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2021 College Football Viewing Guide: Week 6

After last week resulted in multiple top-10 losses, this week is poised for fireworks as well.

Penn State v Iowa Photo by Matthew Holst/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 6 has some big-time matchups to watch, and plenty on the line for some of the nation's best.

Thursday, October 7

No. 15 Coastal Carolina (5-0) at Arkansas State (1-4) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPNU

Houston and Tulane also kickoff during this time slot on ESPN, but neither of those teams has the firepower that Coastal Carolina has. The Chanticleers have a fun offense and should coast over Arkansas State.

Syndication: The Enquirer
Desmond Ridder and Cincinnati are firmly in the CFP discussion after knocking off Notre Dame last weekend.
Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Friday, October 8

Temple (3-2) at No. 5 Cincinnati (4-0) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN

Cincinnati scored a huge win on the road last weekend over Notre Dame, and the Bearcats are now a playoff contender. Temple hasn’t done anything so far this season to point to an upset alert, but maybe there is a bit of letdown for Cincinnati following such a big win.

Stanford (3-2) at No. 22 Arizona State (4-1) —> 9:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

This should be a fun late-night game for a Friday night. Stanford has played one of the tougher schedules in the country through five games and will be on the road against a third consecutive ranked opponent. The Cardinal upset Oregon last weekend, while Arizona State’s lone loss of the season came against a good BYU team.

Saturday, October 9

Morning games

No. 6 Oklahoma (5-0) vs No. 21 Texas (4-1) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC

The Red River Rivalry has all the makings of a great way to kick off Saturday morning, as Oklahoma and Texas square off in arguably the best game of the morning. This matchup normally is close, and there is a lot riding on the results in terms of the Big 12 championship. Both teams have significant question marks, but the Cotton Bowl is always a fun atmosphere.

No. 13 Arkansas (4-1) at No. 17 Ole Miss (3-1) —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN

Both of these teams were dominated last week against top-end SEC foes, but this game could be a really fun watch. Arkansas is off to a great start this season under Sam Pittman, while Ole Miss has one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Ole Miss has a much easier schedule following Arkansas, making this weekend a big opportunity for them to score a quality win.

Ole Miss v Alabama
Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral is still one of the Heisman Trophy favorites.
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Other morning games of interest:

Afternoon games

No. 2 Georgia (5-0) at No. 18 Auburn (4-1) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS

Auburn pulled out a thrilling win on the road last weekend against LSU, but they will see a big uptick in competition this weekend with Georgia coming to town. The Bulldogs have the best defense in college football and like to squeeze the life out of teams. Auburn’s quarterback Bo Nix will need to put together the best performance of his career to knock off Georgia.

No. 4 Penn State (5-0) at No. 3 Iowa (5-0) —> 3 p.m. CST on FOX

The game of the weekend is in the Big Ten. Penn State and Iowa have each jumped out to great starts, and will meet in Kinnick Stadium this weekend. Who can forget when these two teams met back in 2004 with a final score of 6-4, and I would expect a defensive slugfest once again. The Hawkeyes have feasted on turnovers this season, but Penn State also has some playmakers on offense. Normally we put the Wisconsin game on this list no matter what, but Penn State and Iowa will probably be a better game, to be honest.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 01 Iowa at Maryland
Iowa has looked very impressive so far this season.
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Other afternoon games of interest:

  • Wisconsin at Illinois at 2:30 p.m. CST on BTN
  • Boise State at No. 10 BYU at 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC
  • No. 19 Wake Forest at Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2
  • Florida State at North Carolina at 2:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Primetime games

No. 9 Michigan (5-0) at Nebraska (3-3) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC

Nebraska has looked better this season since dropping their opener against Illinois, but Michigan has steamrolled through their schedule. The Wolverines are on the road for a second consecutive week, which makes this a trappy game. This could be a better game than meets the eye.

No. 14 Notre Dame (4-1) at Virginia Tech (3-1) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ACCN

This is probably the other best game during primetime. Unfortunately, it is on the ACC Network. The Virginia Tech Hokies secured a huge win over North Carolina to start the season but also dropped a headscratcher against West Virginia. Notre Dame is in an interesting spot coming off of a loss to Cincinnati, so this could be a great game.

Other primetime games of interest:

  • TCU at Texas Tech at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN
  • LSU at No. 16 Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. CST on SECN
  • No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M at 7 p.m. CST on CBS
  • Utah at USC at 7 p.m. CST on FOX
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 Michigan at Wisconsin
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan will look to remain undefeated this weekend against Nebraska.
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After dark

UCLA (3-2) at Arizona (0-4) —> 9:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

This is not the best late-night game of the season, but it will still be interesting to see if UCLA can rebound after dropping two of their last three games.

Other late-night games of interest:

  • Memphis at Tulsa at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2
  • New Mexico at No. 25 San Diego State at 8 p.m. CST on FS1