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College football TV/streaming schedule guide, Week 10: Playoff implications all over

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Auburn-Ole Miss is the clear best game of the week, but don't be surprised if the College Football Playoff picture gets murky on Thursday, days after finally being revealed.

Thursday

Best option: No. 2 Florida State at No. 25 Louisville, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, WatchESPN

Spread: Florida State -4
Read: Tomahawk NationCard Chronicle

This game was long one of Week 10's sexiest upset picks, and now it's been bet down from FSU -8.5 to -4. It's halfway to becoming not even an upset anymore! Too much sexy! At any rate, this might be the toughest defense FSU faces in the regular season, and yes, we see you, Notre Dame. Of course, it's worth pointing out that Louisville's facing its toughest challenge of the year, and the Cardinals will need to draw on every avenue of support — the return of DeVante Parker, the atmosphere under the lights, the crowd noise — to pull off the stunner.

Plan B: Troy at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU, WatchESPN

The ratings probably aren't going to be all that great. If you haven't watched Georgia Southern play this year, though, please do. The Eagles' running game puts up over 400 yards per game, they're probably going to win the Sun Belt, and they play in hilariously nondescript uniforms that look like something EA Sports would have given Div I-AA Southeast in the NCAA Football games of yore. But for real, figure out a way to watch some Georgia Southern. And pray for 1-7 Troy.

Friday

Best option: Cincinnati at Tulane, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchESPN

Spread: Cincinnati -4
Read: Down The DriveUnderdog Dynasty

The AAC may belong to East Carolina this year (although shhh, the Pirates haven't looked very good recently, shhhhhhh) but at one conference loss, Cincinnati is as good a candidate as any to make a late push. Tulane hosts the Bearcats in what should be a competitive matchup. Cincy's defense is just shambolic enough to make this interesting, even against the 2-5 Green Wave, but Tulane can be cover-your-eyes bad with the ball in its hands. It's the movable object against the very stoppable force!

Plan B: Tulsa at Memphis, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU, WatchESPN

Memphis continues its march back to competence, and a win over lowly Tulsa (the line is -24, so we'll be just a tad assumptive) would push the Tigers to 5-3 (3-1) and on the brink of their first bowl bid since 2008. Memphis has improved its defense every year since 2010, and this year's unit looks like its most potent yet. Tank Jakes (yes, his name is TANK JAKES) is an absolute dynamo and worth your attention.

Saturday

Time Road Home TV Streaming
11:30 AM ET Air Force Army CBS CBSSports.com
Noon p.m. ET No. 18 Oklahoma Iowa State FS1 foxsports.com/foxsportsgo
Noon p.m. ET No.  23 East Carolina Temple ESPNews WatchESPN
Noon p.m. ET No.  24 Duke Pittsburgh ESPNU WatchESPN
Noon p.m. ET Maryland Penn State ESPN2 WatchESPN
Noon p.m. ET Northwestern Iowa Big Ten Network btn2go.com
Noon p.m. ET Rice FIU American Sports Network
Noon p.m. ET UCF Connecticut CBSSN
Noon p.m. ET ULM Texas A&M SEC Network WatchESPN
Noon p.m. ET Wisconsin Rutgers ESPN WatchESPN
12:30 p.m. ET North Carolina Miami ACC Network
12:30 p.m. ET Boston College Virginia Tech ACC Network
1 p.m. ET Washington Colorado Pac-12 Network pac-12.com/live
1 p.m. ET Central Michigan Eastern Michigan WatchESPN
2:30 p.m. ET Western Michigan Miami (Ohio) WatchESPN
3 p.m. ET Western Kentucky Louisiana Tech FSN foxsports.com/foxsportsgo
3 p.m. ET NC State Syracuse RSN
3:30 p.m. ET Purdue No.  15 Nebraska ABC or ESPN2 WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. ET No.  7 TCU No.  20 West Virginia ABC or ESPN2 WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Florida No.  11 Georgia CBS CBSSports.com
3:30 p.m. ET Georgia State Appalachian State WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Virginia Georgia Tech ESPNU WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Indiana Michigan Big Ten Network btn2go.com
3:30 p.m. ET BYU Middle Tennessee CBSSN
4 p.m. ET Kansas No.  12 Baylor FS1 foxsports.com/foxsportsgo
4 p.m. ET Kentucky Missouri SEC Network WatchESPN
4 p.m. ET Texas State New Mexico State WatchESPN
4 p.m. ET Houston South Florida ESPNews WatchESPN
4:30 p.m. ET USC Washington State Pac-12 Network pac-12.com/live
5 p.m. ET Arkansas State Idaho WatchESPN
5 p.m. ET South Alabama Louisiana WatchESPN
5:30 p.m. ET New Mexico UNLV ROOT
7 p.m. ET UAB Florida Atlantic Sinclair
7 p.m. ET No.  3 Auburn No.  4 Ole Miss ESPN WatchESPN
7 p.m. ET Colorado State San Jose State CBSSN
7 p.m. ET Old Dominion Vanderbilt ESPNU WatchESPN
7:15 p.m. ET Arkansas No.  1 Mississippi State ESPN2 WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. ET Stanford No.  5 Oregon FOX foxsports.com/foxsportsgo
7:30 p.m. ET Tennessee South Carolina SEC Network WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. ET Texas Texas Tech FS1 foxsports.com/foxsportsgo
8 p.m. ET Oklahoma State No.  9 Kansas State ABC abc.go.com/watch-live
8 p.m. ET No.  10 Notre Dame Navy CBS CBSSports.com
8 p.m. ET Illinois No.  16 Ohio State ABC WatchESPN
8 p.m. ET Southern Miss UTEP FCS
10:30 p.m. ET San Diego State Nevada CBSSN
10:30 p.m. ET California Oregon State Pac-12 Network pac-12.com/live
10:30 p.m. ET No.  12 Arizona No.  22 UCLA ESPN WatchESPN
10:45 p.m. ET Wyoming Fresno State ESPN2 WatchESPN
11 p.m. ET No.  17 Utah No.  14 Arizona State FS1 foxsports.com/foxsportsgo
11 p.m. ET Utah State Hawaii Oceanic themw.com/#!/watch-live

Early Shift

Best option: No. 24 Duke at Pittsburgh

Spread: Pittsburgh -3.5
Read: Duke Basketball ReportCardiac Hill

Not the most thrilling early slate of games, we grant you. But Duke is the only one-loss team in the ACC Coastal, which might as well decide every game by coin flips, and it's an underdog to a wildly inconsistent Pitt team. The Panthers at least have James Conner, who might be the least pleasant ball-carrier to tackle in college football today. This should be close, at least, so it's your best option.

Plan B: No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State

Samaje Perine against a relatively lightweight ISU defensive front seems borderline unfair, so naturally we'll be watching. There's also the non-zero possibility that Oklahoma botches its way into another close game, at which point all bets are off. You don't just waltz into Jack Trice Stadium and expect to win, pal! Wait, okay, actually we're being told Oklahoma has not lost at ISU since 1960. Well, that just means the Cyclones are overdue.

Keep it in mind: Wisconsin at Rutgers

Wisconsin is fresh off a 52-7 dumptrucking of Maryland last week, and now it welcomes the other new gang to the Big Ten. The Badgers' record isn't good enough to warrant any serious Heisman love for Melvin Gordon III, but he is a firecracker and one of the best running backs you'll see all year. Hey, just like Conner and Perine. Noon is for the running backs, apparently.

In case of emergency: No. 23 East Carolina at Temple

The Pirates are your mid-major darlings, but in October they faced SMU, USF and UConn, some truly wretched competition, there, with an average margin of victory of just 14 points. That's something about 50-60 teams in college football can do, so we're downgrading the Pirates until they obliterate someone again. Oh, hi Temple.

Middle Shift

Best option: No. 7 TCU at No. 20 West Virginia

Spread: TCU -5
Read: Frogs o' WarThe Smoking Musket

We see KSU atop the Big 12 standings for now, but the winner of this might be the Big 12's future champion all the same. Each team comes in with one loss and has fewer tough games down the stretch than the Wildcats do. TCU just got done incinerating Texas Tech's secondary in a surreal 82-27 victory, and Trevone Boykin has been a revelation at QB. West Virginia has two losses, but the 14-point win over Baylor was a masterclass. Clint Trickett to Kevin White is one of the most dangerous combinations in the country, and if TCU doesn't have an answer at corner, it might not matter what Boykin can do in response.

Plan B: Florida vs. No. 11 Georgia at Jacksonville, FL

Unfortunately, Todd Gurley won't be available to demolish the Florida rush defense, thanks to the NCAA's Wednesday morning ruling, but freshman tailback Nick Chubb has been an able replacement. The question on most people's minds for this game is the entirely fair "will Will Muschamp get beaten badly enough to get fired immediately?" That's not a good sign for the Gators. The 13 points by which the Bulldogs are favored probably wouldn't get Muschamp axed on the sidelines, but if this gets out of hand, anything's possible.

Keep it in mind: Indiana at Michigan

Shenanigans are probable when either of these teams takes the field. Against each other, the only limit is your imagination. Snakes at the 50? Brady Hoke has no idea how those got there, and he is dead serious. Where'd the ball go? We lost the ball. Wasn't Indiana supposed to bring the ball? It's Chaos Team against Disaster Team, and there are no winners.

In case of emergency: Purdue at No. 15 Nebraska; Kansas at No. 13 Baylor

I'm not here to judge you if you're into bloodbaths, which is what both of these will be. I'm just saying it's a niche thing, so we're slotting them here. KU at Baylor looks especially horrific; the Bears routinely drub weak opponents and, uh, this qualifies.

Late Shift

Best option: No. 3 Auburn at No. 4 Ole Miss

Spread: Ole Miss -2
Read: College and MagnoliaRed Cup Rebellion

It's not necessarily a Playoff play-in game, but for Ole Miss, the prospect of taking a second straight loss is borderline ruinous with how competitive the race still is. And with all due respect to the rest of the SEC West, the matchup we've been waiting all year for has been Auburn's vaunted Gus Malzahn spread against Ole Miss' terrifying Land Shark defense. Something's gotta give, and the winner's going to have "In unless/until we lose" Playoff status locked up.

Plan B: No. 12 Arizona at No. 22 UCLA; No. 17 Utah at No. 14 Arizona State

These two late games should be instrumental in the shaking-out process of the wild, wild Pac-12 South. Rich Rodriguez has reminded the world that he's still a great football coach with a stellar season thus far (hire him, Michigan!), but heading to LA could dent the Wildcats' division title hopes. Meanwhile, Utah has been one of the most resilient teams in the nation thus far, clawing to a 6-1 mark. It might be a short trip up this far in the rankings, though; Arizona State is a menace, especially if Taylor Kelly is 100 percent or close to it.

Keep it in mind: Arkansas at No. 1 Mississippi State

If you're not eager to stay up past midnight, watch Mississippi State put its top spot on the line to contend with the ever-dangerous Razorbacks. Dak Prescott's Heisman campaign can kick into high gear with a win, but don't expect a shootout; both defenses are stout (MSU in particular gives up just 118 yards rushing per game).

In case of emergency: No. 10 Notre Dame at Navy

Navy's not the type of opponent that'll knock the socks off the committee, but Notre Dame should be in for a struggle all the same; the Midshipmen's triple option attack is always a tough task for defenses. Still, Navy's 4-4 and hasn't beaten anyone of note this year, so this is probably a "check the score in the third quarter and see if it's worth your time" situation for unattached observers.