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Georgia’s very strange home loss to South Carolina last weekend gave us at least a little taste of top 6 chaos, with the Bulldogs dislodged out of their perch and Wisconsin moving in to replace them. Saturday’s slate doesn’t seem to offer up many chances for more such disruption, but you never know.

TimeGameTV
NoonNo. 3 Clemson at LouisvilleABC
NoonWest Virginia at No. 5 OklahomaFox
NoonNo. 9 Florida at South CarolinaESPN
NoonPurdue at No. 23 IowaESPN2
NoonHouston at ConnecticutESPNU
NoonNo. 11 Auburn at ArkansasSEC Network
NoonGeorgia Tech at MiamiACC Network
NoonNo. 6 Wisconsin at IllinoisBig Ten Network
NoonKent State at OhioCBS Sports Network
NoonIowa State at Texas TechFox Sports 1
NoonNorth Carolina State at Boston CollegeNBC Sports Washington (in D.C. area)
2Bowie State at Virginia StateNBC Sports Washington Plus (in D.C. area)
2:30TCU at Kansas StateMASN2 (in D.C. area)
2:30Oregon State at CaliforniaPac-12 Network
3:30North Carolina at Virginia TechNBC Sports Washington (in D.C. area)
3:30No. 2 LSU at Mississippi StateCBS
3:30No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 WashingtonABC
3:30Temple at No. 19 SMUESPN2
3:30Tulsa at No. 21 CincinnatiESPNU
3:30Duke at VirginiaACC Network
3:30No. 20 Minnesota at RutgersBig Ten Network
3:30Indiana at MarylandBig Ten Network
3:30South Florida at NavyCBS Sports Network
3:30Southern Mississippi at Louisiana TechNFL Network
4No. 18 Baylor at Oklahoma StateFox
4No. 22 Missouri at VanderbiltSEC Network
6Yale at RichmondNBC Sports Washington Plus
6Kentucky at No. 10 GeorgiaESPN
6No. 17 Arizona State at No. 13 UtahPac-12 Network
7Kansas at No. 15 TexasLonghorn Network
7East Carolina at Central FloridaCBS Sports Network
7Tulane at MemphisESPN2
7Colorado at Washington StateESPNU
7:30No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn StateABC
7:30Texas A&M at MississippiSEC Network
7:30Florida State at Wake ForestACC Network
9Tennessee at No. 1 AlabamaESPN
9:30Arizona at USCPac-12 Network
10:15No. 14 Boise State at BYUESPN2
10:15Nevada at Utah StateESPNU
11Air Force at HawaiiCBS Sports Network

Noontime

Florida and South Carolina limp into Saturday’s game nursing injuries of varying seriousness after last weekend’s exhausting affairs. Gamecocks quarterback Ryan Hilinski left South Carolina’s double-overtime upset of Georgia in the third quarter with a sprained knee that looked worse than it apparently was: Hilinski was back at practice this week and seems probable to play against a Gators defense that has an SEC-best 26 sacks and 12 interceptions. But that defense might be without linebacker Jonathan Greenard and defensive end Jabari Zuniga, who have ankle injuries. Both are game-time decisions for Saturday. … At 4-2, Louisville already has doubled its win total from a dismal 2018 season under first-year coach Scott Satterfield and capped its early resurgence with a wild 62-59 win over then-No. 19 Wake Forest last weekend. Clemson presents a much tougher challenge for the Cardinals, obviously: The Tigers shook off their escape against North Carolina by throttling Florida State last weekend and might be a touch salty after getting passed by LSU in the AP top 25.

Midafternoon

Remember when Oregon was known for its fun, blink-and-you-will-miss-it offense that regularly put up at least 45 points and dared opposing teams to keep up? Yeah, that’s not a thing anymore. These Ducks are doing it with defense under Coach Mario Cristobal. Since it allowed Auburn to score 27 points in the season opener, Oregon has given up six, three, six, seven and three points. Opponents have failed to score a touchdown in their past nine trips inside the Oregon 20-yard line and have done so on only 2 of 14 red zone trips overall, a 14.3 percent success rate that leads the nation by a vast margin. But none of those recent opponents is as stout as Washington, Oregon’s opponent Saturday. The Huskies are coming off a 51-27 demolition of Arizona and have reached at least 45 points four times this season.

Nightside

There are three games between ranked teams Saturday. Two are on ABC, a network everyone gets. The other — Arizona State-Utah — is on the Pac-12 Network, which earlier this year was estimated to have only 17.9 million subscribers, far fewer than cable behemoths such as Justice Central, BabyFirst and both ESPN Deportes and Fox Deportes. Nevertheless, the network (which is owned by the conference’s schools) relished the chance to televise a game between two ranked teams and — given the second pick among Saturday’s Pac-12 games — chose Sun Devils-Utes, even though an ESPN/ESPN2 broadcast would have given this marquee matchup a vastly wider audience. So Arizona State and Utah will play for crucial Pac-12 South Division positioning, and barely anyone will see it because the Pac-12 is the nation’s clumsiest Power Five conference and that is what it does. … Speaking of ABC, it gets what should be the day’s best game in Michigan-Penn State. The Wolverines put forth their usual erratic effort in a win over Illinois last week, rushing for a season-high 295 yards but also going five straight possessions without scoring, turning a 28-0 lead into a 28-25 lead in the fourth quarter. They won, but it got messy again. Whether that offense can keep pace with a Nittany Lions attack that’s averaging 42 points per game remains to be seen.

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