While LSU won’t be playing Saturday, that’s no reason to throw a sheet over the HDTV and pretend it’s a Halloween ghost.
You’re still going to want to watch football, but your significant other is likely going to tell you to pry your eyes away from the flat screen and get some chores done, you lazy ingrate.
Well, I’m here to help. You march right up to your significant other and show them this column (in print, on your iPad or favorite mobile device) and tell them you have important scouting work to do on future Tigers opponents and potential foes in the Southeastern Conference title game and BCS bowls.
Will it work? Anything that keeps you in front of the TV and out of the yard is worth a try, right?
Let’s start at the top. Right after ESPN’s Lee Corso makes his 201st career headgear pick on “College Game Day,” flip right over to ?
Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 11 a.m., WAFB: Even though the Commodores are a surprising 4-3 under first-year coach James Franklin, the Razorbacks had their scare coming back from 17-0 down at Ole Miss last week. One should expect the Hogs to be 10-1 coming to Baton Rouge on Nov. 25 for a game loaded with BCS implications.
Georgia vs. Florida, 2:30 p.m., CBS: This game was formerly known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. We know it has some politically correct handle now, but we can’t remember it and don’t care. Georgia (5-2, 4-1) has resurrected its season after an 0-2 start and is virtually tied for the SEC East lead with South Carolina (USC beat UGA and holds the tiebreaker). Georgia the better team, but Florida almost always wins. The Dogs are 3-18 against Florida since 1990. If LSU makes it to the SEC Championship game the opponent could, shockingly, be the Gators. Florida needs to win out and have South Carolina (which hosts Florida on Nov. 12) lose one other SEC game to make it.
Baylor at Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m., ABC: Know who’s No. 1 in the BCS computers? It isn’t LSU or Alabama - it’s Oklahoma State. The No. 3-ranked Cowboys are in the prime spot to play the LSU-Alabama winner for the BCS title if they don’t slip out of such uncharted territory. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III gives the Bears a chance to match scores with the prolific Cowboys.
Oklahoma at Kansas State, 2:30 p.m., ESPN: Despite Texas Tech snapping their 39-game home winning streak, don’t count the Sooners (No. 9 in the BCS) out of the national title hunt. Same for K-State, ranked No. 8 and a remarkable 7-0 under the second coming of 72-year-old Bill Snyder.
Navy at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., NBC: Navy sank its NCAA-record 43-game losing streak to the Fighting Irish in 2007, so the Midshipmen know they can win at South Bend. If Notre Dame (4-3) prevails, Lou Holtz will proclaim the Irish are still in the BCS hunt. Mark May will roll his eyes.
Ole Miss at Auburn, 6 p.m., ESPNU: Auburn (5-3, 3-2) is a shell of the team it was last year and Ole Miss (2-5, 0-4) nearly shocked Arkansas last week, but we could have witnessed the Rebels’ last hurrah. It’s hard to expect Ole Miss won’t still be 0-for-the SEC when LSU invades Oxford on Nov. 19.
South Carolina at Tennessee, 6:15 p.m., ESPN2: Tennessee now turns to freshman Justin Worley as the season’s third starting quarterback. The Gamecocks have jettisoned troublesome QB Stephen Garcia and now soldier on without tailback Marcus Lattimore, who blew out his knee two weeks ago at Mississippi State. South Carolina (6-1, 4-1) remains in the SEC East driver’s seat, but it’s a hot one.
Stanford at Southern California, 7 p.m., ABC: In 2007, LSU fans cheered louder when they announced Stanford’s stunning upset of USC than they did for anything that happened in that night’s LSU-Florida game. Now LSU fans are pulling for USC to knock Andrew Luck and the Cardinal (No. 6 in the BCS) out of contention.
Clemson at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m., ABC and ESPN3.com: People keep waiting for BCS No. 5 Clemson (8-0) to fold, well, like Georgia Tech has (6-2). The Yellow Jackets have lost two straight, but its triple option attack can give any team fits. This is prime real estate for an upset.