NCAA Football: Five Under the Radar Games to Watch in Week 9

10/24/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Oct 19, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Duke Blue Devils wide receiver Jamison Crowder (3) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers in the second quarter  at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsWe've already covered the top games for week nine in college football. But what about the best of the rest? Which other games on the Saturday slate could be sneaky good?

Let's take a look at five games that are flying under the radar this week:

West Virginia (3-4) at Kansas State (2-4) - 3:45 PM ET, FOX Sports 1

Kansas State is winless in the Big 12, but they've played intense competition in the last three games. Texas, Oklahoma State, and Baylor have been their most recent opponents, however, the Wildcats played all three quite well. They'll get leading receiver Tyler Lockett back, so that will certainly help. As for West Virginia, it let one slip away against Texas Tech last week. Both teams badly need to win this one as they are both currently sitting in the bottom third of the Big 12 standings.

Michigan State (6-1) at Illinois (3-3) - 3:30 PM ET, ABC/ESPN 2

The Spartans are 6-1, yet are still unranked. There's an easy explanation from that. Outside of their game against Notre Dame (which they lost), they haven't played anyone. Not to mention that the offense looked absolutely dreadful in a 14-0 win against a horrendous Purdue team last Saturday. With Michigan visiting next week, there's a good chance Michigan State may be looking ahead. Look for Illinois to keep this one interesting the entire way.

Texas (4-2) at TCU (3-4) - 7:30 PM ET, FOX Sports 1

David Ash is out for Texas, which means Case McCoy will be leading the way once again at quarterback for the Longhorns. When we last saw Mack Brown's team on the field, they were busy routing Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout. They will face a tough road test this week against TCU, a team that hasn't been able to put it together much against Big 12 competition this year. They've beaten Kansas and played the more challenging teams very well, but can they play a complete game and hand the Longhorns their first Big 12 loss of the season? We'll have to wait and see.

Houston (5-1) at Rutgers (4-2) - 12 PM ET, ESPNews

The AAC might not be the toughest conference in America, but this game features two teams that are fun to watch. Houston's undefeated streak ended last week in a 47-46 heartbreaker against BYU. With Louisville losing to Central Florida last week, the AAC race has opened up quite a bit, and Houston now controls their own destiny. Of course, that would mean winning back to back road games against UCF and Louisville in November, which is much easier said than done. As for this week, there could be a lot of points scored, so this one should be the worth the watch.

Duke (5-2) at #14 Virginia Tech (6-1) - 3:30 PM ET, ESPNU

It's hard to believe that the Blue Devils are a win away from bowl eligibility, and we're only in week nine. On the other side of the coin, Virginia Tech has quietly jumped up to 14th in the rankings after a 6-1 start. To be honest, Duke hasn't beaten anyone that's any good this season, so this would undoubtedly be a massive victory in terms of gaining national recognition. If the Hokie defense can contain wide receiver Jameson Crowder and keep the passing game in check, they should be fine. If they can't, look for David Cutcliffe's team to become bowl eligible in a big way.

Which under-the-radar game are you interested in seeing this week? Let us know by commenting below! And for more college football-related talk, follow @FanIQ or myself on Twitter!

 
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