The week 9 college football schedule provides another week of games that could rock the 2010 BCS rankings. That Missouri vs. Nebraska game, as well as the Michigan State vs. Iowa game, presents challenging road games to two of the schools ranked highest in the 2010 BCS standings. No. 6 Missouri has to travel over to Nebraska, while No. 5 Michigan State has to travel to Iowa. Both games are extremely important for the respective schools, with the weekend either ending their BCS Championship Game dreams, or making their resumes even more impressive this year.
The new No. 1 team, the Auburn Tigers, heads on the road to play Mississippi in another SEC game. On paper, this seems like a walk in the park for Auburn, but it will definitely hurt their strength of schedule, even if they blow out Mississippi. The BCS No. 2 team Oregon, which is No. 1 in every other college football poll, has a much tougher game on hand as they travel to play USC. Oregon has had problems with the Trojans in recent years, but with everything on the line Saturday night, the Oregon offense should definitely be up for the test. USC is a tough place to play, though, so this could become a highly watched game on ABC.
The week 9 college football schedule actually gets started on Tuesday night this week, with Boise State hosting a game that will be on ESPN2. This will be a great chance for the national audience to see how good this Boise State team is, but many sports fans might be tuning in to the 2010-11 NBA opening night. They have a Miami vs. Boston game that will mark the debut of LeBron James for the Miami Heat. There is also a Thursday night game this week, as No. 16 Florida State goes to play North Carolina State in a competitive ACC match-up. That game will be live on ESPN on Oct. 28.
There will also be a host of intriguing conference games that takes place on Saturday, Oct. 30, including No. 17 Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State and an intriguing No. 25 Baylor vs. Texas game being hosted by the Longhorns. Many of the games on the schedule have direct effect on how the strength of schedule for teams will play out in the final weeks of the college football season. This adds importance to many games that would normally receive less attention, like the Michigan vs. Penn State game as well as the William & Mary vs. North Carolina game. Week 9 will definitely be interesting in college football, and more BCS chaos is on the horizon.
Week 9 College Football Schedule
No. 3 Boise State vs. Louisiana Tech (5 p.m. PT / ESPN2 / Tuesday Night Game)
No. 16 Florida State vs. North Carolina State (3 p.m. PT / ESPN2 / Thursday Night Game)
No. 1 Auburn vs. Mississippi (3 p.m. PT)
No. 2 Oregon vs. USC (5 p.m. PT)
No. 4 TCU vs. UNLV (8 p.m. PT)
No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 18 Iowa (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 6 Missouri vs. No. 14 Nebraska (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 8 Utah vs. Air Force (4:30 p.m. PT)
No. 9 Oklahoma vs. Colorado (6:15 p.m. PT)
No. 11 Ohio State vs. Minnesota (5 p.m. PT)
No. 13 Stanford vs. Washington (4 p.m. PT)
No. 15 Arizona vs. UCLA (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 17 Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State (9 a.m. PT)
No. 19 Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt (4 p.m. PT)
No. 20 South Carolina vs. Tennessee (9:21 a.m. PT)
No. 21 Mississippi State vs. Kentucky (4 p.m. PT)
No. 22 Miami (FL) vs. Virginia (9 a.m. PT)
No. 24 Nevada vs. Utah State (7:30 p.m. PT)
No. 25 Baylor vs. Texas (4 p.m. PT)