The first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings this season are out, and this Saturday lines up perfectly with a slate of games that could shake up the CFP picture at the end of the season.
Here’s your college football TV guide for Saturday, Nov. 3. All times central.
After snapping a 14-game Big 12 losing streak with a 27-26 win over TCU last week, Kansas (3-5, 1-4) hosts No. 24 Iowa State (4-3, 3-2) this Saturday (11 a.m., FSN). Here’s a preview of that game.
No. 2 Clemson (8-0, 5-0) has been quietly dominant since a close call against Syracuse, outscoring its last three foes 163-23 with freshman Trevor Lawrence quarterbacking. Louisville (2-6, 0-5) is probably the Tigers’ next victim (11 a.m., ABC).
11 a.m. games
Louisville at No. 2 Clemson, ABC
Nebraska at No. 10 Ohio State, Fox
No. 24 Iowa State at Kansas, FSN
Rutgers at Wisconsin, BTN
No. 20 Texas A&M at Auburn, ESPN
Michigan State at Maryland, ESPN2
Memphis at East Carolina, ESPNU
Air Force at Army, CBSSN
The last of No. 16 Iowa’s (6-2, 3-2) four-road-games-in-five stretch is this week at Purdue (4-4, 3-2) in what looks like a Big Ten West elimination game (2:30 p.m., ESPN2). Here’s what to watch for.
No. 5 Michigan (7-1, 5-0) is undefeated in conference play and atop the Big Ten East. One of the nation’s best defenses will be tasked with stopping Trace McSorley and No. 14 Penn State (6-2, 3-2) this week (2:45 p.m, ESPN).
Maybe college football’s biggest surprise team this season, ninth-ranked Kentucky (7-1, 5-1), can take control of the SEC East race if it knocks off No. 6 Georgia (7-1, 5-1) at home (2:30 p.m., CBS). Another game with potential conference title implications: No. 17 Texas (6-2, 4-1) hosts No. 13 West Virginia (6-1, 4-1) in a pivotal Big 12 showdown (2:30 p.m., Fox).
1 p.m. game
FCS: No. 14 Illinois State at Northern Iowa, KCRG 9.2, NBCS Chicago
2:30 p.m. games
No. 6 Georgia at No. 9 Kentucky, CBS
Florida State at No. 21 North Carolina State, ABC
No. 13 West Virginia at No. 17 Texas, Fox
Minnesota at Illinois, BTN
No. 16 Iowa at Purdue, ESPN2
Navy at Cincinnati, ESPNU
Kansas State at Texas Christian, FS1
Tulane at South Florida, CBSSN
2:45 p.m. game
No. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan, ESPN
It’s the game college football fans have been circling for a month or so now. Will top-ranked Alabama (8-0, 5-0) finally be pushed into the fourth quarter when it battles No. 3 LSU (7-1, 4-1) in Baton Rouge (7 p.m., CBS)?
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Northwestern (5-3) takes a break from its sudden rise to the top of the Big Ten West by trying to end No. 4 Notre Dame’s (8-0) perfect season at Ryan Field (6:15 p.m., ESPN).
6 p.m. games
Duke at Miami, ESPN2
Houston at Southern Methodist, ESPNU
Connecticut at Tulsa, CBSSN
6:15 p.m. game
No. 4 Notre Dame at Northwestern, ESPN
6:30 p.m. games
UCLA at Oregon, Fox
Pittsburgh at No. 25 Virginia, ESPN2
7 p.m. games
No. 7 Oklahoma at Texas Tech, ABC
No. 1 Alabama at No. 3 Louisiana State, CBS
Late night window
Don’t look now, but No. 8 Washington State (7-1, 4-1) controls its own destiny in the Pac-12 North. The Cougars host a stingy Cal (5-3, 2-3) team this week that did them a huge favor by taking down rival Washington, 12-10, last Saturday.
9 p.m. game
Southern California at Oregon State, FS1
9:15 p.m. games
Brigham Young at Boise State, ESPN2
San Diego State at New Mexico, ESPNU
9:30 p.m. game
No. 23 Fresno State at UNLV, CBSSN
9:45 p.m. game
California at No. 8 Washington State, ESPN