Week 9 of the college football season is here. With November almost upon us, it is time to scrutinize those BCS standings and figure out who is in the best position to end up playing for all the Tostitos come January. With Alabama the consensus king of the college football world and occupying the #1 spot in the BCS standings, the intrigue is in the race for the # 2 spot. Florida has it now, but will the Gators be there at the end? Or will it be Kansas State? Or Oregon? Or Notre Dame?
One thing is for sure: if you want to be # 2, you probably can't afford to stumble. All the contenders are in action today. This is your open thread as you follow their games and all the other televised action in Week 9.
By now, you know the drill. But if you don't, this is your open thread for the non-Cal games only. We'll have our usual separate game thread for the Cal-Utah game posted a few hours before that one kicks off in Salt Lake City.
(All Time Eastern; Pac-12 games in bold)
Tennessee at South Carolina, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Texas at Kansas, 12 p.m.
Iowa at Northwestern, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Kentucky at Missouri, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Temple at Pittsburgh, 12 p.m. (Big East Network, ESPN3)
Ball State at Army, 12 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Indiana at Illinois, 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, 12 p.m. (ESPN3)
Ole Miss at Arkansas, 12:21 p.m. (SEC Network, ESPN3)
North Carolina State at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Maryland at Boston College, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
Southern Miss at Rice, 1 p.m.
Utah State at UTSA, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Colorado at Oregon, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
UCLA at Arizona State, 3 p.m. (FX)
Brigham Young at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
Memphis at Southern Methodist, 3 p.m.
Florida vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)*
Texas Tech at Kansas State, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)
USC at Arizona, 3:30 p.m. (ABC, ESPN2)
Duke at Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Kent State at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Boise State at Wyoming, 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Ohio at Miami (OH), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Michigan State at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. (ABC, ESPN2)
Purdue at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Navy at East Carolina, 3:30 p.m.
Fresno State at New Mexico, 3:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
TCU at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.
Toledo at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m.
Akron at Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
North Texas at Middle Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
UAB at Tulane, 3:30 p.m.
Texas State at San Jose State, 4 p.m.
UTEP at Houston, 4:30 p.m.
Troy at Florida Atlantic, 5 p.m.
Ohio State at Penn State, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Western Kentucky at Florida International, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Washington State at Stanford, 6:15 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Texas A&M at Auburn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Hawaii at Colorado State, 7 p.m.
Syracuse at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Baylor at Iowa State, 7 p.m.
Massachusetts at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
South Alabama at Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m.
Notre Dame at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Michigan at Nebraska, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
UNLV at San Diego State, 8 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at New Mexico State, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
UCF at Marshall, 8 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Mississippi State at Alabama, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
California at Utah, 9:45 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Oregon State at Washington, 10:15 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)