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WAKE UP! Week 5 schedule, viewing guide, why-to-watch and morning open thread

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Last night/this morning was hella’ entertaining in Pullman, eh? Wazzu’s 30-27 win — punctuated by overcoming mistakes, RTDB, and harassing Sam Darnold — has easily been one of the season’s games of the year. And, on paper, there are several other ranked vs. ranked matchups today which have the potential to be just as entertaining.

College Gameday is in Blacksburg for tonight’s big Tech-Clemson game, if you’re the morning type.

Below is your schedule for the day, all times Eastern. Here’s what we’re going to be keeping an eye on the first half of the day (we’ll be back to drop an afternoon thread that is might’a bit similar to this one):

Vandy at Florida -9 (12 EST)

Somehow, the Gators just keep winning. Then again, there’s a reason Stoops and Butch perpetually stay on the hot seat. Florida is down 12 scholarship players and simply can’t move the ball...they also have one of the conference’s worst defenses, mainly because of youth, credit card fraud, and losing Geoff Collins to Temple. Vanderbilt is licking a lot of wounds after Alabama exposed this teams flaws, particularly up front. Do Nuss and Mac try and RTDB and make this a tidy, low-scoring home win? Can the ‘Dores rebound and have Shurmur/Webb finally live up to their veteran potential, or was that 3-0 start illusory?

Indiana at Penn State -18.5 (3:30 EST)

This is our first common opponent between the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions. We know OSU’s secondary is hot garbage; we suspect Penn State’s may be as well. Franklin also has a history of dropping inexplicable games following a big win. Are the Hoosiers still the most dangerous .500 team in America, as they’ve been the last 4-5 years?

Georgia at Tennessee +6.5 (3:30 EST)

Butch Jones teams have a way of overperforming at home. They’ll need it today. The matchup of John Kelly vs. the UGA front seven is strength on strength. Georgia has a history of playing down in this game, particularly in Knoxville. Have the Dawgs been reading their press clippings all week? Can Kirby Smart put Jake Fromm in position to win a tough road game? More importantly, can his team finally show the consistency they’ve been missing in the first dozen-and-a-half games of his coaching career? This would be a huge setback for the DWAGS, but for Jones, a lopsided loss here almost-certainly puts the final nail in his coaching coffin. Put up or shut up time in Knoxville.

Alabama v Vanderbilt
Pic unrelated, but it’s too cool to ignore
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Conference games the “favorite” can absolutely lose if they play like crap:

Maryland at Minnesota -13 (12 EST)

The Gophers are undefeated. We rowin’ the boat or not, fam? I’d like the upset potential more if the Maryland weren’t on its third quarterback. Are the Terps the team that got blasted by UCF last week or the one that kicked Texas’ teeth in? The Terps still have a vast talent edge.

Florida State at Wake Forest +7.5 (3:30 EST)

Jimbo is always good for a flat game or two -- he just cannot motivate guys extrinsically. The ‘Noles already let Alabama beat them twice and the defense has some issues up the middle. Wake has no business being in this game, but Dave Clausen has done a great job with limited talent: Sound defense and just enough offense to win a bowl game last year. Weird that this is a must-win for FSU, but it is.

UNC at Georgia Tech -9.5 (12 EST)

Tennessee lit up the Jackets secondary; a recurring theme for all Atlanta teams, amirite? They face the ACC’s most pass-happy crew this week — a team that also happens to have one of its worst defenses. GT should get this one done on the ground, but if the secondary hasn’t improved and they’ve not limited the turnovers? Yuck. In Chapel Hill, it’s safe to say that the natives are getting restless. So much wasted potential in the Research Triangle by Larry Fedora, now in his 6th season.

Baylor at Kansas State -15 (3:30 EST)

This may be one of the day’s most intriguing games. Did a switch flip last week for Matt Rhule’s Felony Academy? (What? You think we’re all forgive-and-forget, Baylor? Hell, this is the first time in two years we’ve even spoken about a Baylor game.) Or, is Oklahoma’s passing defense as bad as it looked the first half in Waco? (Hint: Probably the latter.) K-State is coming off a weird loss to Vandy where they simply could not move the ball. Having seen that ‘Dore defense up close, it begs the questions as to how bad the Wildcat offense is. If this one starts turning into a track meet, will KSU be able to keep up? Even against one of the nation’s worst P5 defenses?

2017 College Football Schedule -

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Northwestern at #10 Wisconsin 12:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#18 South Florida at East Carolina 12:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Vanderbilt at #21 Florida 12:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Houston at Temple 12:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
New Mexico State at Arkansas 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Maryland at Minnesota 12:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Rice at Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
North Carolina at Georgia Tech 12:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Syracuse at NC State 12:20 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Central Michigan at Boston College 1:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Indiana at #4 Penn State 3:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
#7 Georgia at Tennessee 3:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Murray State at #17 Louisville 3:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Florida State at Wake Forest 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Ohio at UMass 3:30 PM NESN UMass.com
Baylor at Kansas State 3:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
UTEP at Army 3:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Navy at Tulsa 3:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Buffalo at Kent State 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Texas State at Wyoming 4:00 PM None Facebook
Connecticut at SMU 4:00 PM ESPNEWS WatchESPN.com
Arizona State at Stanford 4:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Eastern Michigan at Kentucky 4:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Iowa at Michigan State 4:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Miami (OH) at #22 Notre Dame 5:00 PM NBCSN NBCSports.com
#24 Mississippi State at #13 Auburn 6:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Akron at Bowling Green 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Troy at #25 LSU 7:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Charlotte at Florida Intl 7:00 PM BeIN Sports None
Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic 7:00 PM WTCN WatchStadium.com
South Alabama at Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM Local TV WatchESPN.com
Marshall at Cincinnati 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
North Texas at Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM None CUSA.tv
Ball State at Western Michigan 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Coastal Carolina at Louisiana Monroe 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Air Force at New Mexico 7:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Memphis at UCF 7:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
#11 Ohio State at Rutgers 7:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
South Carolina at Texas A&M 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
#2 Clemson at #12 Virginia Tech 8:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#6 Washington at Oregon State 8:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
#15 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech 8:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Ole Miss at #1 Alabama 9:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Nevada at Fresno State 10:00 PM AT&T Sportsnet WatchStadium.com
Northern Illinois at #19 San Diego State 10:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
San José State at UNLV 10:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Colorado at UCLA 10:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
California at Oregon 10:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Colorado State at Hawai'i 11:59 PM Spectrum Sports Stadium iOS app
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