Michigan State football plays its second cupcake team of the year on its non-conference schedule Saturday against Eastern Michigan; however, there are a ton of really good games on this weekend’s slate of college football matchups—especially on the ranked team vs. ranked team front.
There is almost a huge matchup for every top BCS conference in the nation this weekend and Spartan Avenue has taken the time to analyze all of the good ones.
Here is a quick look at what you should program your television receiver to this Saturday:
Missouri at No. 7 South Carolina – 3:30 PM Saturday on CBS
South Carolina’s quarterback Connor Shaw has been nursing injuries all week leading up to this matchup, so this may be a game that Missouri can steal from the Gamecocks. Missouri has played really well this season—minus the explosion of mental errors it had against Georgia two weeks ago. Missouri can really make a statement to all SEC schools by winning this game, and it is not out of the realm of possibility that the Tigers pull off the upset.
No. 18 Michigan at No. 11 Notre Dame – 7:30 PM Saturday on NBC
The Wolverines will travel to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish, but it is doubtful that this game will even be close. Michigan football has been gleaming on offense, but the Wolverines’ defense has been awful. It is unlikely for Michigan to contain Notre Dame’s offense and star-in-the-making quarterback Everett Golson. This game is only interesting because it features two ranked teams. If Michigan loses, the team’s BCS hopes will nearly be extinguished.
No. 15 Kansas State at No. 6 Oklahoma – 7:50 PM Saturday on FOX
Outside of an almost-upset at UTEP, Oklahoma has been as-advertised so far this season. Kansas State is a nice team and features a courageous-like fierceness to it that all of its competitors have underestimated when playing in Manhattan. Expect Kansas State to put up a really tough fight, and the ‘Cats may even pull off the upset.
No. 10 Clemson at No. 4 Florida State – 8:00 PM Saturday on ABC
This game is the biggest matchup of the weekend. Florida State is undefeated, but it has played three really, really bad football teams. Clemson was able to start the season 2-0, despite not having star wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was suspended during the offseason. This game will tell the country just how good Florida State is and whether or not the school has been a pretender all of this time.
No. 22 Arizona at No. 3 Oregon – 10:30 Saturday on ESPN and Watch ESPN App
Everyone expected Rich Rodriguez to win at Arizona, but no one expected him to take an undefeated Arizona team undefeated and ranked into the Oregon game. Most experts believed it would have taken Rich-Rod a couple of years to put together his offense, but he has got the job done with what was left to him by the past coaching regime. Oregon has been stellar on offense, but the team has played against absolutely no talent so far this season. It’s embarrassing how bad of a schedule Oregon put together for the 2012 season.