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College Football Week 9 Open Thread

We’re closing out the month of October with another full Saturday of college football!

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got another exciting day of college football ahead of us, so let’s take a look at what’s going to be happening on campuses across America.

As far as the local team is concerned, the Minnesota Golden Gophers. . .coming off of a nail-biter against Rutgers, of all teams. . .take to the road again today. They will be heading to Champaign today to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Illini aren’t good, and the Gophers are significant favorites, but they were even bigger favorites last week and needed a last-second field goal to escape with a victory. Kickoff time for this one is scheduled for 11:00 AM Central time, and will be aired on the Big Ten Network.

If you’re wondering about the five-time, five-time, five-time, five-time, five time reigning and defending FCS Champions, the North Dakota State University Bison, they’ll be on the road for the second consecutive week. Today, they’ll be taking on David Johnson’s alma mater, the Panthers of Northern Iowa. The Bison got a victory over Illinois State last week, and they’ll look to keep their regained momentum going in this one. This one is scheduled for a 6:00 PM Central time start, and will be aired on ESPN3, as well as NBC affiliates throughout the state of North Dakota.

There are three matchups that will pit Top 25 teams against one another, and they’re brought to us by three different conferences. All of them could play a major role in shaping the college football playoff. Let’s go over them in the order that they’ll kick off in today.

The first of our three Top 25 matchups kicks off at 2:30 PM Central time on Fox Sports One, and features a conference we haven’t talked about a whole lot in this space. . .the Pac-12. For this one, the Washington Huskies, ranked #4 in the nation, make the trip to Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City to take on the 17th-ranked Utah Utes. (What’s a Ute?) The Huskies are still undefeated on the year and are pretty heavily favored, but this should still be a pretty solid game.

Next, we’re back closer to home with another B1G matchup between Top 25 teams, and this one should be a good one, too. Camp Randall Stadium will be the setting for this one, as the 11th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will play host to the #7 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Nebraska is also undefeated at 7-0, and appears to be in control of the Big Ten’s Western Division, but it’s never easy to come out of Camp Randall with a victory. This one is scheduled for a 6:00 PM kickoff, and will be broadcast on ESPN.

The final Top 25 matchup is brought to us by the ACC. Just like the other two matchups we’ve highlighted, this game has a 7-0 team going on the road to face a ranked opponent. Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee will bring us this matchup, as the 3rd-ranked Clemson Tigers will do battle with the #12 team in America, the Florida State Seminoles. This one will be shown as the featured prime-time game on ABC, and will be kicking off at 7:30 PM Central time.

If there are any other games you’ll be keeping your eye on this weekend or any players you’ll be watching for potential draft purposes, you can discuss all of that with your fellow Minnesota Vikings fans right here. Enjoy the games, everybody!