There are four games on TV tomorrow night, and the biggest one is in Division II
- by Zach Barnett 10 months ago
There are four college games on television tomorrow night, and all four of them are worth watching in their own little way. If these games aren't enough for you to sing the praises of whoever decided to put weeknight football on TV, just know that Louisiana-Lafayette visits Western Kentucky on Tuesday night.
Rutgers at No. 8 Louisville (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) - Louisville is the only team in FBS that has yet to trail this season, and their 37.6-points per game scoring differential is surpassed only by Baylor, Oregon and Florida State. Charlie Strong's team is good, but they need to be challenged. Enter Kyle Flood's Scarlet Knights, 4-1 with a one-point overtime loss to Fresno State representing its only sin. Playing in front of a captive national audience with the platform all to itself (aside from the NFL and one game on this list), this might represent Louisville's best chance to make its case for anything beyond the Orange Bowl.
No. 1 Valdosta State at No. 12 West Alabama (7:30 p.m. ET, CSS/ESPN3) - The defending Division II national champions take their 14-game winning streak on the road to face Will Hall's second-ranked total offense (571.2 yards per game) and fifth-ranked scoring offense (49.6 points per game). Valdosta State counters with allows only 9.5 points per game and limits opponents to scores on only 40 percent of their red zone trips. Outside of West Alabama's 44-42 overtime loss to a nationally-ranked FCS squad in McNeese State, these teams have absolutely pummeled people. West Alabama owns a 208-37 scoring advantage in its four wins, while Valdosta State counters with a 166-38 edge. Find a way to watch this one.
San Diego State at Air Force (9 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network) - Two teams that combined to go 15-11 last year have started this season with a collective 3-8 record. San Diego State rides a two-game winning streak - wins over New Mexico State and Nevada - while Air Force sports an 0-4 Mountain West record and a loss to Navy on its resume. Troy Calhoun's team hasn't missed a bowl game since 2005, and a loss to San Diego State would spell the end of that streak unless you believe Air Force can beat Notre Dame, whom it hosts October 26.
Arizona at USC (10:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) - We understand Fox and USC have their reasons but, really, we have to wait until 10:30 Eastern to see Ed Orgeron's first game as a head coach since November of 2007? I'm expecting to see a USC team sporting a different attitude, and Arizona coaches should expect the same. Specifically, a defensive effort more like USC gave in its first four games, when allowed only 44 total points, than the one the Trojans gave in Lane Kiffin's final game, when Arizona State rang up 42 points in the second half. Arizona team had better be prepared to give USC its best game, or Year 2 under Rich Rod could be headed down the same path as Year 1 on Highway 7-5.