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College football viewing guide: Week 9

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While the Badgers game on Saturday is no longer on the schedule, there are plenty of other games on TV to keep you on the couch this weekend.

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COVID canceled the Badgers game with Nebraska on Saturday, but the rest of the Big Ten seems on pace to play. Add in some intriguing matchups in the SEC, ACC, as well as the Big-12, and there still remains reason to watch games this weekend.

We at B5Q have you covered on which games to watch across all of the weeks action in college football. Without further ado, here are the best games in each time window.

Thursday, Oct. 29

South Alabama (3-2) at Georgia Southern (3-2) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

There isn’t much on the calendar for Thursday in terms of games, but there is some fun in the Sun Belt between South Alabama and Georgia Southern. South Alabama will look to stay perfect in conference with a trip to Southern.

Other Thursday games:

  • Colorado State at Fresno State at 9pm CST on CBSSN

Friday, Oct. 30

Minnesota (0-1) at Maryland (0-1) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Both the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Maryland Terrapins got off to a rocky start this season with losses to Michigan and Northwestern. The Gophers have hopes to keep pace in the Big Ten West, and a matchup with Maryland is a great game to recalibrate.

Other Friday games of interest:

  • East Carolina at Tulsa —> 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2
  • Hawaii at Wyoming —> 8:45 p.m. CST on FS1

Saturday, Oct. 31

Morning games

Michigan State (0-1) at No. 13 Michigan (1-0) —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX

Rivalry games usually pack a little more punch, but Michigan State did not instill a lot of confidence in their loss to Rutgers. Yes, they lost to Rutgers. Michigan on the other hand looked solid against Minnesota. Can the Wolverines keep that momentum going against their in-state counterpart?

Purdue (1-0) at Illinois (0-1) —> 11 a.m. CST on BTN

Purdue was able to get a win last week over Iowa without head coach Jeff Brohm, and their passing attack looked great. The Boilermakers will aim to get revenge for their loss to the Fighting Illini a season ago in what should be a good game on BTN.

Other morning games of interest:

  • Boston College at No. 1 Clemson —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC
  • No. 5 Georgia at Kentucky —> 11 a.m. CST on SEC
  • Memphis at No. 7 Cincinnati —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN
  • No. 16 Kansas State at West Virginia —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN2

Afternoon games

Northwestern (1-0) at Iowa (0-1) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Iowa stumbled off the blocks against Purdue, but the Hawkeyes hope to get back on track against an improved Northwestern squad that throttled Maryland a week ago. Iowa has had a tumultuous off-season to go along with some new faces on each side of the ball, but they have a chance to rebound nicely against the Wildcats. This game should be close.

Texas (3-2) at No. 6 Oklahoma State (4-0) —> 3 p.m. CST on FOX

Texas has had some heartbreaking losses this season to TCU and Oklahoma. Both games were decided by only one score, and the Longhorns are now in dire need of a big win. Oklahoma State on the other hand is the lone unbeaten in the Big-12, and hope to not have their hearts broken on Saturday.

Other afternoon games of interest:

  • No. 17 Indiana at Rutgers —> 2:30 p.m. CST on BTN
  • LSU at Auburn —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS
  • No. 4 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC

Primetime games

No. 3 Ohio State (1-0) at No. 18 Penn State (0-1) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC

The biggest game of the day, Ohio State and Penn State showdown on primetime in the only game of the weekend that pits ranked teams against one another. The Nittany Lions have plenty to clean up after losing on a two-point conversion to Indiana, and don’t have a lot of time to do so with the Buckeyes rolling into town. Ohio State easily handled Nebraska in their opener, and are poised to shoot for another College Football Playoff berth at seasons end.

Other primetime games of interest:

  • Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN
  • No. 15 North Carolina at Virginia —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ACCN
  • No. 24 Oklahoma at Texas Tech —> 7 p.m. CST on FOX

After dark

Western Kentucky (2-4) at No. 11 BYU (6-0) —> 9:15 p.m. CST on ESPN

BYU has been one of the surprise teams in college football this year. Quarterback Zach Wilson has been nearly flawless this year with nearly 2000 yards passing and 16 touchdowns compared to only one interception. The Cougars are heavy favorites late Saturday night, but things tend to get a bit weird after dark on Halloween.

Other late night games:

  • Nevada at UNLV —> 9:30 p.m. CST on FS1