College Football Week 7: The Ultimate TV Viewing Guide Oct. 14-16

T.J. McaloonContributorOctober 14, 2010

College Football Week 7: The Ultimate TV Viewing Guide Oct. 14-16

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    Hey there, Alabama fan—yeah, you. Don't let these University of Tennessee cheerleaders who are pointing at you with a frowny face laughing at your team's loss get you down.

    So what if you are sitting at home watching Boise State in the national title game, even if Bama wins out in the SEC and the conference title game?

    And who cares if you get to watch your Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl as they destroy the winner of the Big East conference?

    Yes, poor, poor Alabama. You lost and now will have to watch Boise State play in your national title spot. As Nelson Muntz would say, "Haaaaa haaaa, you're going to be the victim of a broken system."

    Okay, enough of alienating a large and very vocal fanbase. Let's get back to the down and dirty.

    Welcome back to another week of the Ultimate College Football Television Guide for Week 7! As always, before we can move forward we must look back to last week.

    The thrilling: Rutgers vs. Connecticut, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, North Carolina vs. Clemson, Auburn vs. Kentucky and USC vs. Stanford.

    The upsets: South Carolina over Alabama and Oregon State over Arizona

    And as always...

    The dud: Florida State 45 Miami 17

    Now we are heading into the second half of the season. Will it be as exciting as or even better than the first half? Can Oregon, Ohio State, Auburn, TCU and Boise State keep their national title dreams alive? Or will a one-loss Alabama find a way back into the title game?

    You can always follow me on Twitter as you can see my thoughts of the day and any breaking news on Saturday.

Thursday Oct. 14th, 7:30 (PM) EDT: South Florida at No. 25 West Virginia, ESPN

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    Starting the weekend is Big East leader West Virginia against South Florida. WVU opens the Big East portion of its schedule, while South Florida lost its opening conference game at home against Syracuse.

    This is the second time on the year that West Virginia is ranked in the Top 25, regaining its spot after a loss to LSU two weeks ago.

Friday Oct. 15th, 8:00 (PM) EDT: Cincinnati at Louisville, ESPN

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    Friday night, ESPN stays in the Big East conference as they showcase reigning Big East champion Cincinnati against Louisville.

    Cincinnati is starting to regain its championship form of last year. They dismantled Miami of Ohio last week 45-3 two weeks after losing a close game to Oklahoma 31-29.

Saturday Oct. 16th, Noon EDT: Boston College at No. 16 Florida State, ESPN

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    Boston College has taken a turn for the worse this year. They started off 2-0 but have lost their last three games. They rank in the bottom 50 in passing and 110th in rushing offense.

    On the flip side there is a Florida State team that is riding high after a big win over their in-state rival Miami. Christian Ponder is making a strong claim that he should be in the talks as one of the Heisman Trophy contenders.

Saturday Oct. 16th, Noon EDT: Minnesota at Purdue, ESPN 2

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    The Purdue season so far has been up and down—down when they lost their season opener to Notre Dame and at home against Toledo, up when last week they defeated then-undefeated Northwestern.

    Minnesota's season has just been one of downs. They lost at home to South Dakota State, USC and Northwestern. A win here against Purdue could start a turnaround for the second half.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 2:30 (PM) EDT: Western Michigan at Notre Dame, NBC

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    Notre Dame sure has gotten its winning swagger back. A big win against Boston College two weeks ago and a good performance against Pitt at home last week started this roll for the Irish. Now they get Western Michigan before a big game against Navy next week.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 3:30 (PM) EDT: Texas at No. 5 Nebraska, ABC, ESPN

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    This game has been circled on Big Red's calendar for some time. It is the last time that Texas and Nebraska will face each other in Big 12 conference play, and it is the first time that Nebraska can get some revenge for last year's Big 12 title game.

    For Texas, if they want to try to salvage any chance at a BCS bowl game, they need to win here. Under Texas head coach Mack Brown, the Longhorns have never lost three straight games.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 3:30 (PM) EDT: No. 12 Arkansas at No. 7 Auburn, CBS

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    The game of the week again is between two SEC teams. Undefeated Auburn has gotten by with a subpar passing game but a dominant rushing game. They survived against Kentucky last week, South Carolina two weeks ago and Clemson the week before that.

    Can they survive another week and keep their BCS championship hopes alive?

    Arkansas, it's put up or shut up time. They have one of the best quarterbacks in Ryan Mallett. They were unable to do what South Carolina did last week in that they could not put away Alabama at home.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 3:30 (PM) EDT: No. 15 Iowa at Michigan, ABC

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    Two big games this week in the Big Ten should help shape who will be their represented team in the Rose Bowl. The first game is between two one-loss teams in Iowa and Michigan.

    Iowa stumbled a few weeks ago in a non-conference game on the road at Arizona, whereas Michigan lost last week at home against in-state rival Michigan State.

    Michigan State might have shown the college football world how to stop what was the unstoppable Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, as they held him to his worst game of the year last week.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 3:30 (PM) EDT: Wake Forest at Virginia Tech, ESPN U

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    Virginia Tech has taken its early losses to Boise State and James Madison and used them as a learning experience. After they started the season 0-2, they have rebounded by winning their last four games.

    They are 2-0 in the ACC conference and control their fate in the Coastal Division of the ACC. This Virginia Tech team, after starting out so poorly, still has a great shot as representing the ACC in a BCS bowl game.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 4:00 (PM) EDT: Brigham Young at No. 4 TCU, Versus

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    Earlier this year this game between BYU and TCU looked to be a tough test for the Horned Frogs of TCU. But then the season began, and we all saw that BYU is not a very good team.

    TCU quarterback Andy Dalton has had a phenomenal year, completing 92 of 138 passes while throwing for 1,177 yards and nine touchdowns.

Saturday Oct. 16th 6:00 (PM) EDT: No. 10 South Carolina at Kentucky, ESPN 2

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    South Carolina comes into its first game ever as a Top 10 team. However, it will not be easy against a Kentucky team that has played other SEC teams very tough this year.

    Against Auburn last week they took the No. 8 team in the country to the final seconds of the game, losing by a last-second touchdown by Auburn at home.

    Kentucky has a top 50 offense as they rank 31st in passing, 41st in rushing and 21st in average points scored.

    South Carolina is one of the best teams in the country, and last week they showed why if it was not a fourth quarter meltdown against Auburn, they would be in the talks for a BCS national title.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 7:00 (PM) EDT: No. 1 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin, ESPN

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    New No. 1 Ohio State takes its national title hopes and dreams to Madison, Wisconsin for its toughest game yet this year.

    Ohio State has gotten by so far this year by playing only one Top 25 team. That was a home game against Miami (FL). How does this Terrelle Pryor-led offense fare in their second road conference game? In their first road game they struggled against Illinois, barely winning.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 7:00 (PM) EDT: Mississippi St. at No. 22 Florida, ESPN U

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    Much like the University of Texas, Florida has never lost three straight games under its current coaching regime.

    The Florida offense has been a big struggle this year under first-year quarterback John Brantley. Last week they showed signs of life against a good LSU defense.

Saturday Oct 16th, 7:30 (PM) EDT: No. 17 Arizona at Washington State, Versus

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    Arizona last week crumbled under the pressure of being a Top 10 team. Oregon State did squeak by with a two-point win against Arizona, scoring on a defense that held teams to no more than 10 points in three of their four games.

    Arizona still features one of the best passing offenses in the country, averaging 328.6 yards per game, and still has the 10th best defense in college football in points against.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 9:00 (PM) EDT: Mississippi at No. 8 Alabama, ESPN 2

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    Alabama has the award for "f-u game of the week"—as in this week against Mississippi is their f-u game to all of college football that they are still one of the best teams in the country.

    However, Alabama may be without its best receiver in Julio Jones. Last week Jones broke his hand in the first quarter of the South Carolina game but toughed it out for the final three quarters.

    Mississippi has been a huge disappointment this year. If coach Houston Nutt can get a win against Alabama, then maybe the seat under him will get a little less hot.

Saturday Oct. 16th, 10:15 (PM) EDT: No. 24 Oregon State at Washington, ESPN

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    To close the week in college football, it is a Pac-10 game between new Top 25 team Oregon State and Washington.

    Oregon State has been the non-BCS punching bag but did some punching back of their own against Arizona last week.

    For Washington, quarterback Jake Locker needs a big game on ESPN this week to regain his high draft stock. This year has not been his best, as he has struggled.

    You can always follow me on Twitter as you can see my thoughts of the day and any breaking news on Saturday.