After last week’s ROAD TRIP MADNESS saw four undefeated teams stumble, and after Tuesday night’s release of the season’s first official College Football Playoff rankings, Week 10 features just two ranked-ranked showdowns. Still, Week 10 has already been a busy stretch of college football, with Western Michigan obliterating Ball State, 52-20, in some hot and heavy Tuesday night #MACTION.
With the lone exception of San Jose State vs. Boise State (9:15 p.m. CT, ESPN2 and live streaming at WatchESPN), the Friday night slate this week is essentially drivel. You’d be better off finally getting rid of that jack-o-lantern that’s been rotting on the front porch since Sunday. Or go enjoy a movie. Maybe pick up that biography of Harry Crews you’ve been meaning to get around to. You know, LIVE.
Or, if you’re interested in watching Boise run all kinds of angry over San Jose State, by all means please do so. The Broncos lost their first game of the season in dramatic fashion to your new favorite team Wyoming out in Laramie last week, and the likelihood of them funneling that rage into a nasty blowout over the 3-6 Spartans is VERY HIGH. Boise -28.5? Sure, why not.
If you, like us, have all but checked out of Ole Miss football at this point in the season, here are some other options for your Saturday attentions as you sleepwalk through Week 10. As ever, here’s Jason Kirk’s full watchability grid for the weekend’s action.
Navy at Notre Dame
10:30 a.m. CT, CBS (live streaming at CBS Sports)
Notre Dame went and ruined everyone’s Saturday in Week 9 by upsetting (?) Miami in South Bend, 30-27. The Irish were down by as much as 20 points in the first half, but Mark Richt’s men let things get out of hand with some pretty egregious mistakes on special teams. You might say they lost control of the game.
Anyway, Navy fell out of the top 25 this week, but the Midshipmen are still nothing to be trifled with. Oddsshark is predicting Navy by a field goal, but the line’s been sinking slowly down all week, so this one honestly feels like a push.
Texas at Texas Tech
11 a.m. CT, FS1 (live streaming at FOX Sports Go)
With an emotional win over then-no. 8 Baylor and the pursuant goodwill that such a victory brings, Charlie Strong went and Les Miles’d the Longhorn boosters out of shit-canning him in Week 9. After what the Longhorn defense did to the Bears last week, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle Kliff Kingsbury’s trapeze act in Lubbock. The over/under here is 81 points, and Texas is favored by 3.5. STAY AWAY.
No. 4 Texas A&M at Mississippi State
11 a.m. CT, SEC Network (live streaming at WatchESPN)
Also in the 11 a.m. slot: No. 4 Texas A&M is so fresh and so clean after grabbing their first CFP ranking, and they bring all that swagger into Starkville for a clobber-fest against Mississippi State. Dan Mullen, a one-legged man in the ass-kicking contest.
No. 11 Florida at Arkansas
2:30 p.m. CT, CBS (live streaming at CBS Sports)
With LSU-Alabama facing off on CBS in primetime, the SEC afternoon game of the week is, well, this one. Other than at Tennessee, Florida has yet to face a major conference foe on the road (JACKSONVILLE IS NOT A ROAD GAME), and that trek up to Fayetteville is a long, long journey. The Gators still have their sights on Atlanta, but if BERT can spoil their afternoon ... KENTUCKY WANTS BAMA, Y’ALL.
Arizona at No. 25 Washington State
3 p.m. CT, Pac-12 Networks (live streaming at Pac-12 Networks Live, which is a real thing, apparently)
#Pac12AfterDark #PAC12BEFOREDARK IS MORE LIKE IT. Week 9 also featured two Pac-12 teams facing off at a decent hour when No. 5 Washington upended then-no. 17 Utah on a wild punt return for a touchdown in the closing seconds of the game. It was this game that caused a certain generation of college football writers and pundits to wonder aloud “What is a Washington, and why hasn’t it lost a game this year?”
Anyhow, Zona and Wazzu, mid-afternoon, on some strange television and internet outpost called the Pac-12 Networks. Just some damn fun football to watch.
Missouri at South Carolina
3 p.m. CT, SEC Network (live streaming at WatchESPN)
Remember when the Gamecocks beat Tennessee and #VAWLNATION suffered a debilitating conniption because its star running back announced he was transferring? Of course you do; it was earlier this week. Can Will Muschamp put together a two-game SEC winning streak? Bettors seem to think so.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 13 LSU
7 p.m. CT, CBS (live streaming at CBS Sports)
GARY: there's a flag down but there's also a shoe down. should be interesting to hear the call on this— Jim Lohmar (@jimlohmar) September 26, 2015
VERNE: ffggbbb pic.twitter.com/YVIrT2jIR1
(Yes, that’s from a Florida game last year. BE QUIET.)
No. 10 Nebraska at No. 6 Ohio State
7 p.m. CT, ABC (live streaming at WatchESPN)
FINALLY, A TWO-SCREEN EXPERIENCE WE CAN ALL ENJOY. This B1G clash is playing opposite TIDE-TIGERS, and both games have potential CFP ramifications. Nebraska suffered its first loss of the season last weekend to No. 8 Wisconsin, who, as it turns out, toppled then-No. 2 Ohio State two weeks beforehand in overtime. What a happy love triangle that is.
No. 5 Washington at Cal
9:30 p.m. CT, ESPN (live streaming at WatchESPN)
Besides the fact that Washington should justly feel snubbed out of the CFP group of four, or perhaps because of it, the Huskies are this year’s must-watch team every week. Here’s Jason Kirk on why you need to tune in:
The late game is also easy: an undefeated conference leader with a newfound chip on its shoulder, thanks to the Playoff rankings, heading to play one of the nation's premier chaos teams.
Do whatever you need to do to be awake for this one, and stay away from Washington -17.
Full Week 10 schedule
|Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Buffalo at Ohio||6:00 pm||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|(14) Oklahoma at Iowa State||7:30 pm||ESPN / ESPN3|
|Arkansas State at Georgia State||7:30 pm||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|UCLA at (15) Colorado||9:00 pm||FS1 / FS Go|
|Friday, Nov. 4, 2016|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Central Michigan at Miami (OH)||6:00 pm||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Temple at UConn||7:00 pm||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|San Jose State at (24) Boise State||10:15 pm||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Navy vs. Notre Dame (in Jacksonville, FL)||11:30 am||CBS / CBSSports.com|
|(4) Texas A&M at Mississippi State||12:00 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|(7) Louisville at Boston College||12:00 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|(8) Wisconsin at Northwestern||12:00 p.m.||ABC / ESPN3|
|Vanderbilt at (9) Auburn||12:00 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Texas at Texas Tech||12:00 p.m.||FS1 / FS Go|
|Michigan State at Illinois||12:00 p.m.||ESPNEWS / WatchESPN|
|Indiana at Rutgers||12:00 p.m.||BTN / BTN2Go|
|Georgia Southern at Ole Miss||12:00 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Air Force at Army||12:00 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Georgia Tech at (21) North Carolina||12:30 pm||ACCN (split) / WatchESPN|
|Pittsburgh at Miami (FL)||12:30 pm||ACCN (split) / WatchESPN|
|UTSA at Middle Tennessee||2:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Virginia at Wake Forest||3:00 pm||RSN / WatchESPN|
|Syracuse at (2) Clemson||3:30 pm||ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN|
|Maryland at (3) Michigan||3:30 pm||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|(11) Florida at Arkansas||3:30 pm||CBS / CBSSports.com|
|TCU at (17) Baylor||3:30 pm||FOX / FS Go|
|(18) Oklahoma State at Kansas State||3:30 pm||ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN|
|(19) Virginia Tech at Duke||3:30 pm||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Oregon State at Stanford||3:30 pm||FS1 / FS Go|
|Purdue at Minnesota||3:30 pm||BTN / BTN2Go|
|BYU at Cincinnati||3:30 pm||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Charlotte at Southern Miss||3:30 pm||ASN/MASN|
|Florida Atlantic at Rice||3:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Fresno State at Colorado State||3:30 pm||ROOT SPORTS / MWN|
|Texas State at Appalachian State||3:30 pm||ESPN3|
|UMass at Troy||3:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Arizona at (25) Washington State||4:00 pm||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|Missouri at South Carolina||4:00 pm||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Tennessee Tech at Tennessee||4:00 pm||SECN Alt. / WatchESPN|
|Memphis at SMU||4:00 pm||ESPNEWS / WatchESPN|
|Idaho at UL Lafayette||5:00 pm||ESPN3|
|South Alabama at ULM||5:00 pm||ESPN3|
|Tulane at UCF||5:00 pm||ESPN3|
|FIU at Western Kentucky||5:30 pm||beIN Sports / beIN Sports Connect|
|Louisiana Tech at North Texas||5:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Kansas at (20) West Virginia||7:00 pm||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|(22) Florida State at NC State||7:00 pm||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Oregon at USC||7:00 pm||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Hawaii at San Diego State||7:00 pm||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Marshall at Old Dominion||7:00 pm||ASN/MASN / CUSA.TV|
|Iowa at (12) Penn State||7:30 pm||BTN / BTN2Go|
|Georgia at Kentucky||7:30 pm||SECN / WatchESPN|
|(1) Alabama at (13) LSU||8:00 pm||CBS / CBSSports.com|
|(10) Nebraska at (6) Ohio State||8:00 pm||ABC / ESPN3|
|East Carolina at Tulsa||8:00 pm||ESPNEWS / WatchESPN|
|Houston Baptist at UTEP||8:00 pm||CUSA.TV|
|Utah State at Wyoming||10:15 pm||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Nevada at New Mexico||10:15 pm||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|(5) Washington at California||10:30 pm||ESPN / WatchESPN|