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College football viewing guide: week 10

Wisconsin has another week off, but the return of MACtion and the Pac-12 highlight week 10.

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The Wisconsin Badgers have opted to cancel their second straight game due to rising COVID-19 cases. No Badger game means a greater opportunity to watch other college football action this weekend, and with the MAC and Pac-12 back in business there will be plenty of games to watch.

In our weekly preview, we at B5Q break down the top games on the college football slate across all days and television windows.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Ohio (0-0) at Central Michigan (0-0) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN

MACtion is back! Ohio and Central Michigan are two solid teams in the conference and have a very narrow spread at only 2.5 in favor of the Bobcats. Expect a good game in this one with Central Michigan hoping to get back to the MAC Championship in year two of Jim McElwain.

Buffalo (0-0) at Northern Illinois (0-0) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN2

This game has a lot of familiar faces for Wisconsin sports fans. Lance Leipold has Buffalo playing really good football since taking over the program after a really successful stint at UW-Whitewater. On the other sideline, former Badgers running backs coach Thomas Hammock is now head coach of his alma mater. If you are looking for football, flipping between the ESPN and ESPN2 during the evening might make a good Wednesday evening.

Other Wednesday games:

  • Eastern Michigan at Kent State —> 5p.m. CST on ESPN+
  • Bowling Green at Toledo —> 7 p.m. CST on ESPNU

Thursday, Nov. 5

Utah State (0-2) at Nevada (2-0) —> 6 p.m. CST on FS1

Nevada is a two score favorite in this game, but there is very little else on the docket for Thursday night. Nevada has looked good so far in the Mountain West, and looks to remain perfect.

Other Thursday games:

  • Wyoming at Colorado State —> 8 p.m. CST on CBSSN

Friday, Nov. 5

No. 11 Miami (5-1) at NC State (4-2) —> 6:30 p.m. CST ESPN

Friday night actually has a really good trio of games to watch. The night kicks off with a big game in the ACC with No. 11 Miami and NC State. The Wolfpack recently lost to North Carolina, and Miami has only fallen to Clemson thus far this season. Can D’Erik King and the Hurricanes keep rolling?

No. 9 BYU (7-0) at No. 21 Boise State (2-0) —> 8:45 p.m. CST on FS1

The game of the night is a late one. BYU has a really dynamic offense spearheaded by quarterback Zach Wilson, who has looked really good and is in Heisman contention based on his performance. Despite the hot start, BYU has not really played a team nearly as talented as Boise State yet to this point. The Broncos will look to knock BYU down from their No. 9 spot.

Other Friday games of interest:

  • San Jose State at San Diego State —> 8 p.m. CST on CBSSN (really underrated game FYI)

Saturday, Nov. 6

Morning games

No. 23 Michigan (1-1) at No. 13 Indiana (2-0) —> 11 a.m. CST on FS1

Indiana has surprised some folks with consecutive wins to start the season after a great year in 2019. On the flip side, Michigan has been very uneven in 2020 after a big win over Minnesota to start the year and a stunning loss at home versus Michigan State. The Wolverines will look to get back on track on Saturday morning, while Indiana aims to prove that they are the second best team in the B1G East.

Arizona State (0-0) at No. 20 USC (0-0) —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX

The first game of the season in the Pac-12 pairs two of the better teams in the South division. Quarterbacks Kedon Slovis of USC and Jayden Daniels are two of the better signal callers in the conference, and the game could come down to which player can perform best Saturday morning.

Other morning games of interest:

  • Michigan State at Iowa —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN
  • Nebraska at Northwestern —> 11 a.m. CST on BTN
  • West Virginia at No. 22 Texas —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX

Afternoon games

No. 8 Florida (3-1) at No. 5 Georgia (4-1) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS

Both Florida and Georgia already have a loss on their schedule, making this rivalry game even more important in 2020. The Gators and Bulldogs each have playoff aspirations still, but a second loss could knock them out of contention. This game represents by far the best game of the afternoon, and it could determine the winner of the SEC East.

No. 14 Oklahoma State (4-1) at Kansas State (4-2) —> 3 p.m. CST on FOX

This game is not nearly as intriguing as the Cocktail Party happening on CBS, but both OK State and Kansas State control their own destiny in the conference if they can finish unblemished the rest of the way. The wildcats had a significant trip up last week against West Virginia, but have already spoiled the season for Oklahoma, can they beat the top two teams in the state?

Other afternoon games of interest:

  • Minnesota at Illinois —> 2:30 p.m. CST on BTN
  • Houston at No. 6 Cincinnati —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC

Primetime games

No. 1 Clemson (7-0) at No. 4 Notre Dame (6-0) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on NBC

The game of the day pits Clemson and Notre Dame against one another. Not only does this game have College Football Playoff implications, but Notre Dame is also hoping to crash the ACC this year. Clemson will be without Trevor Lawrence for the second week in a row, making this game even more intriguing.

Other primetime games of interest:

  • No. 7 Texas A&M at South Carolina —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN
  • Stanford at No. 12 Oregon —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC

After dark

Washington (0-0) at Cal (0-0) —> 9:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Pac-12 after dark is also back this week. The biggest game of the late window features former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and his Cal Bears squad. Washington and new head coach Jimmy Lake will hope to start his regime off the right away, but Wilcox will aim to secure their first win of the year.

Other late night games:

  • Washington State at Oregon State —> 9:30 p.m. CST on FS1