College football viewing guide, Week 11: CANCEL YOUR THURSDAY NIGHT PLANS edition

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Here are a few of the better games happening outside the SEC this weekend.

Coach Saban may want to just DVR his beloved Grey's Anatomy this Thursday night, because a couple of monster games will go along way toward determining who will get to go to the BCS Championship Game. All times listed are Central.

Thursday

(10) Oklahoma @ (6) Baylor: Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.

Baylor has been begging for someone, anyone to give the Bears the respect they deserve this season and a convincing win over a decent Oklahoma team would undoubtedly leave all naysayers silent. Baylor is chewing up yards and lighting up scoreboards at an historic pace. Bears quarterback Bryce Petty has been otherworldly throughout the 2013 campaign, already amassing close to 2,500 yards passing and 18 touchdowns against ONE(!) interception. Keep in mind, he hasn't had to play in many second halves this year. Trying to ruin his season is Bob Stoops' Sooners squad. The same squad that went to a "neutral" location and lost to the worst Texas team in decades by 16 points. The same Sooners whose quarterback often resembles a mismanaged linebacker. Oklahoma really has only one hope to win this game -- it must use its talented running backs to control the clock and keep the Baylor offense off the field. We'll likely see just how tall an order that is.

(3) Oregon @ (5) Stanford: ESPN, 8 p.m.

Oregon may have the dreaded "(3)" beside its team name for now, but take a look at Florida State's remaining schedule. Seriously, look at it. The Seminoles won't face another ranked team until an assumed ACC Championship Game. Why am I mentioning this in the Oregon preview? Because if Oregon wins this game, it will easily jump the Seminoles in the BCS and never look back. Obviously Stanford would like to get in the way of the Ducks' BCS hopes. The Cardinal went on the road and shocked Oregon in this game last season, allowing only 14 points to the vaunted Oregon offense. Stanford is a great football team, but this may be the best Oregon squad we've seen yet. De'Anthony Thomas has proclaimed his desire for 40 point in this game, and we shouldn't be at all surprised if he gets his wish.

Saturday

Virginia Tech @ (11) Miami: ESPN, 6 p.m.

A couple of weeks ago, Virginia Tech was a ranked team with a good chance to make some noise in the ACC. A couple of embarrassing losses to Duke and Boston College later, and the Hokies are just trying to salvage some sort of positive feelings about this season. A win on the road against a good Miami team would go a long way toward accomplishing just that. The Hurricanes are coming off of a brutal loss at the hands of college football wunderkid Jameis Winston. They will have to rebound against the Hokie defense, which is among the best in the country. Throw in the devastating loss of Canes running back Duke Johnson, and you may just have a possible upset in Coral Gables this weekend.

Don't forget to check back on Friday for our SEC preview.

More from College and Magnolia:

Share on Fancred

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot username?

We'll email it to you.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Try another email?

Forgot username?

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join College and Magnolia

You must be a member of College and Magnolia to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at College and Magnolia. You should read them.

Join College and Magnolia

You must be a member of College and Magnolia to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at College and Magnolia. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker