College football Saturday. Enjoy!
This is an open thread for game chat.
First Choice: Oklahoma vs. Texas (noon, ABC). It's the rare year when neither of these teams looks like even the second-best squad in the Big 12, but West Virginia's stellar Big 12 debut is making this year a little unusual. Oklahoma can pass, and Texas struggles to stop the pass; Texas has really been struggling to stop offense the past few weeks. Oklahoma sputtered in its loss to Kansas State, but has gotten back on the horse and is the favorite to win the Red River Rivalry for the third straight year.
First Choice: Notre Dame vs. Stanford (3:30 p.m., NBC). If you want smashmouth football, this is your game of the week, and it might just be the game of the year. Notre Dame's defense is phenomenal, and Stanford's is pretty good, but both teams have limited offenses and like to run the ball; if there are 40 points scored in this game, total, it'll be a bit of a shock. You want to watch Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o: he's almost certainly the best defensive player in college football, and will be a top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. This is your chance to establish your Hipster Te'o Cred!
First Choice: LSU vs. South Carolina (8 p.m., ESPN). LSU faces its second SEC East titan in two weeks, and looks to restart its offense after mustering just six points and one third-down conversion against Florida. That's not going to be easy against South Carolina, which has an imposing front seven led by freakish defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who is a sophomore and the front-runner to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Steve Spurrier's offense isn't what you remember from his days at Florida, as South Carolina's likely to ride Marcus Lattimore, but there's no reason to quibble with the results: this may be the best team in Gamecocks history.