What to Watch: Week 08

Can the wunderkind crack LSU's defense? - Stacy Revere

Five non-Alabama games of note for Week 08 of the 2012 college football season.

The scheduling gurus finally got it right this week and the three most watchable SEC games won't conflict with each other, which will be a nice change of pace from every other week of this season. Not a lot of sexy football this week outside of the SEC though. Now that the BCS rankings are out, I'm using those rankings. All times listed are central.

#3 Oregon at Arizona State - Thursday, October 18th at 8:00 p.m. - ESPN

As I mentioned, this isn't the sexiest week of college football ever so to Thursday night we go. That being said, Arizona State is undefeated in the Pac-12 and is 5-1 overall, their lone loss coming to Missouri (trying not to laugh.) I imagine the Ducks roll to an easy win, but hey, it's Thursday, what else you gonna watch?

Iowa State at Oklahoma State - Saturday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. - FX

This is always my favorite Big XII game.

#6 LSU at #18 Texas A&M - Saturday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. - ESPN

Big stage time again for Texas A&M noobz. They narrowly lost to Florida in their first major SEC test so they'll be eager to show they can hang with the big boys. It'll be interesting to see if quarterback Johnny Manziel can function with the announcers so firmly planted on his jock. LSU still controls their own destiny in the SEC West and will look to put TAMU out of their misery and make another big statement that the Florida loss was an anomaly.

#7 South Carolina at #2 Florida - Saturday, October 20th at 2:30 p.m. - CBS

Two of the biggest criticisms of South Carolina is their inability to win on the road and their ability to maintain momentum coming off of a big win. They failed on both counts at LSU last week and will be massively tested on the road again this week. Whoever wins this game will have the inside track to Atlanta so there's a lot at stake.

#4 Kansas State at #13 West Virginia - Saturday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m. - FOX

This will be the game you flip over to when our game goes to commercial. A week after West Virginia got humiliated on the road at Texas Tech, they're back home against the #4 team in the country. Can Geno Smith and co. get things back on track in Morgantown or do they have another week of growing pains in transition to a big boy conference?

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