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Full Week 1 college football viewing guide: SIX DAYS OF FOOTBALL

Wednesday is a college football day. So are Thursday and Friday. Of course Saturday is, and even Sunday and Monday too. Let's buckle up.

SB Nation 2014 College Football Guide


Best option: Abilene Christian at Georgia State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Odds: Not listed, thank God, what kind of a degenerate would you have to ... wait, please don't answer that.

It's technically D-I football! It's on national TV! Neither of these teams is particularly good, of course. But this is America. Land of the free, home of the televised football.


Time Road team Home team TV Streaming
6 p.m. No. 21 Texas A&M No. 9 South Carolina SEC Network WatchESPN
7 p.m. Chattanooga Central Michigan WatchESPN
7 p.m. Eastern Illinois Minnesota Big Ten Network BTN2GO
7 p.m. Howard Akron WatchESPN
7 p.m. Presbyterian Northern Illinois WatchESPN
7 p.m. Wake Forest ULM ESPN U WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. Idaho State Utah Pac-12 Network
8 p.m. Cal Poly New Mexico State WatchESPN
8 p.m. Tulane Tulsa CBSSN
8 p.m. (Atlanta, GA) Boise State No. 18 Ole Miss ESPN WatchESPN
9:15 p.m. Temple Vanderbilt SEC Network WatchESPN
10 p.m. North Dakota San Jose State WatchESPN
10 p.m. (Seattle, WA) Rutgers Washington State FS1 Fox Sports GO
10:30 p.m. Weber State No. 19 Arizona State Pac-12 Network

Best option: No. 21 Texas A&M at No. 9 South Carolina

Odds: South Carolina -10.5
Read: Good Bull Hunting (Texas A&M), Garnet and Black Attack (South Carolina), Team Speed Kills (SEC)

This could end up being the best of the weekend, especially if Aggies QB Kenny Hill lives up to the hype as he replaces Johnny Manziel. But goodness, does South Carolina have a lot of talent. Yes, Jadeveon Clowney is gone, but the physicality on both sides of the line might be the best it's been. Do not miss this game.

Plan B: Boise State vs. Ole Miss

Boise faces the unenviable task of replacing Chris Petersen, who replaced Steve Sarkisian at Washington, who replaced Lane Kiffin at USC. All roads lead to Kiffin. Ole Miss is as loaded as it's been in a long time, and Boise is a double-digit underdog for the first time since 2008 (at Oregon -- a game the Broncos won).

Keep it in mind: Rutgers at Washington State

Rutgers is a fringe bowl candidate, which means its shot at six wins could depend on this trip to face Mike Leach's air raid. The Scarlet Knight secondary was eviscerated last year, but an influx of talent may turn things around. This one shouldn't be boring.

In case of emergency: Weber State at No. 19 Arizona State

It's Todd Graham's high-powered offense dump-trucking a team that was really bad even by FCS standards in 2013. Put it on for 15 minutes, you'll see a couple touchdowns, and all will be well.


Time Road team Home team TV Streaming
7 p.m. BYU UConn ESPN WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville State No. 8 Michigan State Big Ten Network BTN2GO
7:30 p.m. Villanova Syracuse WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. Bowling Green Western Kentucky CBSSN
9 p.m. (Denver, CO) Colorado State Colorado FS1 Fox Sports GO
9 p.m. UTSA Houston ESPN U WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. UNLV Arizona ESPN WatchESPN

Best option: UTSA at Houston

Odds: Houston -11

Read: Underdog Dynasty

It's not a big-name matchup, but these teams combined to go 15-10 and should contend for conference titles. UTSA is actually riding a five-game winning streak, one of the longest in FBS, but Houston QB John O'Korn will put that to a stiff test.

Plan B: BYU at UConn

BYU's been one of the surest things in football, currently riding a nine-year bowl streak after putting together a 17-bowl streak into the early-'90s. And the Cougars are almost certainly going bowling again, with dual-threat monster Taysom Hill leading the charge.

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

In an effort to not give too much of the offensive playbook away, Mark Dantonio will kneel on the ball twice, then punt on third down all game long. The Spartan defense will score eight touchdowns en route to the 56-3 victory.

In case of emergency: UNLV at Arizona

Whatever, it's late-night RichRod football, so you're not going to be bored.


Time Road team Home team TV Streaming
8:30 a.m. (Dublin, Ireland) UCF Penn State ESPN 2 WatchESPN
Noon Youngstown State Illinois Big Ten Network BTN2GO
Noon Indiana State Indiana ESPNews WatchESPN
Noon Northern Iowa Iowa Big Ten Network BTN2GO
Noon North Dakota State Iowa State FS1 Fox Sports GO
Noon UT Martin Kentucky SEC Network WatchESPN
Noon Appalachian State Michigan ESPN 2 WatchESPN
Noon (Baltimore, MD) No. 5 Ohio State Navy CBSSN
Noon Delaware Pittsburgh WatchESPN
Noon Western Michigan Purdue ESPN U WatchESPN
Noon Troy UAB FCS
Noon No. 7 UCLA Virginia ESPN WatchESPN
12:30 p.m. Wofford Georgia Tech RSN WatchESPN
12:30 p.m. Georgia Southern NC State ACC Network WatchESPN
2 p.m. Nicholls Air Force WatchESPN
2 p.m. Colgate Ball State WatchESPN
3 p.m. Boston College UMass WatchESPN
3 p.m. Southern Utah Nevada NevadaWolfPack.TV
3:30 p.m. (Atlanta, GA) West Virginia No. 2 Alabama ESPN 2 WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. Duquesne Buffalo WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. James Madison Maryland Big Ten Network BTN2GO
3:30 p.m. Marshall Miami (Ohio) WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. South Dakota State No. 24 Missouri ESPN U WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. Florida Atlantic No. 22 Nebraska Big Ten Network BTN2GO
3:30 p.m. California Northwestern ABC or ESPN2 WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. Rice No. 17 Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. Hampton Old Dominion MyTVZ 33
4 p.m. Arkansas No. 6 Auburn SEC Network WatchESPN
4 p.m. Portland State Oregon State Pac-12 Network
4 p.m. UC Davis No. 11 Stanford Pac-12 Network
4 p.m. William & Mary Virginia Tech ESPNews WatchESPN
4 p.m. Montana Wyoming ROOT Sports
5:30 p.m. No. 16 Clemson No. 12 Georgia ESPN WatchESPN
6 p.m. Elon Duke WatchESPN
6 p.m. Morgan State Eastern Michigan WatchESPN
6 p.m. Ohio Kent State WatchESPN
6 p.m. Liberty No. 23 North Carolina WatchESPN
7 p.m. Montana State Arkansas State WatchESPN
7 p.m. Bethune-Cookman FIU American Sports Network
7 p.m. Idaho Florida ESPN U WatchESPN
7 p.m. Southern Louisiana WatchESPN
7 p.m. Austin Peay Memphis WatchESPN
7 p.m. Savannah State Middle Tennessee
7 p.m. Louisiana Tech No. 4 Oklahoma FSN-OK (PPV)
7 p.m. Northern Arizona San Diego State CBSSN
7 p.m. Western Carolina USF WatchESPN
7 p.m. Samford TCU FSN Fox Sports GO
7 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Texas State WatchESPN
7 p.m. Central Arkansas Texas Tech FSN Fox Sports GO
7 p.m. New Hampshire Toledo WatchESPN
7:10 p.m. Stephen F. Austin No. 20 Kansas State K-StateHD.TV
7:30 p.m. Southern Miss Mississippi State SEC Network WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. Fresno State No. 15 USC FOX Fox Sports GO
8 p.m. NC Central East Carolina ESPNews WatchESPN
8 p.m. (Arlington, TX) Oklahoma State No. 1 Florida State ABC WatchESPN
8 p.m. UTEP New Mexico Mountain West Network
8 p.m. North Texas Texas Longhorn Network WatchESPN
9 p.m. (Houston, TX) No. 14 Wisconsin No. 13 LSU ESPN WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. No. 25 Washington Hawaii CBSSN
10:30 p.m. South Dakota No. 3 Oregon Pac-12 Network

Early shift

Best option: No. 5 Ohio State at Navy

Odds: OSU -13.5
Read: Land-Grant Holy Land (OSU), Underdog Dynasty

What was already an intriguing game has turned into a must-see. Ohio State loses Braxton Miller for the year and must rely on redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett against a tough Navy squad that won nine games. The Buckeyes will be physically dominant, but if they don't play with gap integrity in the front seven, the Midshipmen option attack will punish.

Plan B: Penn State vs. UCF at Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland

This game may or may not happen in Ireland, on account of the impending Bardarbunga volcano eruption in Iceland, which could disrupt air travel. Bardarbunga. That's fun to say. Having the game in Ireland made a lot more sense when an O'Brien was coaching PSU, but UCF still has an O'Leary at the helm.

Keep it in mind: No. 7 UCLA at Virginia

Virginia's something of a fun vacuum -- you can watch, but you'll be wondering what else is on by the second quarter -- so if Brett Hundley's not on the field, it's okay if you're not paying attention. But hoo buddy, Hundley is fun to watch.

In case of emergency: Indiana State at Indiana

Last year's matchup of these bitter in-state rivals[citation needed] featured 108 points. This game won't be good, but it'll be ridiculous.

Middle shift

Best option: No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia

Odds: Georgia -7.5
Read: Shakin' The Southland (Clemson), Dawg Sports (Georgia)

There'll be some outstanding talent on display, and it's quite possible that Georgia RB Todd Gurley and Clemson DE Vic Beasley will be the offensive and defensive players of the year. Get psyched -- if both teams play up to the challenge it should be the game of the weekend.

Plan B: West Virginia vs. Alabama at Georgia Dome

The West Virginia defense has been woeful, ceding 33 points a game last year. And it's not as if the Mountaineers have been facing Alabama every week. This could get brutal in a hurry. Then again, Alabama is replacing a lot of talent, not to mention breaking in Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator, so maybe this stays close? Maybe?

Keep it in mind: Arkansas at No. 6 Auburn

Bret Bielema guided Wisconsin to three straight Big Ten titles. That happened very, very recently! Just remember that as Auburn wins by roughly 90 points.

In case of emergency: California at Northwestern

There's no love lost when Cal and Northwestern lock horns! College football's most hilarious war of words continues, as Pat Fitzgerald has essentially guaranteed a win in this rematch from 2013, when the 'Cats set off the animosity with some, ahem, questionable injuries slowing down Cal.

Late shift

Best option: No. 14 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 LSU at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Odds: LSU -4.5
Read: Bucky's Fifth Quarter (Wisconsin), And The Valley Shook (LSU)

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has fans on edge as he decides whether Tanner McEvoy or Joel Stave will start this season opener under center. And despite what his depth chart says, "both" is not an answer. However, against the ferocious LSU defense, it might not even matter if Wisconsin trots out Peyton Manning at QB. That's a bad plan, by the way. The NCAA would be furious.

Plan B: No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State

Don't look now, but Oklahoma State has turned into one of the better programs in the nation, averaging 10 wins a year over the last five seasons. The Cowboys reached sixth in the nation last year after blasting Baylor, a testament to the quality of ball in Stillwater under former human punchline Mike Gundy ("I'm a man," etc.).

Oh, and FSU is favored by 17.5 and is basically an NFL team. Good luck, Cowboys!

Keep it in mind: Fresno State at No. 15 USC

This is an oddly early kickoff at 7:30 ET, as one would expect these two to burn the midnight oil. Well, midnight-eastern-time oil, anyway. The point is, you think "Fresno State," you think "Weird Football." The Trojans look loaded, and Fresno's talent level isn't on par.

In case of emergency: South Dakota at No. 3 Oregon

You're a monster. Only a sick monster would tune in. And yet here you are.


Best option: SMU at No. 10 Baylor, 7:30 p.m., FS1

Odds: Baylor -33
Read: Our Daily Bears (Baylor), Underdog Dynasty

A case can be made that June Jones and Art Briles are two of the top three or four football minds in the state of Texas. Plus, turning on a Baylor game is a decision that hardly needs justification; the points-happy Bears have become mandatory viewing.

Plan B: Utah State at Tennessee, 7 p.m., SEC Network

Electric Aggies QB Chuckie Keeton is back from a torn ACL and ready for action against the rapidly improving Volunteers. Tennessee's favored by less than a touchdown, and things could stay hairy late at Neyland.


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Best option: Miami at Louisville, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

Odds: Louisville -3
Read: State of the U (Miami), Card Chronicle (Louisville)

The Cardinals get a none-too-pleasant welcome to ACC ball by hosting Miami, a team that's dangerous but has been the subject of the "How aren't these guys better?" question for a decade. Please don't tell Miami LB Denzel Perryman we said that. The temptation is to think Louisville will struggle to replace Teddy Bridgewater, but if you're a gambler, don't count the Cards out -- Will Gardner has looked capable as Louisville's new signal-caller.