Alright, fam, the day is finally here. The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes are in State College, Pa. to take on the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions. By the time the regular season is over, this game might be the one that we look back upon as the turning point between a season of what could be and a season of what could have been. This game is the biggest in the country, and could be the biggest of the season for these two teams. I don’t need to tell you, but this game is critical, this game is exciting, this game is important.
However, another thing to remember is that this game is at 7:30 p.m. ET, which means, much like with the TCU game earlier this season, we’re gonna have to wait through a litany of less critical, less exciting, less important games until we get to the game that we are all anxiously awaiting.
So, below is the complete schedule for today’s games, and I am going to highlight the few that could raise my pulse before OSU’s 7:30 kickoff.
12:00 noon ET Window
No. 12 West Virginia at No. 25 Texas Tech | ESPN2
Come for the points, stay for the points, and while you’re there, enjoy the points, points, points, points, points. I have no idea what the over is, but take it!
Syracuse at No. 3 Clemson | ABC
There is no reason to expect the Orange to upset Dabo’s Tigers for the second year in a row (although I am quickly becoming the president of the Dino Babers Stan Club), but considering that this is the first career start for Trevor Lawrence, following the transfer of Kelly Bryant, it will be interesting to see how Clemson handles the emotions of the moment.
3:30 p.m. ET Window
Pittsburgh at No. 13 UCF | ESPNU
I’m not saying that Pitt is going to upset the defending national champions, but this feels like the kind of game that could be tricky for the Knights. Save the 51-6 blowout against Penn State, the Panthers have played fairly well this season, but haven’t put it all together to have a great game yet. This would be a pretty good spot to finally do that.
Purdue at Nebraska | BTN
Could the Cornhuskers actually go winless in the first month of the Scott Frost era in Lincoln? Yes, yes they could. After Purdue had a rough start to their season losing their first three games by a combined eight points, they finally broke through with a huge 30-13 win over then-No. 22 Boston College. Next week Nebraska goes to Madison, Wisc., which likely is another L, so if the Huskers want to get into the win column before mid-October, they better do it today.
7:00-8:30 p.m. ET Window that you won’t watch, but could have on a second screen
Virginia Tech at No. 22 Duke | ESPN2 | 7:00 p.m.
No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame | NBC | 7:30 p.m.
No. 20 BYU at No. 11 Washington | FOX | 8:30 p.m.
Pac-12 After Dark Window
No. 19 vs. No. 24 California | FS1 | 10:30 p.m.
Hopefully by the time that this one is into the second quarter, we will all be celebrating another big Ohio State victory. If not, perhaps a bit of #Pac12AfterDark craziness will help cure our sadness. Since Hawaii is playing on the mainland today, this will be our last chance for that college football goodness that we all crave this week.
Week 5 Saturday Schedule
|Louisiana at #1 Alabama||12:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Syracuse at #3 Clemson||12:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#12 West Virginia at #25 Texas Tech||12:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Central Michigan at #21 Michigan State||12:00 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Arkansas at Texas A&M||12:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Indiana at Rutgers||12:00 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Army at Buffalo||12:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Oklahoma State at Kansas||12:00 PM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Temple at Boston College||12:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Bowling Green at Georgia Tech||12:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Virginia at NC State||12:20 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|UMass at Ohio||2:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|UL Monroe at Georgia State||2:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Kent State at Ball State||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Tennessee at #2 Georgia||3:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Baylor at #6 Oklahoma||3:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Pittsburgh at #13 UCF||3:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|#18 Texas at Kansas State||3:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Cincinnati at UConn||3:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Old Dominion at East Carolina||3:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Coastal Carolina at Troy||3:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Western Michigan at Miami (OH)||3:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|South Alabama at Appalachian State||3:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Rice at Wake Forest||3:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Purdue at Nebraska||3:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Florida State at Louisville||3:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Southern Mississippi at #10 Auburn||4:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Tennessee State at Vanderbilt||4:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Nevada at Air Force||4:00 PM||ESPNews||WatchESPN.com|
|#14 Michigan at Northwestern||4:30 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Florida at #23 Mississippi State||6:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Utah at Washington State||6:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Arkansas State at Georgia Southern||6:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan||6:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Virginia Tech at #22 Duke||7:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Houston Baptist at SMU||7:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|UTEP at UTSA||7:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee||7:00 PM||None|
|Boise State at Wyoming||7:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Hawai'i at San Jose State||7:00 PM||Spectrum Sports PPV||WatchStadium.com|
|Charlotte at UAB||7:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Iowa State at TCU||7:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|#4 Ohio State at #9 Penn State||7:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#7 Stanford at #8 Notre Dame||7:30 PM||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|South Carolina at #17 Kentucky||7:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Florida Intl||7:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Louisiana Tech at North Texas||7:30 PM||beIN Sports||beINSports.com|
|Marshall at Western Kentucky||7:30 PM||Stadium||WatchStadium.com|
|#20 BYU at #11 Washington||8:30 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Ole Miss at #5 LSU||9:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Oregon State at Arizona State||10:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|#19 Oregon at #24 California||10:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|USC at Arizona||10:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Toledo at Fresno State||10:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|