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Week 9 Football: What to watch

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A look at games that might pique your interest

NCAA Football: Oregon at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

A full bevy of Thursday and Friday night games kick off what is actually a really good slate this week (okay, well, technically Troy and South Alabama kicked off the week Tuesday night with some Fun Belt action - Troy won 38-17, so you didn’t miss anything). There’s an ACC game each night, which is nice. Remember earlier in the season when you built up some brownie points with the significant other? Yeah, time to cash those in.

Appalachian State is having one heck of a year, so if you don’t want to watch GT @ VT on Thursday night, that’s another good option. Miami @ Boston College should be a fun game on Friday night, especially with AJ Dillon back to full health against that stout Miami D.

The early slate of Saturday games isn’t the greatest, especially in the ACC (Wake Forest @ Louisville is your ACC Pillow Fight of the Week), but there are a few good-enough matchups to keep you entertained until the midday fun kicks in. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party shouldn’t disappoint like it has the previous four years.

NC State is up at Syracuse among the evening games.

Oh, and hey, look! An early game for Hawaii this week.

(Note: F/+ (a combination of FEI and S&P+ rankings) and Sagarin rankings listed for each team. For D1-AA/FCS teams, only the Sagarin ranking is listed.)

Thursday

60/59 Baylor @ 23/19 West Virginia - 7:00pm - FS1

110/125 Ball State @ 70/92 Ohio - 7:00pm - CBSSN

88/84 Toledo @ 71/81 Western Michigan - 7:00pm - ESPN2

31/32 Appalachian State @ 81/91 Georgia Southern - 7:30pm - EPSNU

59/50 Georgia Tech @ 45/38 Virginia Tech - 7:30pm - ESPN

Friday

74/89 Louisiana Tech @ 87/103 Florida Atlantic - 6:30pm - CBSSN

15/20 Miami @ 50/42 Boston College - 7:00pm - ESPN

57/64 Indiana @ 66/66 Minnesota - 8:00pm - FS1

93/101 Wyoming @ 114/115 Colorado State - 10:00pm - CBSSN

19/14 Utah @ 78/61 UCLA - 10:30pm - ESPN

Saturday

2/2 Clemson @ 62/47 Florida State - 12:00pm - ABC

25/13 Wisconsin @ 49/49 Northwestern - 12:00pm - FOX

28/26 Texas Tech @ 30/33 Iowa State - 12:00pm - ESPN2

103/86 Wake Forest @ 106/88 Louisville - 12:00pm - ACCNE

17/22 Purdue @ 29/31 Michigan State - 12:00pm - ESPN

84/90 North Carolina @ 34/45 Virginia - 12:20pm - ACCNE

83/117 Southern Mississippi @ 118/153 Charlotte - 2:00pm - ESPN3

113/123 Coastal Carolina @ 126/130 Georgia State - 2:00pm - ESPN+

9/12 Florida @ 4/6 Georgia - 3:30pm - CBS

13/9 Iowa @ 12/10 Penn State - 3:30pm - ESPN

64/67 South Florida @ 37/54 Houston - 3:30pm - ABC/ESPN2

54/51 Arizona State @ 51/41 USC - 3:30pm - ABC/ESPN2

26/35 Duke @ 86/76 Pittsburgh - 3:30pm - ACCNE

18/24 Kentucky @ 22/30 Missouri - 4:00pm - SECN

21/27 Washington State @ 38/23 Stanford - 7:00pm - PAC12N

24/15 Texas A&M @ 14/16 Mississippi State - 7:00pm - ESPN

27/25 NC State @ 44/48 Syracuse - 7:00pm - ESPN2

79/63 Tennessee @ 43/36 South Carolina - 7:30pm - SECN

7/11 Notre Dame @ 102/108 Navy - 8:00pm - CBS

32/17 Texas @ 41/40 Oklahoma State - 8:00pm - ABC

42/37 Oregon @ 82/73 Arizona - 10:30pm - ESPN

99/121 Hawaii @ 11/18 Fresno State - 10:30pm - ESPN2

47/72 San Diego State @ 76/97 Nevada - 10:30pm - ESPNU