Depending on who you are, bye weeks suck or maybe they are great.
There’s really no in-between - you’re either headed to a pumpkin patch for a photo session with your entire family or plopped in front of a 70-inch television with unlimited wings and cold beverages at the ready while red-blooded American college football washes over you all day.
For me, an Ole Miss football weekend is packed with stress and inevitable dread, so a bye week is a good chance for me to collect myself and gain decent mental health moving forward, at least for seven days.
Included in a bye week is the prospect of football not involving your alma mater, something that can be thoroughly enjoyable! I love watching teams I have no rooting interest in and suddenly becoming emotionally invested, especially if I have some form of American currency on the game in question (editor’s note: talmbout gambling folks!).
So, I thought it would be a worthy effort to look at what games are actually happening this week, even though Lane Kiffin & Co. are not hitting the gridiron on Saturday. I’ve included some betting lines as well, but those are, obviously, subject to change.
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
No. 11 Miami (Fla.) (5-1) @ NC State (4-2)
Friday, Nov. 6 — 6:30 p.m., ESPN
Current line: Miami -10.5
A Friday night game in the ACC, if you’re into that sort of thing. In all seriousness, Miami is pretty decent aside from a total shellacking at the hands of Clemson, and NC State lost to North Carolina last week, but this is definitely a game I’d watch just for fun. Plus, D’Eriq King is a cool name, and he’s a baller behind center.
No. 9 BYU (7-0) @ No. 21 Boise State (2-0)
Friday, Nov. 6 — 8:45 p.m., FS1
Current line: BYU -3.0
Can Brigham Young University make it to the College Football Playoff in the year of our Lord 2020? Can Boise State summon the powers of Kellen Moore and prove they are once again the top Group of Five power in the United States? Find out this week on Dragon Ball Z*.
* actually FS1
No. 23 Michigan (1-1) @ No. 13 Indiana (2-0)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 11:00 a.m., FS1
Current line: Michigan -3.5
An undefeated Indiana team has a chance to make Jim Harbaugh 1-2 on the season. Please watch this game and please become irrationally invested in it to the point it ruins your Saturday. I will be doing the same.
Arizona State (0-0) @ No. 20 USC (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 11:00 a.m., Fox
Current line: USC -10.5
I included this game strictly because it’s the first Pac-12 game of the season after they sat on the fence for five years debating whether or not to play. So now we get Herm Edwards opening in Los Angeles at 9:00 a.m. local time. So fitting.
West Virginia (4-2) @ No. 22 Texas (4-2)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 11:00 a.m., ABC
Current line: Texas -6.5
Texas back? Texas back.
No. 25 Liberty (6-0) @ Virginia Tech (4-2)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 11:00 a.m., ACC Network
Current line: Virginia Tech -14.5
Hi Hugh. Can you beat Virginia Tech and stay undefeated?
No. 8 Florida (3-1) @ No. 5 Georgia (4-1)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 2:30 p.m., CBS
Current line: Georgia -3.5
After watching the service academies play an election week special on CBS, you get the WORLD’S LARGEST OUTDOOR COCKTAIL PARTY. *cue SEC on CBS music*
No. 14 Oklahoma State (4-1) @ Kansas State (4-2)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 3:00 p.m., Fox
Current line: Oklahoma State -12.5
An overtime loss to Texas? A bludgeoning at the hands of West Virginia and a loss to *checks notes* Arkansas State? This game has chaos written all over it. Plus it’s the Big 12.
No. 7 Texas A&M (4-1) @ South Carolina (2-3)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 6:00 p.m., ESPN
Current line: Texas A&M -10.0
As a part of the SECRET UNDERCOVER PORTION OF MY RED CUP CONTRACT*, I’m heading to Columbia this weekend to watch this one in person. South Carolina and A&M are Ole Miss’ next two opponents, so I’ll report back my findings. Or you can just watch yourselves. Or both.
* actually just a random football trip with friends
No. 1 Clemson (7-0) @ No. 4 Notre Dame (6-0)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 6:30 p.m., NBC
Current line: Clemson -5.5
Without a doubt, this is the biggest game of the weekend. If the season ended today, these two teams would likely be in the CFP, but obviously, there’s a long way to go before that happens. Clemson scraped by Boston College last week, and will be without starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence against the Irish this week, so this will be interesting and potentially season-altering on a national scale.
Stanford (0-0) @ No. 12 Oregon (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 6:30 p.m., ABC
Current line: Oregon -9.0
Pac-12 back! Also Oregon just legalized like every recreational drug known to man, which isn’t really relevant but at the same time is very relevant.
Tennessee (2-3) @ Arkansas (2-3)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 6:30 p.m., SEC Network
Current line: Tennessee -1.5
A kind of sneaky good game that no one in my circle is really talking about. Two decent SEC teams that should be pretty fun to watch.
New Mexico (0-1) @ Hawai’i (1-1)
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 10:00 p.m., probably a Facebook Live stream somewhere
Current line: Hawai’i -15.5
I stan Hawai’i football, even if they are never on normal television.