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Full college football TV schedule guide, Week 5: LSU-Georgia, Wisconsin-Ohio State dominate

The wretched non-conference slate of Week 4 is gone, and now a classic SEC matchup, a potential Big Ten division championship, and a bevy of solid late-night games await.

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12 p.m. ET 11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia ESPN
12 p.m. ET 12 South Carolina at UCF ABC
12 p.m. ET 15 Miami at USF ESPNU
12 p.m. ET Miami (Ohio) at Illinois Big Ten Network
12 p.m. ET SMU at TCU FOX Sports 1
12 p.m. ET NIU at Purdue ESPN2
12:21 p.m. ET South Alabama at Tennessee SEC Net, MSG,
12:30 p.m. ET East Carolina at North Carolina ACC Network,
12:30 p.m. ET Virginia at Pittsburgh ROOT-P, CSN-DC, NESN, FSN
1 p.m. ET Bryant at Wagner
2 p.m. ET Navy at Western Kentucky ESPN News
2 p.m. ET Charlotte at Presbyterian
2 p.m. ET Hampton at SC State
2 p.m. ET Illinois State at Missouri State Mediacom
2:30 p.m. ET Akron at Bowling Green
2:30 p.m. ET Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois
3 p.m. ET Colorado at Oregon State Pac-12 Network
3 p.m. ET Toledo at Ball State
3 p.m. ET Troy at Duke
3 p.m. ET Eastern Washington at Sam Houston State CSN
3 p.m. ET North Dakota State at South Dakota State Midco SN, NBC North Dakota
3:30 p.m. ET 14 Oklahoma at 22 Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. ET 6 LSU at 9 Georgia CBS
3:30 p.m. ET 8 Florida State at Boston College ABC/ESPN2
3:30 p.m. ET Wake Forest at 3 Clemson ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET UConn at Buffalo
3:30 p.m. ET UTEP at Colorado State CBSSN
3:30 p.m. ET Iowa at Minnesota ABC/ESPN2
3:30 p.m. ET Central Michigan at NC State
4 p.m. ET Army vs. Louisiana Tech FOX Sports 1
4 p.m. ET Houston at UTSA FSN, MSG+, ROOT-RM
4 p.m. ET Maine at Richmond CSN
5 p.m. ET Temple at Idaho Altitude
6:30 p.m. ET 21 Ole Miss at 1 Alabama ESPN
7 p.m. ET 10 Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPN2
7 p.m. ET 20 Florida at Kentucky ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Arizona at 16 Washington FOX
7 p.m. ET Kent State at Western Michigan
7 p.m. ET Tulane at ULM
7 p.m. ET Wyoming at Texas State Longhorn Network
7 p.m. ET FAU at Rice FCS
7 p.m. ET James Madison at Delaware CSN
7 p.m. ET Kentucky Wesleyan at Liberty
7 p.m. ET Youngstown State at Southern Illinois
7 p.m. ET Jackson State at Southern Cox Sports
7:30 p.m. ET Arkansas State at Missouri CSS,, CSN-NW
7:30 p.m. ET UAB at Vanderbilt FSN,
7:30 p.m. ET Brown at Harvard NBCSN
8 p.m. ET 23 Wisconsin at 4 Ohio State ABC
8 p.m. ET San Diego State at New Mexico State ALT, ESPN3, FS-SD, AZ+
8:05 p.m. ET Air Force at Nevada CBSSN
8:08 p.m. ET UNLV at New Mexico ROOT Sports
9 p.m. ET Montana at Northern Arizona ROOT
10 p.m. ET 5 Stanford vs. Washington State ESPN
10:15 p.m. ET Southern Miss at Boise State ESPNU
10:30 p.m. ET California at 2 Oregon Pac-12 Network
10:30 p.m. ET USC at Arizona State ESPN2
11:59 p.m. ET 25 Fresno State at Hawaii Oceanic PPV

Lunch shift

Best option: South Carolina at UCF

Announcers: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake
Odds: South Carolina -7
Weather: Mid-80s, clear

Few teams in the nation are friskier than UCF, which boasts a 3-0 record with a win at Penn State and two convincing wins over the chaff on its resume. Coming to town is highly ranked South Carolina and the Eater of Worlds, Jadeveon Clowney. UCF QB Blake Bortles will be trying to avoid USC's monster DE, and if he does, this could be a shootout. Bortles is one of the most efficient passers in the nation thus far and averaged almost 12 yards per attempt (!) through three games.

Plan B: Miami at USF, Oklahoma State at West Virginia

Yeah, you'll want to be watching USC-UCF. If there's any intrigue here, it's how Oklahoma State handles the increased scrutiny of late. Wait, what's that? The players can't hear how much the announcers discuss the Sports Illustrated story? They can't hear the announcers at all? Oh, well then, no distractions await on the field, and West Virginia's about to get rocked.

Keep it in mind: Miami (Ohio) at Illinois, East Carolina at North Carolina

Illinois' offense with new coordinator (and former Western Michigan head coach) Bill Cubit has been fun to watch. Seriously! And speaking of fun to watch, Larry Fedora has UNC running one of the most inventive, up-tempo offenses in the nation. Catch these games early, because the second halves might be sufficiently out of hand for both teams to close up the playbook for the day.

In case of emergency: Pittsburgh at Virginia

This will set football back by decades.


Best option: LSU at Georgia

Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson
Odds: Georgia -3
Weather: mid-70s, clear

This is the type of game you tolerate the non-conference slate for. Two top-10 programs going at it under perfect skies, one with a dominant defense and a lunatic coach and the other with boatloads of NFL talent and one of the best passers in the nation. Both teams are legitimate division-title contenders with scant room for a loss on their resumes, so this could be one of the most hotly contested games of the SEC season. A must-watch.

Plan B: Oklahoma at Notre Dame, Florida State at Boston College

OU-ND is ostensibly a top-25 matchup, which seems really fun, but Notre Dame has fallen off substantially from last year and Oklahoma has such a reputation for big-game gags as of late that this win will have a significant undertone of "yeah but." Also, fun fact! Notre Dame is 9-1 all time against OU, including the two Sooner losses that bookended their record-setting 47-game winning streak in the mid-'50s under Bud Wilkinson. Expect the NBC announcers to "wake up the echoes" (Notre Dame reference) about this fact multiple times during the broadcast.

Keep it in mind: Wake Forest at Clemson, Army vs. Louisiana Tech

I just said LSU-Georgia is a must-watch, and here you are putting on a Wake Forest game? I mean, I know Clemson's also playing, but jeez.

In case of emergency: Iowa at Minnesota

You know, in case there are massive, simultaneous earthquakes that swallow up the other five games. We did say "emergency."

Evening Shift

Best option: Wisconsin at Ohio State

Announcers: Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox
Odds: Ohio State -7.5
Weather: 70s, clear

One trip to the Big Ten Championship likely hangs in the balance, as these two teams are far and away the top contenders to the throne in the Leaders Division. We haven't seen Ohio State seriously challenged by anybody yet, thanks to its ludicrous non-conference schedule, and Wisconsin's still reeling from having a shot at a win taken away by deplorable refereeing at Arizona State. Is the Buckeye defense physical enough to slow down the Badgers? Will Braxton Miller have any rust to worry about? How long a leash does he have until unlikely star Kenny Guiton gets the call again at QB? And how many rushing yards will these teams combine for, aside from all of them?

Plan B: Ole Miss at Alabama

This one might only be close for about 20 minutes or so, but if it stays competitive longer, it's absolutely worth your time. Ole Miss has a young crop of players that's one of the most tantalizing in the nation, and this could well be their coming-of-age game (what better stage, right?). Then again, Bama's favored by 17, so y'know; it might not be pretty.

Keep it in mind: Texas A&M at Arkansas, Arizona at Washington, Cal at Oregon

Some very fun coaches facing some strong opposition here: Bret Bielema's Razorbacks just dropped a game to Rutgers and now have to slow down Johnny Manziel and the Aggies, Rich Rodriguez's out at Arizona, rising like a... mythical bird of rebirth whose name I can't think of, and Sonny Dykes takes his Bear Raid up to Eugene to get demolished by face Oregon.

In case of emergency: Fresno State at Hawaii

This kicks off at midnight ET, so... you should probably go to bed.

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