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The Battle of the Weasels in Madison highlights Saturday’s college football schedule

Also, the Irish goes between the hedges to take on UGA.

Michigan v Wisconsin

On days like today, I like to quote one of our time’s most celebrated philosophers — Good Ol’ J.R. — and say:

There have been some big matchups already this season — LSU vs. Texas, Clemson vs. A&M — but now that we are into the fourth week of action, the picture of who these teams truly are is beginning to develop, and the stakes are continuing to rise.

While the Buckeyes are still eating at cupcake city this weekend, there is a decent amount of ranked-on-ranked action in all of the windows to not only keep you entertained, but also that will impact the conference and College Football Playoff races for the rest of the season.

12 noon ET Window

No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin | 12 noon ET | FOX

This game is practically required viewing for all Buckeye fans. Not only is it the only matchup of ranked teams in the first slot of games, but it also will have major implications on the Big Ten standings and it will be our first real opportunity to see just how good — or bad — these sets of weasels are against competent competition (no offense to the troops).

That Team Up North has looked down right Harbaughian in their first three games*. Despite being promised a flashy new offense thanks to new coordinator Josh Gattis, they have looked delightfully bad on that side of the ball. The Wolverines are currently 11th in the B1G in total offense... you hate to see it.

*Technically Michigan is just 2-0, but since they went to two overtimes with Army, we rounded up to three.

Now to the boys in Madison who have outscored their opponents in their first two games of the season 110-0. Granted, they’ve played South Florida and Central Michigan, but at least this week they have an opponent with a pulse.

Ohio State hosts Wisconsin on Oct. 26 and of course will travel Ann Arbor on Nov. 30. While OSU is riding high through the first month of the season, they should know a lot more about two of their most anticipated opponents by the time they kick off today.

3:30 p.m. ET Window

No. 8 Auburn vs. No. 17 Texas A&M

While I am sure that your attention will be focused on the Buckeye game, this SEC contest should be an interesting contest to keep an eye on. Neither really has a shot to win the conference with ‘Bama, UGA, and LSU a step or two in front of them, but the Tigers and Aggies have both played well against good teams this season, so they should be prepared for the matchup at Kyle Field.

8:00 p.m. ET Window

No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia

The second titanic struggle of the day comes from Athens, Ga. as the perennially overrated Fighting Irish heads down to play between the hedges. With a win, ND could propel itself into the CFP conversation with games against UVA, USC, and TTUN over the next month, before things lighten up considerably in November.

Georgia is already smack dab in the middle of the playoff discussion. In fact, we’ve already started hearing from some prognosticators that the SEC should get three teams in the CFP; the gaul.

Like the Irish, UGA has some contentious games sprinkled into their remaining schedule, but unlike ND, they all seem to fall in the last month of the season for the Bulldogs. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party falls on Nov. 2 this year, and the Dawgs also play Auburn and A&M before Thanksgiving as well, not to mention a potential SEC Championship Game.

So, while both teams have opportunities to rebound, a loss would be far more devastating to Notre Dame, who doesn’t have as tough of a road, and has no conference championship game to keep them fresh in the committee’s mind. Because of the love affair with the Southeastern Conference, Georgia could lose today and still make the playoff through any number of winding roads. So, my rooting interests are officially against Notre Dame to thin the herd of playoff contenders.

Pac-12 After Dark

Colorado at No. 24 Arizona State

Mel “Flea-Flicker from My Own End Zone” Tucker vs. Herm “You Play to Win the Game” Edwards. Need I say more?

Check out the full slate of Saturday games here:

Week 4 Saturday Schedule

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Southern Mississippi at #2 Alabama 12:00 PM ESPN2
#4 LSU at Vanderbilt 12:00 PM SEC Network
Tennessee at #9 Florida 12:00 PM ESPN
#11 Michigan at #13 Wisconsin 12:00 PM FOX
#23 California at Ole Miss 12:00 PM ESPNU
Western Michigan at Syracuse 12:00 PM ACC Network
Elon at Wake Forest 12:00 PM ACCNX
Boston College at Rutgers 12:00 PM BTN
UL Monroe at Iowa State 12:00 PM FS1
UConn at Indiana 12:00 PM BTN
Michigan State at Northwestern 12:00 PM ABC
Morgan State at Army 12:00 PM CBSSN
Coastal Carolina at UMass 1:00 PM NESN
Louisiana at Ohio 2:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Troy at Akron 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Central Connecticut at Eastern Michigan 3:00 PM ESPN3
Miami (OH) at #6 Ohio State 3:30 PM BTN
#8 Auburn at #17 Texas A&M 3:30 PM CBS
#15 UCF at Pittsburgh 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
#22 Washington at BYU 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
SMU at #25 TCU 3:30 PM FS1
Temple at Buffalo 3:30 PM ESPNU
Bowling Green at Kent State 3:30 PM ESPN3
Wyoming at Tulsa 3:30 PM CBSSN
South Alabama at UAB 3:30 PM NFL None
Louisville at Florida State 3:30 PM ESPN
Appalachian State at North Carolina 3:30 PM ACCNX
Central Michigan at Miami 4:00 PM ACC Network
Kentucky at Mississippi State 4:00 PM SEC Network
South Carolina at Missouri 4:00 PM SEC Network
West Virginia at Kansas 4:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
New Mexico State at New Mexico 4:30 PM AT&T Sportsnet None
Hampton at Liberty 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
William & Mary at East Carolina 6:00 PM ESPN3
Wagner at Florida Atlantic 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
#16 Oregon at Stanford 7:00 PM ESPN
Old Dominion at #21 Virginia 7:00 PM ESPN2
Southern Illinois at Arkansas State 7:00 PM ESPN3
Georgia State at Texas State 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Baylor at Rice 7:00 PM CBSSN
Ball State at NC State 7:00 PM ESPNU
Charlotte at #1 Clemson 7:30 PM ACC Network
Oklahoma State at #12 Texas 7:30 PM ABC
San Jose State at Arkansas 7:30 PM SEC Network
UTSA at North Texas 7:30 PM None Facebook
#7 Notre Dame at #3 Georgia 8:00 PM CBS
Nevada at UTEP 8:00 PM ESPN3
Nebraska at Illinois 8:00 PM BTN
Colorado at #24 Arizona State 10:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Sacramento State at Fresno State 10:00 PM None Facebook
Toledo at Colorado State 10:15 PM ESPN2
UCLA at #19 Washington State 10:30 PM ESPN
Utah State at San Diego State 10:30 PM CBSSN
Central Arkansas at Hawai'i 11:59 PM Spectrum Sports Facebook