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Full college football TV schedule, Week 3: There are games besides Alabama-Texas A&M

Maybe you've heard Alabama and Texas A&M play this weekend. There are other games too, and here are the ones to watch.

Mike Zarrilli

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, and probably even if you have been, you are well aware that Alabama and Texas A&M play on Saturday, and oh boy, the Tide sure gonna fix that no good Johnny Manziel kid; he needs to learn him some respect for the game, anyway I'll hang up and listen, Roll Tide, Pawl.

Contrary to popular belief, however, other games will be played as well. Here's your TV schedule for the weekend, as well as which games to 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 the games that have already happened, for your convenience.


12 p.m. ET 16 UCLA at 23 Nebraska ABC
12 p.m. ET 5 Stanford at Army CBSSN
12 p.m. ET 7 Louisville at Kentucky ESPN
12 p.m. ET Akron at 11 Michigan Big Ten Network
12 p.m. ET Tulsa at 14 Oklahoma ESPN 2
12 p.m. ET Virginia Tech at East Carolina FSN
12 p.m. ET Bowling Green at Indiana ESPNU
12 p.m. ET Western Illinois at Minnesota Big Ten Network
12 p.m. ET Georgia State at West Virginia Mountaineer Network
12:21 p.m. ET Southern Miss at Arkansas SEC Network,
12:30 p.m. ET New Mexico at Pittsburgh ACC Network,
12:30 p.m. ET ULM at Wake Forest RSN,
1 p.m. ET Eastern Michigan at Rutgers
1 p.m. ET Fordham at Temple
2 p.m. ET Fresno State at Colorado Pac-12 Network
2 p.m. ET Youngstown State at Michigan State Big Ten Network
3 p.m. ET Boston College at USC Pac-12 Network
3 p.m. ET Texas Southern at Sam Houston State CSN-HOU
3:05 p.m. ET Colorado Mesa at Montana State Max Media
3:30 p.m. ET 1 Alabama at 6 Texas A&M CBS
3:30 p.m. ET Nevada at 10 Florida State ESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Tennessee at 2 Oregon ABC
3:30 p.m. ET Stony Brook at Buffalo
3:30 p.m. ET Cal Poly at Colorado State
3:30 p.m. ET Georgia Tech at Duke ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET Delaware at Navy CBSSN
4 p.m. ET Ball State at North Texas FSN
4 p.m. ET Wagner at Syracuse
4 p.m. ET Northern Colorado at Wyoming
5 p.m. ET Northern Illinois at Idaho
5 p.m. ET Alabama State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
6 p.m. ET 19 Washington vs. Illinois Big Ten Network
6 p.m. ET Bethune-Cookman at FIU
6 p.m. ET Iowa at Iowa State FOX Sports 1
6 p.m. ET UCF at Penn State Big Ten Network
6:30 p.m. ET Southern Utah at Washington State Pac-12 Network
7 p.m. ET 4 Ohio State at California FOX
7 p.m. ET Vanderbilt at 13 South Carolina ESPN
7 p.m. ET Kent State at 8 LSU ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Mississippi State at Auburn ESPN 2
7 p.m. ET Northwestern State at Cincinnati
7 p.m. ET UMass at Kansas State
7 p.m. ET Nicholls at Louisiana-Lafayette
7 p.m. ET Memphis at Middle Tennessee CSS
7 p.m. ET Eastern Washington at Toledo
7 p.m. ET FAU at USF
7 p.m. ET Rhode Island at Albany NBCSports Regional
7 p.m. ET Montana at North Dakota Max Media
7:30 p.m. ET Lamar at 12 Oklahoma State MASN2
7:30 p.m. ET Maryland at UConn
7:30 p.m. ET Kansas at Rice CBSSN
7:30 p.m. ET Western Kentucky at South Alabama
8 p.m. ET 21 Notre Dame at Purdue ABC
8 p.m. ET 25 Ole Miss at Texas Longhorn Network
8 p.m. ET Marshall at Ohio ESPN News
8 p.m. ET Weber State at Utah State
8 p.m. ET UTEP at New Mexico State
9 p.m. ET Western Michigan at 17 Northwestern Big Ten Network
10 p.m. ET Central Michigan at UNLV Mountain West Network
10 p.m. ET Oregon State at Utah FOX Sports 1
10:30 p.m. ET 20 Wisconsin at Arizona State ESPN
10:30 p.m. ET UTSA at Arizona Pac-12 Network

Lunch Shift

Best option: UCLA at Nebraska

Announcers: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, and Shannon Spake
Odds: Nebraska -4.5
Weather: Mostly sunny with a high in the mid-70s.

An early season non-conference game featuring two ranked teams in the noon time slot? Yes, this Saturday is great. UCLA is good at running the ball, and that's precisely what Nebraska is bad at stopping. Points could come in bunches -- no, bushels -- in this one.

Plan B: Louisville at Kentucky

The Cards are big favorites over the Wildcats, but watching the fanbase of the losing team melt down might be the more entertaining than seeing Teddy Bridgewater tear Kentucky's defense to shreds.

Keep it in mind: Bowling Green at Indiana

Both of these teams like to score a lot. Not sure what else you're looking for at noon on a Saturday.

Break in case of emergency: Tulsa at Oklahoma

Blake Bell will get the start for the injured Trevor Knight. If he plays well and shows a decent ability to throw the ball, Knight may not get the job back anytime soon.

Afternoon Shift

Best option: Alabama at Texas A&M

Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracy Wolfson
Odds: Texas A&M +7.5
Weather: Partly cloudy with a high in the mid-90s.

We've been looking forward to this game for almost a year. You've read all the analysis. Let's do this.

Plan B: Tennessee at Oregon

The Vols have looked good against overmatched competition so far. So have the Ducks, to be fair, but they're a liiiiiiittle bit more of a sure thing right now. An SEC team is making a rare west coast trip, so good on Tennessee for living adventurously. It will probably result in a loss, but risks are what make life spicy.

Keep it in mind: Washington at Illinois, UCF at Penn State

All four of these teams have had encouraging starts to their 2013 seasons. That's going to end for somebody here, so keep an eye on these and have your remote ready.

Break in case of emergency: Iowa at Iowa State

SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: This game is only to be consumed if your hard-workin'-family-values levels are dangerously low. Be advised.

Evening Shift

Best option: Ohio State at Cal

Announcers: Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, and Kristina Pink
Odds: Off at the moment, due to Braxton Miller's injury situation at time of publication.
Weather: Mostly sunny, high in the mid-70s.

We basically know what we're getting in Ohio State, but Cal has looked friskier than advertised to start the season. They'll need a better defensive effort to keep the Buckeyes within striking distance, but I'm sure Sonny Dykes and the Bears will be perfectly happy to turn this game into a shootout.

Plan B: Vanderbilt at South Carolina, Ole Miss at Texas

If the Gamecocks can't put last week's loss behind them and stumble once again, their 2013 season could be dead in the water before September is halfway over. Vanderbilt will be the underdog for sure, but they are certainly not a team to be taken lightly at this point.

Meanwhile in Austin, the townsfolk are at Mack Brown's gates with torches and pitchforks, and I don't know if Manny Diaz's dismissal will sate them. The Longhorns gave up an astounding 550 rushing yards against BYU last week, and Hugh Freeze must be licking his chops thinking about what his playmakers can do in space against this defense.

Keep it in mind: Mississippi State at Auburn

Five long years ago. Never forget.

Break in case of emergency: Notre Dame at Purdue

Bold prediction: You're not going to watch this game unless you're a Notre Dame or Purdue fan.

Night Shift

Best option: Wisconsin at Arizona State

Announcers: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Tom Luginbill
Odds: Arizona State -5.5
Weather: Partly cloudy with a high above 100.

Put on a pot of coffee, because this game is worth staying up late for. Neither of these teams has yielded a point to opposition so far this year, which is still impressive even when you take into account the overmatched competition. The winner of this game should be a legitimate top-20 team.

Plan B: Oregon State at Utah

The Beavers recovered nicely from their loss to Eastern Washington, but they have a much tougher task ahead of them in Utah. The Utes have quietly begun the season in a very competent manner, and could announce themselves with a big win against Oregon State. This feels an awful lot like a fork in the road for the Beavers.

Keep it in mind: UTSA at Arizona

Weird things can happen in the desert at night.

Break in case of emergency: Central Michigan at UNLV

The option is there, is all I'm saying.

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