No. 2 BCS ranked Alabama, which someday soon will play Florida for the right to claim No. 1, at least until the BCS title game, is playing the Chattanooga Mocs this weekend.
Seriously. Roll Tide. It won’t be on any TV set near you Saturday.
This is what it said on the Alabama football official site:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team returned to the practice field Monday afternoon to begin preparation for Saturday’s game with Chattanooga. The team practiced for a little over an hour in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
“We always respect our opponents,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “These guys have come back in several games because of their ability to throw the ball, especially with the quarterback B.J. Coleman. They have good receivers. They have a good scheme and a good attack on offense. They seem to be a little simpler, playing hard and tough on defense. They do a good job of coaching their special teams. This is a very well-coached team. We always have the proper respect and we need to do a good job in what we do to execute and take care of our own business.”
We got nothing after that.
The rest of the week ahead in college football land — with some favorite (Ohio State-Michigan) meaningless matchups, and two important Pac-10 games (Cal-Stanford, on a channel you still can’t get on DirecTV; Oregon-Arizona, on a channel everyone seems to get) if you’re still following that kind of thing:
== 1 p.m., FSN West: UCLA vs. Arizona State, Rose Bowl (with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis)
== 3 p.m., ESPNU: Buffalo at Miami (Ohio) (with Dari Nowkhah and Tom Luginbill)
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: Central Michigan at Ball State (with Dave Lamont and Trent Dilfer)
== 3 p.m., ESPNU: Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois (with Charlie Neal and Jay Walker)
== 4:30 p.m, ESPN: Colorado at No. 12 Oklahoma State (with Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer and Erin Andrews)
== 3:30 p.m., ESPNU: Akron at Bowling Green (with Kevin Negandhi and David Jon Berger)
== 6:30 p.m., ESPN2: No. 6 Boise State at Utah State (with Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore)
== 7 to 9 a.m., ESPN: “College GameDay” at Tucson, Arizona — it will mark the first time GameDay has originated from this city and the fifth consecutive week from a school not in the SEC, Big Ten or Big 12 (three from the Mountain West and two Pac-10), the longest streak in the show’s history. With Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard.
== 9 a.m., Channel 7: No. 10 Ohio State at Michigan (with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Holly Rowe)
== 9 a.m., ESPN: Minnesota at No. 13 Iowa (with Dave Pasch, Bob Griese and Chris Spielman)
== 9 a.m., ESPN2: North Carolina at Boston College (with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley)
== 9 a.m., ESPNU: Duke at No. 20 Miami (with Clay Matvick and David Diaz-Infante)
== 9:30 a.m., FSN West: Oklahoma at Texas Tech (with Joel Meyers, Gary Reasons and Jim Knox)
== 11 a.m., The mtn.: No. 4 TCU at Wyoming (with Dan Gutowsky, Blaine Fowler and Natalie Vickers)
== 11:30 a.m., ESPN Classic: Florida Classic: Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman (from Orlando, with Charlie Neal and Jay Walker)
== 11:30 a.m., Channel 4: UConn at Notre Dame (with Tom Hammond, Pat Haden and no O.J. Simpson)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 2: No. 8 LSU at Mississippi (with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson)
== 12:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: Air Force at No. 22 BYU (with Tom Hart and Aaron Taylor)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 7: No. 14 Penn State at Michigan State (with Mike Patrick, Craig James and Heather Cox)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN: Virginia at No. 23 Clemson (with Bob Wischusen and Brian Griese)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPNU: N.C. State at No. 15 Virginia Tech (with Todd Harris and Charles Arbuckle)
== 12:30 p.m., Big Ten Network: No. 16 Wisconsin at Northwestern (with Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin and Charissa Thompson)
== 1 p.m., Versus: San Diego State at Utah (with Tim Neverett, Glenn Parker and Lindsay Soto)
== 3 p.m., the Mnt.: Colorado State at New Mexico (with James Bates, Todd Christensen and Keenan McCardell)
== 4 p.m., ESPNU: Vanderbilt at Tennessee (with Eric Collins and Brock Huard)
== 4:30 p.m., Versus: No. 25 Cal at No. 17 Stanford (with Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer and Lewis Johnson)
== 4:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: Tulsa at Southern Miss (with Dave Ryan and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila)
== 4:45 p.m., ESPN: Kansas State at Nebraska (with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews)
== 4:45 p.m., ESPN2: Kentucky at Georgia (with Mark Jones and Bob Davie)
== 5 p.m., Channel 7: No. 11 Oregon at Arizona (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters)
== 5 p.m., ESPN PPV/ESPN360.com: Kansas at No. 3 Texas (with Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham)
== 7:20 p.m., ESPNU: Nevada at New Mexico State (with Terry Gannon and David Norrie)