Your College Football Saturday Viewing Guide: September 16, 2017

Through a weird quirk of coincidence, there are nine ranked teams playing a nationally televised game on the road today. Seven of them are playing against an unranked team. Now, maybe that’s not that weird of an event. There’s lots of unranked teams in every conference, so maybe this happens on a regular basis.

However, six of these games are non-conference matchups. In other words: there’s six ranked teams playing on the road against teams that they are not regularly familiar with playing. It would seem to me that the combination of unfamiliarity plus road game could end up equaling a completely absurd level of upsets today. At the very least, the chances are high that we’ll get a lot of compelling football games out of it.

The highlight game of the day has to be the 7pm start on ABC, as it features #3 Clemson, the defending national champions, visiting #14 Louisville and Lamar Jackson, the defending Heisman Trophy winner. There’s also a matchup of two ranked SEC teams down in Gainesville, although because it’s #23 Tennessee and #24 Florida, only one of them will still be ranked on Monday.

The SEC Network and the Big Ten Network are up to their usual shenanigans with regional coverage in a couple of broadcast windows today, so if you’re getting Mercer-Auburn and you really wanted to see Purdue-Missouri, take to the internets for all your streaming needs.

Here’s your schedule of events for the day:

College Football Saturday Viewing Guide: 9/16/17

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11:00 AM Air Force at #7 Michigan Big Ten Network
11:00 AM #9 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh ESPN
11:00 AM #25 UCLA at Memphis ABC
11:00 AM Northern Illinois at Nebraska FS1
11:00 AM Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas A&M SEC Network
11:00 AM Kansas at Ohio ESPNU
11:00 AM Iowa State at Akron CBS Sports Network
11:00 AM Connecticut at Virginia ESPN2
2:30 PM #10 Wisconsin at BYU ABC
2:30 PM #16 Virginia Tech at East Carolina CBS Sports Network
2:30 PM SMU at #20 TCU ESPNU
2:30 PM #23 Tennessee at #24 Florida CBS
2:30 PM Notre Dame at Boston College ESPN
2:30 PM Morgan State at Rutgers Big Ten Network**
2:30 PM Middle Tennessee at Minnesota Big Ten Network**
2:30 PM North Texas at Iowa ESPN2
3:00 PM Mercer at #15 Auburn SEC Network**
3:00 PM Purdue at Missouri SEC Network**
3:30 PM Army at #8 Ohio State Fox
6:00 PM Colorado State at #1 Alabama ESPN2
6:00 PM #12 LSU at Mississippi State ESPN
6:00 PM Oregon at Wyoming CBS Sports Network
6:30 PM Georgia State at #5 Penn State Big Ten Network**
6:30 PM Samford at #13 Georgia SEC Network**
6:30 PM #18 Kansas State at Vanderbilt ESPNU
6:30 PM Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network**
6:30 PM Bowling Green at Northwestern Big Ten Network**
7:00 PM #3 Clemson at #14 Louisville ABC
7:30 PM Texas at #4 USC Fox
9:00 PM San Jose State at Utah ESPN2
9:30 PM #19 Stanford at San Diego State CBS Sports Network
9:30 PM Mississippi at California ESPN

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