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College football viewing guide: Week 8

Week 8 doesn’t have many amazing games, but there are still plenty of good matchups to watch this weekend.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 Arizona State at UCLA Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

College football is back, and that means our college football viewing guide is back to help you navigate the busy schedule ahead.

Each week we will do the heavy lifting, and figure out the top games that will be playing during each television window across college football. Week 8 does not have many top-tier matchups, but there is still plenty of good games to keep you glued to the TV this weekend.

Thursday, October 21

Tulane (1-5) at No. 21 SMU (6-0) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Former Oklahoma quarterback Tanner Mordecai has been balling out at SMU this season and has his team inside the top-25. The Mustangs look to be the primary challenger to Cincinnati in the AAC this season, and their high-powered offense should be able to coast over Tulane on Thursday night.

Other Thursday games of interest:

  • Louisiana at Arkansas State on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. CST
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 USF at SMU Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Friday, October 22

Memphis (4-3) at UCF (3-3) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN2

These two teams have not lived up to expectations coming into the season, but this is still a good matchup. Both squads have lost three of their last four games, so this is a big opportunity for one of these teams to get back on track this season.

Washington (2-4) at Arizona (0-6) —> 9:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2

This is a late-night Sickos Special in the Pac-12. Washington’s offense has been bad, and Arizona has been terrible. Things tend to get weird during this time window, so if you are up and into this type of game...go for it.

Saturday, October 23

Morning games

Illinois (2-5) at No. 7 Penn State (5-1) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC

The morning slate of games is not great. In all honesty, Wake Forest at Army might be the most interesting watch. However, I will highlight this game because Penn State is dealing with injury issues. Illinois has their own troubles going on based on Bret Bielema's statement during a press conference, but I think this could be a closer game than expected if Penn State comes out flat.

If you have things to get done around the house, the morning window is a great opportunity, as things will heat up next weekend.

Penn State v Iowa
Penn State has some QB troubles with Sean Clifford down with an injury, can Illinois pull the upset?
Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images

Other morning games of interest:

  • No. 2 Cincinnati at Navy on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. CST
  • No. 3 Oklahoma at Kansas on ESPN at 11 a.m. CST
  • Northwestern at No. 6 Michigan on FOX at 11 a.m. CST
  • No. 16 Wake Forest at Army on CBSSN at 11 a.m. CST
  • Kansas State at Texas Tech on FS1 at 11 a.m. CST

Afternoon games

Wisconsin (3-3) at No. 25 Purdue (4-2) —> 2 p.m. CST on BTN

The Badgers have not lost to Purdue since Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard was a junior in college, but the Boilermakers are now ranked after taking down Iowa a week ago. Can Wisconsin keep their winning streak against Purdue going and secure their third win in a row this season, or is this where the runs end?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 16 Army at Wisconsin
Wisconsin will look to get their offense back on track against an improved Purdue defense.
Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

No. 8 Oklahoma State (6-0) at Iowa State (4-2) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on FOX

Many people wrote off Iowa State after they dropped games against Iowa and Baylor, but the Cyclones are still in the thick of things in the Big 12 and it is still Brocktober. Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State are still undefeated and come into this game with a ton of confidence following a win over Texas though.

Iowa State v Kansas State
Iowa State will have a chance to shake up the Big 12 with a win over Oklahoma State this weekend.
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

No. 10 Oregon (5-1) at UCLA (5-2) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC

College GameDay is in LA this weekend, as Chip Kelly and his UCLA team look to upend Oregon. The Ducks have not looked the same since beating Ohio State early in the year, but then again UCLA has also had their fair share of uneven play this season as well.

Other afternoon games of interest:

  • LSU at No. 12 Ole Miss on CBS at 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Clemson at No. 23 Pitt on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Maryland at Minnesota on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. CST

Primetime games

USC (3-3) at No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on NBC

The primetime slate has a few intriguing games, but it is hard to know which one (or two) will be close. On paper, this is a game that Notre Dame should win, but USC and star wide receiver Drake London could make it interesting.

No. 5 Ohio State (5-1) at Indiana (2-4) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and running back TreVeyon Henderson have put together really impressive seasons so far, but the Buckeye defense has been hit or miss this year. Indiana has struggled on offense, but maybe this is a game where the Hoosiers can keep it close.

Maryland v Ohio State Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Other primetime games of interest:

  • Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama on ESPN at 6 p.m. CST
  • No. 18 NC State at Miami on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. CST
  • South Carolina at No. 17 Texas A&M on SECN at 6:30 p.m. CST