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For the foreseeable future my Saturdays in the fall are consumed by college football. I often include a second, and sometimes third screen in my day, and this year will be no exception. Be that as it may, I figured a good way to preview the college football weekends would be to go through the day and say what I plan to watch on each screen.
Friday, September 6th
Wake Forest at Boston College (7 pm/ESPN2) – Really rough slate of games on Thursday and Friday this week. If you have to watch something, this is the only one of the two games worth watching. Without looking ahead at all, I’d wager that this is the worst Thursday/Friday slate until November.
Saturday, September 7th
Florida at Miami (11 am/ESPN) – Miami is just outside of the top 25, and Florida is trying to prove they are a legit SEC contender. The winner of this game is going to make a name for themselves early, no question about it. Even though Miami isn’t ranked, it’s rare to get this type of marquee matchup in the early time slot.
Cincinnati at Illinois (11 am/ESPN2) – The pickings get slim after that. This game presents one of the few FBS vs. FBS match ups early. Illinois almost lost to Southern Illinois last week, and Cincinnati took down Purdue. This one could get ugly, but maybe Illinois will find a way to pull it out. This one only gets second screen love for the local connection.
South Florida at Michigan St. (11 am/ESPNU) – South Florida lost at home to McNeese St., by 32 points. Michigan St. beat Western Michigan but not by a ton, and they really need to win this one convincingly to start showing people they are a legit Big Ten contender.
South Carolina at Georgia (3:30 pm/ESPN) – No rest for the weary. Georgia comes off a tough loss to Clemson, and South Carolina is coming off 2 extra days rest after taking care of North Carolina. The winner of this one instantly becomes the favorite in the SEC East. There are multiple Heisman candidates playing. Everything about this screams good game.
Oregon at Virginia (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – The Ducks are one of the best reams in the country, and Virginia barely escaped BYU at home. This could get ugly, but anytime a team has to go across the country, and change time zones like this, anything is possible. What that really means is that this one will be closer than it should, but still probably an easy Oregon victory.
San Diego St. at Ohio St. (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – Just like Oregon, moving across time zones like this won’t work out for San Diego St. But this will be a chance for Ohio St. to really flex it’s muscles after struggling a bit against Buffalo early. The reality is, that this early in the season it’s hard to find three good games.
Notre Dame at Michigan (7 pm/ESPN) – The #2 game of the day after South Carolina/Georgia. This one is under the lights in the Big House. It’s the last meeting between Notre Dame and Michigan for the foreseeable future. It’s two teams that want to make a statement early. And of course, Michigan is my favorite team. Should be a good one.
Texas vs. BYU (6 pm/ESPN2) – Texas is my dark horse National Champion, and people think they are getting back to being Texas. Winning on the road is always important, and BYU is down this year. So this shouldn’t be a problem, but lately with Texas, you never know.
West Virginia at Oklahoma (6:00 pm/Fox) – Another early season conference game. West Virginia did not look good against William & Mary in week 1, but maybe this being a conference game means all bets are off. Oklahoma is another one of these teams looking to prove they are worthy of being in the conversation.
Did I miss any games you will be watching?