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NCAA Football Week 8 Game Times and TV Schedule

Week 8 of the college football season has a full slate of games, capped off by some big time matchups in primetime. We dive into the matchups, the TV times and how to watch.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Northwestern
The Nittany Lions have a big time matchup with Michigan Saturday night.
Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports

OK, bear with me here. I’m going to try something a little different this week. I assume most of you are here for the table and listing of games, not the paragraphs of commentary (and certainly not the beer takes). So rather than make you pour through the commentary for the games, times and TV listings, I’m going with a (hopefully) more digestible format. If you like it, let me know in the comments. If you hate it, ditto. I’ll readjust after this week. Here we go.

Following the example of a wise and venerable Jason Kirk of Dot Com, this week we are going with a tier format, breaking games down by those you should try to watch, what you should flip to if things get interesting or boring in the other game(s) and those that are just kind of there.

Thursday

Definitely Watch

Matchup: #25 Memphis (5-1) at Houston (4-2)

Time: 7pm CT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Maybe Watch

Matchup: Louisiana (3-2) at Arkansas State (3-2)

Time: 6:30pm CT

TV: ESPNU

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Friday

Definitely Watch

None. Friday’s slate is pretty weak.

Maybe Watch

Matchup: Marshall (5-1) at Middle Tennessee (3-4)

Time: 6:00pm CT

TV: ESPN2

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: Colorado State (5-2) at New Mexico (3-3)

Time: 9:15pm CT

TV: ESPN2

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Other Football on TV

Matchup: Western Kentucky (4-2) at Old Dominion (2-4)

Time: 5:00pm CT

TV: CBSSN

Streaming: CBSSports.com

Matchup: Air Force (2-4) at Nevada (1-6)

Time: 8:30pm CT

TV: CBSSN

Streaming: CBSSports.com

Saturday

Early Games

NCAA Football: Illinois at Iowa
Akrum Wadley will be looking to channel his 2015-self as the Hawkeyes return to Northwestern Saturday morning.
Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Definitely Watch

Matchup: Iowa (4-2) at Northwestern (3-3)

Time: 11:00am CT

TV: ESPN2

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Maybe Watch

Matchup: Maryland (3-3) at #5 Wisconsin (6-0)

Time: 11:00am CT

TV: FOX

Streaming: FoxSportsGo.com

Matchup: #10 Oklahoma State (5-1) at Texas (3-3)

Time: 11:00am CT

TV: ABC

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: Louisville (4-3) at Florida State (2-3)

Time: 11:00am CT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: Iowa State (4-2) at Texas Tech (4-2)

Time: 11:00am CT

TV: FS1

Streaming: FoxSportsGo.com

Other Football on TV

Matchup: Purdue (3-3) at Rutgers (2-4)

Time: 11:00am CT

TV: BTN

Streaming: BTN2Go.com

Matchup: Idaho (2-4) at Missouri (1-5)

Time: 11:00am CT

TV: SECN

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: Tulsa (2-5) at UCONN (2-4)

Time: 11:00am CT

TV: ESPNU

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Afternoon Games

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Alabama
Jalen Hurts and Alabama look to stay unbeaten against Tennessee this weekend.
Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Definitely Watch

None. There are a ton of games with the potential to be really good or complete duds. The best matchups feature teams sure to bore you to death or (in the case of UCF vs. Navy) don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Maybe Watch

Matchup: Tennessee (3-3) at #1 Alabama (7-0)

Time: 2:30pm CT

TV: CBS

Streaming: CBSSports.com

Matchup: Syracuse (4-3) at #8 Miami (5-0)

Time: 2:30pm CT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: North Carolina (1-6) at #14 Virginia Tech (5-1)

Time: 2:30pm CT

TV: ESPN2

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: Indiana (3-3) at #18 Michigan State (5-1)

Time: 2:30pm CT

TV: ABC

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: #20 UCF (5-0) at Navy (5-1)

Time: 2:30pm CT

TV: CBSSN

Streaming: CBSSports.com

Matchup: #9 Oklahoma (5-1) at Kansas State (3-3)

Time: 3:00pm CT

TV: FOX

Streaming: FoxSportsGo.com

Matchup: Kentucky (5-1) at Mississippi State (4-2)

Time: 3:00pm CT

TV: SECN

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Other Football on TV

Matchup: Arizona State (3-3) at Utah (4-2)

Time: 2:30pm CT

TV: FS1

Streaming: FoxSportsGo.com

Matchup: Illinois (2-4) at Minnesota (3-3)

Time: 2:30pm CT

TV: BTN

Streaming: BTN2Go.com

Matchup: SMU (4-2) at Cincinnati (2-5)

Time: 3:00pm CT

TV: ESPNU

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Evening Games

NCAA Football: Penn State at Northwestern
Saquon Barkley and the Penn State Nittany Lions have a primetime matchup with Michigan Saturday evening.
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Definitely Watch

Matchup: #19 Michigan (5-1) at #2 Penn State (6-0)

Time: 6:30pm CT

TV: ABC

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: #11 USC (6-1) at #13 Notre Dame (5-1)

Time: 6:30pm CT

TV: NBC

Streaming: NBCSports.com

Maybe Watch

Matchup: #24 LSU (5-2) at Ole Miss (3-3)

Time: 6:15pm CT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: #21 Auburn (5-2) at Arkansas (2-4)

Time: 6:30pm CT

TV: SECN

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: Colorado (4-3) at #15 Washington State (6-1)

Time: 9:45pm CT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Other Football on TV

Matchup: #16 South Florida (6-0) at Tulane (3-3)

Time: 6:00pm CT

TV: ESPN2

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: Wake Forest (4-2) at Georgia Tech (3-2)

Time: 6:30pm CT

TV: ESPNU

Streaming: WatchESPN.com

Matchup: Kansas (1-5) at #4 TCU (6-0)

Time: 7:00pm CT

TV: FOX

Streaming: FoxSportsGo.com

Matchup: #23 West Virginia (4-2) at Baylor (0-6)

Time: 7:00pm CT

TV: FS1

Streaming: FoxSportsGo.com


Here’s a look at the full slate of games. All times here are CENTRAL.

Full Slate of Week 8 Matchups, Game Times and TV Schedule

Date Matchup Time (CT) TV Streaming
Date Matchup Time (CT) TV Streaming
Thursday, October 19th Louisiana at Arkansas State 7:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Thursday, October 19th #25 Memphis at Houston 7:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Friday, October 20th Western Kentucky at Old Dominion 5:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Friday, October 20th Marshall at Middle Tennessee 6:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Friday, October 20th Air Force at Nevada 8:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Friday, October 20th Colorado State at New Mexico 9:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Iowa at Northwestern 11:00 AM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Maryland at #5 Wisconsin 11:00 AM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Saturday, October 21st #10 Oklahoma State at Texas 11:00 AM ABC WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Tulsa at Connecticut 11:00 AM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Akron at Toledo 11:00 AM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Purdue at Rutgers 11:00 AM BTN BTN2Go.com
Saturday, October 21st Louisville at Florida State 11:00 AM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Idaho at Missouri 11:00 AM SECN WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Iowa State at Texas Tech 11:00 AM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Saturday, October 21st Temple at Army 11:00 AM CBSN CBSSports.com
Saturday, October 21st Pittsburgh at Duke 11:20 AM ACCN WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Boston College at Virginia 11:30 AM ACCN WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Troy at Georgia State 1:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Kent State at Ohio State 1:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Northern Illinois at Bowling Green 1:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan 1:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Buffalo at Miami (OH) 1:30 PM ESPN3 FoxSportsGo.com
Saturday, October 21st Central Michigan at Ball State 2:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Tennessee at #1 Alabama 2:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Saturday, October 21st Syracuse at #8 Miami 2:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st North Carolina at #14 Virginia Tech 2:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Indiana at #18 Michigan State 2:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st #20 UCF at Navy 2:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Saturday, October 21st Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State 2:30 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Georgia Southern at UMASS 2:30 PM None None
Saturday, October 21st Arizona State at Utah 2:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Saturday, October 21st Illinois at Minnesota 2:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Saturday, October 21st #9 Oklahoma at Kansas State 3:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Saturday, October 21st Kentucky at Mississippi State 3:00 PM SECN WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Oregon at UCLA 3:00 PM PAC Pac-12.com
Saturday, October 21st SMU at Cincinnati 3:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Louisiana Monroe at South Alabama 4:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st North Texas at Florida Atlantic 4:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Utah State at UNLV 5:00 PM None None
Saturday, October 21st UAB at Charlotte 5:30 PM None CUSA.tv
Saturday, October 21st #16 South Florida at Tulane 6:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech 6:00 PM None CUSA.tv
Saturday, October 21st Rice at UT San Antonio 6:00 PM None CUSA.tv
Saturday, October 21st BYU at East Carolina 6:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Saturday, October 21st #24 LSU at Ole Miss 6:15 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st #19 Michigan at #2 Penn State 6:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st #11 USC at #13 Notre Dame 6:30 PM NBC NBCSports.com
Saturday, October 21st #21 Auburn at Arkansas 6:30 PM SECN WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Wake Forest at Georgia Tech 6:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Kansas at #4 TCU 7:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Saturday, October 21st #23 West Virginia at Baylor 7:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Saturday, October 21st Arizona at California 7:00 PM PAC Pac-12.com
Saturday, October 21st Wyoming at Boise State 9:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Saturday, October 21st Fresno State at San Diego State 9:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Saturday, October 21st Colorado at #15 Washington State 9:45 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com

Enjoy this week’s games. Reminder to let us know in the comments if you prefer this format or the old format.