The past few Friday nights have offered up some real gems in terms of college football viewing, and Week 7’s palate cleansers are no different. After an arduous fight to the weekend summit, you deserve to crack a few, sit back and relax as Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs swoop into Provo for what could turn into a generous ass-whipping at the hands of BYU (9:30 p.m. CT, ESPN and live streaming at WatchESPN).
As a robust appetizer to that clown show, though, Duke rolls up to Louisville hoping to topple the September National Champion Cardinals (6 p.m. CT, ESPN and live streaming at WatchESPN). A tall order for the 3-3 Blue Devils, who are currently giving up 5.1 yards per play on defense.
Memphis also travels to Tulane Friday night (7 p.m. CT, ESPNU and live streaming at WatchESPN), if that’s more your speed. As always, we’re following Jason Kirk’s watchability grid, but you’re free to make your own viewing decisions, especially if, say, Vanderbilt starts creeping up on Georgia Saturday (11 a.m. CT, SEC Network and WatchESPN).
NC State at No. 3 Clemson, 11 a.m. CT, ABC (live streaming at WatchESPN) | No. 20 West Virginia at Texas Tech, FS1 (live streaming at FOX Sports Go)
This isn’t a rivalry in the strictest sense of the word, but a healthy hate has sprung up between the Wolfpack and Tigers, due in large part to proximity. With the arrival of Hurricane Matthew last weekend, many coastal Carolinians fled the Low Country for either Raleigh or Clemson, mostly depending on their particular allegiance to whichever college football program.
Admittedly, the more competitive and fireworks-likely matchup is West Virginia’s jaunt down to Lubbock for a date with Kliff Kingsbury’s Red Raiders, but hey, you’ve got two eyes for a reason.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 9 Tennessee, 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS (live streaming at CBS Sports Network)
Uncle Verne and Gary return to Knoxville for the second time this month for one of Alabama’s last great tests of the year. No prop betting odds on whether Lane Kiffin takes a battery to the back of the head out of the tunnel, but this could be a trap game for the Tide. Probably not, though.
There’s also some pretty solid Big 12 action during the 2:30 block, as No. 10 Nebraska travels to CHAOS TEAM Indiana (ABC/ESPN2 and WatchESPN) and
Kansas takes on No. 11 Baylor in Waco (FS1 and FOX Sports Go).
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin, 7 p.m. CT, ABC (live streaming at WatchESPN)
We know you’re not taking eyes off of Ole Miss-Arkansas until the Rebs have a 50-point lead with two minutes left in the game, but assuming Hugh Freeze and BERT decide not to gift us all with overtime, pop on over to ABC for what will surely be a hell of a brawl. URBAN MEYER CONNIPTION OVERLOAD FACTOR IS HIGH.
UCLA at Washington State, 9:30 p.m. CT, ESPN (live streaming at WatchESPN)
Wazzu’s been trending up since October commenced, and though it’s difficult to say that they’re on par with UCLA currently, the Cougars are definitely helped out by playing at home. No guarantees that 120+ points come dropping out of the sky in Pullman, but rest assured that Mike Leach will find some way to make this one interesting.
The full Week 7 viewing guide:
|Friday, Oct. 14, 2016|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Duke at (7) Louisville||7:00 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Memphis at Tulane||8:00 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|San Diego State at Fresno State||10:00 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Mississippi State at BYU||10:15 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Illinois at Rutgers||12 p.m.||ESPNEWS / WatchESPN|
|Iowa at Purdue||12 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Kansas State at (19) Oklahoma||12 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Lafayette at Army||12 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Minnesota at Maryland||12 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|NC State at (3) Clemson||12 p.m.||ABC / WatchESPN|
|Vanderbilt at Georgia||12 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|(20) West Virginia at Texas Tech||12 p.m.||FS1 / FS Go|
|Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech||12:30 p.m.||RSN / WatchESPN|
|Pittsburgh at Virginia||12:30 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Eastern Michigan at Ohio||2:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Kent State at Miami, OH||2:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|WKU at Middle Tennessee||2:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|(1) Alabama at (9) Tennessee||3:30 p.m.||CBS / CBSSports.com|
|Ball State at Buffalo||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Bowling Green at Toledo||3:30 p.m.||ASN / ESPN3|
|Central Michigan at NIU||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Georgia State at Troy||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Kansas at (11) Baylor||3:30 p.m.||FS1 / FS Go|
|Louisiana Tech at UMass||3:30 p.m.||ASN/NESN / ESPN3|
|(10) Nebraska at Indiana||3:30 p.m.||ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN|
|New Mexico at Air Force (at Dallas, TX)||3:30 p.m.||ESPNEWS / WatchESPN|
|North Carolina at (16) Miami, FL||3:30 p.m.||ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN|
|Northwestern at Michigan State||3:30 p.m.||BTN / BTN2Go|
|USC at Arizona||3:30 p.m.||FOX / FS Go|
|Wake Forest at (14) Florida State||3:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|(24) Western Michigan at Akron||3:30 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|(17) Virginia Tech at Syracuse||3:45 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Missouri at (18) Florida||4:00 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|(21) Utah at Oregon State||4:00 p.m.||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|New Mexico State at Idaho||5:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|FIU at Charlotte||6:00 p.m.||CUSA.TV|
|Florida Atlantic at Marshall||7:00 p.m.||ASN/MASN / American Sports|
|Iowa State at Texas||7:00 p.m.||LHN/Cyclones.tv / WatchESPN|
|(12) Ole Miss at (22) Arkansas||7:00 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|South Alabama at Arkansas State||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Texas State at ULM||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Tulsa at (13) Houston||7:00 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|UConn at USF||7:00 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|UTSA at Rice||7:00 p.m.||beIN Sports / beIN Video|
|Southern Miss at LSU||7:30 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Stanford at Notre Dame||7:30 p.m.||NBC / NBCSports.com|
|Temple at UCF||7:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Arizona State at Colorado||8:00 p.m.||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|(2) Ohio State at (8) Wisconsin||8:00 p.m.||ABC / WatchESPN|
|Colorado State at (15) Boise State||10:15 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Nevada at San Jose State||10:30 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|UCLA at Washington State||10:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|UNLV at Hawaii||11:59 p.m.||Fox 5 Vegas / Oceanic PPV|