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College Football Saturday Open Thread

The Saturday slate of college football games has some intriguing matchups scheduled. We check into a few and open up the thread to game chat.

It's college football Saturday. Who are you watching?

This is an open thread for game chat.

Some of the more interesting matchups as detailed by SB

Early block of games.

Penn State vs. Northwestern (noon, ESPN). Northwestern is 5-0 and has one of the most interesting offenses in the nation: Kain Colter has been a dual-threat quarterback, but he's added receiving to his arsenal, and gives the Wildcats perhaps America's most versatile weapon as a result. Meanwhile, Bill O'Brien's team has righted the ship after a disastrous 0-2 start, and is looking to play Big Ten spoiler all year long. If Northwestern can get to 6-0 and bowl eligibility, the Wildcats may be able to start thinking about the Rose Bowl, so this means a fair bit to nerds in Evanston and journalists in every newsroom in the country

Afternoon games.

Florida vs. LSU (3:30 p.m., CBS). Of the day's two SEC games, this is likely to be the lower-scoring, more defensive one: Florida's defense is talented and maturing, and has been hellacious in the second half, while LSU's may have the most players drafted next NFL Draft, and is liable to unleash a pass rush that is unlike anything Florida's seen so far. Given how the Gators' underwhelming line performed against Texas A&M, that might be bad for Will Muschamp's bunch, but Jeff Driskel looks to have the edge on the inconsistent Zach Mettenberger at quarterback, and Florida's playing a game that could begin its return to glory at home in The Swamp. And there's been some weirdness in this series in recent years, as Les Miles can attest.

Night games.

South Carolina vs. Georgia (7 p.m., ABC). It's hard to pick a game that doesn't involve West Virginia over one that does in a viewer's guide, but this is the most important game of the weekend, and one that could be the most exciting SEC game of the season. Georgia's 51-point outburst against Tennessee last week showed that the Bulldogs can score, and South Carolina's recovered from slow starts in more than one context this season and still has Marcus Lattimore, Conner Shaw, and Steve Spurrier to pace its offense. The game's also a matchup of two of the best pass-rushers in college football, Georgia's Jarvis Jones and South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, two players NFL fans will likely know and love in a few years' time. There's also a good chance that the winner of this game becomes the SEC's second-best shot at reaching the national championship game, so this could be the moment when a good team makes the leap to greatness.

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