College football schedule, 2021 matches: what to watch in week 9, TV channels, Saturday kick-off times
Two major clashes in the Big Ten East that will focus on the division title race highlight the final college football game on Saturday in October as we head down the home stretch. The Penn State No.20 will travel to Columbus to face the Ohio State No.5, while the Michigan No.6 will face Michigan State No.9 in their annual rivalry game at East Lansing. The winners of both of these clashes will be heading full steam ahead for a potential division title and a place for the New Year’s Bowl.
These aren’t the only big games on the slate, however. Georgia No.1 will face rivals Florida in one of the last big tests the Bulldogs face ahead of the SEC Championship game. If the Bulldogs can keep the serve and Kentucky lose, Kirby Smart’s team will win the East Division title.
There will be plenty going on Saturday afternoon and night, so here’s a spectator guide to help you navigate the action.
Every hour in the east
The best games
# 6 Michigan to # 8 Michigan State – noon on Fox: The Spartans have become one of the most complete teams in the country, and it will have its work cut out for it as it looks to slow the Spartans’ hasty attack led by Kenneth Walker III. If the Wolverines come out on top, it will serve as a much-needed rivalry victory for coach Jim Harbaugh.
No. 1 Georgia at Florida – 3:30 p.m. on CBS: The SEC on CBS Game of the Week carries a lot of intrigue on both sides of the ball. Gator Nation has become frustrated with coach Dan Mullen’s inability to settle on a quarterback, while Georgian caller JT Daniels’ status remains unknown as he recovers from an injury lat . The Bulldogs are also looking for revenge after Florida got the better of them last season in Jacksonville.
# 20 Penn State at # 5 Ohio State – 7:30 p.m. on ABC: Penn State is coming out of an embarrassing nine-hour overtime loss to Illinois last week, but coach James Franklin’s side could get back on track if they were to come as a surprise. That said, his offense might have to win a shootout against the Buckeyes and quarterback CJ Stroud. Good luck with that.
Other great games
No.9 from Iowa to Wisconsin – Noon on ESPN: The Badgers are still in hiding in the Big Ten West title race, and a win over the Hawkeyes would be huge going into the final month of the season. Meanwhile, Kirk Ferentz’s side need a win to keep their college football playoff hopes low.
# 10 Ole Miss at # 18 Auburn – 7 p.m. on ESPN: This one will likely serve as the SEC West de facto elimination game. The loser will suffer two conference losses, making a late run in Alabama almost impossible. Keep an eye out for Rebels quarterback Matt Corral. An impressive performance on the road against a ranked team would strengthen him as a Heisman Trophy favorite.
North Carolina at No.11 Notre Dame – 7:30 p.m. on NBC: The Tar Heels still have one of the best quarterbacks in the country at Sam Howell, who can open things up quickly if teams aren’t careful. Safety Kyle Hamilton will not play for a Fighting Irish team still hoping to reach their third CFP in four years.