This year, this college football season is just flying by. It’s almost Halloween, it’s almost November, and the Michigan Wolverines are undefeated and playing in one of the biggest games this season, and the only matchup of Week 9 where both teams are ranked in the top 10.
Here’s a look at how to watch Michigan at Michigan State, as well as other top games this Saturday.
No. 6 Michigan Wolverines at No. 8 Michigan State Spartans
- Date & Time: Saturday, Oct. 30, 12 p.m. ET
- Channel: FOX
- Location: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan
- Weather: 54 degrees, mostly cloudy
- Betting Line: Michigan -4 O/U: 50.5
This is most definitely one of the biggest matchups between these two in-state rivals, and they’ve played a whole heck of a lot with Michigan leading the overall series 71-37 with 5 ties. This is the first time since 1964 that the two programs have been undefeated and ranked in the top ten when facing one another.
Both teams are 7-0, both struggled against Nebraska, the difference being Michigan played the Cornhuskers on the road, and MSU played them at home. On paper, these are two evenly matched squads, with one of the main differences being Michigan State’s lackluster pass defense. Both teams have had stellar rushing attacks and competent quarterback play. Will home-field advantage be the difference in this one, or is Michigan flat out the more talented team?
No. 10 Ole Miss Rebels at No. 18 Auburn Tigers
- Date & Time: Saturday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. ET
- Channel: ESPN
- Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL
- Weather: 56 degrees, cloudy
- Betting Line: Auburn -2.5 O/U: 65.5
If you want to scout some future NFL quarterbacks, look no further — Auburn’s Bo Nix and Ole Miss QB Matt Corral both can sling it, and both add the element of scrambling to their game. Corral has 15 passing touchdowns and just 1 interception along with 474 yards rushing and 9 scores. Nix is up to 8 passing touchdowns with just 2 interceptions while rushing for 159 yards and 2 TDs. This is going to be a high scoring game that could go any which way.
No. 20 Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes
- Date & Time: Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Channel: ABC
- Location: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
- Weather: 58 degrees, rain
- Betting Line: Ohio State -18.5 O/U: 61
Penn State just lost to Illinois in 9 OT fashion and the season is on life support for the 5-2 Nittany Lions. PSU head coach James Franklin couldn’t even say which opponent his team is playing this week, incorrectly saying he’s focuses on Illinois, before calling Ohio Stadium “The Big House” — seems like other coaching opportunities are weighing heavily on his mind (as evident by the way he answers if he has interest in the USC job or not). Then there’s Ohio State, who are looking damn good offensively with a brute offensive line to bolster the production of quarterback C.J. Stroud and running back TreVeyon Henderson. Michigan plays Penn State in a couple weeks, and if the Buckeyes are able to dominate Penn State in this one, watch for the wheels to fall off for PSU the rest of the year.
North Carolina Tarheels at No. 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Date & Time: Saturday, Oct. 30,
- Channel: NBC
- Location: Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana
- Weather: 56 degrees, partly sunny
- Betting Line: Notre Dame -3.5 O/U: 63
This game has upset written all over it. Both teams rank in eerily similar range in just about every statistical category imaginable on both sides of the ball, but one quarterback is a lot more explosive, and that’s North Carolina’s Sam Howell. The Tarheels’ QB has 18 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and has rushed for 494 yards and 5 touchdowns. Sure, Notre Dame beat Wisconsin handily, they won against USC, but they lost to the only legitimately good team they faced in undefeated Cincinnati and almost lost to a really bad Florida State team (who, granted, North Carolina actually lost to). The Fighting Irish are 6-1, sure, but are they good? As Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friend”. Expect this to be a close game, I do not foresee a blowout for ND.