1. Army Black Knights vs. Air Force Falcons (8:30 AM PT, CBS)
Wake up early with the triple option, people! Army is the country’s first squad to become bowl eligible, as the 6-1 Black Knights have handled every opponent they’ve seen thus far except Cincinnati. Head coach Jeff Monken has gotten the program to a 32-14 overall record since 2017 and this is a better football team than advertised. A rival like Air Force always brings out the best (or worst) in their foes and the Falcons will come ready to battle. You got an hour of daylight savings time back anyway. Set that alarm clock.
2. #13 Indiana Hoosiers vs. #23 Michigan Wolverines (9:00 AM PT, FS1)
Indiana’s had no problem on the offensive side of the ball through their 2-0 start, as the Hoosiers are averaging 36.5 points per game in their wins over Penn State and Rutgers. How strange is it that Michigan’s offense is averaging the exact same amount? Pretty odd for a league like the Big Ten that’s supposed to be boring, old-school football. Get ready for a good one in Bloomington.
3. #20 USC Trojans vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (9:00 AM PT, FOX)
The Pac-12 returns with a showcase game that will put the best quarterback in the league in USC’s Kedon Slovis on full display against an Arizona State defense that should be mightily improved. Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards has been fine-tuning his program in the desert, which revolves around their own electric play-making talent in quarterback Jayden Daniels.
4. Virginia Tech Hokies vs. #25 Liberty Flames (9:00 AM PT, ACCN)
If you guessed that Liberty would be the first ranked team that Virginia Tech welcomed to Blacksburg in 2020, then you would be right as the Flames will head west across Old Dominion on Saturday. A dual-threat quarterback battle is in store for this one between Liberty’s Malik Willis and Virginia Tech’s Hendon Hooker, meaning defensive efficiency could decide this battle.
5. #22 Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (9:00 AM PT, ABC)
With his back against the wall at 2-2, Texas head coach Tom Herman rallied the Longhorns to two straight wins, including one in a crucial road game at Oklahoma State. But avoiding the big game hangover will now become the emphasis of this weekend, as Herman’s guys welcome an erratic West Virginia group to the Lone Star State. The Mountaineers have won their four home games by a combined 100 points, but have dropped both of their contests on the road.
6. Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Troy Trojans (10:00 AM PT, ESPN3)
Two 4-2 squads playing out of the Sun Belt’s ruthless East Division, Georgia Southern and Troy’s combined four defeats on the year have come to programs who were ranked at the time. The Eagles have a stellar ground-game, which rushes for 249 yards per outing, while the Trojans prefer the aerial route to the endzone, tossing for 319.2 yards a contest. An offensive duel awaits.
7. #5 Georgia Bulldogs vs. #8 Florida Gators (12:30 PM PT, CBS)
Not only does Georgia hold a three-game winning streak over Florida in the game formerly known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, but they’ve also outscored the Gators by a ridiculous 102-36 margin in that time. Florida head coach Dan Mullen and his team seemed a bit worked up last week against Missouri. Can they carry that emotion over into a win over Georgia?
8. Kansas State Wildcats vs. #14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (1:00 PM PT, FOX)
After last week’s letdowns, Kansas State and Oklahoma State now both have one defeat in Big 12 play, meaning that they’ll have to win out and maybe get some help to keep their shot at a conference title game alive. The Cowboys start a streak of four out of five games away from Stillwater in the Little Apple. The Wildcats still have to visit Iowa State and host Texas. Fun times.
9. #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. #1 Clemson Tigers (4:30 PM PT, NBC)
Wow, oh wow. If Notre Dame and Clemson weren’t already sizing each other up for an epic battle, the obvious absence of Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence turns this one from tilted Top 5 battle to complete toss-up. The Tigers hand the keys to the nation’s second-highest scoring offense over to quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. Across the field, could a signature victory await the Irish?
10. Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Tennessee Volunteers (4:30 PM PT, SECN)
Even in the unrelenting SEC, the 2020 season has been ferocious to those involved, taking a solid Tennessee team that started 2-0 and spitting them out at 2-3 after meetings with Georgia, Kentucky and Alabama. Arkansas isn’t too far behind, with their two road losses to ranked foes coming by a total of 13 points. Razorbacks head coach Sam Pittman has done an amazing job at turning the Hogs into a formidable opponent, yet this Volunteers group has a three-game losing streak to snap.