Best (only) option: Arizona at UTSA, 8 p.m. ET, FS1, Fox Sports GO
That's not a typo: Arizona, a second-tier Pac-12 program is playing a road game at UTSA, which played its first game three years ago. The game's not at some rinky-dink stadium; it's at the AlamoDome, and a similar game against Oklahoma State last year drew over 40,000 fans. The craziest part is that this should be a good game. UTSA went 7-5 last year and just got done absolutely thumping Houston. This is a seven-point spread, people. Seven!
Best option: Washington State at Nevada, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, WatchESPN
This is West Coast ball at its ridiculous finest, coming on the air at a ridiculous time and featuring two ridiculous offenses: Mike Leach's air raid and the Nevada pistol. Wolf Pack QB Cody Fajardo just became the only current FBS player with over 7,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards, and this feels like the kind of game where Wazzu QB Connor Halliday throws, like, 90 passes.
Plan B: Pittsburgh at Boston College, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, WatchESPN
This is about as replacement-level as it gets. Please find something better to do with your Friday evening. Or don't. We're not the Fun Police.
|Time||Road team||Home team||TV||Streaming|
|Noon ET||FAU||No. 2 Alabama||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||Stony Brook||Connecticut||SNY|
|Noon ET||Western Kentucky||Illinois||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|Noon ET||No. 20 Kansas State||Iowa State||FS1||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|Noon ET||McNeese State||No. 19 Nebraska||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||SMU||North Texas||FSN||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|Noon ET||Akron||Penn State||ABC||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||Central Michigan||Purdue||ESPNews||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||Howard||Rutgers||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|Noon ET||Arkansas State||Tennessee||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||No. 24 Missouri||Toledo||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||No. 4 Oklahoma||Tulsa||ABC||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||Western Illinois||No. 18 Wisconsin||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|12:30 p.m. ET||South Carolina State||No. 23 Clemson||ACC Network||ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||Navy||Temple||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||New Mexico St||Georgia State||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||South Alabama||Kent State||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||UAB||Miss State||FSN||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|3 p.m. ET||Sacramento State||California||Pac-12 Networks||pac-12.com/live|
|3 p.m. ET||Colorado||Massachusetts||ESPN3.com|
|3 p.m. ET||Fresno State||Utah||Pac-12 Networks||pac-12.com/live|
|3 p.m. ET||Eastern Washington||Washington||Pac-12 Networks||pac-12.com/live|
|3:30 p.m. ET||VMI||Bowling Green||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Ball State||Iowa||ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Ohio||Kentucky||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Eastern Kentucky||Miami (Ohio||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Middle Tennessee||Minnesota||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Northern Illinois||Northwestern||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Missouri State||Oklahoma State||FSN||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Maryland||South Florida||CBSSN||ulive.cbssports.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||No. 14 USC||No. 13 Stanford||ABC||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Richmond||Virginia||ESPN3.com|
|4 p.m. ET||Nicholls State||Arkansas||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|4 p.m. ET||Eastern Michigan||Florida||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|4 p.m. ET||Georgia Tech||Tulane||ESPNews||ESPN3.com|
|4:30 p.m. ET||No. 15 Ole Miss||Vanderbilt||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|6 p.m. ET||Campbell||Appalachian State||ESPN3.com|
|6 p.m. ET||Wagner||FIU|
|6 p.m. ET||Savannah State||Georgiaa Southern||ESPN3.com|
|6 p.m. ET||Old Dominion||NC State||ESPN3.com|
|6:30 p.m. ET||No. 7 Michigan State||No. 3 Oregon||FOX||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|6:30 p.m. ET||Gardner-Webb||Wake Forest||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||San Jose State||No. 5 Auburn||ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||SE Missouri State||Kansas||JTV|
|7 p.m. ET||Louisiana Tech||Louisiana||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Murray State||No. 25 Louisville||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Rhode Island||Marshall||WCHS|
|7 p.m. ET||Florida A&M||Miami||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||No. 17 Arizona State||New Mexico||CBSSN||ulive.cbssports.com|
|7 p.m. ET||East Carolina||No. 21 South Carolina||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Alcorn State||Southern Miss|
|7 p.m. ET||Duke||Troy||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Idaho||ULM||ESPN3.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Northwestern State||No. 10 Baylor||FSN||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Citadel||No. 1 Florida State||RSN||ESPN3.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Sam Houston State||No. 12 LSU||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Michigan||No. 16 Notre Dame||NBC||stream.nbcsports.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET||BYU||Texas||FS1||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Lamar||No. 9 Texas A&M||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Towson||West Virginia||ROOT PIT|
|8 p.m. ET||Grambling State||Houston||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||San Diego State||No. 21 North Carolina||ESPNews||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||Virginia Tech||No. 8 Ohio State||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||Idaho State||Utah State||Mountain West Network||themw.com/#!/watch-live|
|10 p.m. ET||Memphis||No. 11 UCLA||Pac-12 Networks||pac-12.com/live|
|10 p.m. ET||Northern Colorado||UNLV|
|10:15 p.m. ET||Colorado State||Boise State||ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|10:15 p.m. ET||Air Force||Wyoming||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|10:30 p.m. ET||Oregon State||Hawaii||CBSSN||ulive.cbssports.com|
|11 p.m. ET||Texas Tech||UTEP||FS1||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
Best option: No. 24 Missouri at Toledo
Ordinarily, a "Top 25, power-conference team vs. the MAC" matchup barely registers, but this is a sneaky-great pairing. Missouri looked average while grinding over an FCS creampuff in Week 1, and Toledo was able to hang with Mizzou last year in Columbia. This year the matchup is in Toledo, and the Rockets now boast former Alabama QB Phillip Ely under center.
Plan B: No. 4 Oklahoma at Tulsa
The Sooners are "on the road" against the Golden Hurricane, which is to say two hours up I-44. Tulsa is a major threat through the air, so Oklahoma can't just show up, shove some linemen over, and call it a day.
Keep it in mind: FAU at No. 2 Alabama
FAU's one of the better small schools out there, but even the most muscular deer shouldn't stand in the middle of the highway as the Alabama semi barrels down the road. Keep an eye on how the Blake Sims/Jake Coker situation at QB for Alabama continues to shake out.
In case of emergency: WIU at No. 18 Wisconsin
WIU's not even a top-25 FCS team, so don't expect a miracle. But Wisconsin has got to demonstrate that its offense isn't just Melvin Gordon and ten others. QB Tanner McEvoy was brutal against LSU, and if he struggles again, Badger faithful will get antsy for the return of deposed starter Joel Stave.
Best option: No. 14 USC at No. 13 Stanford
If anyone was worried that USC would dial back on the vertical passing game with Steve Sarkisian in town, the incineration that QB Cody Kessler and his receivers put on Fresno State in Week 1 was a welcome reassurance. Stanford coasted in its opener as well, holding UC-Davis to a comical 115 yards of total offense and six first downs.
Plan B: No. 15 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
It's hard not to overreact to the Commodores' floppy Week 1, but it's an impossible mission to contend in the SEC after getting thumped by Temple. Ole Miss is fresh off its own statement game, dispatching Boise State. The line on this game has ballooned from Ole Miss -14 to -20.5, and it's probably not done moving yet.
Keep it in mind: Middle Tennessee State at Minnesota
As you can probably tell, the afternoon slate is slim and grim. Minnesota's well-coached enough that this game shouldn't disgust you, and MTSU has been bowl-eligible in four of the last five seasons. This is beefy, run-heavy ball all the way. You don't have a ton of options.
In case of emergency: Colorado at Massachusetts
I'm just kidding.
Best option: No. 7 Michigan State at No. 3 Oregon
Michigan State V. Oregon
It might be premature to say that this is the nation's best defense and offense, respectively, squaring off. It is certainly two New Year's-quality programs who have forged their identity and success on a single side of the ball each. In other words, someone's philosophy is going to get bent sideways. Michigan State dodged a bullet when QB Connor Cook shook off a low shot to the knee last week. The Spartans will need a massive day from their offense to keep pace with Heisman favorite Marcus Mariota and the high-octane Ducks.
Plan B: Virginia Tech at No. 8 Ohio State
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett looked unspectacular in his first start for the Buckeyes, who dropped three spots in the AP poll after Navy gave them fits for four quarters. Virginia Tech's more the type of team Ohio State can expect to face all year. Make no mistake, though: the Hokies are tough, well-coached and eager to punish mistakes. Twenty points will probably win it.
Keep it in mind: Michigan at No. 16 Notre Dame
One of the nation's best rivalries draws to a close for reasons unspecified, so it might as well be a solid game one last time. The Wolverines looked positively interested in football for the first time in quite a while as they dispatched Appalachian State (all-time series record now tied at 1-1), and the return of QB Everett Golson means that Notre Dame is a threat against anybody.
In case of emergency: BYU at Texas
This was the game that killed (former) Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz's tenure in Week 2 in 2013, and now the new-look, attrition-ravaged Longhorns are looking for revenge. Wanting to shut down BYU's ground game is not quite the same as being able to shut it down, though, and QB Taysom Hill is back to deliver more agony.