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Saturday Viewing Guide: Sept. 20

It's much harder to prioritize your viewing with the Sooners having an off week. There should be plenty of chances to watch some of the country's better teams in action in telling games, though. (All times EST.)


Before noon: Cheaters marathon
Homerism's wife can't get enough of this show. She loves the witty case synopses: "Meet Jim, a 27-year-old unemployed cable technician. He hired Cheaters' investigators to find out if his live-in girlfriend--Shayna, a 24-year-old shampoo girl at Supercuts--has been sampling a customer's conditioner." G4 has 12 episodes scheduled from 11 am to 5 pm. Longhorn fans should watch to see if any of their family members are featured. 
-Alternative: ESPN GameDay
Alright, you have my permission to give Corso and crew a look this morning. Seeing as they will be onsite at the LSU-Auburn game, feel free to switch if all the "SEC rocks" talk gets a little too nauseating. If it doesn't, you're probably one of those chumps who has been chanting "S-E-C!" during inter-conference games this season.
Noon to 3:30 pm: Ohio at Northwestern
Homerism has argued since before the season that Northwestern actually has a shot to get nine wins this year. Pat Fizgerald's purple people eaters run a dynamic version of the spread that often results in high-scoring games, which can be fun. Who am I kidding? This is an ugly early slate.
-Alternative: Troy at Ohio State
Will this be the true turning point in the transition to the Terrelle Pryor era?

3:30pm to 7pm: Notre Dame at Michigan State
Two weeks into their season, Homerism still has no idea what to make of the Fightin' Irish. Horrendous conditions in last week's contest against Michigan made for some sloppy football. The only thing Notre Dame did better than Big Blue was hold on to the pigskin. One thing about that game still bothers Homerism: NBC's stalwart broadcast team informed us last week that Charlie Weis had his team practice with "wet balls" leading up to the game. Did his players not feel the least bit uncomfortable with their coach making that kind of request? Doesn't seem to have much to do with the game. And how did the big guy enforce that--some kind of ball-dipping mechanism on the way out of the locker room?
-Alternative: Florida at Tennessee

7 pm to 7:45 pm: Rice at Texas
The Owls come into this intrastate matchup against Texas boasting an aerial attack that should give an indication of the improvement made by UT's pass defense under coordinator Will Muschamp. Rice is just good enough to possibly keep this one close until halftime.
-Alternative: Sam Houston State at Kansas
Since he left OU, Bearkats quarterback Rhett Bomar's television appearances have been few and far between. Homerism is interested to see how the former all-world recruit and poster boy for amateur athlete shenanigans has developed as a QB. In his one season at OU, I thought Bomar looked like a sure-fire top 10 draft selection who would go down as the best quarterback in Sooner history. An NFL franchise would be wise to take a late-round flier on Bomar, or at least give him an invite to camp. His talent is worth consideration as a potential project.
7:45 pm on: LSU at Auburn
The marquee game of the weekend should feature some outstanding defensive football. Count on a close, low-scoring game. Watching Auburn struggle to a 3-2 win last week at Mississippi State really soured Homerism's take on the prospects for Tommy Tuberville's team this season. Clearly, Auburn has yet to get a handle on new coordinator Tony Franklin's offense. There's no way this team makes it through the season undefeated. LSU, on the other hand, is intriguing, but Homerism needs to see how their unproven quarterbacks handle their first road test before reaching any conclusions about the Bayou Bengals.
-Alternative: Georgia at Arizona State
Much has been made of the Bulldogs first trip out west in ages. In truth, going east to west is easier on a team from a physical standpoint, so that aspect of this matchup isn't as big of a deal as the pundits want us to believe. The Sun Devils have received stellar quarterback play from Rudy Carpenter this season, but that's about all they have going for them. ASU benefited from a weak schedule in 2007, stumbling down the stretch as the quality of competition picked up. Homerism foresees a comfortable Georgia win.