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Washington vs. USC, third-string QB lead a thin slate of non-Buckeye action

Might be a good day to get some things, any things, done before the Buckeyes kick off.

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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

For the first time during the 2019 season, Ohio State fans will have to wait a while on a football Saturday to see their Buckeyes play. OSU will be in primetime for the first time, which means that we will have to keep ourselves occupied before the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium.

Unfortunately, Week 5 lacks many marquee games (which is way ESPN’s “College GameDay” is in Lincoln), but we will effort to find you some contests to keep you company until kickoff, but folks, it ain’t gonna be pretty. The Buckeyes will take on the Huskers on ABC, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET, so if you’ve got something — anything — else to do before game time, go ahead and do it.

12 noon ET Window

Northwestern Wildcats at No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers | 12 noon ET | ABC

In all fairness, this game won’t be close. Wisconsin will almost certainly run all over the ‘Cats from Evanston, but the game features two of Ohio State’s next three opponents, so the value in this one is in the recon that you can do for those games. I wouldn’t invest a ton in this game, because after what Wiscy did to TTUN in last week’s Battle of Weasels, it likely won’t be much of a contest.

Afternoon Window

No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers at No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish | 3:30 p.m. ET | NBC

Coming off of last week’s 23-17 loss to Georgia, for the Domers seem to be getting more respect than they have in recent years off of wins. They will return back to South Bend this afternoon to take on a frisky UVA squad looking to gain some more respectability. However, after trailing Old Dominion 17-7 at half last week, it probably won’t come under the watchful eye of Touchdown Jesus.

No. 21 USC Trojans at No. 17 Washington Huskies | 3:30 p.m. ET | FOX

At this point, it would take a lot of weirdness for a Pac-12 team to make the College Football Playoff. After just four weeks, there is not a single team in the league that is still undefeated. But, with No. 15 Cal’s loss last night to Arizona State, the herd is continuing to thin. If the left coast conference is going to find a way to butt into the national conversation, it might just be because of one of these teams. The Trojans are being led by their third QB of the season, as Matt Fink will start his first game today.

Evening Window

Normally I like to recommend another game to flip over to while the Buckeyes are playing, but, honestly fam, there ain’t much else out there. So, just stay tuned to ABC and enjoy OSU’s first “test” of the season.

Pac-12 After Dark Window

Washington State Cougars at No. 19 Utah Utes | 10:00 p.m. ET | FS1

I’m not going to lie, I got caught up in the weird hype preseason and picked the Utes to make the College Football Playoff. That ain’t gonna happen, but they can still be entertaining, and few team-coach combinations are as fun to watch as Wazzu and Mike Leach. Assuming that the Buckeye game doesn’t wrap until close to 11:00 p.m. ET, you should be able to jump over to this one with plenty of time for that after-dark goodness.

Check out the complete Saturday schedule here:

College Football Schedule | Sept. 28

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Texas Tech at #6 Oklahoma 12:00 PM FOX
Northwestern at #8 Wisconsin 12:00 PM ABC
Middle Tennessee at #14 Iowa 12:00 PM ESPN
Rutgers at #20 Michigan 12:00 PM BTN
#23 Texas A&M at Arkansas 12:00 PM ESPN
Holy Cross at Syracuse 12:00 PM ACC Network
Northern Illinois at Vanderbilt 12:00 PM SEC Network
Kansas at TCU 12:00 PM FS1
BYU at Toledo 12:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Buffalo at Miami (OH) 12:00 PM ESPNU
Central Michigan at Western Michigan 12:00 PM CBSSN
Delaware at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM ACCNX
#1 Clemson at North Carolina 3:30 PM ABC
Ole Miss at #2 Alabama 3:30 PM CBS
#18 Virginia at #10 Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC
#21 USC at #17 Washington 3:30 PM FOX
Indiana at #25 Michigan State 3:30 PM BTN
Florida Atlantic at Charlotte 3:30 PM NFL
Georgia Tech at Temple 3:30 PM CBSSN
Wake Forest at Boston College 3:30 PM ACC Network
Iowa State at Baylor 3:30 PM ESPN
Minnesota at Purdue 3:30 PM ESPN2
Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Akron at UMass 3:30 PM NESN
Towson at #9 Florida 4:00 PM SEC Network
SMU at South Florida 4:00 PM ESPNU
Cincinnati at Marshall 5:00 PM None Facebook
New Mexico at Liberty 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
East Carolina at Old Dominion 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Arkansas State at Troy 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Louisiana at Georgia Southern 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Mississippi State at #7 Auburn 7:00 PM ESPN
UConn at #22 UCF 7:00 PM ESPN2
#24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
South Alabama at UL Monroe 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Nicholls at Texas State 7:00 PM ESPN3
UTEP at Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
UAB at Western Kentucky 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Rice 7:00 PM ESPN3
Stanford at Oregon State 7:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
#5 Ohio State at Nebraska 7:30 PM ABC
NC State at Florida State 7:30 PM ACC Network
Kentucky at South Carolina 7:30 PM SEC Network
Colorado State at Utah State 7:30 PM CBSSN
UNLV at Wyoming 8:00 PM ESPNU
Fresno State at New Mexico State 8:00 PM Fox Sports Arizona Plus
Houston at North Texas 8:00 PM None Facebook
Washington State at #19 Utah 10:00 PM FS1
UCLA at Arizona 10:30 PM ESPN
Hawai'i at Nevada 10:30 PM ESPN2