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Saturday afternoon/evening open thread with game times, TV channels and score updates

Northwestern’s on a bye this week, but we finally have some Big Ten conference games to watch!

NCAA Football: Purdue at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

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

2:00 pm

Maryland 10, UCF 38 — FINAL

2:30 pm

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

3:00 pm

No. 8 Michigan 28, Purdue 10 — FINAL

6:00 pm

No. 17 Mississippi State 3, No. 11 Georgia 31 — FINAL

6:30 pm

No. 4 Penn State 21, Iowa 19 — FINAL

7:00 pm

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.