keep Stanford in the hunt, though.

Arizona was off to a great start with blowout wins over then-No. 18 Oklahoma State and South Carolina State. Then they faced the two schools from Oregon and dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-12.


No. 4 LSU at No. 10 Florida

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET


LSU has looked human in their past two games, a pair of close victories in games they should have dominated. They will need to find some intensity as they head into The Swamp to face the Gators.

"We need to play better," Miles said Monday via "We need to be consistent with our culture. We had uncharacteristic turnovers. I'm glad we're getting them out early. We can't afford them as we go forward."

Florida will look to control the game and tempo while on offense, relying on their physical offensive line to create room for the ground game and time for quarterback Mike Gillislee.


Georgia Tech at No. 15 Clemson

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET


At 1-1 in the ACC, Clemson's hopes of a BCS game are all but gone. They will hang around in the Top 25, though, by virtue of a ridiculously easy schedule. 

Bowl selection committees need to wait until their Nov. 24 matchup against South Carolina to see what kind of game Clemson deserves.


Illinois at Wisconsin

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: ABC or ESPN2, depending on location

This game will likely have very little impact on end-of-season play, but one of these teams will be out of the Big Ten picture this weekend.


No. 17 Oklahoma at Texas Tech

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: ABC or ESPN2, depending on location

This is a must-win for the Sooners, as they dropped their opening Big 12 game against Kansas State. The Red Raiders aren't currently ranked, despite their 4-0 record, but their toughest game so far was against a team that barely beat Iowa.

The team that wins this will still be alive for a January bowl game. The loser could still have a shot to remember the Alamo.


Washington State at No. 14 Oregon State

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. ET

TV: Pac-12 Network

This is the first game that won't be readily available to most of the nation. Cougar fans will wish their market was one that doesn't offer the new Pac-12 Network.

To be fair, Washington State played Oregon even for 30 minutes last week. The problem was they missed out on too many scoring opportunities in their "home" game played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

For those unfamiliar with the difference between Pullman and Seattle, there is over 300 miles separating the two. The Cougars looked tired in the second half as Oregon scored almost at will. 

The Beavers will likely do much of the same on Saturday.


No. 5 Georgia at No. 6 South Carolina

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. ET


Neither of these teams have really been tested in 2012. Georgia is 3-0 in the SEC, but their opponents are a combined 0-6 in conference play.

South Carolina has played two of the same opponents, with their third matchup so far being Kentucky (0-2 SEC, 1-4 overall). This game will establish power in the Eastern Division of the SEC.


No. 8 West Virginia at No. 11 Texas

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

The Mountaineers pulled off a 70-63 win over Baylor last week. For an encore they roll into Austin to face a Longhorn team that has only given up 84 points in four games.

Actually, 67 of those points came in the last two weeks in wins over Ole Miss and Oklahoma State. West Virginia could have another huge offensive showing in this game. The question is can the defense yield more than two stops a game vs. their new Big 12 opposition?


Miami (FL) at No. 9 Notre Dame

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: NBC, also known as NotreDame Broadcasting Company

The Irish will need to avoid a letdown after their emotional win over Michigan last week. They made the Wolverine offense look downright pathetic, not to mention my musings that an NFL team might be tempted to take a gamble on QB Denard Robinson.

Miami will put up a little fight, but Notre Dame shouldn't lose at least not until next week.


No. 3 Florida State at North Carolina State

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET


In case you missed it earlier, I have an issue with the schedule played by the ACC teams. Their conference is terribly weak to begin with, and Florida State began the season with games against Murray State, Savannah State and Wake Forest. 

The combined score of those first three games was 176-3. So yes, Florida State can beat really bad teams by a bunch. But their only real contest (sorry, Clemson and Hurricane fans) will come in their final game against Florida.

By then it will be too late to consider ignoring the Seminoles for a major bowl bid. Kudos!


No. 21 Nebraska at No. 12 Ohio State

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET


At least the Big Ten schools schedule an early-season game with a Pac-12 team. They didn't fare so well against their West Coast conference rivals, but at least they are willing to square off with teams that will offer a challenge.

Nebraska lost to UCLA but rebounded against Wisconsin last week. Life doesn't get any easier as they face Ohio State on the road.

The Buckeyes hosted Cal to get the lone win in the truncated Big Ten vs. Pac-12 battle. They also secured an important win over Michigan State last week and are in the driver's seat to secure the Leaders Division of the Big Ten.

They can't play in the Title game or advance to a bowl, but they would be named the division champ.

These two teams could meet again in the conference title game after next season but otherwise aren't scheduled to take the field together until 2017. 


No. 25 UCLA at California

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. ET

TV: Pac-12 Network

This matchup features the two teams referenced in the Big Ten pairing above. UCLA bounced back from their close Pac-12-opening loss to Oregon State by beating Colorado.

Cal, on the other hand, had about their best performance of the year against Ohio State. That should sum up where their season is headed.


No. 23 Washington at No. 2 Oregon

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET


The West Coast rounds the night out with a clash of Northwest teams. The winner (Oregon) will have the inside track to the Pac-12 championship game.

The hardest part for the Ducks is knowing which team to prepare for. Will they face the hapless Husky team that lost to LSU 41-3? Or will the surging defense that squashed Stanford show up in Eugene?

It won't really matter. The Ducks are all they are cracked up to be (feel free to read that as quacked, if so inclined).


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.


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