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NCAA Football: Southwest Classic-Arkansas vs Texas A&M
Someone’s getting fired.
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Conference play begins this week for about half of the country, and there are few games of import: Can Michigan get out if its offensive funk on the road vs. Jeff Brohm’s good-ish Purdue squad? Which Bulldogs are real? We’ll figure it out when the Bulldogs travel to Athens to play the ‘Dawgs. After Auburn’s hard week can they get it together on the road versus a suddenly-terrible Mizzou team? How will Alabama look in its first true road game against the undefeated ‘Dores? That, and much more.

Today’s College Gameday is in New York City for the first time -- Times Square to be precise. I rolled my eyes at the patent suck up the largest television market in the country. Then, I read this great little piece at the Mothership and realized that many, many people will be excited in the Big Apple. While the New England seaboard isn’t a CFB hotbed, there are hundreds of thousands of transplants who are from places where football reigns.

Until the ‘Bama game starts, we’ll have our eyes on:

Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (-2.5) in Jerry World 11:00 a.m. Central

Who gets fired first? This winner of this game isn’t off the hot seat, but the loser may very well not make it until Halloween. This is as big an early season game as you’re going to see in the SEC. On paper the Ags should line up and run it down the throat of an impotent Hogs defense. In readlity, they’ll throw the ball 30 times with Freshman Kellen Mond and collapse defensively when it matters most. Flip a coin for who prepped the worst. Then flip it again for who adjusts more poorly.

Texas Tech at Houston (-7) 11:00 a.m. Central

Major Applewhite’s squad is undefeated, but the Cougs just feel different without Tom Herman. Kliff’s squad looks better as a team than it has at any point in his tenure. Can the Raiders play defense? How do you scheme around Ed Oliver? Do the Cougars have the firepower, after heavy graduation losses, to keep up on the scoreboard? One of these teams may be abottom-25ish squad — good luck on guessing which one ntil they tee it up. This is an old-fashioned Texas football shootout.

NCSU at Florida State (-10.5) 11:00 a.m. Central

Normally losing your starting QB would be a season-killer. It still may be for the ‘Noles. But, owing to inclement weather, this is the first game in three weeks for FSU. That is practically a second fall camp for Jimbo and his true freshman quarterback to prepare. Can the ‘Noles shake off the thorough whipping the Tide gave them and get back in the CFB Playoff discussion? Beating a decent Wolfpack team is a must.

While you shouldn’t watch it, do keep an eye when UMass travels to Tennessee (11 central, -28 UT.) The Vols should absolutely destroy this team, but the Minutemen have a very lethal passing offense, and the Vols’ secondary has been a somewhat shaky this year. Heh, just ask Florida.

Here’s the schedule below (eastern). We’ll be back with your game thread around 2:00 Central. Roll Tide

2017 College Football Schedule -

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
UNLV at #10 Ohio State 12:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
NC State at #12 Florida State 12:00 PM ABC/ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Kent State at #19 Louisville 12:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Texas Tech at Houston 12:00 PM ABC/ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Army at Tulane 12:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Texas A&M at Arkansas 12:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
UMass at Tennessee 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
West Virginia at Kansas 12:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech 12:20 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
New Mexico at Tulsa 1:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Old Dominion at #13 Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Idaho at South Alabama 2:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Ohio at Eastern Michigan 2:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
UCF at Maryland 3:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
#1 Alabama at Vanderbilt 3:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Boston College at #2 Clemson 3:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
#5 USC at California 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#16 TCU at #6 Oklahoma State 3:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Toledo at #14 Miami 3:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Rutgers at Nebraska 3:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Georgia Southern at Indiana 3:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Wake Forest at Appalachian State 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Duke at North Carolina 3:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Louisiana Tech at South Carolina 3:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Miami (OH) at Central Michigan 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Cincinnati at Navy 3:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
#8 Michigan at Purdue 4:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Louisiana Monroe at Louisiana 5:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Nevada at #18 Washington State 6:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Akron at Troy 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Georgia State at Charlotte 6:00 PM WCCB CUSA.tv
#3 Oklahoma at Baylor 6:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Western Illinois at Coastal Carolina 6:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
UAB at North Texas 6:30 PM beIN None
#17 Mississippi State at #11 Georgia 7:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
#22 San Diego State at Air Force 7:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Syracuse at #23 Utah 7:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Ball State at Western Kentucky 7:00 PM None WatchStadium.com
Florida Atlantic at Buffalo 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Bowling Green at Middle Tennessee 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Arkansas State at SMU 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Wagner at Western Michigan 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
#4 Penn State at Iowa 7:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#15 Auburn at Missouri 7:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
#20 Florida at Kentucky 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Florida International at Rice 7:30 PM None Facebook
Utah State at San José State 7:30 PM None Facebook
UT San Antonio at Texas State 7:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
UTEP at New Mexico State 8:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Southern Illinois at Memphis 8:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Notre Dame at Michigan State 8:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
#7 Washington at Colorado 10:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
#24 Oregon at Arizona State 10:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Hawai'i at Wyoming 10:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
UCLA at Stanford 10:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com