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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 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 Facebook
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