You know how you really feel like eating a salad after a long weekend of fiestas? That’s kind of like Week 2 in college football.
(Those of us who watched CFB for five straight days in Week 1’s gorgeous sprawl while also eating like football fans throughout are living the metaphor to completion.)
Week 2 is light, but as WATCH GRID readers will get a little tired of hearing, every weekend of college football is good.
Below, let’s walk through each time slot, with games sorted according to a best guess of watchability, based on a little more than just the quality of one team, or even both teams.
Streaming links for each TV network are in here. Weeknight games have been removed, for your Saturday convenience.
Saturday, Sept. 8 college football schedule
Khalil Tate vs. Ed Oliver! Zona forgetting it has Tate and Houston somehow struggling with Rice aside, how can you not watch that? Here’s a really good post on Oliver, BTW.
Yes, I’m only listing UCLA-Oklahoma here in hopes you catch one or two Vintage Chip Kelly scoring drives. We’re not going for competitive football there.
One of the day’s mere two ranked-vs.-ranked games is way up high here, but mostly out of obligation. This is SC’s big chance at a signature win. Who’s buying that, though?
Our first look at Scott Frost’s Nebraska is also an option (Nebraska term), against an old rival to boot. And pickings are so slim, I’m trying to spot FCS upsets over Kent State.
I almost wish Penn State hadn’t goofed around and tried to lose to Appalachian State last week, because otherwise, conditions would be extremely right for a classic PITTening.
A lot of sneaky goodness here (Cal and BYU might be good again), a lot of obvious weirdness (I’m sorry in advance for the stupid way you lose, Kentucky), and a totally bizarre late-night load, with Mark Dantonio finally meeting the only coach more 1980s NFL than him ... because Herm Edwards was in the 1980s NFL, you see.
Also, this is a year in which Hawaii’s worth staying up for. Be advised.