Looking for all of the college football on TV this week? You’ve come to the right place here at Bankroll Sports, as we are breaking down all of the best games on the docket and where you can find each and every one of them on the NCAA football television schedule for Week 8.
NCAA Football games on National Television shown in bold
NCAA Football On TV for Tuesday, October 15th (10/15/13)
8:00 ET Louisiana Lafayette @ Western Kentucky (ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
We’re starting off with our games on those really odd nights of the week, and the first of these games pits Western Kentucky against Louisiana Lafayette. Both of these teams are hoping to make it to a bowl game this year, knowing that they have a 7-4 record between them. The Hilltoppers haven’t been beaten in a game this year at home, and that includes a de facto home game against Kentucky, a team from the SEC. ULL is going to be hard-pressed to win this one, though it is clearly one of the best teams in the Sun Belt this year. this one might play into the Sun Belt title race this year.
NCAA Football On TV for Thursday, October 17th (10/17/13)
7:30 ET Miami @ North Carolina (ESPN, Watch ESPN)
The ACC Coastal Division might be wide open this year. North Carolina is only 1-4, and it is going to need to get on a real roll if it is going to make it to a bowl game this season. The Hurricanes are undefeated at this point, and if they can win this game, they are going to be making a case to be in the thick of the National Championship race as well along with Clemson and FSU. The Tar Heels aren’t nearly as bad as 1-4 suggests, and they can win this game when push comes tos shove, especially here at home where they played tremendously well last season. This is a must-win for UNC, or its chances at a bowl game in this season that was full of promise will be very much so in peril.
CFB TV Schedule for Friday, October 18th (10/18/13)
8:00 ET UCF @ Louisville (ESPN, Watch ESPN)
The Cardinals proved that they were beatable last week when they were tested by Rutgers at home, and now they have another short week of preparation to take on a UCF team that has already gone on the road and beaten Penn State this season. Some think that this is the biggest game in the history of the Knights, and that would surely be the case if they were to win this one. This might be the only team left that can stop the Cardinals, as we haven’t seen a lot of progress from any of the other teams out of the AAC at this point. If UCF can win this game, not only are the National Championship hopes for Louisville said and done with, but so too might be the team’s hopes of a BCS bowl game, as the Knights would have the inside track towards the first ever AAC title.
NCAA Football TV Schedule for Saturday, October 19th (10/19/13)
12:00 ET South Carolina @ Tennessee (ESPN, Watch ESPN)
12:00 ET Georgia @ Vanderbilt (CBS)
12:00 ET Texas Tech @ West Virginia (FOX Sports 1)
12:00 ET TCU @ Oklahoma State (FOX)
12:00 ET Minnesota @ Northwestern (ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
12:00 ET Purdue @ Michigan State (Big Ten Network)
12:00 ET SMU @ Memphis (ESPN3.com, ESPN Game Plan)
12:00 ET Connecticut @ Cincinnati (ESPNU, ESPN Game Plan)
12:00 ET Navy @ Toledo (ESPNEWS, Watch ESPN)
12:21 ET Florida @ Missouri (ESPN3.com, ESPN Game Plan)
12:30 ET Syracuse @ Georgia Tech (ESPN3.com, ESPN Game Plan)
1:00 ET Akron @ Miami (OH) (ESPN3.com)
1:00 ET Army @ Temple (ESPN3.com)
1:00 ET Ohio @ Eastern Michigan (ESPN3.com)
2:00 ET Ball State @ Western Michigan (ESPN3.com)
3:00 ET Northern Illinois @ Central Michigan (ESPN3.com)
3:30 ET Iowa @ Ohio State (ABC)
3:30 ET Auburn @ Texas A&M (CBS)
3:30 ET UCLA @ Stanford (ABC OR ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
3:30 ET Oklahoma @ Kansas (ABC OR ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
3:30 ET Indiana @ Michigan (Big Ten Network)
3:30 ET Maryland @ Wake Forest (ESPN2 OR ESPNU, Watch ESPN)
3:30 ET BYU @ Houston (ESPN OR ESPNU, Watch ESPN)
3:30 ET Duke @ Virginia (ESPN3.com, ESPN Game Plan)
3:30 ET Massachusetts @ Buffalo (ESPN3.com, ESPN Game Plan)
3:30 ET North Texas @ Louisiana Tech (CBS Sports Network)
6:00 ET Washington @ Arizona State (Pac-12 Network)
7:00 ET Arkansas @ Alabama (ESPN OR ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
7:00 ET LSU @ Ole Miss (ESPN OR ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
7:00 ET Iowa State @ Baylor (ESPNU)
7:00 ET Old Dominion @ Pittsburgh (ESPN3.com, ESPN Game Plan)
7:00 ET Georgia State @ Texas State (ESPN3.com, ESPN Game Plan)
7:30 ET USC @ Notre Dame (NBC)
8:00 ET Florida State @ Clemson (ABC)
8:00 ET Wisconsin @ Illinois (Big Ten Network)
8:00 ET Nevada @ Boise State (CBS Sports Network)
8:00 ET Rice @ New Mexico State (ESPN3.com, ESPN Game Plan)
10:00 ET Washington State @ Oregon (FOX Sports 1)
10:00 ET Utah @ Arizona (Pac-12 Network)
10:30 ET Oregon State @ California (ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
It’s definitely another edition of Separation Saturday for a lot of the Top 25 teams in the land. Right off the bat, there are four Top 25 teams that are on the road in the noon hour, and three of those teams are in the SEC. The one that isn’t is Texas Tech, which has to take on West Virginia. Very quietly, the Red Raiders are one of the two teams in the Big XII yet to lose a game this year, and Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury deserves a lot of credit for keeping this team in the saddle through half of the season.
Meanwhile in the SEC, we have already learned just how dangerous playing against good teams can be. Florida was beaten last week on the road by LSU, and now it has to take on the team that is all of a sudden one of the favorites in the SEC East in Missouri. The Tigers upset Georgia on the road last week, and though it won’t have QB James Franklin, it does have a shot if its defense can find a way to stick with UF’s. That Georgia team has a battle against Vanderbilt, a team which is another one of the many that can beat any of the best in the conference. South Carolina also kicks off at noon against the Volunteers, who almost upset Georgia two weeks ago.
Later in the day, there are more Top 25 teams that have to go on the road. Few are going to be paying that much attention to the game between Northern Illinois and Central Michigan, though this is one of the few games left on the docket that the Huskies might even remotely be challenged in. The MAC is weak, and Central shouldn’t have a shot either. Iowa takes on Ohio State at the Horseshoe in a game that should provide to be a wakeup call for an overrated bunch of Hawkeyes. Oklahoma should get back into the swing of things when it takes on a Kansas team that hasn’t won a massive Big XII game under Head Coach Charlie Weis.
There are two Top 25 matchups that are worth watching at 3:30 ET, though. Texas A&M was pushed last week by what amounts to be one of the best 25 teams in the land in Ole Miss, and now it gets an Auburn team that has quietly moved into the Top 25 this year with Head Coach Gus Malzahn trying to make less of a mess out of what this team has been facing in the last few seasons since winning the National Championship. The other Top 25 game is clearly one of the best battles of the day. Stanford watched its National Championship dreams go up in flames on the road last week against Utah, and it will be quite interesting to see how this team reacts to coming home to play against UCLA in a rematch of the Pac-12 Championship Game from last year. The Bruins definitely have a chance to make a statement here, as they are a Top 10 team that will be underdogs against the Cardinal.
There are some other 3:30 ET games of note as well. Michigan has to come home to take on Indiana in what could be a dangerous game for Big Blue. Maryland and Wake Forest face off in the ACC Atlantic Division. BYU and Houston play a game that could be a big one between two teams that are hoping to make some progress.
The night games head back to the SEC, where the top two teams in the conference are expecting to take down fellow SEC West teams. Alabama has a date with the slumping Razorbacks in what should be another blowout game, while LSU has to go on the road to take on an Ole Miss team that has been right on the verge of beating some great teams over the course of the last few weeks. Notre Dame also takes on USC, while Wisconsin goes on the road to take on Illinois.
In the Pac-12, the two highlight games pit Washington State against Oregon and Oregon State against Cal. The Ducks might be the only team left in the Pac-12 with a shot to win it all this year, but they have a tough task against the Cougars, who seem poised for one of these upsets at some point.
But of course, the game of the night is one of the first battles of the year between a pair of Top 5 teams. Florida State hasn’t really been tested this year, but the team is off of a bye week going on the road to Clemson. The Tigers have already won a huge game against Georgia to start the season, but that loss has been diminished just a bit after the Dawgs were beaten at home by Missouri and were nearly beaten by Tennessee the week before. Still, there is a ton on the line here. QB Jameis Winston and QB Tajh Boyd are both Heisman Trophy candidates, and they are leading really the only two teams that can win the ACC Atlantic Division this year. The winner will certainly have a ticket punched to Charlotte for the league title game this year, while the loser is going to need to run the table to get back into the hunt for the National Championship. The winner will almost certainly be the #3 team in the country when we have this discussion next week. This was a real show of a game last year when the Seminoles won at home against the Tigers, but Death Valley has been a nightmare for the garnet and gold, and they definitely need their best game to win this one.
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