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NCAA Viewing Guide: Week 9

Several match-ups between Top-25 highlight the slate. Oh, and UVA.

I don't know much about birds, but I know those wings would probably kill a bird in flight.
I don't know much about birds, but I know those wings would probably kill a bird in flight.
Steve Dykes


Wake Forest at No. 7 Miami, noon, ESPNU

After stumbling against the Tar Heels and with a showdown with in-state rival Florida State on the horizon, will the Hurricanes overlook the Demon Deacons? Probably not. But if Wake wins, I'm using that as a way to say "SEE SEE I TOLD YOU!"

Vanderbilt at No. 16 Texas A&M, 12:21 p.m., ESPN3

Vanderbilt, probably the best 4-3 team out there, travels to College Station to face Joh--ah, screw it. You know what I was going to say.

Georgia Tech at Virginia, 12:30 p.m., ESPN3/check locally

Hello London, my old friend
I've come to watch you lose again
Because the clock is now ticking and Cavaliers have left their seats
And those timeouts you had throughout the game
Still remain
Within the sound of Wahoos.

Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama, 3:30 p.m., CBS

A lot of people are pointing to this game as their big upset for the week. I think it'll probably turn into a Nick Saban Woodshed Special. And not the kind co-hosted by Bob Vila.

N.C. State at No. 2 Florida State, 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2

With that Miami showdown looming (LOOMS I SAY! COLONIAL LOOMS!) Florida State might have gotten a better test from an intra-squad scrimmage.

No. 10 Texas Tech at No. 15 Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m., FOX

Texas Tech, still undefeated, gets its first major test and we'll see what their offense is really made of against a really solid Oklahoma defense.

No. 12 UCLA at No. 3 Oregon, 7 p.m., ESPN

The marquee game of the week features two of the strongest teams in the PAC12 and features two very talented quarterbacks. This would *probably* be a decent viewing option. Probably.

No. 21 South Carolina at No. 5 Missouri, 7 p.m., ESPN2

Contest: write tomorrow's newspaper headline for this one in the comments below. The comment with the most "recs" by the end of the day will get an awesome GIF as a prize. GIF, not GIFT. I'm not made of GIFTS. Nor am I made of GIFs. IF ONLY.

Penn State at No. 4 Ohio State, 8 p.m., ABC

This is another that appears on upset alert lists for the weekend. Honestly, I'd be more shocked by this upset than Tennessee over Alabama.

No. 6 Stanford at No. 25 Oregon State, 10:30 p.m., ESPN

Your typical late-night game has the added bonus of two ranked teams! Huzzah!