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Your College Football Saturday Open Thread

Jonathan Ferrey

It's Saturday, which means that we're looking at another big day of college football. There aren't a lot of big match-ups in the early games. . .the real action is coming later in the day and into the evening.

In Big Ten action, the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines will do battle for the Little Brown Jug today at TCF Bank Stadium. When these two teams got together last year, the Gophers lost. . .by 58 points. Hopefully they'll have a bit better showing this year. In the rest of the Big Ten, Iowa travels to Indiana, Nebraska takes on Michigan State, Illinois will battle Ohio State, and Penn State heads to West Lafayette to play Purdue.

Looking at more of a nation-wide scale, the highlight of the early games appears to be an SEC contest between the #15 Texas A&M Aggies and the #16 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Kind of slim pickings for the 11 AM Central time starts. Things start to pick up a little bit when we get to the 2:30 PM Central starts, as we have Pittsburgh taking on Notre Dame and Texas taking on Texas Tech, among others.

Then, starting at 6 PM Central time, we have your main event of the evening. Main events, actually.

The first big one will see the #4 Oregon Ducks travel to southern California to take on the #17 USC Trojans. Oregon has been going absolutely crazy on offense in recent weeks, but USC figures to present them with a more significant test.

An hour after that, at 7 PM Central time, we get a re-match of last season's National Championship Game, as the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide head to the bayou to take on the #5 ranked LSU Tigers. Will Alabama continue to look as dominant as they have all season long, or can LSU throw a spanner into the BCS works?

That's your college football schedule for today, folks. . .I won't be able to join in a whole lot of discussion with you, as I'll be spending my day wandering through airports and making my way back home after a month of training, but if you folks are watching the games today, discuss them with your fellow Minnesota Vikings fans right here!