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Afternoon Open Thread: We run with the Wolfpack, and wallow with the Buffalo

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NCAA Football: New Hampshire at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

As we move into the meat of this bye week Saturday, those of you who want to watch some consequence-free college football have some darn good options. There’s #3 Clemson hosting #16 NC State at 3:30 on ESPN in a game that will show us a lot about both teams. And if we’re going to lose and enter that part of the college football landscape I like to call the Realm of Chaos, I want the Country Gentlemen to be down here with us. Go Wolfpack.

Also at 3:30 but on the SEC Network Memphis travels to Columbia to take on Mizzou. The Tigers from Memphis have looked a little inconsistent this year but when they’re on they’re a tough out (just ask UCF, taken to the limit in a 31-30 win over the Memphians last week). I’m not saying Memphis is going to beat Missouri at Missouri. But I believe Memphis is going to beat Missouri.

I’d also recommend Colorado at #15 Washington in this time slot on FOX. The Buffs are 5-1 on the year under Mike MacIntyre. MacIntyre by the way is among the most under-rated coaches in college football, having taken a moribund Colorado program from 10-27 in his first three seasons to 20-12 in the last three.

Finally for those who prefer their college football with a side of crushing reality, CBS offers #1 Alabama traveling to Tennessee. After upsetting Auburn Tennessee fans have a renewed faith in Jeremy Pruitt and have started openly talking about bowl games. And while the 3-3 Vawls might find three more wins among their remaining schedule of South Carolina, Charlotte, Kentucky, Missouri, and Vanderbilt, this one is going to be a reminder of exactly how far removed they are from the top of the SEC, as well as how far Bama is from everyone else.

As always you can find the complete television schedule here for your ready reference. Y’all kick up your feet and stay awhile. And . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!