Clemson Football will travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes under the lights in Hard Rock Stadium. If you are one of those folks who need something to take your mind off a night game Saturday, then there will be some other good football that you can tune into.
You might want to start tonight. There is a sneaky good game with James Madison going on the road to Huntington to take on the Thundering Herd. JMU is once again making headlines because they are undefeated and (unfortunately) not bowl-eligible yet because of NCAA rules. The same stories made headlines last year around this time, and it was when JMU was upset, so this one might be worth watching.
The big game of the day gets a noon kickoff on FOX as Penn State visits the Horseshoe to take on the Buckeyes. Ohio State has a decent homefield advantage but they have been hobbled by injuries of late. The difference between the teams is that Ohio State was tested at Notre Dame and found a way to win. Penn State’s best win is against an Iowa team that is currently ranked 24th.
The only ACC game in the early window is Boston College at Georgia Tech. Both teams have been up and down, so it is hard to know which will show up.
The 3:30 window has a classic SEC rivalry as Alabama hosts Tennessee. The Volunteers got the best of the Tide last year in Knoxville. We will see if they can muster the same fire in Tuscaloosa.
South Carolina also visits Missouri, and we will find out if Shane Beamer will use the knee scooter or tough it out with a boot.
Pittsburgh visits Wake Forest in the ACC at 3:30 PM, and Virginia visits North Carolina with an early evening kickoff at 6:00 PM.
Two co-leaders in the ACC face-off Saturday evening
There are two Top 25 matchups in primetime if you have the extra screens. USC will host Utah as they attempt to right the ship after their first loss of the season at Notre Dame.
The big game for Clemson fans will be Duke at Florida State. Mike Elko says Riley Leonard is day-to-day but could play on Saturday. I don’t think the Blue Devils stand a chance if Leonard doesn’t play. If he does play, it all depends on how healthy and rusty he is after missing several weeks.
The nightcap features future ACC member Stanford, fresh off their upset comeback victory over Colorado, hosting the UCLA Bruins.