College football: What to watch Saturday on TV

At 12:30 p.m., viewers have a choice of watching No. 6 Louisiana State playing at No. 9 Georgia or No. 14 Oklahoma visiting No. 22 Notre Dame.

Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games:

MORNING

No. 12 South Carolina (2-1) at Central Florida (3-0)

9 a.m., Channel 7

What looked like an easy "W" on the schedule has suddenly become a prickly test of Southeastern Conference superiority. Central Florida has already notched a win at Penn State and is 3-0 for the first time since 1988. For what it's worth, Steve Spurrier made his South Carolina coaching debut against UCF on Sept. 1, 2005. The Gamecocks held on for a 24-15 win.

No. 11 Oklahoma State (3-0) at West Virginia (2-2)

9 a.m., ESPN

Stillwater to Morgantown has gone from a Wild West stagecoach ride to a regular-season trip in the Big 12 Conference. Oklahoma State takes on its former offensive coordinator, Dana Holgorsen, who is dearly missing Geno Smith at quarterback. West Virginia was shut out last week by Maryland.

9 a.m.: Miami (Ohio) at Illinois, BTN; Northern Illinois at Purdue, ESPN2; Miami at South Florida, ESPNU; Southern Methodist at Texas Christian, FS1; Navy at Western Kentucky, ESPN News.

9:30 a.m.: Virginia at Pittsburgh, Prime.

MIDDAY

No. 6 Louisiana State (4-0) at No. 9 Georgia (2-1)

12:30 p.m., Channel 2

Georgia got off easy last year when it missed Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M in the SEC West, and played Buffalo and Florida Atlantic in early season nonleague games. Not this year. Georgia faces its third top-10 team in less than a month after losing to Clemson and defeating South Carolina.

This will be an emotional return to Athens for LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who started his career at Georgia but was dismissed after getting into legal trouble.

No. 14 Oklahoma (3-0) at No. 22 Notre Dame (3-1)

12:30 p.m., Channel 4

Oklahoma has just one series win in 10 tries but it was at South Bend. OK, it was back in 1956, but the Sooners will be highly motivated to avenge last year's 30-13 loss at Norman. Last year, Notre Dame used a running quarterback, Everett Golson, to drive Oklahoma's defense crazy. Golson ran for 64 yards and a score. This year, Oklahoma has the running quarterback, Blake "Belldozer" Bell, who is 6-feet-6, 250 pounds and scored 24 rushing touchdowns in two years as Landry Jones' backup.

Noon: Colorado at Oregon State, Pac-12.

12:30 p.m.: Florida State at Boston College, Channel 7; Wake Forest at Clemson, ESPNU; Texas El Paso at Colorado State, CBSSN; Iowa at Minnesota, ESPN2.

 

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