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The Hawkeyes are on a bye this week, but that doesn’t mean there’s no college football worth watching. We dive into the top matchups of the week and how to watch.

Fresno State v Washington
Chris Peterson won’t be in love with his team’s game time or TV schedule this week.
Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Well, here we are. It’s a bye week and for the first time in a month and a half there’s no Hawkeye football to soak up this weekend. For some of you, that might mean a chance to spend some more time with family, get some stuff done around the house/yard or whatever else it is you do with your free time.

But it doesn’t mean the college football world is on standstill. So for those of you who will spend that precious free time planted in front of a TV taking in as much football as possible, we have you covered with this week’s slate of games. There aren’t a ton of great ones, but there are a lot of decent ones. So let’s go.

Wednesday

Oh hey look, there was football last night. I would say nobody cares, but there was actually a team on TV that you may have heard of: the Trojans of Troy. The same Trojans of Troy who took down LSU two weeks ago. How did they look in their first game since that emotional victory? They lost at home to Georgia State 19-8. Yikes.

Thursday

Thanks to the Georgia Tech at Miami matchup being postposted (more on that later), there’s only one lonely matchup for tonight and it isn’t exactly a premier one. ESPNU has Texas State at Louisiana kicking off at 6:30pm CT. Enjoy.

Friday

Things heat up in a big way tomorrow night with a pair of games featuring ranked teams. Had it not been for the USF game being cancelled, there would have been a trio. In any event, things get started at 6pm CT on ESPN with #2 Clemson at Syracuse. If you managed to lose your remote, don’t fret as ESPN is showing the second game as well as #8 Washington State travels to Cal for a 9:30pm CT kickoff.

Saturday

While there’s no marquee matchup of ranked opponents Saturday, there’s a laundry list of games that have the potential to be really good. As usual, things get started at 11am CT. ESPNU brings you #24 Texas Tech at West Virginia. Over on ESPN2 you can watch Florida State try to get their season on track at Duke. ESPN has South Carolina at Tennessee. On BTN, there’s a football game you can make your kids watch if they misbehave. Just make sure they have on proper eye protection, don’t want anybody going blind watching Rutgers at Illinois. ABC has #17 Michigan at Indiana. And FS1 is carrying #6 TCU at Kansas State.

Iowa State v Oklahoma
Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners look to bounce back this week in the Red River Rivalry.
Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

The afternoon games get started at 2:30 CT. BTN has a really good one in Purdue at #7 Wisconsin. CBS has #10 Auburn at LSU. For some reason, the Red River Rivalry isn’t kicking off at 11 am this year. You can watch #12 Oklahoma at Texas on ESPN at 2:30 instead. ESPN2 has Northwestern at Maryland if you’re wanting to do some scouting for next week. The ABC matchup is that Georgia Tech at #11 Miami game that was postponed from Thursday. And FS1 has Baylor at #14 Oklahoma State.

I like seeing a staggered start thrown in here too. Memphis is hosting #25 Navy on ESPNU starting at 2:45. It’s always nice to have a little stagger in there so you don’t end up with all your games at halftime at the same time.

The evening slate kicks off at 6pm CT with Texas A&M at Florida on ESPN2. Another stagger here as Arkansas heads to #1 Alabama at 6:15 on ESPN. Are they really going to have to pay Bret Beilema all that buyout money?

At 6:30, #9 OSU is at Nebraska on FS1. You can also catch Cincinnati at #18 USF (this game replaces the USF matchup with UMASS originally scheduled for Friday night) on ESPNU. At 7, you have #21 MSU at Minnesota on the BTN. ABC has Utah at #13 USC.

The late slate gets started at 9:15 CT with Nevada at Colorado State on ESPN2. At 9:45, ESPN has #5 Washington at Arizona State. I’m sure Chris Peterson will be pleased with the time and TV arrangements. Unfortunately, that’s all we have for the late games. Oregon is at #23 Stanford starting at 10, but no TV for that one. Such is life in the Pac 12.

Here’s a look at the full listing of games for this weekend:

Friday Games (Times in Eastern)

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
#2 Clemson at Syracuse 7:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
#8 Washington State at California 10:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com

Saturday games (ET)

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
#6 TCU at Kansas State 12:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
#17 Michigan at Indiana 12:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#20 NC State at Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
#24 Texas Tech at West Virginia 12:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Florida State at Duke 12:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Rutgers at Illinois 12:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Eastern Michigan at Army 12:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
BYU at Mississippi State 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
South Carolina at Tennessee 12:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Kansas at Iowa State 12:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Connecticut at Temple 12:00 PM ESPNews WatchESPN.com
Boston College at Louisville 12:20 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
UNLV at Air Force 2:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Old Dominion at Marshall 2:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Purdue at #7 Wisconsin 3:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
#10 Auburn at LSU 3:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Georgia Tech at #11 Miami 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#12 Oklahoma at Texas 3:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Baylor at #14 Oklahoma State 3:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Virginia at North Carolina 3:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Northwestern at Maryland 3:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss 3:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Akron at Western Michigan 3:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Miami (OH) at Kent State 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Northern Illinois at Buffalo 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Ohio at Bowling Green 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Toledo at Central Michigan 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
#25 Navy at Memphis 3:45 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Houston at Tulsa 4:00 PM ESPNews WatchESPN.com
Colorado at Oregon State 4:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Charlotte at Western Kentucky 4:30 PM None FloFootball.com
Wyoming at Utah State 4:30 PM None Facebook.com
Georgia State at Louisiana Monroe 5:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Appalachian State at Idaho 5:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
New Mexico State at Georgia Southern 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Middle Tennessee at UAB 6:30 PM beIN Sports None
East Carolina at #22 UCF 7:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
UT San Antonio at North Texas 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
UTEP at Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM None WatchStadium.com
Tulane at Florida Intl 7:00 PM None CUSA.tv
Texas A&M at Florida 7:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Arkansas at #1 Alabama 7:15 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Missouri at #4 Georgia 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
#9 Ohio State at Nebraska 7:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Cincinnati at #18 South Florida 7:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Utah at #13 USC 8:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#21 Michigan State at Minnesota 8:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
UCLA at Arizona 9:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
New Mexico at Fresno State 10:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Nevada at Colorado State 10:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Boise State at #19 San Diego State 10:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
#5 Washington at Arizona State 10:45 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Oregon at #23 Stanford 11:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
San José State at Hawai'i 11:59 PM Spectrum Sports None

On to the drinking! Honestly guys, I don’t know. Without Hawkeye football, things could go a couple different ways. I’d love to sit here and say I’m going to get crazy with now Iowa game to pay attention to, but that would be a lie. It’ll likely be time with the kiddos, some casual football and a Halloween party to hit in the evening. So, I’m calling my shot now and saying the only thing I’ll be drinking is Busch Light, because that’s what happens when you’re a parent who ends up at a Halloween party.