What to watch: Week 9


Picking this week’s best college football games to watch was hard, as there are so many high-profile matchups. If you’re in front of a TV this weekend, you won’t have any problem finding something to watch.

No. 2 Penn State vs. No. 6 Ohio State

Penn State, which is 7-0 for the year, has a good shot at finishing the season undefeated. Ohio State, meanwhile, is ranked sixth in the nation.

Junior running back Saquon Barkley holds the key to the Nittany Lions’ offense. The Heisman candidate leads the team in rushing with 757 yards and eight touchdowns. He also leads the team with 32 catches, making him a weapon for senior quarterback Trace McSorley.

Penn State will be the second ranked team Ohio State has played all season. In their first game against a ranked opponent, the Buckeyes lost at home to then-number-five University of Oklahoma, 31-16.

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett has been terrific for the Buckeye offense. Barrett has thrown for 21 touchdowns this year with only one interception. Barrett has also been dangerous on his legs, as he is tied for the team lead with five rushing touchdowns.

The game will kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox.

No. 4 Texas Christian University vs. No. 25 Iowa State

The undefeated TCU Horned Frogs face their third ranked team of the year. TCU took care of business in these first two games, beating then-number-six Oklahoma State, 44-31, and then-number-23 West Virginia University, 31-24.

Senior quarterback Kenny Hill is the leader for TCU. Hill has thrown for 15 touchdowns this year and has run for two touchdowns. Hill plays exceptionally well at home, as 15 of his 17 total touchdowns have come at home.

Iowa State is officially the hottest team in the nation. The Cyclones are riding a three-game winning streak, winning against then-number-three Oklahoma to start the streak. The road will get hard though, as this is the first of three straight games against ranked opponents.

Senior quarterback Kyle Kempt has played greatly in the team’s three-game win streak, which are the only games he has played in this season. Kempt has thrown for 657 yards and seven touchdowns with only one interception.

The Big 12 matchup will kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and ESPN2.

No. 14 North Carolina State vs. No. 9 Notre Dame

NC State lost 35-28 in week one to the University of South Carolina. Since then, the Wolfpack has had a perfect 6-0 record, including two wins against ranked teams.

Junior running back Nyheim Hines is a big part of the team’s offense. Hines leads the team in rushing with 648 yards and is second on the team in touchdowns with six. Senior tight end Jaylen Samuels leads the team in rushing touchdowns with seven.

Notre Dame, which is currently sitting at 6-1, is coming off its best win of the year, blowing out number 11 University of Southern California, 49-14.

Junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush has been effective for the Fighting Irish this year, throwing for 903 yards and eight touchdowns. Wimbush also leads the team in rushing touchdowns, with ten.

The Wolfpack and the Fighting Irish will kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.