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College football TV schedule, Week 4: Let the Watchability Grid guide you

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Two rowdy weeknights and a Saturday that transitions smoothly from brutish to wacky: this is a good college football schedule. Sign up for this in your inbox each Thursday!

College football conference play really gets going in Week 4, with at least one big and watchable game for each Power 5 league and a bunch of other stuff, all spread out nicely. Something like 15 ranked teams are in loseable games, with four ranked-on-ranked games throughout.

In addition to all the important business that we'll get into down below, Lamar Jackson's at Marshall, which just gave up 65 points to Akron! He might break the season touchdowns record this week. He won't. Let's just dream a little.

Below, the Watchability Grid walks you through your weekend, with games ranked according to an eyeballing of their stakes, quality, competitiveness, and so forth. All disagreements should be directed to the comments below.

We've been doing versions of this sort of thing for years, so check back again next week, and let me know anything to change about this that would make this easier for you to use.

(Weeknight games removed, for your Saturday convenience.)

Saturday

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Noon ET #11 Wisconsin at #8 Michigan State
BTN, BTN2GO
#13 Florida State at USF
ABC, WatchESPN
Kent State at #1 Alabama
SEC Network, WatchESPN
#12 Georgia at #23 Ole Miss
ESPN, WatchESPN
San Jose State at Iowa State
FSN, Fox Sports Go
Colorado State at Minnesota
ESPNU, WatchESPN
Nevada at Purdue
ESPNews, WatchESPN
Iowa at Rutgers
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Charlotte at Temple
WatchESPN
12:30 ET ECU at Virginia Tech
ACC Network
CMU at Virginia
RSN, WatchESPN
1 ET Wagner at Boston College
WatchESPN
Syracuse at UConn
CBSSN
2 ET Gardner-Webb at Ohio
WatchESPN
3:30 ET #19 Florida at #14 Tennessee
CBS, CBSSports.com
Penn State at #4 Michigan
ABC, WatchESPN
App State at Akron
WatchESPN
Wake Forest at Indiana
BTN, BTN2GO
Miami (OH) at Cincinnati
ESPNews, WatchESPN
Pitt at North Carolina
ESPNU, WatchESPN
WIU at NIU
WatchESPN
BYU vs. West Virginia
ESPN2, WatchESPN
UTSA at Old Dominion
WTVZ

Duke vs. Notre Dame
NBC, NBC Sports
Boise State at Oregon State
FS1, Fox Sports Go
Mississippi State at UMass
WatchESPN
4 ET Delaware State at Missouri
SEC Network, WatchESPN
4:30 ET Vanderbilt at WKU
CBSSN
Tulsa at Fresno State
CampusInsiders.com
5:30 ET Colorado at Oregon
Pac-12 Network, P12N Live
6 ET #18 LSU at Auburn
ESPN, WatchESPN
Ball State at FAU
FAUSports.tv
North Texas at Rice
ConferenceUSA.com
7 ET Georgia Southern at WMU
WatchESPN
#6 Houston at Texas State
ESPNU, WatchESPN
CAU at Arkansas State
WatchESPN
Army at Buffalo
WatchESPN
UCF at FIU
beIN Sports
LA Tech at MTSU
ASN
Nicholls at South Alabama
WatchESPN
NMSU at Troy
WatchESPN
7:10 ET Missouri State at Kansas State
K-StateHD.TV
7:30 ET Oklahoma State at #16 Baylor
Fox, Fox Sports Go
#20 Nebraska at Northwestern
BTN, BTN2GO
South Carolina at Kentucky
SEC Network, WatchESPN
8 ET #7 Stanford at UCLA
ABC, WatchESPN
#3 Louisville at Marshall
CBSSN
BGSU at Memphis
ESPNews, WatchESPN
UL Lafayette at Tulane
WatchESPN
Southern Miss at UTEP
CampusInsiders.com
9 ET #17 Arkansas at #10 Texas A&M
ESPN, WatchESPN
Idaho at UNLV
UNLVRebels.com
10 ET Cal at Arizona State
ESPN2, WatchESPN
10:15 ET Air Force at Utah State
ESPNU, WatchESPN
10:30 ET #9 Washington at Arizona
Pac-12 Network, P12N Live

Notes on the MUST-WATCHes:

  • Another weekend with at least one all-ranked game in each major time slot, plus others that are close. College football, you're doing a good job of not giving us sad afternoons and overloaded nights! College football isn't a person.
  • Wisconsin and Michigan State struck their latest blows for the Recruiting Rankings Lie crowd by beating LSU and Notre Dame, respectively. They also did the same by looking unimpressive against Georgia State and Furman, respectively. Anyway! You know exactly how grueling and punty this game will be (UW has S&P+'s No. 7 defense and No. 77 offense, for instance), and you'll like it.
  • Georgia at Ole Miss! Around 4 ET, a lot of people sure are gonna be mad at a coach in a visor!
  • Florida-Tennessee should be a delightful, miserable brawl between a team that prefers not to score points and a team sending out a backup quarterback. If you haven't had your fill of punts after the Big Ten game and this one, then you're just gonna have to wait until the NFL kicks off, because ...
  • Oklahoma State-Baylor! Pyew pyew!
  • Stanford-UCLA! Christian McCaffrey vs. Josh Rosen!
  • Arkansas-Texas A&M! Guaranteed overtime in JerryWorld!
  • #Pac12AfterDark! Washington's toughest test so far is a trip to play a team that trailed Grambling State 21-3 at halftime! Nevermind that! Arizona can still put up yards!
  • So yeah, this is the Saturday that equates to eating six hours of thundering vegetables, then diving face-first into the candy jar until this week's version of whatever that Texas-Cal thing was.

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