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Week 9 Football: What to watch

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A look at games that might pique your interest

Penn State v Ohio State Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

It’s a week off for the Pack, which means that you get to sit around and enjoy watching other teams play... or you can just take the week off and decompress, relax, and get some things done around the house. You know, get right with the wife and apologize for all the four-letter words you dropped last weekend that your kids have juuuuust started to stop saying all the time.

Anyways, Thursday night has a couple games. It’s gonna be some ugly football, but that could be fun!

Minnesota and PJ Fleck are gonna row the boat on into Maryland Friday night and hopefully blast the Terps out of the water. Speaking of getting blasted out of the water - or at least attempting to have that not happen - ECU goes on the road to face a pretty dang good Tulsa squad. Hawaii also gets a national TV spot Friday night.

On Saturday, we’ll get our first look at how the new-look BC team can fare against Clemson. Georgia and Kentucky will be interesting, although that Memphis-Cincy game is the one I really want to see in the early slate of games.

Also check out Coastal Carolina being a Top-25 ranked team!

In the mid-day games, UCF-Houston should be a wildly entertaining showcase of offense and in the most 2020 thing to happen to date, Indiana and Rutgers is a somehow intriguing game of unbeatens (yeah, they’re each just 1-0, but still).

It’ll be interesting to see which VT and which Louisville team show up for their game. Could be a fantastic game or you might just be pissed at yourself for wasting your time watching it. Who knows! College Football, amirite?!

Everyone’s focusing on the Ohio State @ Penn State game in the evening, but I want to see what Mike Leach can cook up against Alabama. The Miss State offense has looked like garbage over the last three weeks, but anyone who paid attention to his Washington State teams knows that this is what he does - lose games he shouldn’t and then beat top teams.

Go Wahoos!

Rankings for SP+ Ratings and Sagarin Ratings listed, respectively, ahead of each team’s name. [Note: SP+ is now ranking the 127 teams that are scheduled to play this year. Sagarin is ranking all 257 FBS and FCS teams.]

Thursday

109/103 South Alabama @ 95/102 Georgia Southern - 7:30pm - ESPN

84/107 Colorado State @ 110/113 Fresno State - 10:00pm - CBSSN

Friday

33/47 Minnesota @ 99/112 Maryland - 7:30pm - ESPN

113/104 East Carolina @ 61/42 Tulsa - 9:00pm - ESPN2

72/86 Hawaii @ 102/84 Wyoming - 9:45pm - FS1

Saturday

56/55 Boston College @ 2/1 Clemson - 12:00pm - ABC

5/5 Georgia @ 53/59 Kentucky - 12:00pm - SECN

29/35 Memphis @ 12/19 Cincinnati - 12:00pm - ESPN

60/83 Michigan State @ 9/8 Michigan - 12:00pm - FOX

66/17 Kansas State @ 46/41 West Virginia - 12:00pm - ESPN2

65/69 Coastal Carolina @ 92/85 Georgia State - 12:00pm - ESPNU

68/15 Wake Forest @ 104/87 Syracuse - 12:00pm - ACCN

27/26 UCF @ 47/38 Houston - 2:00pm - ESPN+

7/4 Notre Dame @ 64/94 Georgia Tech - 3:30pm - ABC

25/30 Indiana @ 83/98 Rutgers - 3:30pm - BTN

22/24 LSU @ 31/31 Auburn - 3:30pm - CBS

30/49 Northwestern @ 32/40 Iowa - 3:30pm - ESPN

23/16 Texas @ 15/9 Oklahoma State - 4:00pm - FOX

28/28 Appalachian State @ 121/177 UL-Monroe - 4:00pm - ESPNU

21/20 Virginia Tech @ 39/46 Louisville - 4:00pm - ACCN

20/27 Boise State @ 80/44 Air Force - 6:00pm - CBSSN

62/71 Mississippi State @ 3/3 Alabama - 7:00pm - ESPN

85/96 Charlotte @ 91/63 Duke - 7:00pm - ESPN3

1/2 Ohio State @ 8/13 Penn State - 7:30pm - ABC

55/50 Missouri @ 6/22 Florida - 7:30pm - SECN

13/14 North Carolina @ 54/43 Virginia - 8:00pm - ACCN

11/10 Oklahoma @ 86/57 Texas Tech - 8:00pm - FOX

49/65 San Diego State @ 114/97 Utah State - 9:30pm - CBSSN

70/111 Western Kentucky @ 10/6 BYU - 10:15pm - ESPN

88/90 Nevada @ 124/149 UNLV - 10:30pm - FS1