The week 8 college football schedule holds some key games that will shape the week 9 BCS standings. The next college football rankings are going to be nearly completely shaped by what takes place on Saturday, with four of the top ranked teams in the first BCS rankings playing against each other.
The Oklahoma vs. Missouri game pits two undefeated Big 12 Conference teams against each other, and then we have the LSU vs. Auburn game that will decide which team is favored to make a BCS bowl game out of the SEC this winter.
Those games where four undefeated teams take the field won’t be the only games that will shuffle up the college football landscape either, as there are two other games where highly ranked teams will play against each other. The Big Ten Conference has a key Wisconsin vs. Iowa game between two schools with new hopes at possibly winning the Big Ten, and the Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State game will boost the winner back up into the mix for the top 10 BCS standings. Oklahoma State has slipped under the radar with their 6-0 record and a tie for first place in the Big 12 Conference at this point. That could end with a win on Sunday.
The action is going to get started on Thursday night, as the Oregon vs. UCLA game will be broadcast live on ESPN. It will be a nice primetime game for the Pac-10 Conference, and it is more of a test for the Oregon Ducks than people think. This is a UCLA team that is better than their 3-3 record in 2010, as they have already beaten Texas and Houston this season. UCLA is still thinking that they could make it into a nice bowl game at the end of the year, and this could be a very valuable win to add to their 2010 resume if they can pull it off.
A few other ranked teams are going to have some tough road games this weekend, including Michigan State, which has to go play at Northwestern, and Kansas State playing in Baylor in another great Big 12 match-up. With four key games that have top 16 ranked teams playing against each other, this could end up being the most competitive week of the 2010 college football season.
BCS No. 1 Oklahoma gets a test right out of the gate, playing an undefeated Missouri team on the road. It is that LSU vs. Auburn game that could be the most rewarding to the winner, though, because the strength of schedule could bump one of these schools into the top 3 in the week 9 BCS standings.
Week 8 College Football Schedule
No. 2 Oregon vs. UCLA (6 p.m. PT / Thursday Night Game on ESPN)
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Missouri (5 p.m. PT on ABC)
No. 4 Auburn vs. No. 6 LSU (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 5 TCU vs. Air Force (5 p.m. PT)
No. 7 Michigan State vs. Northwestern (9 a.m. PT)
No. 8 Alabama vs. Tennessee (4 p.m. PT)
No. 9 Utah vs. Colorado State (3 p.m. PT)
No. 10 Ohio State vs. Purdue (9 a.m. PT)
No. 12 Stanford vs. Washington State (2 p.m. PT)
No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 Iowa (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 14 Oklahoma State vs. No. 16 Nebraska (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 18 Arizona vs. Washington (7:15 p.m. PT)
No. 19 Texas vs. Iowa State (9 a.m. PT)
No. 20 West Virginia vs. Syracuse (9 a.m. PT)
No. 21 South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt (4 p.m. PT)
No. 22 Kansas State vs. Baylor (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 23 Arkansas vs. Mississippi (9:30 a.m. PT)
No. 24 Mississippi State vs. UAB (4 p.m. PT)
No. 25 Virginia Tech vs. Duke (9 a.m. PT)
Georgia Tech vs. Clemson (12:30 p.m. PT)
North Carolina vs. Miami (FL) (4:30 p.m. PT)