Gameday Skull Session: Get Dumped Then, Sparty

By Kevin Harrish on November 20, 2021 at 8:01 am
It's a bad day to be a Michigan State Spartan.

I'm here to deliver your annual reminder that the famed 300 Spartans that Michigan State loves to embrace were quickly and swiftly overwhelmed and brutally slain by one of the most dominant military empires in human history.

I've got no problem with the Bucks playing the role of Persia today.

Word of the Day: Massacre.

 TODAY'S MENU. It's a mostly delightful football season outside of the southeast, most of which is observing Chickenshit Saturday with their annual November games against FCS opponents like Charleston Southern or Praire View A&M, which I just learned existed.

Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile
#7 Michigan State at #4 Ohio State 12:00pm ABC
Texas at West Virginia 12:00pm ESPN2
Kent State at Akron 12:00pm ESPN+
Charleston Southern at #1 Georgia 12:00pm SECN+/ESPN+
New Mexico State at Kentucky 12:00pm SECN
Prairie View A&M at #16 Texas A&M 12:00pm SECN+/ESPN+
Purdue at Northwestern 12:00pm BTN
Tennessee State at #25 Mississippi State 12:00pm SECN+/ESPN+
UMass at Army 12:00pm CBSSN
Wofford at North Carolina 12:00pm RSN/ESPN3
Florida Atlantic at WKU 12:00pm Stadium
Florida State at Boston College 12:00pm ACCN
#10 Wake Forest at Clemson 12:00pm ESPN
USF at Tulane 12:00pm ESPN+
Rutgers at Penn State 12:00pm BTN
Iowa State at #13 Oklahoma 12:00pm FOX
Texas State at Coastal Carolina 1:00pm ESPN+
Illinois at #17 Iowa 2:00pm FS1
Arkansas State at Georgia State 2:00pm ESPN3
Georgia Tech at #8 Notre Dame 2:30pm NBC
Washington at Colorado 3:00pm P12N
UAB at #22 UTSA 3:30pm ESPN+
Appalachian State at Troy 3:30pm ESPN+
SMU at #5 Cincinnati 3:30pm ESPN
East Carolina at Navy 3:30pm CBSSN
Nebraska at #15 Wisconsin 3:30pm ABC
Virginia at #18 Pitt 3:30pm ESPN2
Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee 3:30pm ESPN+
#21 Arkansas at #2 Alabama 3:30pm CBS
Minnesota at Indiana 3:30pm BTN
#6 Michigan at Maryland 3:30pm BTN
Marshall at Charlotte 3:30pm Stadium
Temple at Tulsa 4:00pm ESPN+
Rice at UTEP 4:00pm ESPN+
UCLA at USC 4:00pm FOX
Syracuse at 20 NC State 4:00pm ACCN
Kansas at TCU 4:00pm ESPN+
Florida at Missouri 4:00pm SECN
UConn at UCF 4:00pm ESPN+
Louisiana at Liberty 4:00pm ESPNU
#14 BYU at Georgia Southern 4:00pm ESPN+
#11 Baylor at Kansas State 5:30pm FS1
Auburn at South Carolina 7:00pm ESPN
North Texas at FIU 7:00pm ESPN3
California at Stanford 7:00pm P12N
South Alabama at Tennessee 7:30pm ESPNU
Vanderbilt at #12 Ole Miss 7:30pm SECN
Virginia Tech at Miami (FL) 7:30pm ACCN
#3 Oregon at #23 Utah 7:30pm ABC
Wyoming at Utah State 8:00pm CBSSN
#9 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech 8:00pm FOX
ULM at LSU 9:00pm ESPN2
New Mexico at Boise State 9:00pm FS1
Arizona State at Oregon State 10:30pm ESPN
Colorado State at Hawaii 11:00pm Spectrum PPV

 TBT. To the kids who stayed up all night waiting outside an empty stage for a slim chance to get their mildly provocative sign on national television before it's confiscated, I salute you.

Six years ago, I was you.

Huge shoutout to the initial sign inspector who glanced at my sign, shrugged, said "I mean, it's historically accurate" and let me in.

 PICKS. I'm feeling extremely good about today's slate, which probably means everybody should fade!

  • Ohio State -18.5 against Michigan State. Michigan State's defense is not good, and secretly, I don't think the offense is all that great either. That No. 7 ranking is fraudulent.
  • Clemson -4 against Wake Forest. Look, I'm not happy about this either, but Clemson's defense is legit very good and Wake's defense is bad enough to make Clemon's offense look competent. Plus, the game is at Clemson.
  • UCLA -3 against USC. UCLA may not be a great football team, but fortunately for them, USC is a bad football team. Let's not overthink this.
  • Arkansas +20.5 against Alabama. Am I an idiot? Maybe. But I just like Arkansas to keep this close. Alabama's had trouble pulling away from competent teams this season and I think the Razorbacks can score enough to keep this one interesting.
  • Utah -3 against Oregon. Utah is a sneaky good team that's probably a bit underrated, and I honestly think Oregon is quite a bit overrated and really hasn't looked dominant since that Ohio State win. I like the Utes tonight.

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