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Whatcha Drinkin, Who Ya Watchin? Week 3

Hate week is over in Iowa, what’s on the viewing docket for week 3?

Iowa State v Iowa
Looking for more of this come Saturday. A lot more.
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Life is good. The Cy-Hawk trophy is in Iowa City for another year, the NFL is back and we are to the point in the college football season where there are actually decent matchups to watch every week for the foreseeable future. Here’s a look at the most intriguing matchups I’ll be following in week 3.

Things kick off tonight with a pair of teams pushing to join the dumpster fire that is the Big 12. Cincinnati, fresh off their win over our most hated rival, will play host to #6 Houston at 6:30 Central tonight on ESPN. That’s it for college football tonight, but the Jets and Bills will be airing on CBS at 7:25 Central.

Golden Girls: It’s got to be better than Baylor vs. Rice.
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Things keep rolling tomorrow night as #21 Baylor heads over to Rice for a 7pm Central kick on ESPN. I assume that will get ugly in a hurry. I recommend finding alternatives. No other college matchups so maybe you pull in some Golden Girls from the DVR. You know your wife/girlfriend/mom/you has them on there.

Saturday has a honeypot of nice matchups. Things get started right out of the gates at 11am CST with #2 FSU at #10 Louisville on ABC. Get ya popcorn ready. That is, of course, after the Hawkeyes seal the deal against NDSU in the first quarter (that is, of course, a joke - I am in no way tempting fate or invoking some sort of jinx so stop it, just stop it right now). If you won’t be at Kinnick, you can catch that one on ESPN2.

At 2:30pm CST we get #1 Alabama travelling to #19 Ole Miss on CBS. Meanwhile, here in the Big Ten #4 Michigan will play host to Colorado on BTN and Nebraska (who is favored in this one) hosts #22 Oregon on ABC.

At 6:30pm CST we get #12 MSU at #18 Notre Dame over on NBC. Simultaneously (that means at the same time for you ISU/NU lurkers) #3 Ohio State will be taking on #14 Oklahoma on FOX. USC is at #7 Stanford at 7pm on ABC and your late game to keep an eye on is #11 out at Cal.

Savor it. Enjoy it. Go try to find more of it.
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My drink of choice this weekend will likely be some Pliny the Younger from Russian River Brewing. Plenty of storylines this weekend and the name of the beer has a nice story of its own. The season is young and the beer is at least the younger of RR’s Plinys (is that how you make that plural?). Add in all the complexity and flavor and it’s a nice pairing with this weekend’s slate. Oh yeah, and that 10.25% ABV is a nice way to spend your Saturday. Just don’t drink all of it. I’m not sure when I’ll get my hands on more.

For your viewing pleasure, below is a listing of EVERY game on the docket for the weekend. Please note, this table is created by the SB Nation crew, not us, so the times listed below are EASTERN.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(6) Houston at Cincinnati 7:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(21) Baylor at Rice 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Arkansas State at Utah State 9:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Arizona State at UTSA 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(2) Florida State at (10) Louisville Noon ABC / WatchESPN
Georgia State at (9) Wisconsin Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Ohio at (15) Tennessee Noon SECN / WatchESPN
(25) Miami (FL) at Appalachian State Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
South Carolina State at (5) Clemson Noon RSN / WatchESPN
North Dakota State at (13) Iowa Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Iowa State at TCU Noon FS1 / FS Go
Kansas at Memphis Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Temple at Penn State Noon BTN / BTN2Go
New Mexico at Rutgers Noon ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at Bowling Green Noon ASN / ESPN3
Akron at Marshall Noon CBSSN /
Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech 12:30 p.m. ACCN / ACCNExtra
Virginia at UConn 1:30 p.m. SNY / ESPN3
Idaho at Washington State 2:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
North Carolina A&T at Tulsa 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Florida Atlantic at Kansas State 2:30 p.m. FSN / FS Go
UNLV at Central Michigan 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Fresno State at Toledo 3:00 p.m. ESPN Extra / ESPN3
Eastern Kentucky at Ball State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
(1) Alabama at (19) Ole Miss 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Colorado at (4) Michigan 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
(22) Oregon at Nebraska 3:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Boston College at Virginia Tech 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
USF at Syracuse 3:30 p.m. ACCNExtra
James Madison at North Carolina 3:30 p.m. RSN / WatchESPN
San Diego State at Northern Illinois 3:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Western Kentucky at Miami (OH) 3:30 p.m. ESPN Extra/BCSN/TWC / ESPN3
FIU at UMass 3:30 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Monmouth at Kent State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
East Carolina at South Carolina 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
New Mexico State at Kentucky 4:00 p.m. SECN alternate / WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Illinois 4:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado State 4:00 p.m. ROOT Sports / MWN
UC Davis at Wyoming 4:00 p.m. WyoVision / MWN
Idaho State at Oregon State 5:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Old Dominion at NC State 6:00 p.m. ACCNExtra / WatchESPN
ULM at Georgia Southern 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Charlotte 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV
Delaware at Wake Forest 6:30 p.m. ACCNExtra / WatchESPN
(17) Texas A&M at Auburn 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Mississippi State at (20) LSU 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Louisiana Tech at Texas Tech 7:00 p.m. FSN / FS Go
Maryland at UCF 7:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Navy at Tulane 7:00 p.m. ASN/NESN / ESPN3
Army at UTEP 7:00 p.m. ASN
South Alabama at UL Lafayette 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Troy at Southern Miss 7:00 p.m. beIN SPORTS
Liberty at SMU 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
(3) Ohio State at (14) Oklahoma 7:30 p.m. FOX / FS Go
(12) Michigan State at (18) Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. NBC /
(16) Georgia at Missouri 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
North Texas at (23) Florida 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Texas State at (24) Arkansas 7:30 p.m. SECN alternate / WatchESPN
USC at (7) Stanford 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Portland State at (8) Washington 8:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Duke at Northwestern 8:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Buffalo at Nevada 9:00 p.m. MWN
UCLA at BYU 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(11) Texas at California 10:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Utah at San Jose State 10:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Hawaii at Arizona 10:45 p.m. Pac-12N /