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Husky fans will certainly be rooting for Auburn. But what about Ohio State?

Auburn v Washington Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It’s not often that Husky fans get to enjoy two games with high stakes over the season’s first three weeks. That one of them is a conference game makes it all the more interesting. Thus, it isn’t terribly surprising that Husky fans are feeling mid-season tension despite the lingering of the last few days of summer weather and backyard barbecues.

One of the consequences of all this mid-season tension is that Husky fans have already begun to eat their own as a compulsory defense mechanism. We’ve got debates ranging across the entire purple landscape: quarterback controversy, inside linebacker controversy, offensive line controversy and pass rush controversy. There have even been a few peeps about whether or not Chris Petersen can win a big one. A loss in a game that most fans feel was played well and then a win in game that most feel wasn’t will do that to a fanbase.

That’s the bad news. The good news?

The good news is that there are other games to nosh on outside of Salt Lake City that matter to Dawg fans as they consider what’s good for their favorite program. We have the full schedule of game for this weekend below. Before we hit that, let’s review your weekend rooting guide.

#23 ASU at San Diego State

Root For: Arizona State

One of the gifts on our schedule in this young season, courtesy of Herm Edwards, is that ASU’s upset over Michigan State has given UW the ~potential~ opportunity to play a second (and, in this case, unexpected) top 25 team in the first month of the season. Of course, a derp here by the Sun Devils against the Aztecs could ruin that opportunity. Let’s all be rooting for a big ASU victory – one even more impressive than Stanford’s air assault against SDSU two weeks ago – just one week before the Sun Devils visit Husky Stadium.

#12 LSU at #7 Auburn

Root for: Auburn

One of the consequences of losing to Auburn in Week 1 is that UW fans are now incontrovertibly Auburn fans in every game that the Tigers play in for the remainder of the season. Obviously, a strong Auburn team bolsters the quality of the UW loss should that become a factor whenever the College Football Playoff committee begins its weekly ranking process.

I’m concerned that the Auburn Tigers may not have enough experienced manpower to overcome the LSU Tigers. Auburn is very young on offense and, as we saw in the kickoff game, having more problems with their offensive line than is ideal. Still, this game is at Auburn which spells good news for Gus Malzahn and crew.

BYU at #6 Wisconsin

Root for: BYU

This is an interesting road contest for a BYU team that will be playing the Huskies later this year. Obviously, a strong showing by BYU … even if they lose … could be a factor in boosting the impressiveness of a future UW win. An upset over the Badgers would be even better.

#1 Alabama at Ole Miss

Root for: Ole Miss

Don’t laugh. It could happen. ‘Bama hates road games. ‘Bama especially hates road games to Oxford.

The Rebels have scored an impressive 123 points in the first two weeks of the season. This offense can hum. Keep in mind that the Hugh Freeze scandal means that there is no post season for Ole Miss this year. This game is their bowl game by default. And don’t underestimate the motivational impact of that idea. I’m not saying that it is probable, but an upset here is possible.

#4 Ohio State at #15 TCU

Root for: Ohio State ?!?

The gut instinct here is to go for the Horned Frogs given that TCU sits behind UW in the rankings while Ohio State lies in front of it.

Not so fast my friends.

If we are thinking about making a case for UW in the CFP – and that is still a live opportunity – we need to consider the conference vs conference evaluation. The Auburn win over UW greatly increases the chances that the SEC will again send two teams to the Playoff which, in turn, greatly increases the odds that only one team from either the Big 12 or the PAC 12 will qualify.

My argument would be that UW’s playoff opportunity increases in likelihood if every Big 12 contender is saddled with two losses before they get to their conference championship. A loss against Ohio State would be a double win given that a loss by TCU here doesn’t equate to a win for another Big 12 contender.

#17 Boise State at #24 Oklahoma State

Root for: Boise State

Same story here.

Though I’m really having a hard time seeing the Broncos winning in this one, Husky fans would generally prefer Boise State hang another Big 12 title contender with a loss.

This situation is tricky as it could backfire on us. I’m of the opinion that we are getting closer and closer to the time when the CFP selection committee will feel the pressure to put a Group of Five team into the Playoff. Boise State won’t play another ranked team this year and could easily go undefeated given that their biggest threats after Okie State include Colorado State, San Diego State and BYU. Undefeated can be persuasive.

That said, I don’t truly believe that this is the year that the committee actually does go with an undefeated Group of Five. They made a big stink about the criteria for selection being about the “four best” teams when they put Alabama in last season. It would seem a direct contradiction of that argument to put in an undefeated Group of Five team with one Top 25 win ahead of a … say … one loss Power 5 conference champion with wins over four or five Top 25 teams.

Colorado State at Florida

Root for: Colorado State

There really isn’t anything at stake for UW in this game. Still, many of us are fans of KJ Carta-Samuels. With Kentucky’s win over the Gators from last week still fresh, an upset by the Rams here seems plausible. Should it happen, it would not only be fun to watch but it would bolster the resume of Colorado (ever so slightly) who could be a PAC 12 championship opponent to UW if the chips fall the right way.

#22 USC at Texas

Root for: Southern Cal

I know it’s hard. Chug that beer and swallow your pride. We want USC here. All the way.

Now you know who to root for on Saturday. The rest of this post is your gameday open thread. Enjoy football, Dawgs.

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Saturday Gameday

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Georgia Southern at #2 Clemson 9:00 AM ESPN2
#5 Oklahoma at Iowa State 9:00 AM ABC
Kent State at #11 Penn State 9:00 AM FS1
#21 Miami at Toledo 9:00 AM ESPN2
Rhode Island at UConn 9:00 AM None
Troy at Nebraska 9:00 AM BTN
Hawai'i at Army 9:00 AM CBSSN
Florida State at Syracuse 9:00 AM ESPN
Rutgers at Kansas 9:00 AM FSN
Ball State at Indiana 9:00 AM BTN
Temple at Maryland 9:00 AM BTN
Murray State at Kentucky 9:00 AM SEC Network
UTEP at Tennessee 9:00 AM SEC Network
Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh 9:30 AM ACC Network
Tulane at UAB 10:00 AM None Facebook
UC Davis at #9 Stanford 11:00 AM Pac-12 Networks
Vanderbilt at #8 Notre Dame 11:30 AM NBC
Ohio at Virginia 12:00 PM ACC Network
BYU at #6 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ABC
#12 LSU at #7 Auburn 12:30 PM CBS
#17 Boise State at #24 Oklahoma State 12:30 PM ESPN
SMU at #19 Michigan 12:30 PM BTN
Miami (OH) at Minnesota 12:30 PM BTN
Lehigh at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
South Florida at Illinois 12:30 PM BTN
Duke at Baylor 12:30 PM FS1
UTSA at Kansas State 1:00 PM FSN
Colorado State at Florida 1:00 PM SEC Network
North Texas at Arkansas 1:00 PM SEC Network
Wofford at Wyoming 1:00 PM None
Eastern Kentucky at Bowling Green 1:00 PM None
Houston at Texas Tech 1:15 PM FOX
San Jose State at #20 Oregon 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
New Hampshire at Colorado 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Idaho State at California 3:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Bethune-Cookman at Florida Atlantic 3:00 PM Stadium Facebook
Eastern Michigan at Buffalo 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
#1 Alabama at Ole Miss 4:00 PM ESPN
Texas State at South Alabama 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Arkansas State at Tulsa 4:00 PM CBSSN
Alabama A&M at Cincinnati 4:00 PM None
Delaware State at Western Michigan 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Oregon State at Nevada 4:00 PM None
Middle Tennessee at #3 Georgia 4:15 PM ESPN2
Louisiana at #16 Mississippi State 4:30 PM SEC Network
UL Monroe at Texas A&M 4:30 PM SEC Network
Missouri at Purdue 4:30 PM BTN
Northern Iowa at Iowa 4:30 PM BTN
Western Kentucky at Louisville 4:30 PM ACC Network
UMass at Florida Intl 4:30 PM beIN Sports
Akron at Northwestern 4:30 PM BTN
#4 Ohio State at #15 TCU 5:00 PM ABC
#22 USC at Texas 5:00 PM FOX
New Mexico at New Mexico State 5:00 PM Eleven Sports Aggievision
Eastern Washington at Washington State 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
#10 Washington at Utah 7:00 PM ESPN
Prairie View at UNLV 7:00 PM None
#23 Arizona State at San Diego State 7:30 PM CBSSN
Fresno State at UCLA 7:30 PM FS1
Southern Utah at Arizona 8:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
#18 UCF at North Carolina Canceled
East Carolina at #13 Virginia Tech Canceled
#14 West Virginia at NC State Canceled
Southern Mississippi at Appalachian State Postponed
Norfolk State at Liberty Postponed
Marshall at South Carolina Cancelled