Here’s what’s on the schedule this week around the ACC and the immediate region, plus keeping an eye on the Wolfpack’s 2018 opponents and other potentially intriguing national games.
There are surprisingly no D1-A/FBS games on Thursday night, but your significant other probably doesn’t know that, so here’s a great opportunity to say, “No, babe, let’s watch what you want to watch tonight. I’ll have plenty more games to watch later in the year.” Earn some brownie points, folks. I’m just here to help. (If that doesn’t suit you, then there is the NFL season opener.)
There’s only one game on Friday, and it probably won’t be a good one, so if you want to double down on the brownie point earning, go right ahead... but your S.O. might get suspicious, so pull out the big guns here. Turn on the game so they know there’s one on, then switch to their choice of show. Best of luck to you all. Godspeed.
As for ACC games this week, we won’t really learn a whole heck of a lot with half of the league playing games against D1-AA/FCS teams. /yawn
Also, I’m sure we’ll all be rooting for the Pirates this weekend.
Enough yapping... on to the schedule:
(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.)
[NFL] Falcons @ Eagles - 8:20pm - NBC
17/20 TCU @ 103/107 SMU - 8:00pm - ESPN2
FCS/175 Towson @ 48/53 Wake Forest - 12:00pm - ACCNE
31/35 Duke @ 40/34 Northwestern - 12:00pm - ESPNU
45/37 Georgia Tech @ 58/60 South Florida - 12:00pm - ABC/ESPN2
117/121 Georgia State @ 47/31 NC State - 12:30pm - ACCNE
FCS/208 Holy Cross @ 28/25 Boston College - 1:00pm - ACCNE
FCS/185 William & Mary @ 25/8 Virginia Tech - 2:00pm - ACCNE
4/10 Georgia @ 33/38 South Carolina - 3:30pm - CBS
95/126 Ball State @ 7/15 Notre Dame - 3:30pm - NBC
65/52 North Carolina @ 126/134 East Carolina - 3:30pm - ESPNU
FCS/223 Wagner @ 72/66 Syracuse - 3:30pm - ACCNE
FCS/132 Youngstown State @ 36/22 West Virginia - 6:00pm - [no TV]
FCS/245 Savannah State @ 26/27 Miami - 6:00pm - ACCNE
59/59 Appalachian State @ 113/161 Charlotte - 6:00pm - ESPN+
FCS/196 Eastern Kentucky @ 57/80 Marshall - 6:30pm - ESPN+
2/4 Clemson @ 22/21 Texas A&M - 7:00pm - ESPN
83/98 UAB @ 119/148 Coastal Carolina - 7:00pm - ESPN+
FCS/192 Indiana State @ 55/42 Louisville - 7:00pm - ACCNE
FCS/102 Samford @ 29/30 Florida State - 7:20pm - ACCNE
61/67 Virginia @ 66/68 Indiana - 7:30pm - BTN
13/16 Penn State @ 49/51 Pittsburgh - 8:00pm - ABC
20/19 Southern Cal @ 11/12 Stanford - 8:30pm - FOX
Just as a side note: In the Sagarin rankings, James Madison is currently 78th, the third highest ranked D1-AA/FCS team (33 North Dakota State, 63 South Dakota State).