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WAKE UP! Week 3 Saturday Morning Viewing Guide, Schedule and Open Thread

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Today is a great day for football

Texas A&M v UCLA
How much do you think Sumlin regrets gacking this one away?
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Today is the first legitimately great day of bumper-to-bumper action. There’s no need to hard-sell this schedule: From 11:00 local ‘til the wee hours of Sunday, the potential is there for great games, interesting matchups pr at least revelatory ones. We’ll learn a lot about teams this week.

We begin this morning at 8:00 central where College Gameday kicks off from Louisville in anticipation of the day’s marquis match-up, the Clemson Tigers at the Louisville Cardinals in a prime-time tilt. Later this afternoon and evening, the SEC has several critical early season divisional games. And there’s a twofold nightcap, including a probable wild shootout when OIe Miss travels to Cal.

The morning/noon slate begins with a few compelling games we’ll have our eye on:

Air Force at Michigan -23 : It’s always hard to prepare for the flexbone on a week’s notice. This will be the first time a team is determined to line up and run the ball at Michigan too. It’s an early one for the Falcons in Ann Arbor, but this is a losable trap game if the Wolverines aren’t focused. (Last season’s loss to Iowa comes to mind.) Or it could be a blowout; Harbaugh’s guys have played great at home under him. Either way, there will be a lot of sexy line play and running games.

Oklahoma State at Pitt +11.5: It’s the second road game for the Cowboys, and the second of a brutal early season schedule for the Panthers that saw 2017 open at Penn State. We’ll learn a lot about the Pokes in their first P5 meeting of the season. Pitt isn’t quite as good as last season, but home field, an offense that is sporadically very good, and a time zone change can make this one competitive.

UCLA at Memphis +3: This is a 9 a.m. game for the Bruins against one of the nation’s better offenses and a chippy, but injury-plagued Memphis defense. The Tigers are a legitimate contender for the AAC crown, but Josh Rosen is off to a fantastic start. The Bruins have played with more moxie than at any point in the last few years, certainly under Mora. A win today goes a long way for both teams: This one could be a track meet. With two excellent passing offenses squaring off, the advantage probably goes to whichever team can play with a chip on its shoulder defensively to get some stops/turnovers and control the LOS just enough in the running game on the other side of the ball.

UL-Lafayette at Texas A&M -23.5: The Ragin’ Cajuns were picked by many to be the Sun Belt champions. On paper, the Aggies should take care of this one pretty handily (though probably not by 24 points.) But, the Ags are determined to play as poorly as possible in the last six quarters. Ooh La La will be more than motivated to get a mount on their wall, and Sumlin just may give it to them. The other option is that the Aggies finally play four quarters of fundamentally-sound football, minimize mistakes, control the clock, avoid coaching gaffes, and win the line of scrimmage...not that this staff has done that once in the last five years. If Sumlin loses this one at home, that $11.6 million buyout be damned -- he won’t survive the weekend.

We’ll be back with an afternoon thread for you, folks. Enjoy this morning.

Table courtesy Joe Pechowski and Bruins Nation. All times Pacific (add 2 / 3 hours for Central / Eastern)

2017 College Football Schedule -

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Air Force at #7 Michigan 9:00 AM BTN
#9 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh 9:00 AM ESPN
#25 UCLA at Memphis 9:00 AM ABC
Northern Illinois at Nebraska 9:00 AM FS1
Louisiana at Texas A&M 9:00 AM SEC Network
Kansas at Ohio 9:00 AM ESPN
Delaware State at West Virginia 9:00 AM AT&T SportsNet None
Iowa State at Akron 9:00 AM CBSSN
Connecticut at Virginia 9:00 AM ESPN2
Furman at NC State 9:20 AM ACC Network
Baylor at Duke 9:30 AM ACC Network
Coastal Carolina at UAB 10:00 AM Raycom
Northern Colorado at Colorado 11:00 AM Pac-12 Networks
Utah State at Wake Forest 12:00 PM ACC Network
Tennessee Tech at Ball State 12:00 PM None
#10 Wisconsin at BYU 12:30 PM ABC
#16 Virginia Tech at East Carolina 12:30 PM CBSSN
SMU at #20 TCU 12:30 PM ESPNU
#23 Tennessee at #24 Florida 12:30 PM CBS
Central Michigan at Syracuse 12:30 PM ACC Network
North Carolina at Old Dominion 12:30 PM None
Notre Dame at Boston College 12:30 PM ESPN
Morgan State at Rutgers 12:30 PM BTN
Middle Tennessee at Minnesota 12:30 PM BTN
North Texas at Iowa 12:30 PM ESPN
Mercer at #15 Auburn 1:00 PM SEC Network
Purdue at Missouri 1:00 PM SEC Network
Army at #8 Ohio State 1:30 PM FOX
Oregon State at #21 Washington State 2:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
Tulane at #2 Oklahoma 3:00 PM PPV
North Carolina A&T at Charlotte 3:00 PM WCCB
Colgate at Buffalo 3:00 PM None
Bethune-Cookman at Florida Atlantic 3:30 PM beIN None
Kent State at Marshall 3:30 PM None
Colorado State at #1 Alabama 4:00 PM ESPN2
#12 LSU at Mississippi State 4:00 PM ESPN
Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Monroe 4:00 PM None
Southern at UT San Antonio 4:00 PM KCWX
Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky 4:00 PM None
Oregon at Wyoming 4:00 PM CBSSN
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas State 4:00 PM None
Idaho at Western Michigan 4:00 PM None
Alabama A&M at South Alabama 4:00 PM None
Tulsa at Toledo 4:00 PM None
Appalachian State at Texas State 4:00 PM None
Idaho State at Nevada 4:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Georgia State at #5 Penn State 4:30 PM BTN
Samford at #13 Georgia 4:30 PM SEC Network
#18 Kansas State at Vanderbilt 4:30 PM ESPNU
Kentucky at South Carolina 4:30 PM SEC Network
Bowling Green at Northwestern 4:30 PM BTN
#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville 5:00 PM ABC
Rice at Houston 5:00 PM None
Troy at New Mexico State 5:00 PM None
Cincinnati at Miami (OH) 5:00 PM None
Arizona State at Texas Tech 5:00 PM FSN
Texas at #4 USC 5:30 PM FOX
Fresno State at #6 Washington 6:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
San José State at Utah 7:00 PM ESPN2
#19 Stanford at San Diego State 7:30 PM CBSSN
Ole Miss at California 7:30 PM ESPN
Joe Pechowski (Bruins Nation)