Full college football TV schedule guide, Week 4: Arizona State-Stanford, Holy War highlight

George Frey

Texas A&M vs. Alabama isn't coming back, but we will press on. Here's the college football TV schedule for week four.

Week three of the college football season was great. We saw barnburners and games go down to the final play. That may happen again this week, but this doesn't look like it will be a classic weekend of college football. But hey, we slogged through a whole offseason for this, and I'll be damned if I don't watch.

As always, we'll be grouping games together by day and time slot -- Saturday Lunch, Afternoon, Evening, and Night -- and ranking those games in tiers by anticipated relative viewing quality: Best option, Plan B, Keep it in mind, and Break in case of emergency. Personal fandom obviously can make a difference, but this is trying to be as objective as possible.

Note: We've removed games that have already happened.


12 p.m. ET Florida A&M at 4 Ohio State Big Ten Network
12 p.m. ET FIU at 7 Louisville WHAS, ESPN Regional
12 p.m. ET Wake Forest at Army CBSSN
12 p.m. ET Toledo at Central Michigan ESPN Regional, ESPN3.com
12 p.m. ET North Carolina at Georgia Tech ESPN
12 p.m. ET Louisiana Tech at Kansas FS1
12 p.m. ET Vanderbilt at Massachusetts ESPN News
12 p.m. ET San Jose State at Minnesota ESPN 2
12 p.m. ET Marshall at Virginia Tech ESPNU
12 p.m. ET Middle Tennessee at FAU CSS, CSN-HOU, BAY
12:01 p.m. ET Western Michigan at Iowa Big Ten Network
12:21 p.m. ET North Texas at 9 Georgia SEC Network, MSG
12:30 p.m. ET Pittsburgh at Duke ACC Network
12:30 p.m. ET Tulane at Syracuse RSN, MSG+, FSN-S, FSN-DET
1 p.m. ET Ball State at Eastern Michigan ESPN3.com
2 p.m. ET Jacksonville State at Georgia State ESPN3.com
2 p.m. ET Austin Peay at Ohio ESPN3.com
3 p.m. ET Idaho State at 17 Washington Pac-12 Network
3 p.m. ET Panhandle State at Montana Max Media
3 p.m. ET Houston vs Rice FSN-FL, MW, MASN2, MSG+
3 p.m. ET Northwestern State at UAB UABSports.com
3 p.m. ET Stony Brook at Villanova CSN
3:30 p.m. ET Maine at 18 Northwestern Big Ten Network
3:30 p.m. ET Tennessee at 19 Florida CBS
3:30 p.m. ET Michigan State at 22 Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. ET Purdue at 24 Wisconsin ABC/ESPN 2
3:30 p.m. ET Murray State at Bowling Green ESPN3.com
3:30 p.m. ET West Virginia vs Maryland ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET South Dakota State at Nebraska Big Ten Network
3:30 p.m. ET Kent State at Penn State Big Ten Network
3:30 p.m. ET Arkansas at Rutgers ESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Utah State at USC ABC/ESPN 2
3:30 p.m. ET VMI at Virginia ESPN3.com
3:30 p.m. ET Delaware State at North Dakota State ND NBC, ESPN3.com
4 p.m. ET ULM at 20 Baylor FS1
4 p.m. ET Cincinnati at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3.com
4:30 p.m. ET Arkansas State at Memphis ESPN3.com
6 p.m. ET Bethune-Cookman at 8 Florida State ESPN3.com
6 p.m. ET Louisiana-Lafayette at Akron ESPN3.com
6 p.m. ET Lafayette at Penn LSN, ESPN3.com
6 p.m. ET Lehigh at Princeton NBCSN
7 p.m. ET 23 Arizona State at 5 Stanford FOX
7 p.m. ET Colorado State at 1 Alabama ESPN 2
7 p.m. ET Savannah State at 16 Miami ESPN3.com
7 p.m. ET SMU at 10 Texas A&M ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Texas State at 25 Texas Tech FSN-FL, MSG+, SportSouth
7 p.m. ET Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois ESPN3.com
7 p.m. ET Morgan State at Western Kentucky ESPN3.com
7 p.m. ET Montana State at Stephen F. Austin Max Media
7 p.m. ET Rhode Island at William & Mary CSN
7:30 p.m. ET Troy at Mississippi State FSN-S, SunSports
7:30 p.m. ET Oregon State at San Diego State CBSSN
7:45 p.m. ET Auburn at 6 LSU ESPN
8 p.m. ET 15 Michigan at Connecticut ABC/ESPN2
8 p.m. ET Missouri at Indiana Big Ten Network
8 p.m. ET Kansas State at Texas ABC/ESPN2
8 p.m. ET UTSA at UTEP FOX College Sports
8:05 p.m. ET Hawaii at Nevada Oceanic PPV
9 p.m. ET Western Illinois at UNLV KWWN
10:15 p.m. ET Wyoming at Air Force ESPNU
10:15 p.m. ET Utah at BYU ESPN 2
10:30 p.m. ET New Mexico St at 13 UCLA Pac-12 Network
10:30 p.m. ET Idaho at Washington State Pac-12 Network

Lunch Shift

Best option: North Carolina at Georgia Tech

Announcers: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Tom Luginbill
Odds: Georgia Tech -6.5
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms with a high in the mid-70s.

The crown jewel of the early slate is a critical ACC Coastal showdown between the Tar Heels and the Yellow Jackets. Last year, this game featured 118 points and 1,085 yards of offense between the two teams, so let's hope they submit a worthy encore.

Plan B: Florida A&M at Ohio State, FIU at Louisville, North Texas at Georgia

Well that thinned out quickly. All three of these games feature top-10 teams that should easily dispatch overmatched competition. Fans of these programs will be tuning in, and maybe stop by for a second if you like watching kids pull the wings off flies.

Keep it in mind: Marshall at Virginia Tech

The option is there, is all I'm saying. Marshall's offense can be potent, and they're averaging a robust 6.4 yards per play so far this season. Virginia Tech's defense should slow them down quite a bit, but Logan Thomas and the offense -- averaging 4.8 yards per play -- will need to do something in this game.

Break in case of emergency: San Jose State at Minnesota

The Spartans may have a shot at the upset here.

Afternoon Shift

Best option: Utah State at USC

Announcers: Dave Flemming, David Diaz-Infante, and Shelley Smith
Odds: USC -6.5
Weather: Sunny with a high in the upper 70s.

The Aggies have a real chance to beat USC at home, and you'll be upset with yourself if you miss out on seeing Utah State drive another nail into Lane Kiffin's coffin. Chuckie Keeton über alles.

Plan B: Tennessee at Florida, Michigan State at Notre Dame

Just because there's a lot of tradition here doesn't mean these will be any fun to watch.

Keep it in mind: Purdue at Wisconsin, West Virginia at Maryland

Because they're on TV, basically.

Break in case of emergency: Arkansas at Rutgers

Can anyone tell me where John L. Smith is?

Evening Shift

Best option: Arizona State at Stanford

Announcers: Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, and Kristina Pink
Odds: Stanford -7.5
Weather: Partly cloudy with a high in the low to mid-70s.

Probably the game of the day? Arizona State escaped with a win over Wisconsin in bizarre fashion last weekend, and Stanford has been coolly and efficiently dispatching foes without showing even the slightest wrinkle in their game plan. The Cardinal will probably start to open up the playbook a little against the Sun Devils, who present a bit more of a challenge than Army. The offensive line and running game of Stanford versus the front seven of Arizona State is going to be the key in this one.

Plan B: Auburn at LSU

Auburn has looked frisky with Gus Malzahn back in control and mashing levers like a mad man, but you could make a plausible case that LSU is the best team in the country this year. These games have been close in recent years, so let's see how well the Tigers can handle the Tigers. Good lord, can the SEC find another team named the Tigers ahahaha oh my God they did.

Keep it in mind: Michigan at UConn, SMU at Texas A&M

Michigan and Texas A&M have interesting matchups, in that they both have to overcome letdowns from the previous weekend. The Wolverines were able to win against Akron despite being taken to the last second at home in Ann Arbor, while the Aggies came up just short against Alabama. They both should win handily this week against UConn and SMU, respectively, but we'll see how it goes.

Break in case of emergency: Colorado State at Alabama

Watch Nick Saban be merciful and let his foot off the gas against former assistant Jim McElwain with a 28-point lead in the second quarter.

Night Shift

Best option: Utah at BYU

Announcers: Mark Jones, Brock Huard, Lewis Johnson
Odds: BYU -7
Weather: Sunny with a high around 80.

Holy War comin'! This is our last chance to see this game until the 2016 season, so soak it in.

Plan B: Wyoming at Air Force

This should be a fairly even game, so if you're up at this time of night, you could do a hell of a lot worse.

Keep it in mind: Idaho at Washington State

You should probably go to bed.

Break in case of emergency: New Mexico State at UCLA

Avert your eyes from this bloodbath.

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