First and foremost, thoughts and prayers to all of y’all on the coast that are staring down and/or dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Dorian. Let’s hope the storm decides to shift out to sea and damages are minimal. Stay safe, BTP family!
No Thursday night college football this week (boo), but the NFL does start Thursday night (yay?), so don’t forget to set you fantasy football rosters, folks.
Two ACC teams (Virginia and Wake Forest - again) have Friday night games, and both should easily win those. Marshall @ Boise State is your best bet for entertaining football Friday, so maybe it’s a good night to take the significant other out for dinner.
Not a lot of great games to choose from this weekend. There are 28 games this weekend between FBS and FCS teams, including ACC teams accounting for seven of those games. That’s a little absurd, but so it goes.
Defending Coastal Division Champion Pitt (ha!) might be in for a battle with Ohio (ha!). Virginia Tech also gets an opportunity to avenge last season’s loss to Old Dominion (ha!). We just missed out on WVU-Mizzou being a matchup of teams coming off losses to FCS teams.
The Cincy @ Ohio State game could be sneaky good. Texas A&M should give Clemson a much better test than GT gave them last week. The nightcap of LSU-Texas will be entertaining, but don’t get fooled by the name recognition in Stanford-USC; that game will probably suck. Hawaii, meanwhile, has an opportunity to open the season with back-to-back wins over P5 teams.
SP+ Ratings and Sagarin Ratings listed ahead of each team’s name.
[NFL] Packers @ Bears - 8:20pm - NBC
FCS/188 William & Mary @ 25/30 Virginia - 8:00pm - ACCN
46/56 Wake Forest @ 124/148 Rice - 8:00pm - CBSSN
51/88 Marshall @ 27/22 Boise State - 9:00pm - ESPN2
70/70 Ohio @ 87/59 Pittsburgh - 11:00am - ACCN
36/53 Cincinnati @ 7/4 Ohio State - 12:00pm - ABC
40/26 Syracuse @ 41/35 Maryland - 12:00pm - ESPN
125/160 Old Dominion @ 53/45 Virginia Tech - 12:00pm - ESPNU
73/38 West Virginia @ 22/36 Missouri - 12:00pm - ESPN2
FCS/212 Western Carolina @ 32/27 NC State - 12:30pm - ACCNX/RSN
FCS/225 Fordham @ 107/120 Ball State - 2:00pm - ESPN3
99/100 South Florida @ 94/65 Georgia Tech - 2:00pm - ACCN
9/14 Texas A&M @ 2/2 Clemson - 3:30pm - ABC
54/32 Nebraska @ 55/63 Colorado - 3:30pm - FOX
110/150 Charlotte @ 20/48 Appalachian State - 3:30pm - ESPN+
FCS/177 Richmond @ 52/46 Boston College - 3:30pm - ACCNX
96/130 UL Monroe @ 42/29 Florida State - 5:00pm - ACCN
FCS/171 NC A&T @ 86/58 Duke - 6:00pm - ACCNX
FCS/229 Gardner-Webb @ 123/123 East Carolina - 6:00pm - ESPN3
FCS/174 Eastern Kentucky @ 82/83 Louisville - 7:00pm - ACCNX
3/3 LSU @ 23/13 Texas - 7:30pm - ABC
21/28 Miami @ 50/51 North Carolina - 8:00pm - ACCN
60/66 California @ 10/10 Washington - 10:30pm - FS1
34/24 Stanford @ 29/31 USC - 10:30pm - ESPN
39/50 Minnesota @ 59/55 Fresno State - 10:30pm - CBSSN
93/104 Oregon State @ 85/96 Hawaii - 11:59pm - [no TV]