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Your College Football Saturday Viewing Guide: November 4, 2017

The first playoff rankings of the season are out. Now we see how teams respond.

Indiana v Michigan State Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

The schedule makers sure know how to put a slate of games together, I tell you what.

The first edition of the college football playoff rankings came out on Tuesday, and would you look at this? Five of the top nine teams in the rankings are on the road today. Three of them — Penn State, Clemson, and Oklahoma — will be tangling with teams also ranked in the top 25. That’s a precipitously high chance of losses throwing the rankings completely out of whack almost immediately after issuing them.

While there’s a lot of top ranked teams on the road on this fine Saturday, the top three teams are all at home. Georgia is hosting South Carolina, Notre Dame is hosting Wake Forest, and in what might end up as the most lopsided two ranked teams game of the season, #2 Alabama is hosting #19 LSU. There is a really solid chance that Nick Saban gets the Tide worked into a nasty mood and they eviscerate the Tigers merely because ‘Bama isn’t ranked #1 at the moment. It could be ugly as ugly can get, and thus, really fun to watch for those of us with no emotional attachment to the game!

All told, there’s 17 games on national television today involving at least one ranked team, and that’s pretty good. A quick heads up for you: SEC Network and Big Ten Network are doing the regional coverage thing again today in the afternoon window, so keep that in mind as you try to tune in.

Without further ado, here’s your schedule for the day:

College Football Saturday Viewing Guide: 11/4/17

Time (CT) Game TV Network
Time (CT) Game TV Network
11:00 AM #7 Penn State at #24 Michigan State Fox
11:00 AM #9 Wisconsin at Indiana ABC
11:00 AM #14 Auburn at Texas A&M ESPN
11:00 AM UMass at #16 Mississippi State SEC Network
11:00 AM Florida at Missouri ESPN2
11:00 AM Kansas State at Texas Tech FS1
11:00 AM Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt ESPNU
11:00 AM Illinois at Purdue Big Ten Network
11:00 AM East Carolina at Houston CBS Sports Network
2:30 PM South Carolina at #1 Georgia CBS
2:30 PM Wake Forest at #3 Notre Dame NBC
2:30 PM #4 Clemson at #20 NC State ABC
2:30 PM #6 Ohio State at Iowa ESPN
2:30 PM #15 Iowa State at West Virginia ESPN2
2:30 PM #21 Stanford at #25 Washington State Fox
2:30 PM South Florida at Connecticut ESPNU
2:30 PM Maryland at Rutgers Big Ten Network
2:30 PM Northwestern at Nebraska Big Ten Network
2:30 PM Army at Air Force CBS Sports Network
3:00 PM #5 Oklahoma at #11 Oklahoma State FS1
3:00 PM Mississippi at Kentucky SEC Network
3:00 PM Coastal Carolina at Arkansas SEC Network
6:00 PM Nevada at Boise State ESPNU
6:00 PM Colorado State at Wyoming CBS Sports Network
6:15 PM Texas at #8 TCU ESPN
6:15 PM #18 UCF at SMU ESPN2
6:30 PM Southern Miss at Tennessee SEC Network
6:30 PM Minnesotat at Michigan Fox
7:00 PM #19 LSU at #2 Alabama CBS
7:00 PM #13 Virginia Tech at #10 Miami ABC
9:00 PM Oregon at #12 Washington FS1
9:30 PM San Diego State at San Jose State ESPNU
9:45 PM #22 Arizona at #17 USC ESPN
9:45 PM BYU at Fresno State ESPN2