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College football TV/streaming schedule guide, Week 9: Until Saturday night in Death Valley

Nine ranked teams kick off at 7 p.m. ET or later this week. Excitement under the lights!

For your Saturday convenience, we've removed weeknight games from this guide.


Time Road Home TV Streaming
Noon ET Texas No. 11 Kansas State ESPN
Noon ET Rutgers No. 16 Nebraska ESPN2
Noon ET UAB Arkansas SEC Network
Noon ET Minnesota Illinois ESPNU
Noon ET North Texas Rice FSN, ROOT
Noon ET Memphis SMU ESPNews
Noon ET Maryland Wisconsin Big Ten Network
12:30 p.m. ET North Carolina Virginia ACC Network
1 p.m. ET Northern Illinois Eastern Michigan
1 p.m. ET San Jose State Navy CBSSN
2 p.m. ET No. 25 UCLA Colorado Pac-12 Network
2 p.m. ET Akron Ball State
2 p.m. ET Georgia Southern Georgia State
2 p.m. ET Massachusetts Toledo
2 p.m. ET Ohio Western Michigan
2:30 p.m. ET Kent State Miami (Ohio)
3:30 p.m. ET No. 1 Mississippi State Kentucky CBS
3:30 p.m. ET No. 22 West Virginia Oklahoma State ESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Texas Tech No. 10 TCU FOX
3:30 p.m. ET Florida Atlantic No. 23 Marshall FS1
3:30 p.m. ET Michigan No. 8 Michigan State ABC
3:30 p.m. ET Central Michigan Buffalo
3:30 p.m. ET Georgia Tech Pittsburgh ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET Louisiana Tech Southern Miss ASN, CSN
3:30 p.m. ET Oregon State Stanford ESPN2
3:30 p.m. ET Boston College Wake Forest RSN, ROOT
4 p.m. ET Vanderbilt Missouri SEC Network
4 p.m. ET UNLV Utah State ESPNews
4 p.m. ET Old Dominion Western Kentucky
5 p.m. ET Temple UCF CBSSN
6 p.m. ET No. 15 Arizona Washington State Pac-12 Network
7 p.m. ET Syracuse No. 21 Clemson ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Wyoming Colorado State ROOT
7 p.m. ET UTEP UTSA Sinclair, ASN, CSN
7 p.m. ET Texas State ULM
7:15 p.m. ET No. 3 Ole Miss No. 24 LSU ESPN
7:30 p.m. ET South Carolina No. 5 Auburn SEC Network
7:30 p.m. ET No. 4 Alabama Tennessee ESPN2
8 p.m. ET No. 13 Ohio State Penn State ABC
10 p.m. ET No. 20 USC No. 19 Utah FS1
10:45 p.m. ET No. 14 Arizona State Washington ESPN
Midnight ET Nevada Hawaii Oceanic!/watch-live

Early shift

Best option: Texas at No. 11 Kansas State

Spread: KSU -10
Read: Burnt Orange NationBring On The Cats

The smoke settles. Kansas State brushes off its face, opens its eyes, and finds itself atop the Big 12 throne at 3-0 with wins over Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Iowa State. Well, the OU win was a big deal, anyway. Texas is talented enough to hang with KSU, but the Longhorns have been in "baby steps" mode the entire season and haven't demonstrated the whole "execution" part nearly well enough to suggest they'll be topping the 'Cats here. Still, if pure, unadulterated chaos is what you want, you root for Texas to pull the upset.

Plan B: Rutgers at No. 16 Nebraska

Nebraska's the Big Ten West's best team virtually by default — there are some truly embarrassing losses haunting almost every other team in the division — and this might be the toughest left on the Huskers' schedule. Yes, Rutgers. And hey, that's 5-2 Rutgers to you, pal! Look for a huge day from Ameer Abdullah, especially if you're planning on seeing him in any contention for postseason plaudits in December.

Keep it in mind: Maryland at Wisconsin

Hey, Maryland's decent, sitting one win away from bowl eligibility, and while the Terps aren't going to threaten for the Big Ten East crown, they sure might disrupt the plans of Wisconsin and Heisman contender Melvin Gordon III. Look, it's the third-best game at noon. I don't know what more you were expecting.

In case of emergency: North Carolina at Virginia

This game's as "in case of emergency" as it gets. Still, there should be points by the bucketful, thanks to North Carolina's habit of letting both teams light up the scoreboard (average points scored by the losing team in UNC's seven games: 33.5). The best part is, a UNC win puts both teams at 2-2 in conference play and keeps the Coastal's "All 4-4 Everything" dream alive.

Middle shift

Best option: No. 1 Mississippi State at Kentucky

Spread: Mississippi State -13.5
Read: For Whom The Cowbell TollsA Sea Of Blue

Coming into the season, if you'd have seen this game atop the list of an afternoon slate, you'd probably think a sick joke was being played. But no! Mississippi State looks 100 percent legit, and Kentucky is 5-2 and controlling its own destiny in the SEC East race. Like, this is all happening in late October! We'd like to think an upset is possible, but this is the same UK defense that ceded 295 passing yards to human incompletion factory Jeff Driskel, so MSU QB Dak Prescott must be downright gleeful for the opportunity.

Plan B: No. 22 West Virginia at Oklahoma State

Bet you didn't think West Virginia would be the sole ranked team in this matchup two weeks ago, eh? The Mountaineers upset Baylor 41-27 last week in Morgantown, while OSU was throttled 42-9 by TCU. This one's a virtual toss-up, with the winner holding a 4-1 Big 12 record and the loser effectively out of conference championship contention. West Virginia's 2-1 away from Morgantown with a pair of three-point wins over rinky-dink competition and a 10-point loss to Bama, so Dana Holgorsen and crew have plenty to prove in hostile territory.

Keep it in mind: Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State

This is going to be a massacre, isn't it? Michigan's a horror show on its own, and MSU has reveled in crushing its (former) "big brother" in recent years. If Brady Hoke just wanders away from the sideline in the third quarter with Sparty up like 41-0, please understand he's not coming back, and it's not going to do any good to look for him. Just replace him and move on.

In case of emergency: Texas Tech at No. 10 TCU

Well, at least Kliff Kingsbury is still handsome, he'll tell himself while looking in the mirror after high-powered TCU napalms the living hell out of the Red Raider defense for 60 minutes.

Late shift

Best option: No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 24 LSU

Spread: Ole Miss -3.5
Read: Red Cup RebellionAnd The Valley Shook

Ole Miss is legit, right? The win over Alabama could've been a little fluky, but it was still a win over Alabama. The defense is allowing 10.6 points per game, and nobody outside of Bama has posed a serious threat to beat the Rebels. But man, this game is no sure thing. After a slow start, LSU has regained its footing and just might be the best two-loss team in the country. Les Miles' boys are back to 6-2 (2-2) with a devilish four-game slate to finish off the year: Ole Miss, Alabama, at Arkansas, at Texas A&M. Anything from 0-4 to 4-0 is possible. It's Les. The key in this one is if Leonard Fournette can get loose against that opportunistic Ole Miss defense.

Plan B: No. 20 USC at No. 19 Utah

Any concern as to whether Cody Kessler could thrive in the shadows of USC's previous great QBs was effectively answered with Kessler's record-setting seven-TD performance as USC demolished Colorado last week. Meanwhile, Utah hasn't been blowing out its power opponents, but the Utes have been winning pretty regularly all the same, and now they welcome the Trojans under the lights at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The betting lines suggest this one's a toss-up, and watching Kessler try to solve the Ute secondary should be a treat.

Keep it in mind: No. 4 Alabama at Tennessee

It's probably time to stop worrying about Alabama, which is to say worrying about Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin, Blake Sims, the defense, or whoever else you've been doubting as of late. The Tide erased Texas A&M, 59-0 (and could have hung 70+ on the Aggies if Saban were in a worse mood), and now set their sights on a rebuilding Tennessee as Bama keeps fighting for a spot in the Playoff. Don't think the committee has let Alabama off its radar for a moment.

In case of emergency: South Carolina at No. 5 Auburn, No. 13 Ohio State at Penn State, No. 14 Arizona State at Washington, Syracuse at No. 21 Clemson

The average line in this foursome is about 12, with only ASU-Washington in single digits (thanks to the unclear status of ASU QB Taylor Kelly). The numbers suggest at least one ranked team out of the group will be taken down, though much more than one is unlikely. So it's really about which conference you're repping. My advice is to root for the upset in the Pac-12. Let's get super weird with the late-night football.