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NCAA Football Game Thread: Week 6

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We're a bit short-staffed for college football coverage this weekend so I'll be putting together a fairly basic open thread for this week. There's a lot of great action this week with plenty of talent on display as we near the halfway point of the 2011 college football season.

The biggest game on the schedule is the Red River Shootout between No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 11 Texas. The chase for the two BCS national title game berths remains fairly wide open, but this week could start to clear things up a bit. While a loss now does not eliminate some teams from the national title picture, Texas would suffer worse with a loss as compared to Oklahoma. It's kind of ridiculous at times but given OU's higher ranking, they have a little bit of wiggle room depending on how the teams in front of them shake out. Ahhhh, the joy of college football's fool proof national title process.

The only other two ranked-versus-ranked matchups feature No. 1 LSU vs. No. 17 Florida and No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 15 Auburn. For Bay Area fans, Stanford hosts Colorado. In the Heisman race, Andrew Luck has sort of receded to the background as other names have had big games and signature moments. Luck just plugs along putting up solid numbers. If he can guide the Cardinal to an undefeated season, I don't see how he isn't amongst the finalists at the very least.

My knowledge of 2012 draft prospects is relatively limited so I've done some poking around. The folks at put together a quick look at prospects in Oklahoma-Texas and Iowa-Penn State. Rob Rang also put together five prospects he'll be scouting today:

1. DT Kheeston Randall, Texas
2. OT Matt McCants, Alabama-Birmingham
3. RB/WR Chris Rainey, Florida
4. OG Ryan Miller, Colorado
5. DL Jared Crick, Nebraska

Rang also put together ten matchups to watch today.

Saturday, October 8
12:00 PM ET No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas* Tickets
12:00 PM ET Maryland at No. 13 Georgia Tech Tickets
12:00 PM ET Connecticut at No. 16 West Virginia ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Mississippi State at UAB Tickets
12:00 PM ET Louisville at North Carolina  ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Minnesota at Purdue  ESPN 3 Tickets
12:21 PM ET Kentucky at No. 18 South Carolina SEC Network ESPN 3 Tickets
12:30 PM ET No. 23 Florida State at Wake Forest ESPN 3 Tickets
12:30 PM ET Memphis at Rice Tickets
1:00 PM ET Army at Miami (OH) ESPN 3 Tickets
2:00 PM ET Florida International at Akron Tickets
2:00 PM ET Temple at Ball State NeuLion Webcast Tickets
2:00 PM ET Bowling Green at Western Michigan ESPN 3 Tickets
2:30 PM ET No. 19 Illinois at Indiana Big Ten Network Tickets
3:00 PM ET Boston College at No. 8 Clemson ESPN 3 Tickets
3:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan at Toledo ESPN 3 NeuLion Webcast Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 17 Florida at No. 1 LSU CBS Tickets
3:30 PM ET Kansas at No. 6 Oklahoma State Tickets
3:30 PM ET Missouri at No. 20 Kansas State  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) at No. 21 Virginia Tech
Coverage map "
  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 22 Arizona State at Utah Tickets
3:30 PM ET Air Force at Notre Dame NBC Tickets
3:30 PM ET Central Michigan at North Carolina State ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Pittsburgh at Rutgers Tickets
3:30 PM ET Arizona at Oregon State Tickets
3:30 PM ET Iowa at Penn State
Coverage map "
  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Ohio at Buffalo ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Southern Miss at Navy Tickets
3:30 PM ET Kent State at Northern Illinois Tickets
5:00 PM ET Louisiana Tech at Idaho NeuLion Webcast Tickets
7:00 PM ET Vanderbilt at No. 2 Alabama Tickets
7:00 PM ET No. 15 Auburn at No. 10 Arkansas  ESPN 3 Tickets
7:00 PM ET No. 12 Michigan at Northwestern Big Ten Network Tickets
7:00 PM ET No. 24 Texas A&M at Texas Tech FX Tickets
7:00 PM ET Iowa State at No. 25 Baylor Tickets
7:00 PM ET East Carolina at Houston Tickets
7:00 PM ET Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN 3 Tickets
7:00 PM ET Marshall at UCF Tickets
7:00 PM ET Arkansas State at Louisiana-Monroe NeuLion Webcast Tickets
7:00 PM ET UNLV at Nevada ESPN 3 Tickets
7:00 PM ET Georgia at Tennessee  ESPN 3 Tickets
7:30 PM ET Colorado at No. 7 Stanford Versus Tickets
7:30 PM ET Florida Atlantic at North Texas ESPN 3 Tickets
8:00 PM ET Ohio State at No. 14 Nebraska Tickets
8:00 PM ET Wyoming at Utah State ESPN 3 Tickets
8:00 PM ET Syracuse at Tulane Tickets
10:15 PM ET San Jose State at Brigham Young Tickets
10:30 PM ET TCU at San Diego State Tickets
10:30 PM ET Washington State at UCLA Tickets