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Week 8 Football: What to watch

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A look at games that might pique your interest

North Carolina State v Boston College Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Just let me go ahead and say that this week is a flat out great set of games. True, we may not have the Florida-LSU or Oklahoma-Texas big ‘uns this week, but top to bottom, this is a better lineup. So please, enjoy responsibly... that is, binge the hell out of it.

Wednesday is really a game for us college football junkies. So thanks to the Fun Belt for feeding our unhealthy addiction.

The UCLA @ Stanford game will get the headlines on Thursday night, but that Louisiana-Lafayette @ Arkansas State game will probably be more entertaining. If you have to choose between one of them, that’s the one I’m going for.

Friday features an ACC game with Pitt @ Syracuse. The Marshall @ FAU game will be better, for what it’s worth. Also, I don’t know why, but this Northwestern game just seems like a potential bed-shitter for Ohio State. Upset alert! I’m calling it! (I’ll probably be way wrong.)

Saturday... hoo boy! Go do whatever you gotta do in the morning because you won’t be voluntarily leaving that couch until the wee hours of Sunday show up as you’re mainlining the football dichotomy that is the Air Force triple-option versus the Hawaii huck-it-chuck-it.

We all know what we’ll be watching at noon, but that mid-day slate has some really good ones, including Oregon @ Washington, Temple @ SMU, and Baylor @ OK State... alright, and Duke @ Virginia, too. The primetime Saturday slot has Michigan @ Penn State, Tulane @ Memphis, and Florida State @ Wake Forest.

This feels like the first weekend all year where all ACC teams are playing and there’s no games versus FCS opponents. I’m too lazy to actually validate that, so let’s just take it as true and move on for now.

Footbawwwwww!!!

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

Wednesday

125/172 South Alabama @ 98/97 Troy - 8:00pm - ESPN2

Thursday

68/78 Louisiana-Lafayette @ 85/91 Arkansas State - 7:30pm - ESPNU

72/80 UCLA @ 63/31 Stanford - 9:00pm - ESPN

Friday

88/98 Marshall @ 83/75 Florida Atlantic - 6:30pm - CBSSN

53/51 Pittsburgh @ 66/58 Syracuse - 7:00pm - ESPN

1/1 Ohio State @ 62/63 Northwestern - 8:30pm - FS1

117/121 UNLV @ 76/67 Fresno State - 10:00pm - CBSSN

Saturday

52/61 NC State @ 69/83 Boston College - 12:00pm - ACCNX & RSN

8/5 Clemson @ 57/62 Louisville - 12:00pm - ABC

64/53 West Virginia @ 3/4 Oklahoma - 12:00pm - FOX

11/12 Florida @ 31/28 South Carolina - 12:00pm - ESPN

86/100 Georgia Tech @ 30/44 Miami - 12:00pm - ACCN

15/17 Iowa State @ 34/45 Texas Tech - 12;00pm - FS1

103/77 Toledo @ 107/106 Ball State - 2:00pm - ESPN+

28/30 TCU @ 37/36 Kansas State - 2:30pm - FSN

6/6 LSU @ 35/37 Mississippi State - 3:30pm - CBS

9/8 Oregon @ 18/15 Washington - 3:30pm - ABC

40/74 Temple @ 39/40 SMU - 3:30pm - ESPN2

106/111 UL-Monroe @ 54/33 Appalachian State - 3:30pm - ESPN+

56/43 North Carolina @ 67/73 Virginia Tech - 3:30pm - ACCNX

90/86 Southern Mississippi @ 93/87 Louisiana Tech - 3:30pm - NFLN

48/42 Duke @ 46/38 Virginia - 3:30pm - ACCN

16/24 Baylor @ 26/23 Oklahoma State - 4:00pm - FOX

33/29 Arizona State @ 14/16 Utah - 6:00pm - PAC12N

99/132 East Carolina @ 20/25 Central Florida - 7:00pm - CBSSN

38/47 Tulane @ 24/34 Memphis - 7:00pm ESPN2

13/13 Michigan @ 6/7 Penn State - 7:30pm - ABC

58/39 Florida State @ 49/46 Wake Forest - 7:30pm - ACCN

45/60 Arizona @ 29/26 USC - 9:30pm - PAC12N

42/22 Boise State @ 82/79 BYU - 10:15pm - ESPN2

104/116 Nevada @ 60/48 Utah State - 10:15pm - ESPNU

59/55 Air Force @ 84/72 Hawaii - 11:00pm - CBSSN