While Week 9 of the college football season doesn't offer up a matchup with two teams in the Top 10 of the BCS standings, it makes up for that by offering four battles with teams in the Top 25.
The most notable is No. 3 Oregon hosting No. 12 UCLA on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Ducks continue to cruise through the season. Through seven games, Oregon's hasn't won by fewer than 21 points. That was a 45-24 victory in Seattle over a Washington Huskies team that was ranked No. 16 at the time.
However, that does remain the Ducks lone game this season against a team that was ranked. So, for as good as this team has looked, it still has something to prove.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how stiffly UCLA can challenge the Ducks. The Bruins are No. 12 but are coming off of their first loss of the season. That came against No. 6 Stanford, and the Cardinal dominated that game en route to emerging with a 24-10 victory.
That remains UCLA's second effort against a ranked team this season.
While the Bruins' defense has been playing well and will enter this game ranked 18th in the nation in points against, Oregon's speed will test that defense in a different way.
That isn't the only marquee Pac-12 matchup of the weekend. No. 6 Stanford will travel to take on No. 25 Oregon State.
The Beavers are sneaking under the radar, which is understandable. Oregon State fell at home 49-46 to the Big Sky's Eastern Washington in the season opener. At that point, it seemed safe to write this team off for the season.
However, the Beavers have won all six games since and are improving as the season continues. Last week, they drubbed Cal, 49-17. A win in this game, and the Beavers would be due for a big jump in the rankings. Not that that will be easy.
Stanford rebounded nicely from their upset loss to Utah on Oct. 12 by beating UCLA last week. This team still has its national championship hopes in tact, and will no doubt be looking to make a statement in this game.
Another ranked matchup comes with the No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners hosting No. 10 Texas Tech. The Red Raiders still haven't tasted defeat this season and enter this game with some impressive stats. They are 15th in the nation in scoring and 16th in points allowed. At 416.4, they are also second in the nation in passing yards.
However, the Red Raiders also haven't played a team as talented as Oklahoma.
It's not like the Sooners have been severely tested yet, either. They have a 35-21 win over Notre Dame. While the Irish were ranked at the time, that win has become less impressive as the season has advanced.
The Sooners were also fairly easily handled by Texas in a 36-20 defeat on Oct. 12.
This sets the stage for what should be a fun game, and if the Red Raiders pull out a victory, they will begin to enter the national championship picture.
Our last ranked matchup of the week is No. 21 South Carolina travelling to take on Missouri.
Missouri has a two-game lead in the SEC East, and South Carolina will be desperate to close that gap. However, the Gamecocks will have to do that without injured starting quarterback Connor Shaw.
Of course, Missouri will be playing without their starting quarterback, James Franklin, for the second consecutive game.
Franklin's absence didn't keep his team from beating Florida and its quality defense by the score of 36-17 last week. The Tigers will look to further entrench themselves in the championship picture with a win in this game.
Now, in case those games weren't enough for you, here is when and where you can catch a few more.
|College Football Week 9 TV/Live Stream Schedule|
|Thursday, Oct. 24|
|Kentucky at Mississippi St.||7:30 pm||ESPN|
|Marshall at M. Tenn. St.||7:30 pm||FOX Sports 1|
|Friday, Oct. 25|
|Boise St. at BYU||8:00 pm||ESPN|
|Saturday, Oct. 25|
|Wake Forest at Miami (Fla.)||12:00 pm||ESPNU|
|Houston at Rutgers||12:00 pm||ESPN News|
|Louisville at South Florida||12:00 pm||ESPN2|
|Connecticut at UCF||12:00 pm||ESPN3|
|Northwestern at Iowa||12:00 pm||Big Ten Network|
|Oklahoma St. at Iowa St.||12:00 pm||FSN Regional|
|Nebraska at Minnesota||12:00 pm||ESPN|
|Sacred Heart at St. Francis||12:00 pm|
|Robert Morris at Wagner||12:00 pm|
|Ball St. at Akron||12:00 pm||ESPN Gameplan||ESPN3|
|Towson at Richmond||12:00 pm||CSS|
|Delaware at Rhode Island||12:00 pm|
|Vanderbilt at Texas A&M||12:21 pm||ESPN Gameplan||ESPN3|
|Georgia Tech at Virginia||12:30 pm||ESPN Gameplan||ESPN3|
|Brown at Cornell||12:30 pm|
|Pittsburgh at Navy||1:00 pm||CBS Sports Network|
|Charlotte at Charleston So.||1:00 pm|
|Princeton at Harvard||1:00 pm|
|Yale at Penn||1:00 pm|
|Delaware St. at Hampton||1:00 pm|
|Morgan St. at Howard||1:00 pm|
|Old Dominion at Norfolk St.||1:00 pm|
|Duquesne at Bryant||1:00 pm|
|Lehigh at Bucknell||1:00 pm|
|Lafayette at Holy Cross||1:00 pm|
|Colgate at Georgetown||1:00 pm|
|Dayton at Morehead St.||1:00 pm|
|Maine at Villanova||1:00 pm|
|Davidson at Jacksonville||1:00 pm|
|Stetson at Marist||1:00 pm|
|Salve Regina at Central Conn. St.||1:00 pm|
|Columbia at Dartmouth||1:30 pm|
|Liberty at Gardner-Webb||1:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Samford at Wofford||1:30 pm|
|Miami (Ohio) at Ohio||2:00 pm||ESPN3|
|Point U at Presbyterian||2:00 pm|
|South Dakota at Illinois St.||2:00 pm|
|NC A&T at Florida A&M||2:00 pm|
|NC Central at Savannah St.||2:00 pm|
|E. Kentucky at SE Missouri St.||2:00 pm||ESPN3|
|Valparaiso at Drake||2:00 pm|
|The Citadel at Chattanooga||2:00 pm|
|Toledo at Bowling Green||2:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Jacksonville St. at Tenn. Tech||2:30 pm|
|Temple at SMU||3:00 pm||ESPN3|
|W. Michigan at Massachusetts||3:00 pm||ESPN3|
|N. Iowa at South Dakota St.||3:00 pm|
|Ark.-Pine Bluff at Mississippi Valley St.||3:00 pm|
|Texas Southern at Grambling||3:00 pm|
|Northwestern St. at Sam Houston St.||3:00 pm|
|N. Dakota St. at Indiana St.||3:05 pm||ESPN3|
|Idaho State at So. Utah||3:05 pm|
|Clemson at Maryland||3:30 pm||ESPN|
|Boston College at North Carolina||3:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Duke at Virginia Tech||3:30 pm||ESPNU|
|Tennessee at Alabama||3:30 pm||CBS|
|Texas Tech at Oklahoma||3:30 pm||FOX|
|UTEP at Rice||3:30 pm|
|Buffalo at Kent St.||3:30 pm||ESPN3|
|N. Carolina St. at Florida St.||3:30 pm||ABC Regional|
|E. Washington at Montana||3:30 pm||Root Sports-Northwest|
|Michigan St. at Illinois||3:30 pm||ABC Regional|
|E. Michigan at Northern Illinois||3:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Elon at W. Carolina||3:30 pm|
|Ga. Southern at Appalachian St.||3:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Tulsa at Tulane||3:30 pm|
|James Madison at William & Mary||3:30 pm|
|Alabama A&M at Alabama St.||3:30 pm||ESPN3|
|West Virginia at Kansas St.||3:45 pm||FOX Sports 1|
|Utah at USC||4:00 pm||PAC-12 Network|
|New Hampshire at Stony Brook||4:00 pm|
|McNeese St. at Nicholls St.||4:00 pm|
|S.F. Austin at Cent. Arkansas||4:00 pm||ESPN3|
|Butler at San Diego||4:00 pm|
|Troy at W. Kentucky||4:00 pm||ESPN3|
|S.C. State at Bethune-Cook.||4:00 pm|
|Mercer at Campbell||4:00 pm|
|UC-Davis at Montana St.||4:05 pm|
|North Dakota at Portland St.||4:05 pm|
|UAB at Texas-San Antonio||5:00 pm|
|Jackson St. at Prairie View A&M||5:00 pm|
|E. Illinois at Tennessee St.||5:00 pm|
|Tenn.-Martin at Austin Peay||5:00 pm|
|Notre Dame at Air Force||5:00 pm||CBS Sports Network|
|Louisiana Tech at FIU||6:00 pm|
|VMI at Coastal Carolina||6:00 pm|
|UNLV at Nevada||6:05 pm||ESPN3|
|Alcorn St. at Southern||6:30 pm|
|Baylor at Kansas||7:00 pm||ESPNU|
|Furman at LSU||7:00 pm||ESPN3|
|South Carolina at Missouri||7:00 pm||ESPN2|
|UCLA at Oregon||7:00 pm||ESPN||ESPN3|
|Houston Baptist at Incarnate Word||7:00 pm|
|Missouri St. at W. Illinois||7:00 pm|
|North Texas at Southern Miss||7:00 pm||Fox College Sports|
|South Alabama at Texas State||7:00 pm|
|Georgia State at La.-Monroe||7:00 pm||ESPN3|
|Wyoming at San Jose St.||7:00 pm||Root Sports-Rocky Mountain|
|FAU at Auburn||7:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Idaho at Ole Miss||7:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Texas at TCU||7:30 pm||FOX Sports 1|
|Arizona at Colorado||8:00 pm||PAC-12 Network|
|Lamar at SE Louisiana||8:00 pm|
|Abil Chr. at New Mexico St.||8:00 pm||ESPN Gameplan||ESPN3|
|Penn St. at Ohio St.||8:00 pm||ABC|
|N. Arizona at Cal-Poly||9:05 pm|
|Stanford at Oregon St.||10:30 pm||ESPN|
|Fresno St. at San Diego St.||10:30 pm||ESPN2|
|California at Washington||11:00 pm||FOX Sports 1|
|Colorado St. at Hawaii||11:59 pm|
|Info gathered from CBS Sports and ESPN|
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