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College Football Viewing Guide: Week Nine

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Vanderbilt faces #18 Houston on Saturday night, and that, somehow, may be one of this weekend's best games. There's only one showdown between top 25 teams - and it's Notre Dame and ...Temple?

Tommy Openshaw has missed at least one field goal in every game this season.
Tommy Openshaw has missed at least one field goal in every game this season.
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There's a whole slate of solid conference matchups this Saturday - Georgia/Florida, USC/Cal, and Ole Miss/Auburn, to name a few - but there's only one showdown that features two ranked teams. One of those teams is...Temple.

#21 Temple will host #9 Notre Dame in a game that should gauge whether or not the Owls can actually play Cinderella this fall. Temple started out the season strongly with wins over Penn State and Cincinnati, but a weak AAC schedule has left them searching for a legitimizing win. In their last five weeks, they've beaten UMass, Charlotte, Tulane, Central Florida, and East Carolina. Getting past the Fighting Irish would mean a likely spot in the top 15 and a signature win for the BCS rankings.

Things aren't nearly as meaningful acrss the rest of the NCAA football landscape. #5 TCU already scorched West Virginia. #14 Oklahoma gets 0-infinity Kansas. Undefeated Iowa plays 2-5 Maryland, but they'll probably still lose anyway.

Best Game#15 Michigan at Minnesota. Ignore the tremendous sadness of Jerry Kill's retirement. You know his players are going to rally around their now-departed coach, especially at home. They are going to take it to the Wolverines, and even if they lose this should be an emotionally-charged, physical, and exciting game.

Worst Game: Idaho at New Mexico State. The nation's #151 ranked team visits #196. This is like watching hepatitis A wrestle hepatitis B inside Pamela Anderson's liver.

Thu, Oct 29, 2015
7:00 PM ET
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North Carolina at (23) Pittsburgh
7:30 PM ET
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West Virginia at (5) TCU
7:30 PM ET
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Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
7:30 PM ET
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Buffalo at Miami (OH)
7:30 PM ET
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Texas State at Georgia Southern
10:30 PM ET
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Oregon at Arizona State
Fri, Oct 30, 2015
7:00 PM ET
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Louisville at Wake Forest
7:00 PM ET
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East Carolina at Connecticut
8:00 PM ET
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Louisiana Tech at Rice
10:15 PM ET
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Wyoming at Utah State
Sat, Oct 31, 2015
12:00 PM ET
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Western Kentucky at Old Dominion
12:00 PM ET
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UCF at Cincinnati
12:00 PM ET
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South Florida at Navy
12:00 PM ET
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Illinois at Penn State
12:00 PM ET
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Nebraska at Purdue
12:00 PM ET
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Rutgers at Wisconsin
12:00 PM ET
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(19) Mississippi at Auburn
12:00 PM ET
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South Carolina at Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET
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Syracuse at (17) Florida State
12:30 PM ET
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Virginia Tech at Boston College
1:00 PM ET
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Massachusetts at Ball State
2:00 PM ET
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Central Michigan at Akron
2:30 PM ET
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UTEP at Southern Miss
3:00 PM ET
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Georgia Tech at Virginia
3:00 PM ET
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USC at Cal
3:00 PM ET
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Colorado at (24) UCLA
3:30 PM ET
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(3) Clemson at NC State
3:30 PM ET
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(11) Florida at Georgia
3:30 PM ET
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Marshall at Charlotte
3:30 PM ET
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(14) Oklahoma at Kansas
3:30 PM ET
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(12) Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
3:30 PM ET
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Maryland at (10) Iowa
3:30 PM ET
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Boise State at UNLV
3:30 PM ET
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San Diego State at Colorado State
3:30 PM ET
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Troy at Appalachian State
4:00 PM ET
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Tulsa at SMU
4:00 PM ET
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Tennessee-Martin at Arkansas
5:00 PM ET
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Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana-Lafayette
7:00 PM ET
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Georgia State at Arkansas State
7:00 PM ET
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Tulane at (16) Memphis
7:00 PM ET
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Oregon State at (13) Utah
7:00 PM ET
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Vanderbilt at (18) Houston
7:00 PM ET
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Miami (FL) at (22) Duke
7:00 PM ET
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(15) Michigan at Minnesota
7:00 PM ET
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Texas at Iowa State
7:00 PM ET
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Texas-San Antonio at North Texas
7:30 PM ET
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Tennessee at Kentucky
8:00 PM ET
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(9) Notre Dame at (21) Temple
8:00 PM ET
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Idaho at New Mexico State
10:30 PM ET
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Air Force at Hawaii
10:30 PM ET
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(8) Stanford at Washington State
11:00 PM ET
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Arizona at Washington