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September 21, 2011
A favor to ask of conference commissioners and university presidents and chancellors on behalf of fans everywhere: Can you give it a rest on Saturday?
Before games kicked off last week, the Pittsburgh and Syracuse move to the ACC started as a rumor. By the kickoff of the day's marquee game between Florida State and Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Eastern, the move was all but confirmed.
The idea of conference realignment seemingly hangs over almost every game this season, and this week is no exception. Big 12 play begins with two games featuring at least one team looking to leave the conference. Still, that league's top matchup should remind us why college football is beloved despite the wheelings and dealings of the powers-that-be.
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Oklahoma State and Texas A&M look to be headed their separate ways, but the game between top-10 opponents is setting up to be another entertaining show of offense that has become the Big 12's trademarks in recent years. The other key Big 12 game Saturday is Missouri at Oklahoma. Mizzou won last season at home.
West Virginia looks to be the Big East's best team, and Geno Smith and the Mountaineers will be going against LSU's smothering defense Saturday. But rather than the game, most of the talk emanating from the Big East is whether it can survive as a football entity.
Here's a look at the key televised matchups in Week 4.
All times Eastern.
WEEK 4 VIEWER'S GUIDE
OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS A&M
ARKANSAS AT ALABAMA
FLORIDA STATE AT CLEMSON
MISSOURI AT OKLAHOMA
LSU AT WEST VIRGINIA
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