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:
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
|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|