It’s Week 11 of the college football season, and outside the top six teams in the College Football Playoff poll, there’s a decent amount of chaos swimming around in the Top 25. Case in point: Syracuse — yes, that Syracuse — is ranked No. 13, which is rather disorienting.
We’ll skip with an elaborate preamble and get right to it. Ole Miss and Texas A&M are going to do s o m e t h i n g in the 11 a.m. CT slot, but there’s plenty more firing around in the college football universe to entertain your eyes on this Veterans’ Day weekend.
Our watchability system is based on chaos factor, general interest for ranking purposes, and lower match-ups that could pop off for some real fireworks. Yes, we’re telling you to watch Troy and Georgia Southern.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Wake Forest at No. 14 NC State
6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN and streaming online at WatchESPN
The Wolfpack will win, and probably by a wide margin. They’re favored by 19 points, after all, and if I were putting money on this game, I’d bet they cover. Yes, you read that right.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Louisville at No. 13 Syracuse
6 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and streaming online at WatchESPN
Louisville is so incredibly bad this year, and a No. 13 ranking for Syracuse feels absurd, but the Orange have played their way into this position for good reason. It’s Friday and it’s ACC football on your television. Happy hour deserves this ambient noise.
No. 23 Fresno State at Boise State
9:15 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and streaming online at WatchESPN
The Bulldogs are legitimately good this year. The Murder Smurfs are never not weird, especially on their home turf. Make things interesting and go throw some money at both teams to combine for the OVER (53 points).
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (EARLY GAMES)
No. 10 Ohio State at No. 18 Michigan State
11 a.m. CT on FOX and streaming online at FOXSportsGO
DON’T GET SNAKE-BIT, URBAN. EAST LANSING IS A WEIRD DAMN PLACE.
South Carolina at No. 15 Florida
11 a.m. CT on ESPN and streaming online at WatchESPN
Anytime Will Muschamp returns to the Swamp is appointment television. Especially so this year, because he very well could pull off the upset, seeing as Dan Mullen is currently sitting on top of a full-blown QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY, PAAAWWWLLL.
Troy at Georgia Southern
Noon CT on ESPN+ and streaming online at WatchESPN
No. 16 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama
2:30 p.m. CT on CBS and streaming online at CBS Sports
Like you’re not going to watch CLANGA get its ass kicked on a Saturday afternoon.
Oklahoma State at No. 6 Oklahoma
2:30 p.m. CT on ESPN and streaming online at WatchESPN
Or you could watch the Sooners stomp all over Oklahoma State’s defense in Bedlam. It’s in Norman, so this thing could get ugly.
NIGHT GAMES (DOES NOT INCLUDE THE #PAC12AFTERDARK; THEY ARE A DIFFERENT SUBHEADING)
No. 24 Auburn at No. 5 Georgia
6 p.m. CT on ESPN and streaming online at WatchESPN
Mercy, this is a rugged rivalry and especially so in recent history. Auburn picked off then No. 1 Georgia in the regular season a year ago, then failed in the SEC championship game and missed the Playoff. We may be in for another rock fight, unless Kirby Smart’s shop can put together another complete performance.
Nothing’s guaranteed in Athens on Saturday night, though, so buckle in.
No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College
7 p.m. CT on ABC and streaming online at WatchESPN
We include this here merely as an item of interest, because the college football #narrative this year outside of Alabama is: Who can beat Alabama? Monitor this one to see how bad Clemson can beat BC on the road, because the Tigers are probably going to meet Bama in the title game.
PAC-12 AFTER DARK
Cal at USC
9:30 p.m. CT on ESPN and streaming online at WatchESPN
Two chaos teams on the west coast late on a Saturday night? Your Sunday morning is going to be rough, but this pair here will offer up some extremely college football shit.