It’s actually a quiet week for nationally televised college football games for whatever reason.
Usually when I type up the Google Sheet that feeds the table below, it runs out into the 30s in terms of lines used. This week? Last line is #29, which means only 28 games.
Part of this is the fact that the #1 and #2 teams in the country aren’t playing. That’s just two less games to put onto a national broadcast, so you end up with SEC Network and ACC Network getting used less than you might normally see.
Still, it’s a pretty robust week of games. 15 of the 28 games feature at least one ranked team. Nine of them have a ranked team on the road, and that’s always a good sign that you might get something (or somethings) silly happening.
The big game of the day is #7 Auburn visiting #10 Florida. I don’t know if you can take either of these teams seriously for SEC title contenders at this point of the season (there’s three more SEC teams in the top five right now), but that’s actually what helps make this a big deal. Losses are coming for these teams, and thus this will be a big win for them at the end of the season no matter what else happens.
Elsewhere in ranked battle games, you’ve got #14 Iowa visiting #19 Michigan (if this was flipped around on locations, I’d say bet the house on Iowa), and #25 Michigan State going to #4 Ohio State. I don’t really hold any hope of the Spartans pulling out the upset here, but I’m definitely going to be cheering for it.
With that in mind, here’s your College Football Anarchy cheering guide for the day:
Yeah, not a lot of hope for wins here. Same goes for #6 Oklahoma (at Kansas), and while Florida absolutely could beat #7 Auburn, it’s not as fun for anarchy reasons when it’s the #10 team doing the winning.
Here’s your national television schedule for the day.
All times Central
College Football Saturday Viewing Guide: 10/5/19
|11:00 AM||Utah State at #5 LSU||SEC Network|
|#6 Oklahoma at Kansas||ABC|
|Kent State at #8 Wisconsin||ESPNU|
|Purdue at #12 Penn State||ESPN|
|#14 Iowa at #19 Michigan||Fox|
|#21 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech||FS1|
|TCU at Iowa State||ESPN2|
|Maryland at Rutgers||Big Ten Network|
|Tulane at Army||CBS Sports Network|
|2:30 PM||#7 Auburn at #10 Florida||CBS|
|Bowling Green at #9 Notre Dame||NBC|
|#11 Texas at West Virginia||ABC|
|Baylor at Kansas State||ESPN2|
|Illinois at Minnesota||Big Ten Network|
|Air Force at Navy||CBS Sports Network|
|Virginia Tech at Miami||ESPN|
|2:45 PM||Memphis at UL Monroe||ESPNU|
|3:00 PM||North Carolina at Georgia Tech||ACC Network|
|Troy at Missouri||SEC Network|
|6:00 PM||#3 Georgia at Tennessee||ESPN|
|6:30 PM||#25 Michigan State at #4 Ohio State||ABC|
|Tulsa at #24 SMU||ESPNU|
|Vanderbilt at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|7:00 PM||California at #13 Oregon||Fox|
|Pitt at Duke||ACC Network|
|9:00 PM||San Diego State at Colorado State||ESPN2|
|9:30 PM||#15 Washington at Stanford||ESPN|
|#16 Boise State at UNLV||CBS Sports Network|