Well, NC State’s on a bye - a much needed bye - but that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty of football still to be had. Plus there’s the MLB playoffs for anyone who needs a break from college football.
You’ve got your typical Tuesday and Wednesday CUSA and Sun Belt filler games. Nothing stands out as must-watch, but I’d bet that Western Kentucky vs Jacksonville State game will be good. Rich Rod is doing a good job with the JSU program during their transition to the FBS ranks.
Thursday doesn’t have a marquee Power 5 conference matchup, but you should be watching James Madison versus Marshall. The Dukes are undefeated so far this year. The ridiculousness of the matter is that they are ineligible for a bowl game or a conference title during their first two years at the FBS level. That’s a joke, because JMU won the Sun Belt East Division last year and likely would have won the conference title if they were allowed to play in the championship game, and they have been easily the best Sun Belt team over the first half of this year.
There’s one game Friday night, and I won’t blame you if you skip it.
Saturday’s biggest game is really the only watchable one during the noon slate. Penn State and Ohio State are both undefeated and that game is going to be incredible.
Tennessee and Alabama highlight the mid-day slate, but the evening is where you’re going to have a tough time choosing what to watch.
Duke at Florida State is the highlight for me, but Utah-USC and Clemson-Miami are going to be incredible matchups, too. FSU has looked like the best team in the ACC this year, while Duke has been absurdly good in Year 2 under Mike Elko. Utah has one of the best defenses in the country, while USC’s normally high-octane offense is looking for a bounce back after getting considerably slowed last week against Notre Dame. Clemson is having a down year by their standards while Miami has lost all their shine over the last two weekends.
Should be a fun week!
Go Trea Turner and the Phillies!
113/130 Middle Tennessee @ 57/70 Liberty - 7:00pm - CBSSN
92/79 Western Kentucky @ 98/119 Jacksonville State - 7:30pm - ESPNU
114/149 Southern Miss @ 61/64 South Alabama - 7:30pm - ESPN2
122/171 Florida International @ 127/157 Sam Houston State - 7:00pm - CBSSN
97/127 New Mexico State @ 117/136 UTEP - 9:00pm - ESPN2
107/111 Rice @ 94/104 Tulsa - 7:00pm - ESPN2
42/48 James Madison @ 77/84 Marshall - 7:00pm - ESPN
95/89 Northwestern @ 53/54 Nebraska - 8:00pm - BTN
60/44 SMU @ 121/163 Temple - 7:00pm - ESPN2
8/4 Penn State @ 2/2 Ohio State - 12:00pm - FOX
30/46 UCF @ 7/3 Oklahoma - 12:00pm - FOX
93/92 Boston College @ 70/81 Georgia Tech - 12:00pm - ACCN
12/13 Tennessee @ 9/5 Alabama - 3:30pm - CBS
34/43 Washington State @ 6/8 Oregon - 3:30pm - ABC
44/56 Pittsburgh @ 64/78 Wake Forest - 3:30pm - ACCN
43/33 Oklahoma State @ 47/41 West Virginia - 3:30pm - ESPN
68/77 Toledo @ 80/83 Miami (OH) - 4:00pm - ESPNU
74/75 UTSA @ 91/88 Florida Atlantic - 6:00pm - ESPN+
84/98 Virginia @ 15/17 North Carolina - 6:30pm - CW
20/14 Ole Miss @ 45/42 Auburn - 7:00pm - ESPN
22/26 Duke @ 11/10 Florida State - 7:30pm - ABC
24/21 Utah @ 14/19 USC - 8:00pm - FOX
13/20 Clemson @ 16/31 Miami - 8:00pm - ACCN
90/93 Arizona State @ 4/9 Washington - 10:30pm - FS1
23/25 UCLA @ 100/97 Stanford - 10:30pm - ESPN