clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The college football schedule Watchability Grid guides you to Nov. 12's best games

New, comments

Good morning! This is the Read Option, your daily college football newsletter. On Thursdays, it's a helpful weekend schedule. Sign up for this in your inbox!

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Hey, they're gonna do a college football weekend. That's pretty good.

It's a solid weekend too, but they all are. Thursday night looks fun, Friday night looks [mumbles], and we already had two nights of MACtion. There are only two games between pairs of ranked teams, but that's fine.

Below, the Watchability Grid, a schedule designed to highlight the best games (with TV times and streaming info) in each slot, based on a subjective combo of stakes, quality, competitiveness, and what else is on at the time. This is a weird week with a few weirder picks!

This won't be the most Playoff-defining weekend of the season (yes, we're trying to jinx the universe into chaos by saying things like that), but it'll still be fun.

Please find some moments of joy and community this weekend, whether your team wins or loses.

All times ET.

(Weeknight games removed, for your Saturday convenience.)

Watch THIS Maybe watch this This is a football game
Noon No. 10 Penn State - Indiana
ABC/ESPN2, WatchESPN
Baylor - No. 11 Oklahoma
ABC/ESPN2, WatchESPN
MSU - No. 1 Alabama
ESPN, WatchESPN
No. 16 WVU - Texas
FS1, Fox Sports Go
South Carolina - Florida
CBS, CBSSports.com
SMU - ECU
ESPNews, WatchESPN
Tulsa - Navy
CBSSN
Iowa State - Kansas
FSN, Fox Sports Go
Kentucky - Tennessee
SEC Network, WatchESPN
Northwestern - Purdue
BTN, BTN2Go
Rutgers - Michigan State
BTN, BTN2Go
Cincinnati - UCF
ESPNU, WatchESPN
12:30 p.m. NC State - Syracuse
ACC Network, WatchESPN
1 Miami (OH) - Buffalo
WatchESPN
2 Miami - Virginia
ACC Network, WatchESPN
Rice - Charlotte
CampusInsiders.com
ULM - Georgia State
WatchESPN
3 Wyoming - UNLV
Root
NMSU - Arkansas State
WatchESPN
Southern Utah - BYU
WatchESPN
3:30 No. 9 Auburn - Georgia
CBS, CBSSports.com
Pitt - No. 2 Clemson
ABC, WatchESPN
No. 5 Ohio State - Maryland
ESPN, WatchESPN
Texas Tech - No. 13 Okla. State
FS1, Fox Sports Go
GT - No. 14 Virginia Tech
ESPNU, WatchESPN
Illinois - No. 7 Wisconsin
ESPN2, WatchESPN
App State - Troy
WatchESPN
Tulane - Houston
CBSSN
UTSA - LA Tech
KMYS
Vanderbilt - Missouri
SEC Network, WatchESPN
Army - Notre Dame
NBC, NBCSports.com
Southern Miss - ODU
ConferenceUSA.com
North Texas - WKU
WatchESPN
4 Idaho - Texas State
WatchESPN
Stanford - Oregon
Pac-12 Networks
6 UTEP - FAU
ConferenceUSA.com
7 No. 24 LSU - No. 25 Arkansas
ESPN, WatchESPN
Wake Forest - No. 6 Louisville
ESPN2, WatchESPN
No. 22 Boise State - Hawaii
CBSSN
USF - Memphis
ESPNU, WatchESPN
MTSU - Marshall
ASN
7:30 No. 20 USC - No. 4 Washington
Fox, Fox Sports Go
Ole Miss - No. 8 Texas A&M
SEC Network, WatchESPN
Minnesota - No. 19 Nebraska
BTN, BTN2Go
8 No. 3 Michigan - Iowa
ABC, WatchESPN
9 Oregon State - UCLA
Pac-12 Networks
10 No. 12 Colorado - Arizona
FS1, Fox Sports Go
10:15 Colorado State - Air Force
ESPNU, WatchESPN
New Mexico - Utah State
ESPN2, WatchESPN
10:30 Cal - No. 23 Washington State
ESPN, WatchESPN
SDSU - Nevada
CBSSN

CFB in your inbox, everyday, for free!

Get an original mini-column on the college football thing of the day, plus news, links, and fun stuff!

Notes on the WATCH THIS games:

  • Yes, a Big 12 game ahead of Baylor-Oklahoma. For one thing, that's now a 16-point spread in OU's favor. For another, who could be excited about the idea of watching Baylor play Joe Mixon?
  • WVU-Texas, however, offers the Big 12's last real Playoff contender (not buying OU's chances this year, despite teams in the teens making it in before) against a coach who's juuust about moved beyond MUST-WIN status. Knocking off another ranked team would bring Charlie Strong one more step away from the brink, to say the least.
  • Penn State-Indiana pairs two teams that've been in plenty of exciting games against all kinds of opponents in recent years. PSU's a bit better on offense than the casual observer would guess, and the same goes for Indiana on defense.
  • The middle shift is thick with potential upset alerts, but it's hard to zero in on a couple. Let's go with the hating-est rivalry in the group and the one involving Texas Tech's ability to turn any game into a shootout. (Elsewhere, Appalachian State-Troy is likely the Sun Belt title game.)
  • LSU-Arkansas, technically a ranked game and technically a trophy rivalry. Both teams are interesting. Keep it on until USC-Washington, at least.
  • The Huskies host the game of the weekend, and we find out exactly how good the Trojans are with new quarterback Sam Darnold in charge. If this is your second time watching USC all year, after the Alabama game, prepare to be somewhat impressed. (And then if you aren't impressed, you can transfer that impressed-ness over to UW, I guess.)
  • The night game: an extremely late rehash of the drunkest Pac-12 late-night matchup possible. It will be over at sunrise, no matter your time zone, somehow.