Bye Week Blues? What to Watch this Weekend

A bye couldn’t have come at a better time for the Longhorns as injured LB Jordan Hicks and RB Joe Bergeron need time to heal with the start of Big 12 play coming up. Of course it couldn’t come at a worse time for Longhorns fans as they have to endure a weekend of no UT football. What is a college football fan to do? Fret not, because there is a slate of great Top 25 games going on this weekend. A quick preview of the best:

No. 18 Michigan at No. 11 Notre Dame

Notre Dame is off to its first 3-0 start since 2002 and is coming off a big win against another ranked Big 10 opponent in Michigan State. Michigan’s only loss was in the season opener to probably the best team in the country, Alabama. Big Blue QB Denard Robinson has carried the ball 40 times in three games but with Notre Dame’s Mantei Te’o patrolling the middle of the field, Robinson may be better served pitching the ball more times than not. Regardless, Michigan will likely have a hard time finding the end zone against a team that is only giving up 10 points per game.

Where to Watch: NBC @7:30 PM

No. 10 Clemson at No. 4 Florida State

Florida State has given up a grand total of three points all season. Yes, you heard that right. Three. As in one point per game. Granted that was against the likes of Murray State, Savannah State and Wake Forest, but still impressive nonetheless. They will get their first taste of a real offense this Saturday against junior QB Tajh Boyd and his dynamic, playmaking WR Sammy Watkins. Clemson is averaging 39.7 points per game so something is going to have to give.

Where to Watch: ABC @8 PM

No. 15 Kansas State at No. 6 Oklahoma

The best Big 12 matchup of the week will be in Norman with the Wildcats trying to avenge last year’s 41-point stomping at the hands of the Sooners. It’ll be mostly the same cast of characters from a year ago with KSU’s Collin Klein facing off against OU’s Landry Jones. Both are seniors and both don’t want to see their seasons end after the first conference game. OU is proficient through the air while K-State lives by the run. It will be interesting to see which prevails.

Where to Watch: FOX @7:50 PM

Maryland at No. 8 West Virginia

If you are looking for an early game to watch, I propose you check out the Longhorn’s next home opponent, West Virginia. Senior QB Geno Smith is getting more and more hype as the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. ESPN’s Heisman Watch currently has him in the top spot right above a pair of running backs in De’Anthony Thomas of Oregon and Johnathan Franklin of UCLA. In two games, Smith has thrown for 734 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions. Couple that with an 88% completion percentage and you have one of the most efficient and dangerous quarterbacks in the country. Longhorn players shouldn’t overlook next week’s opponent Oklahoma State, but that doesn’t mean Longhorn fans can’t.

Where to Watch: FX @12 Noon

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