College football: Best games to watch in Week 9

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Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III (9) celebrates scoringt a touchdown against Miami during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept 18, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Murray)
Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Miami on Sept 18. (Doug Murray / Associated Press)

Each week, the Times’ national college sports reporter J. Brady McCollough will help plan your Saturday game watch schedule by revealing the matchups he will have his eye on at each stage of the day’s slate.

Kegs and Eggs

Texas running back Bijan Robinson turns upfield against Oklahoma on Oct. 9 in Dallas.
Texas running back Bijan Robinson turns upfield against Oklahoma on Oct. 9 in Dallas. (Jeffrey McWhorter / Associated Press)

No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State, 9 a.m., Fox

The biggest game in the history of this bitter rivalry should be full of extra hate given the stakes.

No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin, 9 a.m., ESPN

Many metrics say the Badgers are better than their record. They can start proving it against rival Iowa. Or not.

Texas at No. 16 Baylor, 9 a.m., ABC

The Bears relish any chance to beat Texas. With the Longhorns leaving the Big 12 soon, a win would be even sweeter.

Fire up the grill

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett tries to get past Auburn linebacker Zakoby McClain on Oct. 9.
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett tries to get past Auburn linebacker Zakoby McClain on Oct. 9. (Butch Dill / Associated Press)

No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville), 12:30 p.m., CBS

The Bulldogs have the rare opportunity to embarrass the Gators and should take full advantage of it.

Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma, 12:30 p.m., ABC

Texas Tech just fired coach Matt Wells, but the Sooners nearly lost at Kansas last week, so anything is possible.

Night game buzz

Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral throws a pass against LSU on Oct. 23.
Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral throws a pass against LSU on Oct. 23. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press)

No. 10 Mississippi at No. 18 Auburn, 4 p.m., ESPN

The Matt Corral Heisman campaign gets a showcase opportunity and would take off with a big performance against Auburn.

No. 19 SMU at Houston, 4 p.m., ESPN2

This Southwest Conference rivalry will be plenty heated, with both schools trying to keep pace with Cincinnati.

No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State, 4:30 p.m., ABC

Much of the hype for this game died with Penn State’s loss to Illinois. But games in the series are usually entertaining.

North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m., NBC

The Fighting Irish still haven’t shown much, but they are hanging around. Can North Carolina play to its potential?

After dark

Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong is pursued by Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah on Oct. 9.
Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong is pursued by Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah on Oct. 9. (Timothy D. Easley / Associated Press)

UCLA at Utah, 7 p.m., ESPN

The Pac-12 is as wild as ever, so there’s a chance the winner could end up in the league title game.

Virginia at No. 25 Brigham Young, 7:15 p.m., ESPN2

BYU will have its hands full with the Virginia passing attack led by quarterback Brennan Armstrong.

Fresno State at No. 21 San Diego State, 7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

This is a marquee game for the Mountain West, featuring an explosive Bulldogs offense and a stingy Aztecs defense.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.