Ohio State-Wisconsin, Alabama-Tennessee biggest CFB matchups this week

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 8: Chris Worley #35 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Damon Webb #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after stopping the Indiana Hoosiers on fourth down near the goal line in the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Indiana 38-17. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 8: Chris Worley #35 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Damon Webb #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after stopping the Indiana Hoosiers on fourth down near the goal line in the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Indiana 38-17. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

As we near the middle of the college football season, there is intrigue across the country.

This is another weekend with a ranked team in action Friday night as Duke is roughly a five touchdown underdog at No. 7 Louisville on ESPN.

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Here’s a look at the rest of the big games this weekend.

NOON GAMES

Three ranked teams are in action at noon with the most interesting contest likely being No. 20 West Virginia at Texas Tech.

The Mountaineers are favored by a point on the road, and this game is worth watching because they are one of only two undefeated teams left in the Big 12 (along with Baylor).

On ESPN, Kansas State is at No. 19 Oklahoma to take on Baker Mayfield and the Sooners while No. 3 Clemson plays host to N.C. State on ABC.

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3:30 WINDOW

The game of the day can be found at this time on CBS as No. 1 Alabama travels to No. 9 Tennessee.

The Volunteers are banged up and in the midst of a brutal stretch of games, but as we noted last week… the Crimson Tide seem to lose one game in the middle of every season, so this is as good a candidate as any. And UT has had a knack for making things interesting one way or another all season.

Also of note: overrated Nebraska (No. 10) is at Indiana on ABC. The Hoosiers are only getting three points, which would seem to indicate Vegas isn’t on the same page as pollsters.

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PRIME TIME

Around here there is no doubt the game of the night is on ABC, where No. 2 Ohio State travels to No. 8 Wisconsin.

The Badgers have some history with knocking off well-regarded Buckeye squads under the lights at Camp Randall, but that doesn’t really mean anything to be honest. Unless it gives UW extra confidence or OSU extra motivation. So maybe it does?

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Also at night you’ll find No. 12 Mississippi at No. 22 Arkansas on ESPN.

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst talks to Alex Hornibrook during a game against Michigan State at Spartan Stadium on September 24, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst talks to Alex Hornibrook during a game against Michigan State at Spartan Stadium on September 24, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

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Credit: Bobby Ellis

LATE-NIGHT ACTION?

About the time the Buckeyes and Badgers reach halftime, No. 15 Boise State will kick off against Colorado State on ESPN2.

The boys from the blue turf have been creeping up the rankings, but it remains to be seen if they are for real.

A UCLA-Washington State tilt at 10:30 on ESPN could be interesting, too, but it probably won’t be.

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