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5.  Boise State @ BYU Friday 8 PM ET ESPN Ok so neither the Broncos nor the Cougars are going to be BCS busters this year, but these are still two of the top mid-major programs in the country and both like to score points, Boise averages a little under 40 per game and BYU about 31 a contest.  Finally as we often say when we pick a Friday game for the Five to Watch its extra football it doesn’t matter who it is watch it!  In this case not only is it Friday Night Football but its pretty darn good match up as well. 4. #10 Texas Tech @ #15 Oklahoma Saturday 7:30 PM ET Fox Sports 1 This is a huge game in the Big 12 title race.  With Baylor looming the Sooners can’t afford to drop another game in the standings and for Tech it begins a stretch of three ranked opponents in four games.  Baylor is in a different universe offensively and neither Texas Tech or Oklahoma may be able to keep pace when they face the bears down the road, however if they want the road to the Big 12 title to run through Norman or Lubbock then this is a must win game for both sides.  Both the Red Raiders and the Sooners average less than 20 points per game however Tech averages about 11 points more than Oklahoma, so the key to this game will be can the Sooners score enough to keep pace and if not can the OU defense slow the Red Raiders down enough to make it a ball game? 3.  #6 Stanford at #25 Oregon State 10:30 PM ET ESPN Much like Baylor in the Big 12, Oregon is on a different planet offensively, however just like Baylor, they still have to face Stanford and Oregon State and if either of those two could pull an upset they, not the Ducks would represent the North in the Pac 12 title game.  Again just like our friends in the Big 12 a win over Oregon means nothing for Stanford or Oregon State in terms of championships if they both don’t win this week.  How convenient then that they both play this week.  If your still not solid on why a top 25  match up matters I give you the same pitch as the Friday night game,  If you can ‘t get enough football this matchup which kicks off at 10:30 on the east coast is your dream a late night game with meaning! 2. #3 Oregon at #12 UCLA 7 PM ET ESPN Speaking of the Ducks they’ll a rare chance to show off their high-octane attack in a rare East Coast prime time match up.  No one has been able to keep in the same planet with Oregon to date, however a feisty, battle tested and talented UCLA squad could finally give the Ducks a test.  This also leads into the above-mentioned Stanford-Oregon State showdown.  So if you’re an east coaster who doesn’t believe that they play high quality football out west check out these two games and then report. 1.  #21 South Carolina at #5 Missouri 7 PM ET ESPN2 The Tigers were a nice story when they started 4-0, but that was against lesser competition, after their SEC opener, against Vandy many still discounted the win because “Hey it’s Vandy.”  Georgia was the first real test and they were injured, more importantly James Franklin went down and no one thought a freshman could lead Missouri to a win over Florida.  Not only did Matty Mauk win but he also led the Tigers to 500 yards of offense and showed that Mizzou was legit.  This week a win would all but wrap up the SEC East.  That’s not to say this will be an easy South Carolina is a talented team and Steve Spurrier will have the Gamecocks ready to play.  This is can’t miss A) to see how Carolina responds and B) to see if the Tigers can continue their magical run.  If Missouri can knock off three ranked SEC opponents in a row they are no doubt legit BCS contenders. The post College Football: Five to Watch Week 9 appeared first on The Farm Club.
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