OF LOCAL INTEREST:
== Thursday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports 1: UCLA at Utah (Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis, Joel Klatt and Kristina Pink). With their two open dates out of the way, the Bruins will now play nine straight weeks to close out the regular season. California is the only other Pac-12 team with games scheduled nine straight weeks.
USC has the week off, preparing for a Thursday night home game next week.
PAC-12 WILLING PARTICIPANTS (all games Saturday):
== 7:30 p.m., ESPN: Washington at Stanford (Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe) The No. 15 Huskies are outscoring opponents 38-0 in the first quarter, and 73-12 in the first half this season. The No. 5 Cardinal have a 12-game winning streak dating back to last season, longest in major college football behind Ohio State’s 17-game streak.
== 1 p.m., FS1: Washington State at Cal (Justin Kutcher, James Bates, Brady Poppinga)
== 3 p.m., Pac-12 Network: Oregon at Colorado (Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, Drea Avent)
== 4:30 p.m., Channel 4: Arizona State vs. Notre Dame at Arlington, Tex. (Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan). An Irish home game, where the opponent has a closer fan base to the site location.
OTHER MARQUEE MATCHUPS:
== Saturday, 4 p.m., Channel 11: TCU at Oklahoma (Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink)
== Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 7: Ohio State at Northwestern (Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox)
BEST OF THE REST:
== 5:30 p.m., ESPN: Texas at Iowa State (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder)
== 5:30 p.m., ESPNU: Western Kentucky at Louisiana Monroe (Mark Neely, Jay Walker)
== 4 p.m., CBSSN: Harding at Southern Arkansas
== 5 p.m., CBSSN: BYU at Utah State (Andrew Catalon, Aaron Taylor, Lauren Gardner)
== 6 p.m., ESPN: Nevada at San Diego State (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, Allison Williams)
(ESPN GameDay is at Evanston, Ill., and the campus of Northwestern University, for the first time since 1995 leading into Northwestern hosting Ohio State, 6 a.m.)
== 8:30 a.m., Channel 2: Air Force at Navy (Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein, Evan Washburn) — Unless the game is canceled because of government shutdown, as well as Army at Boston College at 10 a.m. on ESPN3. There’ll be a decision made by Thursday afternoon.
== 9 a.m., ESPN: Maryland at Florida State (Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill)
== 9 a.m., ESPN2: Michigan State at Iowa (Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra)
== 9 a.m., ESPNU: Illinois at Nebraska (Tom Hart, John Congemi)
== 9 a.m., ESPNEWS: Rutgers at SMU (Dave Lamont, David Diaz-Infante)
== 9 a.m., FS1: Texas Tech at Kansas (Adam Alexander, Chris Simms)
== 9 a.m., CBSSN: Lehigh at Fordham (Ben Holden, Tom Bradley, Rashan Ali)
== 9 a.m., Big Ten Net: Penn State at Indiana (Matt Devlin, Glen Mason, Jon Jansen)
== 9 a.m., Prime Ticket: Ball State at Virginia (Ron Thulin, Ovie Mughelli, Dave Baker).
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 2: Georgia at Tennessee (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 7: Clemson at Syracuse (Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN2: Minnesota at Michigan (Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Jeannine Edwards)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPNU: Georgia Tech at Miami (Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer, Nikki Noto)
== 12:30 p.m., CBSSN: Rice at Tulsa (Brent Stover, Corey Chavous, Lisa Byington)
== 12:30 p.m., Prime Ticket: North Carolina State at Wake Forest (Wes Durham, Brian Stann, Jenn Hildreth)
== 12:30 p.m., FS West: East Carolina at Middle Tennessee State (Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger, J.C. Pearson)
== 4 p.m., ESPN: LSU at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, Maria Taylor)
== 4 p.m., ESPN2: Arkansas at Florida (Mark Jones, Brock Huard, Kaylee Hartung)
== 4 p.m., ESPNU: Mississippi at Auburn (Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb. Dawn Davenport)
== 4:30 p.m., CBSSN: Louisiana Tech at Texas-El Paso
== 4:30 p.m., FS West: Kentucky at South Carolina
== 5 p.m., FS1: West Virginia at Baylor (Craig Bolerjack, Joey Harrington, Ryan Nece).