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WAKE UP! College Football Opening Morning Viewing Guide, TV Schedule and Open Thread

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Josh Chatham

The 2017 college football season has begun. It has not been the most exciting start to the year. In fact, it feels like that random weekend in November where “all the games suck,” — but, like that weekend, CFB’s preseason and week day matchups have had some low-key good games (Hawaii-UMass, BC-NIU, the defensive tussle between Colo. State and Colorado come to mind.)

That is to say, we watch because you never know what’s going to happen. So, while some of the morning games seem iffy, a few have good potential if you dig a little deeper.

Below is the schedule, and what we’re keeping an eye on. All times are God’s right, proper Central.

  • Youngstown State, Bo Pelini’s FCS Championship runner-up, crosses Lake Erie to meet the high-powered Pitt Panthers led by former Vol QB Nathan Peterman. Don’t sleep on this FCS-upset special.
  • Speaking of upset special, Orgeon State played as bad an opening week of football as you can imagine. They host the very good FCS Vikings of Portland State. This is a loseable game in the Beavs don’t get it together.
  • Is Maryland ever going to turn the corner? Does talented Texas finally have a coach to lead the ‘Horns out of a funk that has endured for almost a decade?
  • Cal at North Carolina. Whatever the over is, I hope you bet it. This one is going to go sideways at some point. The Bears have always had an offense. They’re betting that defensive specialist Justin Wilcox can fashion a competent team in Berkeley.
  • Wyoming at Iowa may be the most intriguing of the morning. Craig Bohl is turning it around in Laramie. The road trip to Kinnick is always tough, but this is just the kind of early-season paycheck game that Iowa sleepwalks through en route to an embarrassing loss. Can the Cowboys defense hold up?

Today’s College Gameday is live from Hotlanta, if billion-dollar stadium christenings, Tom Rinaldi, and crappy bro country are your thing. Join Lee, Dez, David & Herbie, with guest picker Sam Hunt, at 8 Central.

We’ll be back at 2:30 for the afternoon games, and, of course, have your game threads for tonight’s gonzo main event.

Roll Football. What are you watching?

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Akron at Penn State 11:00 AM ABC
Ball State at Illinois 11:00 AM BTN
Bowling Green at Michigan State 11:00 AM ESPNU
Kent State at Clemson 11:00 AM ESPN
Maryland at Texas 11:00 AM Fox Sports 1
Missouri State at Missouri 11:00 AM SEC Network
Wyoming at Iowa 11:00 AM BTN 
California at North Carolina 11:20 AM ACC Network
Bethune Cookman at Miami 11:30 AM FSN Affiliates
Portland State at Oregon State 1:00 PM PAC-12 Network / PAC-12 Video
NC State vs. South Carolina (Charlotte) 2:00 PM ESPN
Florida vs. Michigan (Arlington) 2:30 PM ABC
Nevada at Northwestern 2:30 PM BTN 
Temple at Notre Dame 2:30 PM NBC
UTEP at Oklahoma 2:30 PM FOX
Troy at Boise State 2:45 PM ESPNU
Charleston Southern at Mississippi State 3:00 PM SEC Network
Eastern Washington at Texas Tech 3:00 PM FSN Affiliates
Kentucky at Southern Miss 3:00 PM CBS Sports Network
Western Michigan at USC 4:15 PM PAC-12 Network 
Appalachian State at Georgia 5:15 PM ESPN / WatchESPN
Central Arkansas at Kansas State 6:00 PM ESPN3
Liberty at Baylor 6:00 PM Fox Sports 2
SEMO at Kansas 6:00 PM ESPN3
Butler at Illinois State 6:30 PM ESPN3
Georgia Southern at Auburn 6:30 PM SEC Network
Louisville vs. Purdue (Indianapolis) 6:30 PM FOX
South Alabama at Ole Miss 6:30 PM ESPNU / WatchESPN
Alabama vs. Florida State (Atlanta) 7:00 PM ABC
Arkansas State at Nebraska 7:00 PM BTN
Jackson State at TCU 7:00 PM FSN Affiliates
Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee 7:00 PM CBS Sports Network
Southern Utah at Oregon 7:15 PM PAC-12 Network 
BYU vs. LSU (New Orleans) 8:30 PM ESPN
Montana State at Washington State 9:30 PM Fox Sports 1
Northern Arizona at Arizona 10:00 PM PAC-12 Network
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