Louisville looks to stay undefeated on the season when they line up to play Kentucky on Saturday. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images / September 6, 2013)

Break out the chips and cold drinks but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Thursday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games:


No. 5 Stanford (1-0) at Army (1-1)

9 a.m., CBS Sports Network

Army loves to run the ball and Stanford's defense lives to stop the run, so that probably means Army will be lucky to cross mid-field.

Don't be fooled by a final score that might look close. Stanford isn't into style points and 30 points to the Cardinals is like 50 to Oregon. Stanford's defense suffocated a pretty good San Jose State last week, 34-13, allowing the Spartans only 35 rushing yards with four sacks of quarterback David Fales.

No. 7 Louisville (2-0) at Kentucky (1-1)

9 a.m., ESPN

Hey look, Louisville is better than Kentucky in football and basketball. The Cardinals won last year's NCAA title and look to rub more blue grass in Lexington's football face. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is a leading Heisman candidate who has thrown for 752 yards and nine touchdowns in two games. Kentucky figures to get better eventually with first-year Coach Mark Brooks but this is a bad match-up for the Wildcats.

9 a.m.: UCLA at Nebraska, Ch. 7; Virginia Tech at East Carolina, FS1; Tulsa at Oklahoma, ESPN2; Akron at Michigan, BTN; Bowling Green at Indiana, ESPNU; Western Illinois at Minnesota, BTN1.

9:30 a.m.: Louisiana Monroe at Wake Forest, FSWest; Southern Mississippi at Arkansas, KDOC.

11 a.m.: Youngstown State at Michigan State, BTN3.


No. 1 Alabama (1-0) at No. 6 Texas A&M (2-0)

12:30 p.m., Channel 2

Alabama heads to College Station in hopes of avenging last season's only loss en route to a second straight BCS title. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel might have clinched the Heisman Trophy in the 29-24 win at Tuscaloosa as he passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92 against the nation's No. 1 defense. The winner of this game earns a huge tiebreak advantage in the race for the SEC West title.

Tennessee (2-0) at No. 2 Oregon (2-0)

12:30 p.m., Channel 7

Give the SEC's Volunteers program credit for taking this dangerous nonconference game in Eugene. Oregon may be the nation's most impressive team through the first two weeks. The Ducks haven't slowed down much under first-year Coach Mark Helfrich, as 17 of the team's 19 scoring drives this year have been accomplished in less than two minutes.

Stat clincher: Oregon has won 21 straight home games against unranked schools and Tennessee has lost 16 straight against rated teams.