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Whatcha Drinkin, Who Ya Watchin: Week 8

It’s week 8, the heart of conference football. Lots of decent matchups and anything can happen. Who will you be watching?

Ohio State v Wisconsin
There will be none of this allowed in Kinnick Saturday
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Would you look at that, Iowa is on an official winning streak! And their opponent this week, ranked in the top ten with a worse record and losing conference record is on a losing streak! Not that any of that matters. Wisconsin is a damn good football team, I don’t know that Iowa is and this is conference football - anything can happen.

Things get kicked off this week tonight. In a nice change from last week there are a couple games worth tuning in to. At 6pm CT we get (formerly top ten) Miami at Virginia Tech on ESPN. That’s followed up with BYU at #14 and undefeated Boise State at 9:15 CT, also on ESPN.

Tomorrow night we have a similar setup, albeit with less compelling matchups. At 6 CT you’ve got USF at Temple on ESPN. That’s followed up with Oregon at Cal at 9:30 CT, also on ESPN.

Iowa v Purdue
Good things happen when Desmond King touches the ball. Hopefully he has plenty of opportunities in the punt return game Saturday.
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Saturday morning, your beloved Hawkeyes will be hosting the #10 Wisconsin Badgers in the battle for the Heartland Trophy at 11am on ESPN. Not that you’d ever change the channel, but #7 Louisville will be hosting NC State on ABC in that 11am CT time slot. Other viewing options include Indiana at Northwestern on BTN, Texas at K-State on ESPN2 and Rutgers at Minnesota on ESPNU.

The 2:30 time slot appears to have some, uhh, less than compelling matchups. On BTN, you can watch #3 Michigan destroy Illinois at home. #8 Nebraska will undoubtedly leave their starters in for a full 4 quarters at home against Purdue and then puff their chest out about the margin of victory for weeks to come. You can enjoy that on ABC/ESPN2 (side note, who the hell decided Purdue should be on ABC? Ever?). That game is mirrored with #12 West Virginia hosting TCU on ESPN2/ABC. Shockingly, ESPN doesn’t have a 2:30 game to follow Iowa/Wisconsin. But the marquee matchup in that time slot has to be #6 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama on CBS.

The late games get started a little early (and I assume this is why there’s no 2:30 game on ESPN) with #17 Arkansas at #21 Auburn on ESPN at 5pm CT. At 6 you can catch #11 Houston at SMU on ESPN2. Michigan State tries to begin the salvaging of their season at 6:30 on BTN at Maryland.

In prime time, we have #2 OSU at Penn State on ABC at 7 CT. You’ve also got #16 Oklahoma at Texas Tech on FOX. At 8pm CT on ESPN you can watch #23 Ole Miss at #25 LSU. For some reason, there’s no PAC 12 game on a major network late this Saturday. You can get your late night college football fix with Wyoming at Nevada on ESPN2 at 9:30 CT.

Oh yeah, there’s also a baseball game Saturday. I can’t remember who’s playing, but it looks like it’s on FS1 at 7pm. Maybe a few of you will be watching.

Mmmmmm, beeeeeer.
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Keeping with the theme that’s worked in back to back weeks, I’m going with some Wisconsin love (or maybe misery drowning?) this Saturday. Gimme some New Glarus Spotted Cow. Thank God for family vacations to the Dells.

That’s all I got. As always, below you’ll find a listing of EVERY game on the docket for the weekend. The usual reminder, this table is created by the SB Nation crew, not us, so the times listed below are EASTERN:

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech 7:00 p.m. ESPN / ESPN3
Troy at South Alabama 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
BYU at (14) Boise State 10:15 p.m. ESPN / ESPN3
Friday, Oct. 21, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
USF at Temple 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Oregon at California 10:30 p.m. ESPN / ESPN3
San Jose State at San Diego State 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
NC State at (7) Louisville Noon ABC / ESPN3
(10) Wisconsin at Iowa Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
Texas at Kansas State Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Indiana at Northwestern Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Oklahoma State at Kansas Noon FS1 / FS Go
Rutgers at Minnesota Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Toledo Noon BCSN/TWC / ESPN3
Miami (OH) at Bowling Green Noon ESPN3
North Texas at Army Noon CBSSN /
UCF at UConn Noon ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
UMass at South Carolina Noon SECN / WatchESPN
Syracuse at Boston College 12:30 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Ohio at Kent State 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Hawaii at Air Force 2:00 p.m. Oceanic PPV
(22) North Carolina at Virginia 3:00 p.m. RSN / ESPN3
Colorado at Stanford 3:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Akron at Ball State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
(6) Texas A&M at (1) Alabama 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Illinois at (3) Michigan 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Purdue at (8) Nebraska 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / ESPN3
TCU at (12) West Virginia 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at (20) Western Michigan 3:30 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Memphis at (24) Navy 3:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Buffalo at NIU 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Idaho at Appalachian State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
PVAMU at Rice 3:30 p.m. CUSA.TV
UT Martin at Georgia State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Tulane at Tulsa 3:45 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at Missouri 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
(19) Utah at UCLA 4:00 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Charlotte at Marshall 5:30 p.m. beIN Sports / beIN Video
Colorado State at UNLV 5:30 p.m. ROOT SPORTS / MWN
(17) Arkansas at (21) Auburn 6:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Oregon State at (5) Washington 6:30 p.m. Pac-12N /
(11) Houston at SMU 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
East Carolina at Cincinnati 7:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Louisiana Tech at FIU 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Old Dominion at WKU 7:00 p.m. ASN
UL Lafayette at Texas State 7:00 p.m. TSSP / ESPN3
UTEP at UTSA 7:00 p.m. KMYS-CW 35
Michigan State at Maryland 7:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Mississippi State at Kentucky 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Tennessee State at Vanderbilt 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
(2) Ohio State at Penn State 8:00 p.m. ABC / ESPN3
(16) Oklahoma at Texas Tech 8:00 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Georgia Southern at New Mexico State 8:00 p.m. ESPN3
(23) Ole Miss at (25) LSU 9:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
ULM at New Mexico 9:00 p.m. ROOT SPORTS / MWN
Washington State at Arizona State 10:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Fresno State at Utah State 10:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Wyoming at Nevada 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN