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Week 13 Football: What to watch

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A look at games that might pique your interest

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If you didn’t realize there were games on Tuesday night, no worries; you only missed two boring MAC blowouts. Wednesday night also features another MAC game, but this one should actually be pretty entertaining.

Thursday night features our very own NC State against a team that both SP+ and Sagarin agree is really awful... Oh no, I think I just jinxed us...

MOVING ON!

All of NC State’s 2019 non-conference opponents (ECU, WCU, WVU, Ball State) have noon games Saturday, so if you want to catch up on how those foes are doing, have at it. Actually, maybe don’t. ECU is playing UConn in a match-up of the only remaining winless AAC teams, Alabama is going to gut WCU, WVU will get mercilessly killed by OK State, and meanwhile Ball State is out of contention for the MAC East title. BORING. (Okay, y’all know I’ll be watching that ECU game).

What you should be watching in the opening round of Saturday games is that Penn State @ Ohio State game. OSU gets just their second real test of the year, and while PSU did lose at Minnesota, they’re still a legit team and capable of knocking off the Buckeyes.

Quick hitters time!

  • Check out future Arkansas coach Willie Fritz (I’m calling it!) as his Tulane team hosts UCF.
  • Go Mercer!
  • Who’s for real? Syracuse of last week or Louisville of this year?
  • UAB hasn’t lost at home since their football program was resurrected in 2017, a 17-game win streak.
  • Butch Davis and FIU take on Davis’ former employer in Miami.
  • Does anyone even care to watch that Duke-Wake game anymore? Didn’t think so.
  • SpideyWolf’s gonna have to provide us all with the link to watch that Hawaii game...

SP+ Ratings and Sagarin CFB Ratings listed ahead of each team’s name.

Wednesday

109/100 Toledo @ 98/91 Buffalo - 7:30pm - ESPN2

Thursday

74/90 NC State @ 103/103 Georgia Tech - 8:00pm - ESPN

Friday

95/105 Colorado State @ 75/72 Wyoming - 9:30pm - ESPN2

Saturday

107/130 East Carolina @ 126/175 UConn - 12:00pm - ESPN3

7/9 Penn State @ 1/1 Ohio State - 12:00pm - FOX

FCS/234 Western Carolina @ 2/3 Alabama - 12:00pm - ESPN

27/21 Oklahoma State @ 94/57 West Virginia - 12:00pm - ESPN2

18/25 UCF @ 36/59 Tulane - 12:00pm - CBSSN

96/106 Ball State @ 115/117 Kent State - 12:00pm - ESPN+

89/116 Liberty @ 39/32 Virginia - 12:00pm - ACCNX

64/64 Boston College @ 19/14 Notre Dame - 2:30pm - NBC

118/152 Texas State @ 35/30 Appalachian State - 2:30pm - ESPN+

17/19 Texas A&M @ 5/5 Georgia - 3:30pm - CBS

10/8 Michigan @ 20/34 Indiana - 3:30pm - ESPN

28/22 Texas @ 21/16 Baylor - 3:30pm - FS1

63/54 UCLA @ 24/23 USC - 3:30pm - ABC

45/39 SMU @ 34/36 Navy - 3:30pm - CBSSN

FCS/205 Mercer @ 50/55 North Carolina - 3:30pm - ACCNX

52/42 Pittsburgh @ 44/43 Virginia Tech - 3:30pm - ESPN2

79/87 Louisiana Tech @ 87/109 UAB - 3:30pm - ESPN+

81/98 Western Kentucky @ 77/77 Southern Miss - 3:30pm - ESPN+

65/66 Syracuse @ 58/53 Louisville - 4:00pm - ACCN

46/70 Temple @ 29/26 Cincinnati - 7:00pm - ESPN2

25/29 Miami @ 99/128 Florida International - 7:00pm - CBSSN

70/83 Duke @ 57/50 Wake Forest - 7:30pm - ACCN

33/27 Boise State @ 68/61 Utah State - 10:30pm - CBSSN

59/67 San Diego State @ 86/85 Hawaii - 11:00pm - ESPN Honolulu