At this time in the college football season, no team ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll wants to be spooked by an opponent. But if they're not careful, one trick play or bad bounce can take the treat of a national championship or warm-weather bowl game away.
We get started, as always, at noon Eastern time, with No. 19 Mississippi going on the road to meet Auburn in an SEC contest that you can watch on ESPN.
Over on ABC at noon, 17th-ranked Florida State will try and bounce back from their first loss of the season last week against Georgia Tech and beat a game Syracuse squad.
At 3 p.m. Eastern time, No. 24 UCLA takes on Colorado in a game that can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.
The nation's number three team, Clemson, travels to Raleigh, North Carolina, to take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Depending on where you live, this game will be televised on either ABC or ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
The other ABC/ESPN2 game at that same time will feature No. 10 Iowa hosting Maryland in a Big Ten affair.
Two weeks after dismantling Kansas State, No. 14 Oklahoma returns to the Sunflower State and goes for the football sweep against the University of Kansas. Fox Sports 1 will televise this game, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
Twelfth-ranked Oklahoma State will look to keep its perfect record intact when the Cowboys travel to Lubbock, Texas, to play Texas Tech. You can watch this game on ESPN at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday night will feature another unbeaten team, Memphis, who moved up two spots to No. 16, playing host to Tulane. The Tigers and Green Wave will be shown on the CBS Sports Network, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
Following their loss to USC, Utah fell ten spots in the AP poll. The No. 13 Utes hope to regroup when they face Oregon State in a game that can be seen on the Pac-12 Network at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Houston moved up three spots to 18th in this week's poll. The Cougars go out of conference this Saturday night when they host Vanderbilt of the SEC at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
No. 22 Duke will have an interesting opponent on its hands this week in Miami of Florida. After being humiliated at home by Clemson, Hurricanes head coach Al Golden was fired. Larry Scott takes over on an interim basis and should have his team ready to go for this 7 p.m. contest that will be televised on ESPNU.
The final 7 p.m. Eastern contest we'll mention has 15th-ranked Michigan meeting Minnesota in the battle for "The Little Brown Jug." ESPN will broadcast the Big Ten encounter between the Wolverines and Golden Gophers.
At 8 p.m. Eastern, No. 9 Notre Dame travels to Philadelphia to meet 21st-ranked Temple. This is the first time the Owls have hosted Notre Dame. Two years ago, the Fighting Irish handed Temple a 22-point defeat. This year, the Owls are undefeated at 7-0. ABC will televise the game.
Finally, at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time, No. 8 Stanford will be at Washington State. The Cougars are 5-2 and could spring the upset on the Cardinal, which you can watch on ESPN.