College football games on TV today

Everything mostly went according to plan in Week 1. Except at Tennessee. Most decidedly not at Tennessee. Tennessee, what are you even doing?

All times Eastern.

Time Game TV
11 a.m. Ohio at Pittsburgh ACC Network
Noon Cincinnati at No. 5 Ohio State ABC
Noon Army at No. 7 Michigan Fox
Noon No. 21 Syracuse at Maryland ESPN
Noon West Virginia at Missouri ESPN2
Noon Old Dominion at Virginia Tech ESPNU
Noon Charleston Southern at South Carolina SEC Network
Noon Rutgers at No. 20 Iowa Fox Sports 1
Noon UAB at Akron CBS Sports Network
Noon Vanderbilt at Purdue Big Ten Network
Noon Bowling Green at Kansas State MASN2 (in D.C. area)
12:30 Western Carolina at N.C. State NBC Sports Washington (in D.C. area)
1 Northern Illinois at No. 13 Utah Pac-12 Network
2 South Florida at Georgia Tech ACC Network
3:30 No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 1 Clemson ABC
3:30 No. 25 Nebraska at Colorado Fox
3:30 Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State ESPNU
3:30 Central Michigan at No. 17 Wisconsin Big Ten Network
3:30 Eastern Illinois at Indiana Big Ten Network
3:30 Grambling at Louisiana Tech NFL Network
3:30 Illinois at Connecticut CBS Sports Network
4 New Mexico State at No. 2 Alabama SEC Network
4 Murray State at No. 3 Georgia ESPN2
4:15 San Diego State at UCLA Pac-12 Network
5 Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State ACC Network
6 Saint Francis (Pa.) at James Madison NBC Sports Washington (in D.C. area)
7 BYU at Tennessee ESPN
7 No. 18 Central Florida at Florida Atlantic CBS Sports Network
7:30 No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas ABC
7:30 Buffalo at No. 15 Penn State Fox
7:30 Tulane at No. 10 Auburn ESPN2
7:30 Tennessee-Martin at No. 11 Florida ESPNU
7:30 Nevada at No. 16 Oregon Pac-12 Network
7:30 Western Michigan at No. 19 Michigan State Big Ten Network
7:30 Eastern Michigan at Kentucky SEC Network
7:30 Arkansas at Mississippi SEC Network
8 Miami at North Carolina ACC Network
10:30 California at No. 14 Washington Fox Sports 1
10:30 No. 23 Stanford at Southern Cal ESPN
10:30 Minnesota at Fresno State CBS Sports Network
10:30 Northern Arizona at Arizona Pac-12 Network
10:30 UTEP at Texas Tech MASN2 (joined in progress)


Despite being separated by only about 100 miles, Ohio State and Cincinnati don’t have much of a football rivalry: They have played 16 times, with only four of those games happening this century. And as you might expect, the Buckeyes have dominated, winning 11 straight since the most recent Bearcats win in 1897, when Ohio State’s schedule included the likes of such powerhouses as Ohio Medical and Columbus Barracks. So, yeah, this is a pretty big deal for Cincinnati Coach Luke Fickell — who not only played at Ohio State but was a longtime Buckeyes assistant and the interim head coach in 2011 — and the 73 Bearcats players on the roster from Ohio, many of whom were not recruited by the titan to the northeast. “It’s Ohio State everything, everywhere,” tight end Josiah Deguara said this summer, before Fickell forbade his players from talking publicly about the game. “You’ve got Cincinnati fans in Cincinnati, but there’s Ohio State fans even in Cincinnati. I think for us we’re just trying to go out and prove there’s not just one team in Ohio. It will be huge for us and huge for our fan base.” …

Army’s touchdown drives in last week’s 14-7 win over Rice went for 95 and 96 yards. But take away those two scoring sojourns and the Black Knights mustered only 93 yards against one of the nation’s worst defenses in 2018. Michigan, Army’s opponent Saturday, is about 10 steps up in competition and will be getting defensive tackles Michael Dwumfour and Donovan Jeter back after both missed the opener against Middle Tennessee with injuries.

If any team has earned the right to feel confident entering its game against Clemson, it’s Texas A&M. The Aggies were one of only two teams to finish within single digits of the national champions last season, falling by just two points in College Station. But there’s confidence, and then there’s this from Texas A&M offensive lineman Jared Hocker on Monday: “There will be an upset.” Aggies Coach Jimbo Fisher quickly tried to erase the bulletin-board material when asked about it later that day: “Jared better play well. It’s great to have confidence, but that doesn’t need to be said.” …

Nebraska did little last weekend to dispel the skeptics who thought its preseason ranking was unwarranted: The Cornhuskers scored twice on defense and once on special teams, but their offense was dismal in a 14-point win over South Alabama, generating only 276 yards. Colorado, Nebraska’s former Big Eight and Big 12 rival, should present a more formidable challenge, though the Buffaloes gave up 505 yards in a win over Colorado State to open the season.

The late show

At this point in his coaching career, it’s weird not to mention how good Tom Herman’s teams have fared as underdogs: As head coach at Houston and now Texas, Herman has gone 13-2-1 against the spread when getting points, winning 10 of those games outright. And wouldn’t you know it, the Longhorns are underdogs at home against LSU, probably for good reason: Unleashing a new spread offense last weekend, Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes before halftime of a 55-3 win over Georgia Southern. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger almost matched him with touchdown passes on three of the Longhorns’ first four possessions and four scoring strikes total in a similarly easy 45-14 win over Louisiana Tech. But the Longhorns are still mighty green on defense: Just three starters returned from last year, three players made their first career starts against Louisiana Tech, and two were making just their third career starts.

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