If you knew at the start of the season that Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame were all undefeated heading into Week 11, you might have pinpointed the Irish’s game against Florida State as this Saturday’s marquee tilt.
But while the Seminoles have stumbled, Boston College has climbed to No. 17 in the College Football Playoff rankings and now hosts second-ranked Clemson with ESPN’s College GameDay in town. Here’s your college football TV guide for a chilly Saturday.
It’s all setting up for a winner-take-all Ohio State-Michigan finale in the Big Ten East. First, though, the 10th-ranked Buckeyes (8-1, 5-1) must win at No. 18 Michigan State (6-3, 4-2) this week (11 a.m., FOX). Meanwhile, Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2) and No. 20 Penn State (6-3, 3-3), teams that entered the season with Big Ten championship hopes, collide in Happy Valley, where one will leave with a fourth loss (11 a.m., ABC).
11 a.m. games
Wisconsin at No. 20 Penn State, ABC
South Carolina at No. 15 Florida, ESPN
Navy at No. 12 Central Florida, ESPN2
No. 10 Ohio State at No. 18 Michigan State, FOX
Texas Christian at No. 9 West Virginia, FS1
Mississippi at Texas A&M, CBS
Illinois at Nebraska, BTN
Tulsa at Memphis, ESPNU
Lafayette at Army, CBSSN
North Carolina at Memphis, KCRG 9.2 (11:20 a.m.)
Bedlam arrives early this year (2:30 p.m., ABC), in theory to avoid Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1) and Oklahoma State (5-4, 2-4) meeting in back-to-back weeks should both qualify for the Big 12 title game. Only problem is, West Virginia has taken the Cowboys’ spot on No. 6 OU’s schedule at the end of the season and near the top of the conference standings. Fresh off a shutout of LSU, No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0) hosts a 16th-ranked Mississippi State (6-3, 2-3) team that is allowing just 12.3 points per game (2:30 p.m., CBS).
No. 21 Iowa (6-3, 3-3) opened as a double-digit favorite against Big Ten West-leading Northwestern (5-4, 5-1). Here’s a preview of that game (2:40 p.m., FOX). In Ames, No. 22 Iowa State (5-3, 4-2) tries to stay in the Big 12 title game chase against Baylor (5-4, 3-3). Click here for a preview (2:30 p.m., FS1).
2:30 p.m. games
No. 16 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama, FOX
Oklahoma State at No. 6 Oklahoma, ABC
No. 8 Washington State at Colorado, ESPN
Purdue at Minnesota, ESPN2
No. 4 Michigan at Rutgers, BTN
Baylor at No. 22 Iowa State, FS1
New Mexico at Air Force, CBSSN
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, ESPNU
Northwestern at No. 21 Iowa, FOX (2:40 p.m.)
3 p.m. game
East Carolina at Tulane, ESPNews
No. 2 Clemson (9-0, 6-0) has walked through most of its ACC schedule, but could still come up short in the Atlantic Division if No. 17 Boston College (7-2, 4-1) pulls off the upset Saturday night in Chestnut Hill (7 p.m., ABC). Fellow unbeaten Notre Dame hosts Florida State (4-5), but the third-ranked Irish (9-0) will be without quarterback Ian Book (6:30 p.m., NBC).
6 p.m. games
No. 24 Auburn at No. 5 Georgia, ESPN
Miami at Georgia Tech, ESPN2
Temple at Houston, CBSSN
South Florida at Cincinnati, ESPNU
6:30 p.m. games
Florida State at No. 3 Notre Dame, NBC
No. 19 Texas at Texas Tech, FOX
7 p.m. game
No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College, ABC
Late night window
Unless you’re a #Pac12AfterDark devotee, maybe just catch a movie. Or go to bed early.
9:30 p.m. games
California at Southern California, ESPN
UNLV at San Diego State, ESPN2
Colorado State at Nevada, ESPNU