September 8, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver against the UCF Knights at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 31-16. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Five must watch college football games of the weekend


For the huge college football junkies out there, like me, Saturday will feature a ton of really exciting football games outside of the one game you truly care about, No. 20 Notre Dame at No. 10 Michigan State at 8:00 PM on ABC. Every Friday I like to put together a list of the top five college football games, outside of the Michigan State matchup, that are the most intriguing and must watch for any die hard college football fan. In order to watch some of these games, you’ll have to use the picture-in-picture setting on your digital TV receiver or have a sweet, two- or –three-TV set up at your home because a couple of these games are on during the Spartans game. You could also just go to a sports bar to make sure you are able to watch both the Spartans and one of these must watch games.

Here’s a look at my top five must watch college football games of the weekend…

California at No. 12 Ohio State – Noon Saturday on ABC

Ohio State has been my favorite Big Ten team to watch this year because quarterback Braxton Miller is a phenomenon in the making. Miller can get it done with his legs, through the air and with the help of Urban Meyer’s infamous spread read option. The Buckeyes also feature a tremendous defense with stud defensive end John Simon. Cal is a decent opponent for Ohio State and this game should be a great, early test for the Buckeyes.

No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas – 3:30 PM Saturday on CBS

Alabama traveling to Arkansas makes for the second best matchup of the day on Saturday. Arkansas’ quarterback Tyler Wilson suffered a freak head injury last Saturday during the team’s upset loss to lowly Louisiana-Monroe. Wilson’s status for Saturday’s game is still up in the air, but should he play, I like the Hogs to play a pretty close game against the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

No. 18 Florida at No. 23 Tennessee – 6:00 PM Saturday on ESPN and Watch ESPN App

In a weekend that features a ton of really bad matchups, this game is by far the most interesting game on the slate and is the biggest must watch game in Week Three. Not only does this game host two ranked SEC opponents early on in the season, but it will also be telling as to whom exactly Florida and Tennessee are. No one, particularly most major media outlets, knows if either of these teams are even any good. This game will inch us closer to answering the questions that surround both programs.

Arizona State at Missouri – 7:00 PM Saturday on ESPN2 and Watch ESPN App

I want to see how Missouri rebounds after its SEC debut game against Georgia where the Tigers loss in an almost embarrassing fashion. Arizona State is a middle of the road caliber Pac-12 team and it should pose as a decent matchup for Missouri. This game will be a great barometer to use to figure out where Missouri stands as far as the “bad” SEC teams go.

No. 2 USC at No. 21 Stanford – 7:30 PM Saturday on FOX

A lot of college football media members believe that USC are the favorites to challenge the Crimson Tide for this year’s national championship. I just don’t see it. This week the Trojans face a real opponent with actual chops; however, the Trojans are also the first really good opponent that the Stanford Cardinal will face this season. We’re still unsure how good the Cardinal are after losing all-world quarterback Andrew Luck to the NFL, too.

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