You want a college football playoff in 2012? We're staring at one.
Four games between ranked opponents are on the schedule for October 27, including two clashes of top 10 teams -- (5)Notre Dame at (8)Oklahoma and (2)Florida vs. (10)Georgia in Jacksonville. Plus, (11)Mississippi State travels to (1)Alabama, and (14)Texas Tech and (3)Kansas State battle in Manhattan.
Who needs to wait until 2014? Just survive and advance, as they say.
However, there is much more on the slate than a few games that may or may not shape the national championship picture. Set your DVR for these five games Saturday:
1. Over-before-halftime game: Colorado (1-6, 1-3) at No. 4 Oregon (7-0, 4-0). The Buffs have been outscored by an average of four touchdowns in their past three games, while six of the Ducks' seven wins have been by at least 20 points. Oregon hung 29 on CU last season.
In the first quarter. #skiseasonishere.
2. Don't-forget-about-us game: Ohio St. (8-0, 4-0) at Penn St. (5-2, 3-0). Throw out the records when these two teams play Saturday -- no, really, they don't matter. Both teams are ineligible for the postseason -- conference title, bowl game -- because of NCAA sanctions, but this could be the Big Ten's biggest game of the year. Imagine that.
3. Waiting-for-hoops-season game: Kentucky (1-7, 0-5) at Missouri (3-4, 0-4). "Hello, fellow SEC schools! Greetings from Lexington and Columbia. We promise we'll be better next year, because, you know, right now we're playing 'old-man football.' By the way, Tennessee, Mississippi, Auburn, and Arkansas say hi, too. See you in 2013."
4. Defense-is-optional game: No. 23 Texas (5-2, 2-2) at Kansas (1-6, 0-4). Last time the Longhorns held a team under 31 points? September 8 vs. New Mexico. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks have surrendered 158 points in their past four games. According to sources, both teams will be allowed to play 11 guys on defense for this game. That should help.
5. Upset-special-so-stay-up-late game:(7) Oregon State (6-0, 4-0) at Washington (3-4, 1-3). Because football fans on the East Coast need a reason to stay up for a 10:15 p.m. kickoff.
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