Oct 26, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban leads his team to the field for their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

4 Games to Watch During the Bye Week

While the men’s basketball team obviously tips off their season this afternoon against Morgan State, the football team will be taking their taking second bye week. However, there are still plenty of games that could help or hurt the Buckeyes’ BCS standings, so let’s take a look at a few:

1. 1 Alabama vs. 10 LSU

Perhaps the most influential of them all, if the Tigers can pull off the upset against the Crimson Tide, it certainly bodes well for the Buckeyes. While the Tide do still have to face #9 Auburn, the Tigers’ electric offense still poses the biggest threat to the Tide out of their remaining opponents. If the Tide are going to be kicked off the throne in the regular season, it happens this afternoon. The game can be seen at 8:00 EST

2. 2 Florida State vs. Wake Forest

The upset potential isn’t nearly as high in this game, but any team can win on any given Saturday, and the Deacon Demons have won four games this year. At least check in on the score through the first half, and keep it on if it’s close in the second half. The game can be seen at 12:00 EST on ESPN.

3. 8 Missouri vs. Kentucky

We’re optimists here at Scarlet and Game, and would like to think that Ohio State will be playing for a National Championship in early January. But as I stated earlier, any team can win on any given Sunday, so a loss by the Tigers this week could help the Buckeyes maintain relatively high status and hopes of playing in some sort of prestigious bowl in the event that they suffer a late-season upset. This game can be seen at 12:00 EST on ESPNU and WatchESPN

4. 9 Auburn vs. Tennessee

Much like the Missouri vs. Kentucky game, a loss by the Tigers could help give the Buckeyes some cushion in the event of a loss. The Vols put up a great fight against the Georgia Bulldogs early this season, so an upset is far from unthinkable. This game can be seen at 12:00 EST on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Get your LSU gear on, Buckeyes fans. Let’s pull for the Tide upset.

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