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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmusssen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.
So, there is no Illinois game Saturday for me to cover. What to do? What to do? What to do?
Could mow the lawn? Nahh, it will just grow back. Clean the garage? Too closely associated with the basement, which is in worse shape. Vacuum the carpet? Can't tell when it's done.
Guess the only answer is ... watch college football. Lots and lots of college football.
Here is what's on the itinerary for Saturday while dodging the chores (hope you watch too):
1. Oklahoma at Kansas, 11 a.m., Fox.
Saw the Jayhawks live in Lawrence this season and was impressed. Hey, isn't Bill Self coming to town this weekend?
Oklahoma fans are unhappy with me because they think I have their Sooners ranked too low. Time to study to see if I need to make a change.
2. Georgia vs. Florida, 2:30 p.m., CBS.
Perhaps we should start to credit Kirby Smart for one of the best runs in college football history. If Florida wins, it moves onto my ballot.
3. Minnesota at Michigan State, 2:30 p.m. BTN.
I move from the national champs to the battle of mediocrity. But the Gophers are next up for Illinois, plus I always like to check in on P.J. Fleck and all his boat rowing shenanigans.
4. Oregon at Utah, 2:30 p.m.m., Fox.
Winner stays in the College Football Playoff race. Loser is out of luck. But still very good.
5. Ohio State at Wisconsin, 6:30 p.m., NBC.
How well do the Buckeyes refocus after the big win against Penn State? How lucky does Bucky feel after escaping C-U with a victory? Why am I craving cheese curds?
6. Colorado at UCLA, 6:30 p.m., ABC.
Yes, the Buffs got too much pub earlier in the season. But Deion Sanders has done amazing work turning the program so fast.