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NCAA Football: Indiana at Penn State
Saquon and co ought to be on guard for a possible upset alert when they visit Northwestern.
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Week 6 is upon us, temperatures are dropping and, as they say, the shit is getting real.

Your beloved Huskies are clearly in the chase for the P12 Championship and the thick of the playoff hunt. There has never been a more relevant day for a UW themed rooting guide than on this day.

Yes, I’m sorry, it is this day.

To make this easier, let’s recognize that UW is #6 in the nation (AP poll) and acknowledge that, of course, losses by the teams in front of us would be ideal. For the most part, each of those teams (all of whom play at the same time slot on Saturday morning) has a cupcake ahead. Rooting for any of them to lose is probably a waste of energy, so we’ll focus our energies on other interesting opportunities that reflect good things for the Huskies.

UW Fan Rooting Guide

#4 Penn State at Northwestern

Root for: Northwestern

I realize that I noted above that the teams ahead of UW all have cupcakes ahead. On paper, this looks like it should be an easy win for PSU. But, sometimes the paper doesn’t tell the whole story.

First of all, these teams have been on very different sides of the turnover luck story with the Wildcats among the most unlucky in the nation. If that happens to normalize tomorrow, this game could look a lot like the Iowa game for PSU.

The second issue is an intangible. After this week, PSU begins a gauntlet of Michigan, @ tOSU and @ Michigan State. That is a make or break stretch for James Franklin’s team and Saquon Barkley’s Heisman hopes.

Put Penn State on upset alert, my friends!

Ole Miss at #12 Auburn

Root for: Ole Miss

Remember last week when I warned you that Georgia would jump UW if they won (they did and they did)? Auburn is on a path to also jump UW at some point this season. All of the factors they need are out there for them to capitalize.

To make things less muddled for UW, it would sure be nice if Shea Patterson and the Rebels could pull off the road upset. Were they to do so, it would have the benefit of boosting Cal’s strength of schedule just before UW kicks off against the Bears.

#23 West Virginia at #8 TCU

Root for: West Virginia

TCU is undefeated and has the big win over OKST on their resume. This game, which is the ESPN Gameday site, is TCU’s last legitimate threat for a loss until they get to Oklahoma late in the season. A win over WVU here could theoretically result in a jump over UW and create a second legitimate B12 playoff candidate. In fact, you could easily see a scenario where the winner of that TCU / Sooner game (if the Frogs beat WVU) becomes a clear favorite to take a slot in the Final Four.

We really need WVU to pull this off, as unlikely as it seems.

#21 Notre Dame at North Carolina

Root for: ND blowout

Given that ND still has Stanford and USC on the schedule, I’d like to see them destroy UNC and continue to move up the rankings. It would make hypothetical wins over Stanford and USC potentially more impressive.

#9 Wisconsin at Nebraska

Root for: Big Ten chaos

This is an interesting one. Wisconsin is a near certainty to win the B1G West. But guess what? Nebraska actually happens to be a percect 2-0 in conference play. Should they win at home, not only do they take another unbeaten off the board, they (believe it or not) put themselves clearly in the driver’s seat of the West division race. Go Mike Riley!

A Nebraska win at home would put another monkey wrench in the works for the B1G which, all things considered, is a good thing for P12 fans.

And, for the record, I think there is a clear 40% chance that the running Riley’s win this game.

#11 WSU at Oregon

Root for: UW to win the North

Since John raised the topic a few days ago, I’ve gone back and forth on the question of who I ought to root for in this game. Emotions aside, what is the best outcome for UW?

I’ve gotten to the point of view that whatever increases the odds of UW winning the North is the best outcome. I get that a loss to Oregon means nothing if WSU goes undefeated afterwards. However, a loss in their first road test significantly increases the likelihood of WSU getting to the Apple Cup with a second loss somewhere along the way (vs Col, vs Stan, @ Utah are the biggest threats). That, my friends, would increase UW’s room for error in winning the North and getting to the P12 championship.

Since UW has to win the North before any theoretical playoff scenario plays out, I’m all in favor of UW locking it up as soon as possible. An Oregon win helps that process along more than an Oregon loss. So...

...quack, quack bitches.

College Football TV Schedule and Viewing Guide

Friday Games

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Memphis at Connecticut 4:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Boise State at BYU 7:15 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com

and Saturday.

Saturday Games

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Wake Forest at #2 Clemson 9:00 AM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Iowa State at #3 Oklahoma 9:00 AM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
#4 Penn State at Northwestern 9:00 AM ABC WatchESPN.com
#5 Georgia at Vanderbilt 9:00 AM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Ole Miss at #12 Auburn 9:00 AM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Temple at East Carolina 9:00 AM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Eastern Michigan at Toledo 9:00 AM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Illinois at Iowa 9:00 AM BTN BTN2Go.com
Texas Tech at Kansas 9:00 AM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Duke at Virginia 9:20 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Pittsburgh at Syracuse 9:30 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Central Michigan at Ohio 11:00 AM None WatchESPN.com
Bowling Green at Miami (OH) 11:30 AM None WatchESPN.com
Louisiana Monroe at Texas State 12:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Florida Intl at Middle Tennessee 12:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
#23 West Virginia at #8 TCU 12:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
#13 Miami at Florida State 12:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
#21 Notre Dame at North Carolina 12:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
LSU at #21 Florida 12:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Minnesota at Purdue 12:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
New Mexico State at Appalachian State 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Ball State at Akron 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Air Force at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Kent State at Northern Illinois 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Western Michigan at Buffalo 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Charleston Southern at Indiana 12:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Maryland at #10 Ohio State 1:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Oregon State at #14 USC 1:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Tulsa at Tulane 1:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Arkansas at South Carolina 1:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Louisiana Tech at UAB 1:00 PM None CUSA.tv
Colorado State at Utah State 1:30 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Louisiana at Idaho 2:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Marshall at Charlotte 3:00 PM WCCB None
Florida Atlantic at Old Dominion 3:00 PM WTVZ WatchStadium.com
Army at Rice 3:30 PM beIN Sports None
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
SMU at Houston 4:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Kansas State at Texas 4:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Southern Mississippi at UT San Antonio 4:00 PM KMYS Facebook
#1 Alabama at Texas A&M 4:15 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
#16 Virginia Tech at Boston College 4:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Michigan State at #7 Michigan 4:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Missouri at Kentucky 4:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Fresno State at San José State 4:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
#9 Wisconsin at Nebraska 5:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
#11 Washington State at Oregon 5:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
#25 UCF at Cincinnati 5:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Western Kentucky at UTEP 5:00 PM None CUSA.tv
Arizona at Colorado 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Stanford at #20 Utah 7:15 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Hawai'i at Nevada 7:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
California at #6 Washington 7:45 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
#19 San Diego State at UNLV 7:45 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com