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7 College Football Games to Watch Besides Penn State-Indiana

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Enjoy a seismic Saturday of college football as you patiently await the Penn State-Indiana kickoff.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 08 CFP National Championship Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Please remember the three rules of this weekly series:

  1. Big Ten games are not included since they are covered in Thursday’s conference preview.
  2. Games during Penn State’s timeslot are not typically included.
  3. If Georgia is somewhere on this list, you better believe an image of UGA, who is a very good boy, will be used.

(#8)Arkansas at (#2)Georgia
Noon, ESPN

Not many expected this to be a marquee game a few weeks ago, but Arkansas has surprised nearly everyone by blazing a path into the top 10 during the first month of the season. They aren’t just squeaking past opponents either, they are playing impressive football led by a ferocious defense. Georgia enters as an 18-point favorite, but the Razorbacks should make this interesting.
Prediction: Georgia-23, Arkansas-16

Duke at North Carolina
Noon, ESPN2

This isn’t necessarily an intriguing game on its own. However, it’s a chance to see a fierce late-season rivalry game played on the first Saturday of October. This will be a good backup option should the Georgia-Arkansas game get out of hand.
Prediction: Duke-28, North Carolina-27

(#7)Cincinnati at (#9)Notre Dame
2:30 p.m., NBC

Notre Dame’s style this season appears to be to grind out games and make a play or two to secure the win (or in the case of the Toledo game, benefit from five straight BS pass interference/defensive holding calls and then waltz into the end zone for the game-winning score). It feels like a high wire act that will eventually come toppling down. Given the abilities of Luke Fickell’s Bearcats squad, and the fact they are coming off a bye week, this seems like the week the Irish will get that seemingly inevitable ‘L’ that was narrowly missed throughout September.
Prediction: Cincinnati- 30, Notre Dame-27

(#12)Ole Miss at (#1)Alabama
3:30 p.m., CBS

Ole Miss has come out hitting on all cylinders, although they now face a behemoth on the road after spanking Louisville, Austin Peay and Tulane to start the season. Last year’s contest was a total barnburner, with the Tide coming out on top 63-48. Despite Ole Miss coming off a bye week, I’m expecting a similar result - loads of points and a Tide victory.
Prediction: Alabama-59, Ole Miss-49

(#6)Oklahoma at Kansas State
3:30 p.m., FOX

Just like Notre Dame, the Sooners are flirting with disaster on a weekly basis. Their luck will run out at some point, and Kansas State is one of those programs that always seems to find itself pulling off a major upset on a semi-regular basis.
Prediction: Kansas State-26, Oklahoma-24

(#10)Florida at Kentucky
6 p.m., ESPN

Feeling anxious as the clock ticks closer to kickoff? Check out Will Levis lead the Kentucky offense for a half in an upset bid of the Gators.
Prediction: Florida-34, Kentucky-21

(#22)Auburn at LSU
9 p.m., ESPN

This is one of the nation’s most exciting rivalries, with plenty of instant classics over the years. It will also double as a way to wind down following the Penn State game. Cheer for Auburn to help that sweet, sweet strength of schedule.
Prediction: Auburn-31, LSU-28