Full college football TV schedule guide, Week 6: Big Ten, Pac-12 rule the night

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The afternoon's pretty meh, but your remote will be getting a workout during a loaded evening slate.

We've removed the weeknight games, which have already happened.

Saturday

Early shift

11:30 AM ET Air Force at Navy CBS
12 p.m. ET Eastern Michigan at Buffalo ESPN Regional, ESPN3.com
12 p.m. ET 25 Maryland at 8 Florida State ESPN
12 p.m. ET Penn State at Indiana Big Ten Network
12 p.m. ET Michigan State at Iowa ESPN2
12 p.m. ET 20 Texas Tech at Kansas FS1
12 p.m. ET Illinois at Nebraska ESPNU
12 p.m. ET Rutgers at SMU ESPN News
12 p.m. ET 7 Louisville at Temple SNY, WHAS, Altitude
12 p.m. ET Ball State at Virginia CSN-BALT, FSN, ESPN3.com
Noon ET Lehigh at Fordham CBSSN
Noon ET New Hampshire at Towson CSN
Noon ET Gardner-Webb at Charlotte WCCB
12:21 p.m. ET Georgia State at 1 Alabama SEC Net, MSG, ESPN3.com
12:30 p.m. ET North Carolina at Virginia Tech ACC Network, ESPN3.com
1 p.m. ET Army at Boston College ESPN3.com
1 p.m. ET Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3.com
1 p.m. ET South Alabama at Troy ESPN3, Sun Belt Net, CSS
2 p.m. ET Ohio at Akron ESPN3.com
2 p.m. ET UTSA at Marshall Time Warner Cable

Best option: No. 25 Maryland at No. 8 Florida State

Announcers: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill
Odds: Florida State -14.5
Weather: Low 80s, cloudy

If you haven't watched FSU QB Jameis Winston, you really should. If you haven't watched Maryland WR Stefon Diggs yet, you really should.

Plan B: Illinois at Nebraska, No. 20 Texas Tech at Kansas

Noon games in the Big Ten are generally low-scoring, dull affairs, but hold onto your butts for Illinois-Nebraska, as both teams have explosive offenses and borderline criminally inept defenses. Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase is healthy and delivering on his mammoth potential. And if you just want to watch someone get lit up, Texas Tech can do that for you.

Keep it in mind: Air Force at Navy, Penn State at Indiana

Option-based service academy vs. option-based service academy. Big Ten chucker vs. Big Ten chucker. Hey, could be fun stuff here.

In case of emergency: Michigan State at Iowa

MSU-Iowa will be ugly, ugly football—last year's game was a sloppy, god-forsaken mess—but whoever wins is probably waltzing into the Top 25. If ogres can waltz, anyway.

Afternoon shift

3 p.m. ET Western Michigan at Toledo ESPN3.com
3 p.m. ET FAU at UAB
3 p.m. ET Southern Illinois at South Dakota State ESPN3.com
3 p.m. ET Jacksonville State at UT-Martin ESPN3.com
3:30 p.m. ET Massachusetts at Bowling Green ESPN3.com
3:30 p.m. ET Northern Illinois at Kent State Time Warner Sports, ESPN3
3:30 p.m. ET Georgia Tech at 14 Miami ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET Minnesota at 19 Michigan ABC/ESPN2
3:30 p.m. ET East Carolina at Middle Tennessee FSN-FL, DET, SportSouth
3:30 p.m. ET Kansas State at 21 Oklahoma State ABC
3:30 p.m. ET 3 Clemson at Syracuse ABC/ESPN2
3:30 p.m. ET 6 Georgia at Tennessee CBS
3:30 p.m. ET North Texas at Tulane FOX College Sports
3:30 p.m. ET Rice at Tulsa CBSSN
3:30 p.m. ET NC State at Wake Forest RSN, CSN-BALT, FSN-S
3:30 p.m. ET Portland State at Montana ROOT
4 p.m. ET Washington State at California FS1, ESPN3.com
4 p.m. ET FIU at Southern Miss CSS, CSN-HOU
4 p.m. ET McNeese State at Central Arkansas Southland TV
4:05 p.m. ET Northern Arizona at Montana State Maxmedia
4:30 p.m. ET UCF at Memphis ESPN3.com

Best option: No. 6 Georgia at Tennessee

Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson
Odds: Georgia -10.5
Weather: 70s, partly cloudy

It's a surprisingly slim slate of afternoon games this week, which is weird; 3:30's usually the sweet spot for action. But Georgia-Tennessee is a marked step down from LSU-Georgia, and there isn't another game on the docket that looks to fill that void. Eh, we'll still take Verne and Gary calling a top-10 team on the road in the SEC, even if Tennessee's probably a year or two away from making its push.

Plan B: Georgia Tech at No. 14 Miami, No. 3 Clemson at Syracuse

Miami has to contend with GT's option attack, but it also needs to figure out its QB situation after star Stephen Morris left the South Florida game early with an aggravated ankle injury. If he can't go, Ryan Williams is fine as a backup, but he's not Morris. No such QB situation exists for Clemson, as Tajh Boyd will lead his guys into battle against a stout Syracuse defense. The Tigers are mighty, mighty fun to watch.

Keep it in mind: Kansas State at No. 21 Oklahoma State, Minnesota at No. 19 Michigan

Kansas State and Oklahoma State both need to stop the bleeding after rough Septembers, and Minnesota and Michigan play for the Little Brown Jug. How often do you think people drink out of the jug? Like, this isn't a rivalry that either team cares much about, so it's not like they carry the thing around like the Stanley Cup, but it's a jug, you know? Seems like you're defeating the purpose if it just sits unused in a trophy case.

In case of emergency: Washington State at California

Look at it this way: Cal can't possibly fumble on its first four possessions again, right?

Evening shift

5 p.m. ET 23 Fresno State at Idaho KSEE 24
6 p.m. ET 2 Oregon at Colorado Pac-12 Network
7 p.m. ET 24 Ole Miss at Auburn ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Arkansas at 18 Florida ESPN2
7 p.m. ET Texas State at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3.com
7 p.m. ET 10 LSU at Mississippi State ESPN
7 p.m. ET New Mexico State at New Mexico ROOT-NW, RM
7 p.m. ET TCU at 11 Oklahoma FOX
7 p.m. ET Cincinnati at USF ESPN3.com
7:05 p.m. ET Weber State at Eastern Washington SWX
7:30 p.m. ET 22 Arizona State vs. Notre Dame NBC
7:30 p.m. ET Kentucky at 13 South Carolina FSN-S, DET, SunSports
7:30 p.m. ET Louisiana Tech at UTEP CBSSN
7:30 p.m. ET Missouri at Vanderbilt CSS, SportSouth
8 p.m. ET West Virginia at 17 Baylor FS1
8 p.m. ET 4 Ohio State at 16 Northwestern ABC

Best option: No. 4 Ohio State at No. 16 Northwestern

Announcers: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox
Odds: Ohio State -5
Weather: 50s, clear

This will be practically a neutral-site location for the Buckeyes. While Northwestern fans should be boisterous (and aren't nearly the joke they were a decade ago), nobody travels like the Buckeyes. There's a considerable OSU fanbase already in the Chicago area, to boot. Northwestern's 4-0 this year and 18-5 dating back to the last week of October 2011, and a win in this one would be enormous for program reputation. Both offenses are versatile and creative, and both defenses are aggressive and ball-hawking. This game could—could—be a lot of fun to watch.

Plan B: No. 22 Arizona State vs. Notre Dame at Cowboys Stadium, West Virginia at No. 17 Baylor

The Sun Devils are fresh off ending Lane Kiffin's USC career while Notre Dame is reeling from getting thoroughly outplayed by Oklahoma, so you'd think Arizona State's the easy pick. Notre Dame gets up for big games, though, and it should bring plenty of partisans to Arlington for the contest. Meanwhile, Baylor is criminally underrated at No. 17, schedule be damned, and the last time it faced West Virginia the two teams scored 133 points in regulation. Another shootout may be coming.

Keep it in mind: TCU at No. 11 Oklahoma, Arkansas at No. 18 Florida, No. 10 LSU at Mississippi State, No. 24 Ole Miss at Auburn, Kentucky at No. 13 South Carolina.

The SEC is coming correct with this late schedule (we couldn't have gotten Arkansas-Florida in the 3:30 slot instead?), and with four ranked teams on the docket, someone's probably going down to an unranked foe this week.

In case of emergency: No. 2 Oregon at Colorado

There's virtually no way this stays close, but hey: sometimes you just want to see a defense burn.

Late-night shift

10:30 p.m. ET 15 Washington at 5 Stanford ESPN
Midnight ET San Jose State at Hawaii Oceanic PPV

Best option: No. 15 Washington at No. 5 Stanford

Announcers: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe
Odds: Stanford -6.5
Weather: 60s, clear

Probably the best game of the day, in terms of overall quality. Steve Sarkisian has the Washington Huskies back to a level of quality it hasn't seen since Rick Neuheisel was stalking the sidelines, and Stanford still might be the best team in the Pac-12 this year, Oregon be damned. There's lots of NFL-caliber talent on both sides of the ball here; count on

Plan B: San Jose State at Hawaii

This game starts at midnight ET, so if you've ever wanted to watch a guy with an NFL arm while you're delirious from sleep deprivation, check out SJSU QB David Fales vs. the army of sentient mutant pineapple trees wait hang on you're hallucinating, so, is this awesome? [y/n]

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