With an early Wisconsin football bye week, many fans may be using the added time this weekend to catch up on some house work, spend time with family or friends, or get some needed rest and relaxation.
With a lighter slate of games this weekend in terms of big time match ups, if you choose to take a week off or take some time away from the television, this may be the weekend. If instead you are intent on watching as much college football as humanly possible, Bucky’s 5th Quarter’s weekend primer has you covered.
Here are the best games available during each time slot:
Friday the 13th
There are actually some solid games taking place Friday evening.
North Carolina @ Wake Forest —> 5pm CST on ESPN
A game of unbeaten teams from the Tar Heel State that has some intrigue at the quarterback position with Jamie Newman breaking out so far for the Demon Deacons and true freshman Sam Howell looking solid for the Tar Heels.
Kansas @ Boston College. —> 6:30pm CST on ACCN
I am just going to leave this here...Les Miles and the Jayhawks are still a work in progress.
20 Washington State @ Houston —> 8:15pm CST on ESPN
The over/under for this game is currently at 75.5, so if you like touchdowns and potential craziness it’s worth a watch. Mike Leach and Dana Holgorsen air raiding each other for four quarters could be fun.
Saturday the 14th
6 Ohio State @ Indiana —> 11:00am CST on FOX
While Ohio State has looked stellar so far, being on the road in Bloomington could make it interesting for at least the first half. Michael Penix Jr., Indiana’s new quarterback, earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors in Week 1 and has the Hoosiers sitting at 2-0.
Pittsburgh @ 13 Penn State —> 11:00am CST on ABC
Pittsburgh was able to beat the Nittany Lions in 2016, but since then Penn State has owned the rivalry. While the game is played in Happy Valley this year, Pittsburgh enters 1-1 and quarterback Kenny Pickett is coming off a career day against Ohio. I expect Penn State to win this one, but rivalry games can always create some drama.
Other 11 a.m. kickoff games of note: Kansas State @ Mississippi State and NC State @ West Virginia.
Will the Penn State-Pittsburgh college football rivalry continue past Saturday? Former players hope so. https://t.co/gw6U4wUkAi— Christopher Six (@ChristopherSix1) September 11, 2019
Stanford @ 17 UCF —> 2:30pm CST on ESPN
This game is not quite as exciting now that Stanford lost last weekend, but their starting QB K.J. Costello is back after missing the USC game. This could be a weird body clock game with going across the country for Stanford, but it should be a good litmus test for UCF.
Arizona State @ 18 Michigan State —> 3:00pm CST on FOX
This will be the first test for a Michigan State defense that has shown the ability to be extremely good so far in the 2019 season. Arizona State is undefeated through two games, and is lead by true freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels. The Spartans are on the hunt for revenge after losing to ASU last season. The way in which the freshman signal caller responds to the vaunted MSU defense will go a long way in determining the outcome.
19 Iowa @ Iowa State —> 3:00pm CST on FS1
The battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy (aka ¡El Assico!) always brings excitement. Two years ago Iowa won in a 44-41 point explosion, while last year Iowa won 13-3. This year Iowa must travel to Jack Trice Stadium, a place that is one of the tougher environments in all of the Big 12. Of all of the match ups during the mid-afternoon window, this rivalry game probably has the most juice to squeeze.
Other mid-afternoon games of note: 2 Alabama @ South Carolina and 24 USC @ BYU.
9 Florida @ Kentucky —> 6:00pm CST on ESPN
This game lost some of it’s flash with Kentucky recently losing their starting quarterback for the year, but Florida is likely still upset about losing to the Wildcats a year ago. With Feleipe Franks showing his continued inconsistency so far this season, Florida will likely be in for a game against the Wildcats for at least a few quarters.
1 Clemson @ Syracuse —> 6:30pm CST on ABC
Reigning champions or not, Clemson has had nightmares in the Carrier Dome before. Syracuse was exposed by Maryland last week to the tune of a 43 point defeat, but Syracuse has a solid defensive line and Dino Babers will try to pull out all the stops to take down the high power attack of Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne.
Florida State @ 25 Virginia —> 6:30pm CST on ACCNetwork
Virginia has been picked by many to win the ACC Coastal division. For Bronco Mendenhall’s team to make that happen they must beat teams like FSU on their schedule. Florida State squeaked by UL Monroe due to Cam Akers shouldering the load, but they opened the season with a loss to Boise State.
TCU @ Purdue —> 6:30pm CST on BTN
Purdue has not had the start that they wanted after an opening weekend loss to Nevada on the road. TCU is looking to bounce back after going 7-6 a year ago, one of the worst seasons for head coach Gary Patterson. Both teams are in need of a non-conference win on Saturday, but only one will get it.