Week 2 in the college football world did not disappoint. Between one of the more thrilling El Assicos in recent memory, Baker Mayfield laying claim to Ohio Stadium and Georgia commandeering Notre Dame Stadium in preparation for one of the most Brian Kelly moments of Brian Kelly’s career. So week 3 was bound to be a little bit of a let down regardless of the slate. But a quick look tells us this week is going to be a giant disappointment barring some really unforeseen events. There isn’t much, but here’s a look at what to watch this weekend in college football.
This week brings us the return of college football on Thursday night. Don’t get your hopes up too much, there’s only one game and it isn’t exactly a thrilling matchup. It’s at 7pm CT on ESPN and it features 1-1 New Mexico at 1-1 Boise State. Hooray for that.
We get a trio of games on Friday, all on the ESPN family of networks. At 6, Illinois makes the trip to #22 USF on ESPN. At the same time, UMASS is at Temple on ESPNU. When those wrap up, you can get an early start on #Pac12AfterDark with Arizona at UTEP (LOL) on ESPN at 9:15.
Saturday is typically when we get into the meat of the week’s games and that’s true again in week 3. But this week the meat is much more like a slice of bologna than a steak. There are three games involving Florida teams originally scheduled for Sturday which have been cancelled or postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
Indiana was slated to host FIU. That one is officially cancelled with Indiana managing to schedule a game against Charleston Southern on October 7th as a replacement. Georgia Tech at UCF is also cancelled. And the annual matchup with Miami and Florida State is postponed until October 7th.
That leaves some holes in the Saturday slate. Things kick off at their normal time (despite the cancellations, there are no early starts like last week) of 11am CT. BTN has Air Force at #7 Michigan. You can catch Northern Illinois at Nebraska on FS1. ESPN brings you #9 Oklahoma State (fresh off their trip TO South Alabama) at Pitt. You can catch Kansas at Ohio on ESPNU if you’re so inclined (at some point we need to have a discussion about the Big 12 and traveling to Group of 5 opponents). ESPN2 has UCONN at Virgina. If you are one who likes to root for other Iowa teams not playing the Hawkeyes (or follow their misery), Iowa State is at Akron on CBSSN. And ABC has #25 UCLA at Memphis.
The afternoon slot at 2:30pm CT a handful of games. Of course, your Iowa Hawkeyes are hosting the North Texas Mean Green at this time. Set your DVRs to ESPN2 again. Also at 2:30, SMU is at #20 TCU on ESPNU. ESPN has Notre Dame at Boston College. The BTN has a split of Morgan State at Rutgers (ew) or Middle Tennessee at Minnesota. You can catch #10 Wisconsin at BYU on ABC. And CBS has #23 Tennessee at somehow-still-ranked-but-still-with-9-guys-suspended #24 Florida.
In the later afternoon, #8 Ohio State will look to rebound from the loss to Oklahoma as they play host to Army at 3:30 on FOX. Speaking of Oklahoma, the second ranked Sooners’ game against Tulane kicks off at 5 and is not televised because Big 12.
The evening action kicks off at 6 with #1 Alabama hosting Colorado State on ESPN2. Over on ESPN, #12 LSU is at Mississippi State. Oregon is at Wyoming on CBSSN.
At 6:30, the BTN has a split between #5 Penn State hosting Georgia State and Bowling Green at Northwestern. #18 Kansas State is at Vanderbilt over on ESPNU.
The 7pm game on ABC is the one we’ll all be watching. #3 Clemson is at #14 Louisville, who will look to avenge their loss from a season ago. FOX has Texas at #4 USC at 7:30. That sounds really good until you remember Texas has been pretty terrible for nearly a decade now.
Pac 12 after dark gets started at 9pm CT with San Jose State at Utah on ESPN2. At 9:30 you can watch #19 Stanford as they travel to San Diego State if you get CBSSN. Otherwise you’re looking at Ole Miss at Cal on ESPN.
Here’s a listing of all the games on deck for Friday & Saturday. Friday times are EASTERN, and Saturday times are PACIFIC, for some reason:
|Illinois at #22 South Florida||7:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|UMass at Temple||7:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Arizona at UTEP||10:15 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Air Force at #7 Michigan||9:00 AM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|#9 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh||9:00 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|#25 UCLA at Memphis||9:00 AM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Northern Illinois at Nebraska||9:00 AM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Louisiana at Texas A&M||9:00 AM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Kansas at Ohio||9:00 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Delaware State at West Virginia||9:00 AM||AT&T SportsNet||None|
|Iowa State at Akron||9:00 AM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Connecticut at Virginia||9:00 AM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Furman at NC State||9:20 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Baylor at Duke||9:30 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Coastal Carolina at UAB||10:00 AM||Raycom||CUSA.tv|
|Northern Colorado at Colorado||11:00 AM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Utah State at Wake Forest||12:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Tennessee Tech at Ball State||12:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|#10 Wisconsin at BYU||12:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#16 Virginia Tech at East Carolina||12:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|SMU at #20 TCU||12:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|#23 Tennessee at #24 Florida||12:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Central Michigan at Syracuse||12:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|North Carolina at Old Dominion||12:30 PM||None||WatchStadium.com|
|Notre Dame at Boston College||12:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Morgan State at Rutgers||12:30 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|Middle Tennessee at Minnesota||12:30 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|North Texas at Iowa||12:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Mercer at #15 Auburn||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Purdue at Missouri||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Army at #8 Ohio State||1:30 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Oregon State at #21 Washington State||2:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Tulane at #2 Oklahoma||3:00 PM||PPV||SoonerSports.tv|
|North Carolina A&T at Charlotte||3:00 PM||WCCB||CUSA.tv|
|Colgate at Buffalo||3:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Bethune-Cookman at Florida Atlantic||3:30 PM||beIN||None|
|Kent State at Marshall||3:30 PM||None||CUSA.tv|
|Colorado State at #1 Alabama||4:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#12 LSU at Mississippi State||4:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Monroe||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Southern at UT San Antonio||4:00 PM||KCWX||CUSA.tv|
|Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky||4:00 PM||None||WatchStadium.com|
|Oregon at Wyoming||4:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas State||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Idaho at Western Michigan||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Alabama A&M at South Alabama||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Tulsa at Toledo||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Appalachian State at Texas State||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Idaho State at Nevada||4:00 PM||AT&T SportsNet||None|
|Georgia State at #5 Penn State||4:30 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|Samford at #13 Georgia||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#18 Kansas State at Vanderbilt||4:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Kentucky at South Carolina||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Bowling Green at Northwestern||4:30 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville||5:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Rice at Houston||5:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Troy at New Mexico State||5:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Cincinnati at Miami (OH)||5:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Arizona State at Texas Tech||5:00 PM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Texas at #4 USC||5:30 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Fresno State at #6 Washington||6:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|San José State at Utah||7:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#19 Stanford at San Diego State||7:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Ole Miss at California||7:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
This weekend, I’m drinking some Rolling Rock. It’s light (it’s basically water) kind of like Iowa’s opponent, the bottle is green in honor of the North Texas Mean Green and the name is exactly what I hope to see Iowa do - just keep rollin’ with the rock, baby! Pound them on the ground, help Wadley boost some of those stats for post-season awards, and get the backups in there early.