For the second weekend in a row, Ohio State fans have to wait until the sun goes down to see the Buckeyes take on a Big Ten foe that the conventional wisdom suggests could prevent a challenge for the Buckeyes. Tonight, the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes will host the No. 25 Michigan State Spartans at 7:30 p.m. ET in a game to be broadcast on ABC.
However, there’s a full slate of games before the Buckeyes kick off. So, let’s run through the other games that might warrant your attention today.
12 noon ET Window
This one is hard for me. Ohio State doesn’t play Iowa this season, so them winning has little practical value for the Buckeyes; and, the better TTUN’s record is when they eventually get blown out by OSU, the better it will be in the eyes of the College Football Playoff Committee for Ohio State.
But on the other hand, I gain strength from Wolverine tears, so I am incredibly torn. I suppose you could look at this game as a win-win, because no matter the outcome, there is a silver lining.
So, I will begrudgingly, with teeth and fists clinched, pull for Michigan to win — only because it is better for the Buckeyes — but I’m not going to like it.
Late Afternoon Window
After the barnburner that was Ohio State-Nebraska last week, ESPN’s “College GameDay” is in Gainesville, Fla. this weekend for what will certainly be a more competitive contest, even though the two teams might not combine to score as many points as the Huskers did last week (7).
Florida is allowing only 8.8 points per game, while Auburn is giving up just 17.2. It has been extremely difficult to run on both teams this season as Florida is allowing only 86.8 yards on the ground per game, and Auburn is giving up only 95.2. Those totals are good for second and third respectively in the SEC thus far.
This game will likely not be much fun to watch, but it will have major implications in the SEC divisional races, and thus the CFP race as well.
This is the Transitive Property Bowl for Buckeye fans today as OSU’s next opponent (Northwestern on Oct. 18) faces off against OSU’s last opponent (Nebraska). It will likely be a brutal game to watch, but it might give you some insight into what Ohio State will be facing on Friday night in two weeks... not that it’s gonna matter.
The Bears were a top-25 team until Herm Edwards did the Herm Edwards thing and Arizona State got the 24-17 win over Cal a week ago. However, the Bears have an incredibly stout passing defense that could keep the Ducks’ second-best Pac-12 passing attack in check.
Going against type, it is Oregon’s defense that has been the story this season, as they lead their league allowing only 262.8 yards per game. Obviously, you’re gonna be focused on the Buckeyes and Spartans, but this could be one to have on a second screen.
Pac-12 After Dark Window
For lack of better options, the Pac-12 After Dark game to watch tonight will be the Huskies going down to The Farm. Stanford has been really bad this year, losing to USC, UCF, and Oregon in the first five weeks.
If they can keep this game close, it will be a mini-miracle, but after the OSU-MSU game, you’re gonna want something to watch as you dunk on Sparty fans on Twitter, so this looks like your best option.
Check out the complete Saturday schedule here:
Saturday Schedule | Oct. 5
|Utah State at #5 LSU||12:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#6 Oklahoma at Kansas||12:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Kent State at #8Wisconsin||12:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Purdue at #12 Penn State||12:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|#14 Iowa at #19 Michigan||12:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#21 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech||12:00 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|South Florida at UConn||12:00 PM||None||CBSSports.com|
|TCU at Iowa State||12:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Maryland at Rutgers||12:00 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Tulane at Army||12:00 PM||CBSSN||GoArmyWestPoint.com|
|Boston College at Louisville||12:30 PM||ACCNX||WatchESPN.com|
|Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#7 Auburn at #10 Florida||3:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Bowling Green at #9 Notre Dame||3:30 PM||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|#11 Texas at West Virginia||3:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Ohio at Buffalo||3:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Western Michigan at Toledo||3:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Ball State at Northern Illinois||3:30 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Arkansas State at Georgia State||3:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Baylor at Kansas State||3:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Illinois at Minnesota||3:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Air Force at Navy||3:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Virginia Tech at Miami||3:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Marshall at Middle Tennessee||12:30 PM||None|
|Memphis at UL Monroe||12:45 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Northwestern at Nebraska||4:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|North Carolina at Georgia Tech||4:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Troy at Missouri||4:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Arizona at Colorado||4:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Western Kentucky at Old Dominion||6:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#3 Georgia at Tennessee||7:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Rice at UAB||7:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|UMass at Florida International||7:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|#25 Michigan State at #4 Ohio State||7:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Tulsa at #24 SMU||7:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Vanderbilt at Ole Miss||7:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|California at #13 Oregon||8:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Pittsburgh at Duke||8:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Liberty at New Mexico State||8:00 PM||None||FloFootball.com|
|UTSA at UTEP||8:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Oregon State at UCLA||9:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|San Diego State at Colorado State||10:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#15 Washington at Stanford||10:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|#16 Boise State at UNLV||10:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|