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Berry Tramel


A Saturday set up for college football fans

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm •  Published: October 25, 2008

Most autumn Saturdays, it’s great to have my job. Today included. I’m in Austin for college football’s game of the day, unless you’re a Big Ten activist. OSU-Texas promises to be entertaining and interesting. We’ll see if it’s dramatic and/or historic.

But there’s a downside to this job, if you’re a college football fan. You don’t get to sit on your couch for 14 hours of great football.

We don’t get days like this much in September, but we do in October, and today is set up perfectly for football fans in Oklahoma.

At 11:30 a.m., you can watch the Sooners play at Kansas State on Fox Sports Net; road games are always compelling. And the Texas Tech-at-Kansas game kicks off 30 minutes earlier on ESPN, so you’ve got a fascinating matchup to catch between commercials.

At 2:30 p.m. is OSU-Texas on ABC, and your flip-over alternative is Georgia at LSU on CBS.

Around 6 p.m., go grab some dinner, then be back home by 6:45 p.m. for Alabama at Tennessee on ESPN. Then at 7 p.m. is Penn State at Ohio State on ABC, and you can watch both games with inspired remote control duty.

Finally, late-night college football. USC at Arizona at 9:15 p.m. on Fox Sports.

I didn’t even count all the other games, the two Big Ten matchups at 11 a.m. on ESPN and ESPN2. The Colorado-Missouri game on Fox Sports at 5:45 p.m. Notre Dame-Washington on ESPN2. Florida-Kentucky on KSBI at 11:30. Some more I’ve probably overlooked.

But check out those marquee games. Seven games involving 10 national-title contenders, all spaced out so you never have more than two at a time.

I don’t know if this is the most compelling menu of college football games ever for a Saturday, but I think it’s got to be in the discussion.

I’m glad I’m in Austin. But I wish I was on my couch, too.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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