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While you wait for Ohio State vs. Penn State, there are other games to watch today

Games kick off with a fun Big XII game at noon today.

Tulane v Ohio State Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

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

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Louisiana at #1 Alabama 12:00 PM SEC Network
Syracuse at #3 Clemson 12:00 PM ABC
#12 West Virginia at #25 Texas Tech 12:00 PM ESPN2
Central Michigan at #21 Michigan State 12:00 PM FS1
Arkansas at Texas A&M 12:00 PM ESPN
Indiana at Rutgers 12:00 PM BTN
Army at Buffalo 12:00 PM CBSSN
Oklahoma State at Kansas 12:00 PM FSN
Temple at Boston College 12:00 PM ESPNU
Bowling Green at Georgia Tech 12:00 PM ACC Network
Virginia at NC State 12:20 PM ACC Network
UMass at Ohio 2:00 PM None
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
Baylor at #6 Oklahoma 3:30 PM ABC
Pittsburgh at #13 UCF 3:30 PM ESPNU
#18 Texas at Kansas State 3:30 PM FS1
Cincinnati at UConn 3:30 PM CBSSN
Old Dominion at East Carolina 3:30 PM None
Coastal Carolina at Troy 3:30 PM None
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
Purdue at Nebraska 3:30 PM BTN
Florida State at Louisville 3:30 PM ESPN2
Southern Mississippi at #10 Auburn 4:00 PM SEC Network
Tennessee State at Vanderbilt 4:00 PM SEC Network
Nevada at Air Force 4:00 PM ESPNews
#14 Michigan at Northwestern 4:30 PM FOX
Florida at #23 Mississippi State 6:00 PM ESPN
Utah at Washington State 6:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
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
Houston Baptist at SMU 7:00 PM None
Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee 7:00 PM None Facebook
Boise State at Wyoming 7:00 PM CBSSN
Hawai'i at San Jose State 7:00 PM Spectrum Sports PPV
Charlotte at UAB 7:00 PM None
Iowa State at TCU 7:00 PM ESPNU
#4 Ohio State at #9 Penn State 7:30 PM ABC
#7 Stanford at #8 Notre Dame 7:30 PM NBC
South Carolina at #17 Kentucky 7:30 PM SEC Network
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Florida Intl 7:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at North Texas 7:30 PM beIN Sports
Marshall at Western Kentucky 7:30 PM Stadium
#20 BYU at #11 Washington 8:30 PM FOX
Ole Miss at #5 LSU 9:00 PM ESPN
Oregon State at Arizona State 10:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
#19 Oregon at #24 California 10:30 PM FS1
USC at Arizona 10:30 PM ESPN2
Toledo at Fresno State 10:30 PM ESPNU