Cardinal set to challenge unbeaten Fighting Irish
Can Notre Dame get to 6-0? How about Kansas State? Does anybody want to win the Big Ten? Who will survive in the SEC? And what kind of numbers is Geno going to post this weekend?
Those questions just touch on some of Saturday's exciting pigskin proceedings, and don't even mention Sunday's happenings in the NFL. Here's a quick look at some of this October weekend's football, starting with Saturday's NCAA action:
In the 107th playing of the Red River Shootout 3-1 Oklahoma is favored by 3.5 points over 4-1 Texas in a game to be played at the Cotton Bowl (Noon ET, ABC).
Also in the Big 12 Kansas State, now 5-0 and ranked No. 6 in this week's AP poll, is favored by seven points at 4-1 Iowa State (Noon ET, FX).
In a key game in the Big Ten's Leaders Division 3-2 Purdue is favored by two points at home over 4-2 Wisconsin (Noon ET, Big Ten Network).
In another Big Ten battle 5-1 Northwestern, coming off its first loss of the season, is favored by 3.5 points at 4-1 Minnesota (Noon ET, ESPN2).
In a West regional non-conference contest 4-0 Oregon State, now without QB Sean Mannion, is getting five points at 4-2 BYU (3:30 pm ET, ABC).
No. 1 Alabama is favored by 21 points at 3-3 Missouri (3:30 pm ET, CBS).
In one of the really big games of the day 5-0 Notre Dame is favored by seven points over 4-1 Stanford in South Bend (3:30 pm ET, NBC).
Heisman candidate Geno Smith and No. 5 West Virginia are favored by four points at 4-1 Texas Tech (3:30 pm ET).
In an under-the-radar game out in the WAC 4-1 San Jose State is favored by three points at home over 4-2 Utah State (4 pm ET).
No. 4 Florida, coming off a win over Louisiana State, is favored by eight points at 2-3 Vandy (6 pm ET, ESPNU).
Out in the Pac-12 Southern Cal, 4-1 after a win over Utah, is favored by 13 points at 3-2 Washington (7 pm ET, Fox).
With big marbles at stake No. 9 LSU is favored by 2.5 points at home over 6-0 and No. 3 South Carolina (8 pm ET, ESPN).
And No. 23 Louisiana Tech, undefeated at 5-0, is getting seven points as home dogs vs. No. 22 Texas A&M (9 pm ET, ESPNU).
Moving to Sunday's pro action:
Andrew Luck and the 2-2 Colts, coming off their come-from-behind victory over the Packers, are getting 3.5 points at the 2-3 Jets (1 pm ET, CBS).
The 5-0 Falcons are favored by nine points at home over the 1-3 Raiders (1 pm ET, CBS).
The 4-1 Ravens are favored by 3.5 points at home over the 2-2 Cowboys (1 pm ET, Fox).
The 3-2 Eagles are chalked by 3.5 points at home over the 1-3 Lions (1 pm ET, Fox).
The 3-2 Patriots are favored by four points on the road at the 3-2 Seahawks (4 pm ET, CBS).
In a rematch of last January's NFC championship game the 4-1 49ers are favored by six points over the 3-2 Giants (4:25 pm ET, Fox).
And Sunday night's marquee matchup features the 5-0 Texans favored by 3.5 points over the 2-3 Packers (8:30 pm ET, NBC).