While bye weeks are very necessary and important, they suck.
The Rebels have been on a warpath these first three weeks of the season. Having a bye week this early is “not ideal” per our fearless leader Lane Kiffykins, but even without the Rebs, the show must go on.
There are plenty of great matchups this week, including two very enticing top-25 matchups.
Fans will get to see how good Arkansas really is as they take on the #7 Texas A&M team in Arlington, TX. After obliterating Texas at home, it will be exciting to see if the Razorbacks can get an upset over their second Texas opponent.
Notre Dame and Wisconsin are meeting at a neutral site to compete, along with all the bells and whistles.
Here are the best games this week to get you through while we wait for our Rebels to be back:
#12 Notre Dame vs #18 Wisconsin, 11:00 a.m CT on Fox:
Obviously, this will be the #1 matchup to watch this weekend. College GameDay is traveling to Soldier Field in Chicago this week to watch the Fighting Irish and the Badgers. Personally, I’m slightly jealous that I am not a Badger fan this weekend. I’ve always wanted to see College Gameday and Chicago lives up to all of the hype.
One of the great things about Notre Dame is that they are very dependable in the regular season, once playoffs hit, it’s a little bit of a different story. I think Notre Dame comes away with this one, but it’s not going to be easy, and it definitely won’t be a blowout. I’ll be watching this one at the crack of dawn on the West Coast, but there is nothing better than waking up to the sound of Kirk Herbstreit's voice on Saturday mornings.
Watching State on offense is like watching paint dry, but if you are forced to watch it, it will at least be somewhat interesting. Both of these teams have question marks by them, and they both desperately need a win after starting the season with a loss before SEC play even started. Ed Orgeron is fighting for his job at this point, and I would bet my life that Mike Leach will be running the same six plays today. Tune in to see the guaranteed dramatics.
Washington St. vs. Utah, 1:30 p.m. CT on PAC12:
If you have a Pac-12 Subscription make sure to watch this game on Saturday. There isn’t a lot of appeal to it, except that I will be there! My younger sister is a proud Ute and has been begging me to come out to the game and sit in the MUSS with her. The Rebels Bye week fell on Utah’s homecoming game, so I’ll be heading out West.
I grew up a Utah fan, so the cheering (and the hatred for BYU) come naturally. Utah hasn’t looked the way they usually do, and after losing to in-state rival BYU and San Diego State in overtime last week, they probably have a nice chip on their shoulder. Lucky for me, it’s their homecoming, and you usually don’t lose your homecoming game.
#7 Texas A&M vs. #16 Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS:
Woooooweeee I am hyped for this game. I am also encouraging every Ole Miss fan to watch this one on Saturday because both of these top-25 teams head to Oxford in the coming weeks.
It’s always hard to pick someone in games like these because if they could both lose, that would be awesome. However, if I had to choose, I want to see Arkansas in triple overtime so they’re exhausted and still trying to recover two weeks from now. Gig em’ Pig Sooie or something like that.
Let us know if we missed any on Twitter @RedCupRebellion !