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 10 features only one top-25 matchup but following the release of the first College Football Playoff Rankings, things are bound to heat up.
Thursday, November 4
Georgia State (4-4) at Louisiana (7-1) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN
In case you missed mid-week MACtion, Thursday night has some good Sun Belt football for those interested. Louisiana is one of the top teams in the conference and looking to stay undefeated in Sun Belt play against Georgia State. This is the only game on the schedule for Thursday.
Friday, November 5
Virginia Tech (4-4) at Boston College (4-4) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2
Boston College is attempting to secure their first ACC win of the season against Virginia Tech on Friday night. On the other sideline, Justin Fuente is perpetually on the hot seat, making this somewhat of a must-win game for him as the Hokies look to inch closer to a bowl.
Utah (5-3) at Stanford (3-5) —> 9:30 p.m. CST on FS1
If you can manage to stay up a little later, Utah and Stanford could be a good game. Utah is still in the thick of things for a Pac-12 South Championship sporting a 4-1 conference record, while Stanford has struggled since remarkably beating Oregon earlier in the year. With this game in Palo Alto, things could get weird after dark.
Saturday, November 6
No. 9 Wake Forest (8-0) at North Carolina (4-4) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC
This season has not gone according to plan for North Carolina, but they could still spoil things for undefeated Wake Forest this weekend. Neither team is overly impressive on defense, meaning that this game could easily become a bonafide shootout from the start. Sam Hartman has Wake Forest inside the top-10 for the first time, can they keep it going?
No. 5 Ohio State (7-1) at Nebraska (3-6) —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX
Nebraska has gotten creative this year, finding new ways to lose close football games week in and week out. Ohio State on the other hand has one of the most impressive offenses in the country and is still sitting at only one loss. I am not convinced Nebraska will be able to slow down OSU, but Scott Frost is essentially coaching for his job these last three weeks of the season.
Other morning games of interest:
- Illinois at No. 20 Minnesota on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. CST
- Army at Air Force on CBS at 11 a.m. CST
- Liberty at No. 16 Ole Miss on SECN at 11 a.m. CST
No. 21 Wisconsin (5-3) at Rutgers (4-4) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on BTN
The Badgers are back in action looking to avoid a letdown after beating Iowa last week. Rutgers has been a much better team this season, so expect a tough contest on Saturday afternoon. It is unfortunate that most of the best games happen in the early afternoon window, but this is the top game for Wisconsin fans.
No. 13 Auburn (6-2) at No. 14 Texas A&M (6-2) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS
Texas A&M pulled off a monumental upset earlier this year by beating Alabama, and since then they have been on a roll. Auburn has also played better recently, making this SEC matchup very intriguing. Neither team is going to win the conference, but these two ranked teams will have plenty on the line when they meet at Kyle Field.
No. 3 Michigan State (8-0) at Purdue (5-3) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC
The spread on this game is only three points right now in favor of Michigan State, as the Spartans head on the road following an emotional win over rival Michigan last weekend. Purdue has been known to take down top five teams in recent history, can they do it again?
Other afternoon games of interest:
- No. 12 Baylor at TCU on FOX at 2:30 p.m. CST
- No. 11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. CST
- Tulsa at No. 6 Cincinnati on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. CST
- Penn State at Maryland on FS1 at 2:30 p.m. CST
- No. 17 Mississippi State at Arkansas on SECN at 2:30 p.m. CST
No. 4 Oregon (7-1) at Washington (4-4) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC
Oregon controls its own destiny in the Pac-12 and is one of the top contenders to crash the College Football Playoff this year if they can manage to win out. Washington would love to ruin those chances this weekend. Oregon is a seven-point favorite, but the Washington Huskies have won two in a row.
Other primetime games of interest:
- LSU at No. 2 Alabama on ESPN at 6 p.m. CST
- No. 22 Iowa at Northwestern on BTN at 6 p.m. CST
- Tennessee at No. 18 Kentucky on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CST
- Texas at Iowa State on FS1 at 6:30 p.m. CST
- Indiana at No. 7 Michigan on FOX at 6:30 p.m. CST
- Clemson at Louisville on ACCN at 6:30 p.m. CST
UTSA (8-0) at UTEP (6-2) —> 9:15 p.m. CST on ESPN2
This game is a huge opportunity for both UTSA and UTEP on national television. Both teams are vying for the top spot in Conference USA, and the Roadrunners (meep-meep) are hoping to remain undefeated. This is one of the best games of the day.
Other late-night games of interest:
- USC at Arizona State on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. CST
- No. 24 San Diego State at Hawaii on FS1 at 10 p.m. CST