Each week we see something completely wild occur in college football and think to ourselves, “next week certainly can’t top that.” In what has been an absolutely crazy year, this week may take the cake.
Thanks to COVID-19 (note that I’m certainly not actually thankful for this freaking virus), we’ve got football on our television screens every night this week. No, really. We had our regularly scheduled Monday Night Football from the NFL on Monday featuring the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Chargers (yes, I almost typed San Diego... agian), but with more positive tests in Tennessee, we also got the Titans and Buffalo Bills on Tuesday night. Strange as it was, it was, shall I say, fantastic to have?
While the NFL got two games in early in the week, the previously scheduled Thursday night game this week, which was supposed to also feature the Bills, is now moved to Sunday. But college football is here to save us. We already had the #21 Louisiana Ragin’s Cajuns fall to Coastal Carolina last night. We get more action tonight, plus a pair of games on Friday night before we get to the final Saturday slate of the year to not feature Big Ten football.
Here’s a look at which games to catch this week and where you can find them all.
Thursday, October 15th Games
Just one game on Thursday night this week and it’s the only weeknight game of the week to not feature a ranked team. At 6:30pm CT, you’ve got Arkansas State hosting Georgia State in a Fun Belt matchup. You can catch that on ESPN.
Friday, October 16th Games
We’ve got a pair of games on Friday night and both feature a ranked team and they’re conveniently on the same channel for those of us who lose the remote to trolls (the ones who steal stuff, not the singing ones who have taken over my TV for months on end) on a regular basis.
Things kick off at 5pm CT, which is glorious for those of us who haven’t had a commute since March, not so much for the rest of us. Tulane is playing host to #17 SMU and you can catch the action on ESPN. When that one wraps up, you can keep the dial to ESPN as #14 BYU travels to Houston for the night cap.
Saturday, October 17th Games
Saturday’s slate is shaping up to be a wild one. There’s only one matchup featuring a pair of ranked teams, but in 2020 that simply means more opportunities for crazy upsets. And as fate would have it, that ranked vs. ranked showdown is a dandy that, like two other SEC games, may be in jeopardy.
The action kicks off at 11am CT as usual. ABC is featuring #1 Clemson at Georgia Tech. ESPN has #15 Auburn at South Carolina. Over on the ACC Network, you can catch Pitt at #13 Miami. And the SEC Network has Kentucky at #18 Tennessee. Oh, and FOX has Kansas at West Virginia if you’re into that sort of thing. ESPN2 was slated to carry #8 Cincinnati (yes, really) vs. Tulsa, but that one is now postponed after an outbreak of COVID-19 in Cincy.
There are a pair of 12:30pm CT starts that aren’t worth mentioning other than to say you can find something to fill halftime scoreboard shows. At 1:30pm CT you’ve got #4 Notre Dame hosting Louisville on NBC.
The 2:30 slot, which is usually pretty intriguing, is mostly blah this week. That’s due in part to the fact that both the LSU-Florida and Vanderbilt-Mizzou games have been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks. That leaves little action in the SEC this week and for whatever reason (the reason is because it’s the Big 12), the Big 12 has almost half the league on a bye while Oklahoma State-Baylor is also postponed so there candidly isn’t much in the middle.
What we’re left with is UCF at Memphis on ABC, Ole Miss at Arkansas on the SEC Network and Duke at NC State on ** checks notes ** ESPN3. Because when you have no other games to show, you just leave that on a streaming-only platform and burn money.
We get saved a bit with a pair of staggered 3pm starts. In the SEC you’ve got #11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State. And in the ACC you’ve got Virginia at Wake Forest. Those are on the SEC and ACC Networks respectively.
Conference USA is here to give us some more weirdness with a 4pm and 5pm kick, both on CBS Sports Network, somehow. The earlier kick features North Texas at Middle Tennessee while the later kick has Marshall at Louisiana Tech. Huzzah!
The primetime 6:30 slot is currently slated to give us a dandy. That’s #3 Georgia at #2 Alabama on CBS. The hitch here is that Bama head coach Nick Saban, as well as the Cimson Tide’s athletic director, both tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. While the team could certainly play without Saban on the sideline, it will be a headwind and as we saw with the Tennessee Titans in the NFL a week ago, where there’s one positive test there’s likely about 15 more waiting to pop. We’ll see if this showdown happens as scheduled of if it’s added to the long list of things taken from us by this virus in 2020.
The other 6:30 kick features #5 North Caroina (yes, really again) at Florida State. That one’s on ABC. Things wrap up for the day with a pair of 7pm kicks. Boston College is at #23 Virginia Tech on the ACC Network while Florida International is at Charlotte on ESPNU.
And that’s it for this week. Here’s a look at the full slate for week 7:
Week 7 College Football TV Listings
|Thursday, October 15th||Georgia State at Arkansas State||6:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Friday, October 16th||#17 SMU at Tulane||5:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Friday, October 16th||#14 BYU at Houston||8:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||#1 Clemson at Georgia Tech||11:00 AM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Pittsburgh at #13 Miami||11:00 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||#15 Auburn at South Carolina||11:00 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Kentucky at #18 Tennessee||11:00 AM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Navy at East Carolina||11:00 AM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Saturday, October 17th||Texas State at South Alabama||11:00 AM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||South Florida at Temple||11:00 AM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Saturday, October 17th||Kansas at West Virginia||11:00 AM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Liberty at Syracuse||11:00 AM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Army at UT-San Antonio||12:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Western Kentucky at UAB||12:30 PM||Stadium||WatchStadium.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Louisville at #4 Notre Dame||1:30 PM||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||UCF at Memphis||2:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Duke at NC State||2:30 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Eastern Kentucky at Troy||2:30 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Ole Miss at Arkansas||2:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||#11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State||3:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||UMass at Georgia Southern||3:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Virginia at Wake Forest||3:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||North Texas at Middle Tennessee||4:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Marshall at Louisiana Tech||5:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||#5 North Carolina at Florida State||6:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Southern Miss at UTEP||6:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||#3 Georgia at #2 Alabama||6:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Boston College at #23 Virginia Tech||7:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, October 17th||Florida International at Charlotte||7:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|