Today is the last Saturday until December 2nd without a Northwestern football game. After this much-needed bye week, the Wildcats will begin a 9-game Big Ten journey that starts in Madison and ends in Champaign.
But even if our favorite purple and white (or black and gray) football team isn’t playing today, there are still plenty of compelling games to watch and discuss, including a few top-10 Big Ten teams on upset alert.
Here are some results from the early games, plus what’s on tap for the afternoon and evening slate. All start times listed are central time, and Big Ten teams are in bold.
11:00 am games
No. 10 Ohio State 54, UNLV 21 — FINAL
NC State 27, No. 12 Florida State 21 — FINAL
Texas A&M 50, Arkansas 43 — FINAL, OT
Maryland 10, UCF 38 — FINAL
No. 1 Alabama 59, Vanderbilt 0 — FINAL
No. 5 USC 30, Cal 20 — FINAL
No. 16 TCU 44, No. 6 Oklahoma State 31 — FINAL
Rutgers 17, Nebraska 27 — FINAL
Georgia Southern 17, Indiana 52 — FINAL
Duke 27, North Carolina 17 — FINAL
No. 8 Michigan 28, Purdue 10 — FINAL
No. 17 Mississippi State 3, No. 11 Georgia 31 — FINAL
No. 4 Penn State 21, Iowa 19 — FINAL
Notre Dame @ Michigan State (FOX)
PAC 12 AFTER DARK (9-9:30)
No. 7 Washington @ Colorado (FS1)
UCLA @ Stanford (ESPN)
The biggest games of the day for Big Ten fans are Michigan traveling to Purdue and Penn State playing at Iowa. Both top-10 teams have upset potential, as they are favored by less than 12 points and playing a pair of solid (or in Purdue’s case, surprisingly competent) Big Ten West teams in their home buildings. Notre Dame at Michigan State should also be an interesting game. Throw in the Maryland and Nebraska games, and you have the option to watch 6 of Northwestern’s 9 upcoming Big Ten opponents today.
Discuss the games — or any other thing you’re doing on this beautiful Saturday — in the comments below. Go Cats.