LSU football plays its toughest game of the season on Saturday. The No. 8 Tennessee Volunteers roll into Baton Rouge to take on the No. 25 Tigers in a highly anticipated Southeastern Conference clash. However, this game is currently being lost in the shuffle of excellent Week 6 matchups. There are a plethora of fantastic games all across the country, so let’s get into them.
Unfortunately, the Bayou Bengals have been given the 11 a.m. CT slot this weekend. This usually wouldn’t matter—outside of LSU fans being angry about not getting a Saturday night game for such a big occasion—except for this week, the early slate is stacked with ranked contests everywhere you look on the schedule. What are the best games to watch?
LSU fans’ perfect viewing guide for Week 6 of College Football
I will provide two options for each normal timeslot (minus the early morning slot, that’s reserved for the Bayou Bengals): one for SEC games and the other for pure entertainment purposes. The late-night slot is the exception given it’s almost always just west coast programs. All times will be CT and all selections come from 506sports’ complete list of games. Let’s kick off the perfect Week 6 viewing schedule without further ado.
Mid-afternoon (2:30 p.m.)
Whichever CBS executive decided that Auburn vs. Georgia should be the network’s 2:30 p.m. game over the Tigers and the Vols should be fired. I don’t care about old rivalries or any of that business, Auburn stinks. The Bulldogs have played down to their opponents lately, but they should be able to take care of the Tigers by three touchdowns at least. Stay away from this one.
I’m going to pick another SEC game to watch during the mid-afternoon slot purely for scouting purposes. Ole Miss comes to Tiger Stadium in a couple of weeks. Although the Rebels won’t be tested against Vanderbilt, it’ll be interesting to see how Lane Kiffin’s crew responds to a physically demanding victory over Kentucky last week. That game will be on SEC Network at 3:00 p.m.
Honestly speaking though, I’m going pure entertainment over conference foes at this time. No. 11 Utah at No. 18 UCLA (FOX) at 2:30 will be a fantastic game of football. The Pac-12 has a lot more parity this year than many believe, and this game will prove that theory.
Picks: Utah at UCLA (entertainment), Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (SEC)
Primetime (6:30 or 7:00 p.m.)
There are a handful of games to choose from here, but two stand out above the rest. The first is Washington State at No. 6 USC (FOX) at 6:30 p.m. The Trojans have shown over the last couple of weeks that they’re not as invincible as many believe. Meanwhile, the Cougars are the Pac-12 equivalent to Purdue. You know, the Spoiler-makers?
I won’t go as far as to say Wazzu is going to win this game, I’m not crazy. Washington State is an incredibly scrappy football team though. The Cougars could give USC a run for its money if the hosts aren’t careful or playing at their best.
The SEC pick for primetime is obviously Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama (CBS) at 7:00 p.m. The tension ahead of this clash has been brewing between Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban for months. The Aggies have been a huge disappointment this season, but if there’s one game they’ll get out of bed for in 2022, it’s this one. The hatred that the two coaches have for each other—no matter how many times they play it off—is reason enough to tune in.
Picks: Washington State at USC (entertainment), Texas A&M at Alabama (SEC)
Late night (8:30 p.m. and later)
I must admit, with Utah, UCLA and USC all playing earlier in the day, this might be the worst late-night slot of the season to date. No. 12 Oregon at Arizona (P12N) at 8:00 p.m. has to sneak on here due to the limited options. My pick is Oregon State at Stanford (ESPN) at 10 p.m., purely for an unfiltered Robert Griffin III on late-night commentary.
In all honestly, this slate stinks as badly as Auburn.
Picks: Oregon at Arizona, Oregon State at Stanford
There you have it, your perfect day of college football. Happy viewing!