For like the fifth weekend in a row, college football’s got a light-looking schedule. We’re really piling up big games for the latter half of the season, it seems! That’s OK, though, because we’ll keep having fun along the way.
Week 7 also feels totally out of order, and not just because Oklahoma-Texas/Texas-Oklahoma/the Red River Rivalry/the Red River Shootout/the Red River Showdown/etc. isn’t an 11 a.m. local kick. Most of the best games are in Saturday’s early half, so be sure to clock in early.
Below, the Watch Grid attempts to sort your Saturday by watchability, with TV times and streaming info for each FBS game. Also, here are a few notes on Thursday and Friday.
Texas State at UL-Lafayette (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN) is football. Georgia Tech-Miami would’ve been a great Thursday nighter, but it was bumped to Saturday during this year’s weather reshuffle.
Maybe watch No. 2 Clemson at Syracuse (7 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) and No. 8 Washington State at Cal (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN). These games are pretty similar, with big road favorites traveling to play teams that seem like they should be points-y, but really aren’t, but have still been more competitive than expected. So who knows!
Pretty great start! Angst watch is on for FSU, Michigan, Tennessee, and others, while TCU-KSU is one of the more promising Saturday openers yet this season.
Weirdly crowded middle shift
An excellent second shift, and any of those top five games could’ve been the pick, but the Red River [Game] adds its usual, unpredictable layer of deep-fried personal animosity. Why are so many games kicking off right around the same time, leaving the next frame with a lot of bloat? Because no one is in charge!
Highly skippable early late shift
When even the most spirited non-power hipsters would have to agree the Florida Gators are in one of the most watchable games, it’s clear you can make a drive-through run somewhere in here.
Actual late shift
What a strange conclusion! Oregon-Stanford might be the weekend’s most important game, and it doesn’t kick off until even later than the times Chris Petersen has been complaining about! I’m slightly more confident in MSU-Minnesota than the injury-plagued Utah-USC, though this shouldn’t be read as disrespect of the Utes, though most things are anyway.