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College football Week 4 viewing guide: BERT goes to Arlington

This week we’re checking out Florida-Tennessee, LSU-Auburn and USC-Utah

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Week 4’s college football slate may very well outdo Week 3’s in terms of pure watchability. The big Thursday night game — an ugly Georgia Tech loss at the hands of Clemson — rated high as appointment viewing, and three big ranked-ranked showdowns are on the docket for Saturday.

Ole Miss and Georgia commence festivities at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN (and WatchESPN), and they’ll share the early TV block with No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 8 Michigan State (Big Ten Network and BTN2GO). Sparty is favored by five at home, so please go empty your life savings on Michigan State to cover.

ANYWAY, after Thursday’s pretty alright appetizer, why don’t you dive into a secondo of USC at No. 24 Utah on Friday night (8 p.m. CT, FS1 and FOX Sports Go). This game carries a high Trojan schadenfreude factor, which we’ve been mainlining since the Week 1 BAMA WHIPPIN’ they endured in Jerryworld. The Utes haven’t blown people away yet this season, but Oddsshark has them favored by 10.5. Bet the under; hope for the over.

Here’s what else we’re keeping tabs on during Week 4.

No. 13 Florida State at USF

11 a.m. CT, ABC (Live streaming at WatchESPN)

This’ll probably put you past your FSU saturation point, but after last week’s thrashing by Louisville, and after a handful of injuries chipping away at the Noles’ depth chart, USF might hang around for a little while. Or, a humiliated Jimbo Fisher might strut into Tampa with a blow torch, burn the place down, and buy the Columbia restaurant just so no one else can eat there.

No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee | Penn State at No. 4 Michigan

2:30 p.m. CT, CBS (Live streaming at CBS Sports) | ABC (Live streaming at WatchESPN)

There’s no way in hell this turns into the live ordnance shelling that was last week’s CBS game of the week, but Uncle Verne and Gary swing through Knoxville Saturday afternoon to watch round two of what was a crazy slugfest last year. If Butch Jones ends up blowing this one, his chair at Rocky Top grows MUY CALIENTE, AMIGO. If he squeaks outta there with a win, the Vols are the nominal favorites to win the SEC East and what the hell did I just write.

If that matchup is too orange for you, slide on over to ABC to catch Jim Harbaugh eating a live human child because of ALL THESE DAMN PROCEDURAL PENALTIES.

No. 18 LSU at Auburn

5 p.m. CT, ESPN (Live streaming at WatchESPN)


South Carolina at Kentucky

6:30 p.m. CT, SEC Network (Live streaming at WatchESPN)

Just to remind yourself that football like this still exists.

No. 17 Arkansas “at” No. 10 Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas)

8 p.m. CT, ESPN (Live streaming at WatchESPN)

Aggies are favored by six, which feels just about right. Both teams are undefeated and trending up. Jerryworld. This one’s going to be a hellraiser of game, and wherever you are Saturday night, at least keep Arky-A&M close by.

The full Week 4 lineup:

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Wyoming at Eastern Michigan 7:30 pm CBSSN /
TCU at SMU 8:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
USC at (24) Utah 9:00 pm FS1 / ESPN3
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(11) Wisconsin at (8) Michigan State Noon BTN / BTN2Go
(12) Georgia at (23) Ole Miss Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
Kent State at (1) Alabama Noon SECN / WatchESPN
(13) Florida State at USF Noon ABC / WatchESPN
Iowa at Rutgers Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Colorado State at Minnesota Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
San Jose State at Iowa State Noon FSN / ESPN3
Nevada at Purdue Noon ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Charlotte at Temple Noon ASN / ESPN3
East Carolina at Virginia Tech 12:30 pm ACCN / WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Virginia 12:30 pm RSN / WatchESPN
Syracuse at UConn 1:00 pm CBSSN /
Wagner at Boston College 1:00 pm WatchESPN
Gardner-Webb at Ohio 2:00 pm ESPN3
(19) Florida at (14) Tennessee 3:30 pm CBS /
Penn State at (4) Michigan 3:30 pm ABC / WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at North Carolina 3:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
BYU vs. West Virginia (Landover, MD) 3:30 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Duke at Notre Dame 3:30 pm NBC /
Boise State at Oregon State 3:30 pm FS1 / ESPN3
Wake Forest at Indiana 3:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Appalachian State at Akron 3:30 pm ASN / ESPN3
Miami (OH) at Cincinnati 3:30 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Mississippi State at UMass 3:30 pm ASN / ESPN3
UTSA at Old Dominion 3:30 pm KMYS-CW 35 / CUSA.TV
Western Illinois at NIU 3:30 pm ESPN3
Delaware State at Missouri 4:00 pm SECN / WatchESPN
Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky 4:30 pm CBSSN /
Tulsa at Fresno State 4:30 pm MWN
Colorado at Oregon 5:30 pm Pac-12N /
(18) LSU at Auburn 6:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
North Texas at Rice 6:00 pm CUSA.TV
Ball State at Florida Atlantic 6:00 pm CUSA.TV
(6) Houston at Texas State 7:00 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Missouri State at Kansas State 7:00 pm
Georgia Southern at Western Michigan 7:00 pm ESPN3
Army at Buffalo 7:00 pm ESPN3
Louisiana Tech at Middle Tennessee 7:00 pm ASN /
New Mexico State at Troy 7:00 pm ESPN3
Nicholls State at South Alabama 7:00 pm ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State 7:00 pm ESPN3
UCF at FIU 7:00 pm beIN Sports / beIN Sports Connect
Oklahoma State at (16) Baylor 7:30 pm FOX / ESPN3
(20) Nebraska at Northwestern 7:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
South Carolina at Kentucky 7:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
(3) Louisville at Marshall 8:00 pm CBSSN /
(7) Stanford at UCLA 8:00 pm ABC / WatchESPN
Bowling Green at Memphis 8:00 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Southern Miss at UTEP 8:00 pm Campus Insiders
UL Lafayette at Tulane 8:00 pm ESPN3
(17) Arkansas vs. (10) Texas A&M (Arlington, TX) 9:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Idaho at UNLV 9:00 pm MWN
California at Arizona State 10:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Air Force at Utah State 10:15 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
(9) Washington at Arizona 10:30 pm Pac-12N /