Screen Plays: Today's top college football games on TV

  • Updated: November 3, 2012 - 12:08 AM

NO. 1 ALABAMA AT NO. 5 LSU

7 p.m. on Ch. 4

Records: Alabama 8-0, 5-0 SEC; LSU 7-1, 3-1

The skinny: In what has become the norm this series, the winner lands an inside track to the Southeastern Conference championship game and a prime shot at the BCS title game. Alabama still made it to the final game a year ago despite losing to LSU during the regular season, and then routed the Tigers in New Orleans to finish No. 1. The Crimson Tide might be in position to pull off a similar feat if it loses Saturday, though public opinion would be strongly against two consecutive do-overs. LSU definitely has no room for error, having already lost to Florida.

The stat: Expect a lot of defense. The teams combined for only one touchdown (by Alabama in the BCS Championship Game) in two meetings last season.

Line: Alabama by 9

NO. 2 OREGON AT NO. 18 SOUTHERN CAL

6 p.m. on Ch. 9

Records: Oregon 8-0, 5-0 Pac-12; USC 6-2, 4-2

The skinny: Oregon brings its 12-game winning streak and three consecutive conference championships to Southern California, which hasn't lived up to its preseason hype. The Ducks begin a tough November schedule at the Coliseum. ... The onus will be on Oregon CBs Terrance Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in a matchup against USC WRs Marqise Lee and Robert Woods. The Trojans' dynamic receiving duo combined for 15 catches and 240 yards during USC's victory at Eugene last year, and they've been just as good this season, capped by Lee's 16-catch, 345-yard effort last week in a loss to Arizona.

The stat: Oregon has won 12 consecutive road games since Nov. 7, 2009, and has lost only one conference road game under coach Chip Kelly.

Line: Oregon by 8 1/2

NO. 16 TEXAS A&M AT NO. 17 MISSISSIPPI STATE

11 a.m. on ESPN

Records: Texas A&M 6-2, 3-2 SEC; Mississippi State 7-1, 3-1

The skinny: Texas A&M is trying to continue its successful first season in the Southeastern Conference. The Aggies are putting up big offensive numbers, averaging more than 45 points per game. Mississippi State wants to bounce back from its first loss of the season -- a 38-7 setback against No. 1 Alabama. ... An intriguing matchup will be Aggies QB Johnny Manziel, whose 376.1 yards of total offense per game leads the SEC, against a Bulldogs secondary that has intercepted 12 passes.

The stat: The Aggies have scored first in 13 consecutive games dating to last season.

Line: Texas A&M by 7

NO. 21 NEBRASKA AT MICHIGAN STATE

2:30 p.m. on Ch. 5

Records: Nebraska 6-2, 3-1 Big Ten; Michigan State 5-4, 2-3

The skinny: The Cornhuskers took the inside track to a spot in the Big Ten title game by beating Michigan, but they could give it away just as easily by losing to the Spartans. Michigan State has had a disappointing season but is coming off a victory over Wisconsin and is certainly capable of a big victory at home this weekend. ... Nebraska's dynamic QB Taylor Martinez faces a Spartans team that is No. 1 in the Big Ten in total defense.

The stat: Michigan State's three Big Ten losses this season have been by a combined six points.

Line: Michigan State by 1 1/2

PITTSBURGH AT NO. 4 NOTRE DAME

2:30 p.m. on Ch. 11

Records: Pittsburgh 4-4, Notre Dame 8-0

The skinny: The Fighting Irish are hoping to keep alive the chance of winning their first national championship since 1988. A victory over Pittsburgh would make Notre Dame 9-0 for the first time since 1993. The Panthers are seeking their biggest upset since beating No. 1 West Virginia 13-9 in 2007 to knock the Mountaineers out of the national championship game. ... Pittsburgh has won two of the past three games at Notre Dame Stadium.

The stat: Six of Notre Dame's opponents have scored more than 40 points the week before playing the Irish; none has scored more than 17 against the Irish. Pitt had 47 against Temple last week.

Line: Notre Dame by 17

OKLAHOMA STATE AT NO. 3 KANSAS STATE

7 p.m. on Ch. 5

Records: Oklahoma State 5-2, 3-1 Big 12; Kansas State 8-0, 5-0

The skinny: Everything is at stake for the third-ranked Wildcats. They moved up to No. 2 in the BCS standings, but unbeaten Notre Dame and Oregon are close behind. Kansas State also leads the Big 12, but the Cowboys can pull into a tie for first place with an upset victory. ... The game also carries big weight for Wildcats QB Collin Klein, the Heisman Trophy front-runner who has passed for more than 550 yards the past two weeks.

The stat: Kansas State hasn't beaten Oklahoma State since 2006, and the Cowboys are 17-14 all-time in Manhattan.

Line: Kansas State by 9

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San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 8 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: E. Volquez 0
Minnesota 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 1 FINAL
Buffalo 6
Carolina 3 FINAL
Columbus 6
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL
Detroit 0
Montreal 3 FINAL
Chicago 1
Arizona 2 FINAL
Edmonton 3
Fla Atlantic 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Hamilton 10/10/14 6:00 PM
Toronto
Ottawa 10/11/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia

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