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Your College Football Saturday Viewing Guide: September 28, 2019

40% of the top five teams not playing today kind of takes some of the adventure out of the air.

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Only five ranked teams are on the road on national television today. That’s out of 17 ranked teams turning up on a national broadcast. That’s kind of a bummer. Not that ranked teams can’t lose at home, of course, but going on the road always raises the stakes a little bit.

By way of default, #21 USC going on the road against #17 Washington is the best game of the day. I say default because it’s the only game today that has two ranked teams facing off where one of the teams involved is not Notre Dame. Nothing against #18 Virginia, of course, but I’m not going to get dragged into pretending that it’s good and fun that Notre Dame is ranked, much less ranked in the top 10. Those guys can go wake up in a roadside ditch.

Two of the top five teams in the country — Georgia and LSU — are in a bye week today. No game at all for them, which does seem to take some of the fun out of the proceedings. I’m supposed to get fired up ahead of time about Indiana visiting #25 Michigan State? It’s like if Ben Folds Five had a song titled The Battle Of Who Punts Last.

If you’re looking for appropriately dumb, may I point you at UCLA visiting Arizona? Coming off their hilarious 67-63 come from behind victory over Washington State, the Bruins head out to Arizona this week to face a Wildcats team that’s averaging 43.7 points per game. Sure, that’s propped up by 65 points against Northern Arizona, but part of you reaaaaally wants to stay up until midnight to see if the Bruins defense turns into a bombing range again, doesn’t it?

Here’s your very short College Football Anarchy cheering guide for the day:

North Carolina vs #1 Clemson
Ole Miss at #2 Alabama
Nebraska vs #5 Ohio State

If you wanted to hold out hope for Texas Tech against #6 Oklahoma or Mississippi State against #7 Auburn, just to fill the hate in your heart out a bit, go ahead. Be advised: Both of those teams are playing on the road.

Here’s the full national television schedule for the day.

All Times Central

College Football Viewing Guide: 9/28/19

Time (CT) Game Television
Time (CT) Game Television
11:00 AM Texas Tech at #6 Oklahoma Fox
Northwestern at #8 Wisconsin ABC
Middle Tennessee at #14 Iowa ESPN2
Rutgers at #20 Michigan Big Ten Network
#23 Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPN
Holy Cross at Syracuse ACC Network
Northern Illinois at Vanderbilt SEC Network
Kansas at TCU FS1
Buffalo at Miami (OH) ESPNU
Central Michigan at Western Michigan CBS Sports Network
2:30 PM #1 Clemson at North Carolina ABC
Ole Miss at #2 Alabama CBS
#18 Virginia at #10 Notre Dame NBC
#21 USC at #17 Washington Fox
Indiana at #25 Michigan State Big Ten Network
Florida Atlantic at Charlotte NFL Network
Georgia Tech at Temple CBS Sports Network
Wake Forest at Boston College ACC Network
Iowa State at Baylor ESPN
Minnesota at Purdue ESPN2
3:00 PM Towson at #9 Florida SEC Network
SMU at South Florida ESPNU
6:00 PM Mississippi State at #7 Auburn ESPN
UConn at #22 UCF ESPN2
6:30 PM #5 Ohio State at Nebraska ABC
NC State at Florida State ACC Network
Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network
Colorado State at Utah State CBS Sports Network
7:00 PM UNLV at Wyoming ESPNU
9:00 PM Washington State at #19 Utah FS1
9:30 PM UCLA at Arizona ESPN
Hawaii at Nevada ESPN2