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College football schedule: The Watchability Grid guides you through a huge Week 5

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If someone walks up to you today and tries to tell you that this isn't that big of a college football weekend, you should tell them two things. First, every college football weekend is big. Second, Week 5 has the most AP top-10 vs. top-10 games of any week since 2002, per the AP's Ralph Russo. It has three of those, each a game that could end up deciding a power conference and therefore a Playoff spot.

We even get a big Friday night game this week, Stanford-Washington. We never get big Friday night games. Treasure this unicorn as you prepare for Wisconsin-Michigan and Louisville-Clemson.

Below is your complete schedule guide, with TV and streaming info, along with recommendations as to exactly what to watch in each time slot.

As always, games below are ranked based on a subjective and vague combination of stakes, competitiveness, quality, and what else is going on at the time.

(Thursday and Friday games removed, for your Saturday convenience.)

WATCH THIS Maybe watch this This is a football game
Noon ET #22 Texas at Oklahoma State
ABC, WatchESPN
#14 Miami at Georgia Tech
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Rutgers at #2 Ohio State
BTN, BTN2Go
Notre Dame at Syracuse
ESPN, WatchESPN
#13 Baylor at Iowa State
FS1, Fox Sports Go
Alcorn State at #20 Arkansas
SEC Network, WatchESPN
#23 Florida at Vanderbilt
SEC Network, WatchESPN
Georgia State at App State
WatchESPN
UCF at East Carolina
CBSSN
Northwestern at Iowa
ESPNU, WatchESPN
SMU at Temple
ESPNews, WatchESPN
12:30 ET Virginia at Duke
ACC Network, WatchESPN
1 ET Buffalo at Boston College
ACC Network, WatchESPN
2:30 ET Oregon State at Colorado
Pac-12 Networks
Ohio at Miami (Ohio)
WatchESPN
3 ET EMU at Bowling Green
WatchESPN
WATCH THIS Maybe watch this This is a football game
3:30 ET #8 Wisconsin at #4 Michigan
ABC, WatchESPN
#11 Tennessee at #25 Georgia
CBS, CBSSports.com
Illinois at #15 Nebraska
ESPN2, WatchESPN
North Carolina at #12 FSU
ESPN, WatchESPN
ULM at Auburn
SEC Network, WatchESPN
Navy at Air Force
CBSSN
NIU at Ball State
WatchESPN
Wake Forest at NC State
ACC Network, WatchESPN
Akron at Kent State
WatchESPN
Kansas State at West Virginia
ESPNU, WatchESPN
Purdue at Maryland
BTN, BTN2Go
Minnesota at Penn State
BTN, BTN2Go
Tulane at UMass
NESN
4 ET #9 Texas A&M at South Carolina
SEC Network, WatchESPN
SJSU at New Mexico
Root Sports
5 ET Oklahoma at #21 TCU
Fox, Fox Sports Go
Troy at Idaho
WatchESPN
6 ET #18 Utah at Cal
Pac-12 Networks
ODU at Charlotte
ConferenceUSA.com
WATCH THIS Maybe watch this This is a football game
7 ET Memphis at #16 Ole Miss
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Kentucky at #1 Alabama
ESPN, WatchESPN
USF at Cincinnati
ESPNU, WatchESPN
FAU at FIU
beIN Sports
WMU at CMU
CBSSN
UTEP at LA Tech
ASN
Houston Baptist at WKU
WKUSports.com
7:30 ET Missouri at LSU
SEC Network, WatchESPN
Marshall at Pitt
ACC Network, WatchESPN
Incarnate Word at Texas State
WatchESPN
8 ET #3 Louisville at #5 Clemson
ABC, WatchESPN
#17 Michigan State at Indiana
BTN, BTN2Go
UL Lafayette at NMSU
WatchESPN
#19 SDSU at South Alabama
ESPNews, WatchESPN
8:30 ET Arizona State at USC
Fox, Fox Sports Go
9:30 ET Oregon at Washington State
Pac-12 Network
10:15 ET Utah State at #24 Boise State
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wyoming at Colorado State
ESPNU, WatchESPN
10:30 ET Arizona at UCLA
ESPN, WatchESPN
Fresno State at UNLV
CBSSN
Midnight ET Nevada at Hawaii
Oceanic PPV
WATCH THIS Maybe watch this This is a football game

Notes, as always, on the WATCH THIS games:

  • This is our first extremely noon slate of the year. There's no great early choice. I'm recommending Texas-Oklahoma State as your starting point, because both these volatile teams have gone 1-1 in down-to-the-wire thrillers already, and last year's game was memorable for Texas fans -- Texas fans! -- finding evidence of a Big 12 conspiracy against Texas. Texas! The Longhorns!
  • Business picks up in the middle shift, with likely the biggest Big Ten cross-division game until the conference title match. If Stanford-Washington was too gloriously punty for you, just know that you are not cut out for Wisconsin-Michigan.
  • Oklahoma-TCU's lost a lot of shine and is in a weird time spot, but both teams remain Big 12 contenders, IMHO, and there aren't many of those to choose from.
  • Louisville-Clemson is, on paper, the biggest game of the year so far, but also the best. The Cardinals rank No. 1 in offensethe Tigers rank No. 1 in defense, and now a Clemson defender is talking some stuff about Lamar Jackson. Orange Death Valley will be quaking.
  • Options dim in the late shift, but Arizona-UCLA should get sufficiently stupid, and then BIG BOB KEKAULA hauls you all the way to Sunday morning via Hawaii's first East Coast midnighter of the year. (Is Nevada-Hawaii important? Yes; it's a football game.)

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