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WAKE UP! Week Three college football viewing guide, schedule, and why-to-watch

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Jeremy, safe to say if you’re making the front page this morning, it’s not for good reasons.

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With most of the paycheck slaughters and high profile intersectional matchups being concluded, we now enter conference play in earnest for a lot of the country. And, while the attention may be on the big names (USC-Texas, OSU-TCU), those oddly may not be the best remaining out-of-conference matchups. There are quite a few interesting games on tap today between the haves and the have-nots — with better-than-you’d-expect chances for the G5 to beat brand-name power conference teams.

Below is your schedule and viewing/streaming information for the day (all times Eastern.)

Here’s what to watch for in early action:

Strictly for the Bettors:

There’s absolutely no need to watch these ghastly blowouts:

Kent State at Penn State

Directional Georgia at Clemson

SMU at Michigan

ULL at Mississippi State

San Jose State at Oregon

Middle Tennessee at Georgia

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No. 21 Miami (-11.5) at Toledo (12:00)

Miami has gotten blasted by a decent-but-not-great LSU team and then paid for the privilege of destroying Savannah State. What we do know about the ‘Canes isn’t much...but neither is it positive. Malik Rosier will still be leading The U as they travel into the Glass Bowl to face a very good Rockets team, and they may need all of those points. Miami’s defensive athleticism should carry the day, but the Hurricanes could drop this one if they need to keep up in a high-scoring game. Only Mark Richt has faith in this offense at the moment.

Oklahoma (-18.5) at Iowa State (12:00)

The sleepy noon game in Ames is always good for an upset or three throughout the season. Don’t expect the Sooners to sleepwalk though, after being thoroughly roughed up last year by the Cyclones in Norman — the ‘Clones timely passing, underneath zones, and ground game gave the Bulldogs a blueprint it would follow in a CFP Rose Bowl semifinal. This is Murray’s first road game, and the Sooners have some injury issues already. It will be interesting to see if this team is as good as advertised: UCLA suggested not. Or if the Cyclones have taken a step back from last year’s surprisingly salty bunch — early results suggest not, as well. If OU has the foot on the gas though, we all may be reaching for the remote sooner rather than later.

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Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Georgia Southern at #2 Clemson 12:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
#5 Oklahoma at Iowa State 12:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Kent State at #11 Penn State 12:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
#21 Miami at Toledo 12:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Rhode Island at UConn 12:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Troy at Nebraska 12:00 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Hawai'i at Army 12:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Florida State at Syracuse 12:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Rutgers at Kansas 12:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Ball State at Indiana 12:00 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Temple at Maryland 12:00 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Murray State at Kentucky 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
UTEP at Tennessee 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Tulane at UAB 1:00 PM None Facebook
UC Davis at #9 Stanford 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Vanderbilt at #8 Notre Dame 2:30 PM NBC NBCSports.com
Ohio at Virginia 3:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
BYU at #6 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#12 LSU at #7 Auburn 3:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
#17 Boise State at #24 Oklahoma State 3:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
SMU at #19 Michigan 3:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Miami (OH) at Minnesota 3:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Lehigh at Navy 3:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
South Florida at Illinois 3:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Duke at Baylor 3:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
UTSA at Kansas State 4:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Colorado State at Florida 4:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
North Texas at Arkansas 4:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Wofford at Wyoming 4:00 PM None TheMW.com
Eastern Kentucky at Bowling Green 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Houston at Texas Tech 4:15 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
San Jose State at #20 Oregon 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
New Hampshire at Colorado 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Idaho State at California 6:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Bethune-Cookman at Florida Atlantic 6:00 PM Stadium Facebook
Eastern Michigan at Buffalo 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
#1 Alabama at Ole Miss 7:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Texas State at South Alabama 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Arkansas State at Tulsa 7:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Alabama A&M at Cincinnati 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Delaware State at Western Michigan 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Oregon State at Nevada 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Middle Tennessee at #3 Georgia 7:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Louisiana at #16 Mississippi State 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
UL Monroe at Texas A&M 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Missouri at Purdue 7:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Iowa at Iowa 7:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Western Kentucky at Louisville 7:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
UMass at Florida Intl 7:30 PM beIN Sports beINSports.com
Akron at Northwestern 7:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
#4 Ohio State at #15 TCU 8:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#22 USC at Texas 8:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
New Mexico at New Mexico State 8:00 PM Eleven Sports Aggievision
Eastern Washington at Washington State 8:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
#10 Washington at Utah 10:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Prairie View at UNLV 10:00 PM None TheMW.com
#23 Arizona State at San Diego State 10:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Fresno State at UCLA 10:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Southern Utah at Arizona 11:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
#18 UCF at North Carolina Canceled
East Carolina at #13 Virginia Tech Canceled
#14 West Virginia at NC State Canceled
Southern Mississippi at Appalachian State Postponed
Norfolk State at Liberty Postponed
Marshall at South Carolina Cancelled

Hawaii at Army (-6.5) 12:00

The trip to Oahu may be the hardest one to make in all of college football. Conversely, flying 4970 miles to West Point to face a game Army squad with an efficient passing attack is probably as difficult. This one kicks off at 6:00 a.m. Manoa time — and having made that HST to EDT flight a few times, I can tell you it takes days to overcome the sluggishness. The surprisingly undefeated Warriors could easily get back on the plane with an L in the ledger. If not, this one actually has potential to be one of the day’s under-the-radar good games.

2018 is a helluva’ drug.

Troy at Nebraska (lines are all over the place: -11 to -13) 12:00

On August 1st, the Huskers had four quarterbacks. After an injury to Adrian Martinez in last week’s loss to Colorado, Nebraska has one — a walk-on. The Trojans ran into the Boise buzzsaw two weeks ago, but don’t sleep on them in this game. The offense is fast and balanced, and Nubber has been gashed on the ground. Worse, they were terrible with ball security last week. If UNL goes -3 again, the Trojans could walk out of Lincoln with another program-defining win under their belt, one that finally puts Neal Brown on the national map.

Florida State at Syracuse (-3) 12:00

The Seminoles look lost. They’ve been blasted on the ground, smoked through the air, the passing offense is a mess, and the running game hasn’t gotten on track. The results against Samford last week weren’t an abberation: FSU’s secondary really is that bad. See what I wrote above re: sleepy noon games in Ames? Raucous noon games inside the deafening Carrier Dome have that effect on teams too: This one could get really, really weird. The Orangemen offense is going to give FSU fits. The only question is if the defense can get enough stops — or if they can sit back and watch the Seminoles shoot themselves in the foot again. If I had to watch one game this morning, it’s probably this one.

Vandy at Notre Dame...(do you even care about the rest of this?)

I mean, I guess? It’s an SEC team? They both have small student bodies and high SATs? But, on the Nerd Bowl entertainment scale, this one is still well below the annual Duke-Northwestern game.

Unwatchable Filth of the Morning

It’s rare we have a two-way tie for the distinction of #butt, yet here we are, and an even representation of Power 5 teams too: SEC, Big 12, Big 10.

Rutgers (+2) at Kansas 12:00

Two weeks ago, the Jayhawks were manhandled by FCS Nicholls State. Last week Kansas got its first road win in nine years when it visited MAC stinker Central Michigan. Kansas is now looking for its first two-game winning streak in seven years. It’s not just their raw suckage stats either: KU’s metrics are terrible. They are literally dead last in F+ among the P5 teams — 103rd overall. The only major conference opponent that comes close to being KU-bad is the visiting team: The Rutgers Scarlet Knights, clocking in at 102nd. Both of these teams struggle to score, are undersized, slog around on offense and defense, and play undisciplined, unprepared, talentless football. Worse, it’s boring. This will be the worst game between two P5 opponents all season.

That alone kind of makes me want to watch it.

UTEP (+32.5) at Tennessee 12:00

The matchup vying for the ass crown sees the worst team in FCS football, the UTEP Miners, travel 2000 miles for a JP game against the awful Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols have some talent; that was apparent in their season-opening loss. But, they don’t have nearly enough of it to overlook anyone. Throw in an offense that doesn’t know what it wants to be, a defense trying to learn the 3-4 (and all of the mistakes that entails), and a coaching staff on training wheels with one flat tire, and you have the makings of a dreadful viewing experience. This will be another morbid curiosity/horrorshow you kind of half-heartedly want to tune in to.

I’m half-tempted to lay a bill on UTEP to cover. I don’t know that Tennessee can beat anyone by 32 points. If it were Arkansas, I would.

We’ll be back at 3:30 Eastern with your afternoon viewing guide, why-to-watch and open thread. For now, please enjoy this one and feel free to chime in on all topics of interest...or even ones of disinterest; we can always ignore you.

Poll

In the Unwatchable Filth Cage Match, which prevails as worst game of the morning?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    UTEP at Tennessee
    (34 votes)
  • 64%
    Rutgers at Kansas
    (76 votes)
  • 5%
    A challenger emerges ______
    (7 votes)
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