Well, we march forward. Ohio State’s Week 6 game may have sucked more than Ohio State’s Week 5 game against Michigan State, if that were even possible. I’m just as dumbfounded as you all are over the end of the Nebrasky game, where we became the victim of the program’s largest comeback victory ever. Next up, at Illinois in Week 7. The Illini are off to their best start since [YOU WEREN'T ALIVE FOR ANOTHER 30 YEARS], making Ron Zook look like a mad genius of sorts and making Paul Petrino look like a program savior. Ohio State, meanwhile, sits not so pretty at 3-3 on the year and could go winless in the month unless the Buckeyes win at Champaign or at home versus conference front runners Wisconsin. This feeling sucks and I hate it.
While we sweat the game against the Illini, and while I’m busy working in LA (and not violating the terms of my probation), here are a few games you’ll want to watch. I’m in a bit of a rush, so this will be a bit abbreviated.
With that in mind, here’s what’s on.
- San Diego State @ Air Force (Regional [Try CBS Sports], 8:00pm ET). Two of the better non-TCU teams in the Mountain West from last year, both the Aztecs and Falcons don’t look the part of an elite team in an overachieving conference in 2011. The Aztecs are losers of their last two, having made Michigan’s defense look competent earlier in the year in Ann Arbor. Air Force, meanwhile, has already dropped a decision to Texas Christian earlier and is coming off a 59-33 loss to the Fighting Irish. The Irish looove picking on service academies. Still, these types of games are always fun to watch.
- USC @ California (ESPN, 9:00pm ET). USC Football: It’s now on Thursdays too. The glory years are well-behind the Trojans now. Favorites to win the Pac-12 South, in spite of the 43-22 loss to Arizona State earlier in the season, the Trojans look like a dumb football team with a two-man show running the offense: junior, third year QB Matt Barkley and WR Robert Woods. Woods is averaging over 10 catches and 100 yards receiving a game this season. Meanwhile, California hasn’t defeated anyone with a pulse this season. The Bears opened the season with wins over Fresno State, Colorado and the Presbyterian Blue Hose (Go Blue Hose!). It has since dropped decisions to Washington and Oregon, the latter of the two in a second half beatdown.
- Hawaii @ San Jose State (ESPN, 9:00pm ET). It’s Friday Night Football, which means Joe Tessitore with a distinct chance of ham in the fourth quarter. It’s not the most exciting game on paper, but see if you can use the occasion to find the redshirt transfer Tate Forcier — 2009 Week 5 Heisman Winner — on the sidelines for the Spartans.
- Indiana @ Wisconsin (ESPN2, 12:00pm ET). Wisconsin (in)famously scored 83 points in last year’s matchup, thought to be a nadir for Indiana football. Somehow it wasn’t and it’s conceivable the Badgers could score more this year.
- That Team Up North @ That State School Up North (ESPN, 12:00pm ET). I have had just about enough hearing about the Wolverines for the third straight year, who look great this time of the year with sure Heisman award-winning quarterbacks before conference play starts in earnest and they’re brought crashing down to earth again. I’m still pissed about the Michigan State game, but I hope they bring the fury.
- Baylor @ Texas A&M (FX, 12:00pm ET). With everything that has transpired off the field between these two schools with respect to conference realignment, one wonders if the Aggies come out and spray paint “S-E-C” over the Big XII logo on Kyle Field like the nWo. It’s the Aggies’ first home game since their departure to the Southeastern Conference became official. For a humorous rundown, check @cuppycup‘s various GIFs pertaining to the Baylor Bears.
- Utah @ Pittsburgh (ESPNU, 12:00pm ET). The return leg of a home-and-home that came to fruition after their meeting in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, I just can’t bring myself to care without the Wannstache patrolling Pitt’s sidelines. Crank Night Ranger to 11 for the Wannie.
- Louisiana State @ Tennessee (CBS, 3:30pm ET). It’s the charmed life for the Tigers, who get their second straight conference opponent with a backup quarterback. Tyler Bray will miss about six weeks with a thumb fracture. You’re not watching this game, though.
- Oklahoma State @ Texas (ABC/ESPN, 3:30pm ET). Texas is about a touchdown underdog at home after getting obliterated by the Sooners last week. But that’s all fine and dandy, because you’re not watching this game.
- Georgia Tech @ Virginia (ESPNU, 3:30pm ET). You’re not watching this game either. Don’t kid yourself.
- Ohio State @ Illinois (ABC/ESPN, 3:30pm ET). This is what you’re watching. More on this later.
- Alabama @ Ole Miss (ESPN2, 6:00pm ET). It’s homecoming in Oxford, which happens to be the game where the Rebels host all-everything Alabama. It’s a matchup to make any oversigning crusader want to vomit. The only difference: one engages in blatantly unethical roster management and reaps the rewards for it while the other engages in blatantly unethical roster management and still sucks out loud on the field.
- Clemson @ Maryland (ESPNU, 7:00pm ET). Clemson is still undefeated this season. Quietly, I’m beginning to wonder if Luke Fickell is our Dabo Swinney. Swinney, like Fickell, was a young and emotional hire who was promoted to full time head coach after Tommy Bowden’s impromptu exit. We haven’t done the same with Fickell yet, but he looks every bit as overwhelmed as Swinney was for the first few years in charge. Then Swinney axed his offensive coordinator and hired Chad Morris as offensive coordinator. Morris, who I think is on the Airraid tree or otherwise borrows liberally from that offense, has enjoyed immediate success. With Morris as offensive coordinator, the Tigers have the 18th ranked offense in college football and are the #8 team in the country. Where was I going with this? Oh yeah. Long story short: fire Bollman, get a competent offensive coordinator.
- Florida @ Auburn (ESPN, 7:00pm ET). Yes, I’ll take “Games that would’ve been interesting last year” again for $800, Alex.
- Nerdwestern @ Iowa (BTN, 7:00pm ET). Iowa is a touchdown favorite this game. Incidentally, the favorite has not won in this series since 2002, a 62-10 victory for the Orange Bowl-bound Hawkeyes. More importantly for Iowa fans, the Hawkeyes have dropped soul-crushing decisions to the Nerds for the past three years. All three games were contests they had no business losing on paper. That said, the 2009 game was the one that knocked the Hawkeyes from the ranks of the unbeaten and set up 2009′s Senior Day to be the B1G TEN Championship Game. Thanks, Nerds!
- Stanford @ Washington State (Versus, 7:30pm ET). Oklahoma @ Kansas (ESPN2, 9:15pm ET).
- Arizona State @ Oregon (ESPN, 10:15pm ET). Possible Pac-12 Championship game. The Sun Devils are currently sitting on top of the South while Oregon is probably still favored to win the North. The Ducks would need to beat the Cardinal in Palo Alto in November, though. Then again, you don’t care about the Pac-12 Championship Game. Who am I kidding.