-Despite both being just one win shy of six, these schools actually need two more wins to reach bowl eligibility because they both played (and beat) two FCS teams. The winner of this one is probably in line for the Poinsettia Bowl, with the loser likely aimed at the New Mexico Bowl.
San Diego State (5-3) at Colorado State (3-5) ~ 5:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-The Aztecs responded to their loss against Wyoming by putting up 486 yards of total offense against New Mexico last weekend. They'll probably have even more success on offense against Colorado State, who has lost four in a row and hasn't kept an opponent under 30 points since September 17th.
UNLV (2-6) at New Mexico (0-9) ~ 9:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-Even as bad as UNLV is, they've at least showed some signs of life at times this season. New Mexico, as we've discussed at length, is JUST. TERRIBLE. The only way that the Lobos win this game is if some of the UNLV players were paid off by some Vegas insiders to throw it. Those same Vegas lowlifes, by the way, are likely to be the only people on earth watching this game on TV.
SMU (6-3) vs Navy (3-6) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on FSN
-For the third straight year, SMU is bowl-eligible after jumping out to a 31-0 lead and then coasting to a 45-24 win over Tulane last week. Zach Line ran for 143 yards, putting him over 1,000 yards for the year. I sure hate SMU, but that kid is just awesome. The Middies beat up on Troy, 42-14, in Annapolis last week- snapping a six game losing skid.
BYU (6-3) vs Idaho (2-7) ~ 8:15pm Saturday on ESPN2
-Tom Cruise and his crazy clan will look to get back in the win column after having their 5-game win streak snapped by the Frogs two weeks ago in Arlington. They are already locked into the Armed Forces Bowl and the Vandals are already mathematically eliminated from bowl-eligibility, so there's not a whole lot on the line here.
Portland State (6-3) at Northern Colorado (0-10) ~ 1:00pm Saturday
-Just how bad is 0-10 Northern Colorado? They're pretty bad...but Colorado State only beat them by 19...
Louisiana Monroe (2-7) vs. Middle Tennessee (2-6) ~ 2:00pm Saturday on ESPN3.com
-Despite having the 11th-best rush defense in the country, the Warhawks have been unable to keep an opponent under 30 points only once this season. If you're surprised that ESPN 3 would pick this game up, well, you obviously don't know how big a deal 6th place in the Sun Belt is.
Texas (6-2) at Missouri (4-5) ~ 11:00am Saturday on FX
-If you listen to Texas fans, they are on their way back to prominence after rolling up a combined 880 rushing yards the past two weeks. Of course, that total came against Kansas and Texas Tech- who are ranked dead-last and third-to-last in the nation, respectively. Missouri's no run-stopping machine, but I don't think the 'Horns will have their way with the Tigers in quite the same manner.
Oklahoma State (9-0) at Texas Tech (5-4) ~ 11:00am Saturday on ABC
-The only two teams that the Red Raiders have kept to under 34 points all year have been Texas State and New Mexico. To translate that...they suck on defense. That's not good news with Oklahoma State coming to town.
Baylor (5-3) at Kansas (2-7) ~ 1:00pm Saturday on ESPN
-Looks like the Bears will be bowl-eligible for the second straight year, because Kansas is...not good. They might beat New Mexico, but not too many other teams. Fort Worth native Turner Gill is probably on his way out as Jayhawks' coach- if the Frogs have an opening on their staff, I'd love to snap him up for recruiting purposes.
Texas A&M (5-4) at Kansas State (7-2) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ABC
-If this game weren't at the exact same time as the TCU game, I'd be watching. Kansas State has been a very fun team to watch this year, as they've almost inexplicably scrapped their way to the top of the Big 12 standings. And how much fun would it be to watch the Aggies' "dream season" crash back to .500?
Oklahoma (8-1) and Iowa State (5-4) are idle this week.