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College Football Week 7 Viewing Guide: What to watch at the USF tailgate

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Kenyon Rusheed

This is the first Saturday with a USF football home game in over a month. So for once, you won’t be at home all day with the remote in your hand, trying to find the best game going. We know what you’re watching at 7:30, but if you’re in charge of the TV at your tailgate, or if you don’t live in Tampa, here’s what the rest of the college schedule looks like today.

College Football Week 7

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
#6 TCU at Kansas State 12:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
#17 Michigan at Indiana 12:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#20 NC State at Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
#24 Texas Tech at West Virginia 12:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Florida State at Duke 12:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Rutgers at Illinois 12:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Eastern Michigan at Army 12:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
BYU at Mississippi State 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
South Carolina at Tennessee 12:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Kansas at Iowa State 12:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Connecticut at Temple 12:00 PM ESPNews WatchESPN.com
Boston College at Louisville 12:20 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
UNLV at Air Force 2:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Old Dominion at Marshall 2:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Purdue at #7 Wisconsin 3:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
#10 Auburn at LSU 3:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Georgia Tech at #11 Miami 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#12 Oklahoma at Texas 3:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Baylor at #14 Oklahoma State 3:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Virginia at North Carolina 3:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Northwestern at Maryland 3:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss 3:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Akron at Western Michigan 3:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Miami (OH) at Kent State 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Northern Illinois at Buffalo 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Ohio at Bowling Green 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Toledo at Central Michigan 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
#25 Navy at Memphis 3:45 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Houston at Tulsa 4:00 PM ESPNews WatchESPN.com
Colorado at Oregon State 4:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Charlotte at Western Kentucky 4:30 PM None FloFootball.com
Wyoming at Utah State 4:30 PM None Facebook.com
Georgia State at Louisiana Monroe 5:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Appalachian State at Idaho 5:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
New Mexico State at Georgia Southern 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Middle Tennessee at UAB 6:30 PM beIN Sports None
East Carolina at #22 UCF 7:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
UT San Antonio at North Texas 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
UTEP at Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM None WatchStadium.com
Tulane at Florida Intl 7:00 PM None CUSA.tv
Texas A&M at Florida 7:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Arkansas at #1 Alabama 7:15 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Missouri at #4 Georgia 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
#9 Ohio State at Nebraska 7:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Cincinnati at #18 South Florida 7:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Utah at #13 USC 8:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#21 Michigan State at Minnesota 8:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
UCLA at Arizona 9:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
New Mexico at Fresno State 10:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Nevada at Colorado State 10:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Boise State at #19 San Diego State 10:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
#5 Washington at Arizona State 10:45 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Oregon at #23 Stanford 11:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
San José State at Hawai'i 11:59 PM Spectrum Sports None

For entertainment value and quality games, this is looking like a very Big 12 and Pac-12 heavy day.

12:00 p.m. TCU suddenly finds itself in the Big 12 driver’s seat, but waiting for them in Manhattan is a purple speed bump. (Such metaphor. Very hack.) Texas Tech and West Virginia should also be a good game. And if Tennessee loses to South Carolina at home, they may bring Butch Jones out to midfield right after the game and fire him in front of everyone.

3:30 p.m. I went to a concert just across the Red River in Oklahoma last night and drove up I-35 to get there. Both Texas and Oklahoma had their electronic highway signs set up for everyone headed to Dallas for the annual Red River Shootout Rivalry Showdown.

On the Texas side of I-35, the signs said:

BE SAFE
DRIVE SMART
BEAT OU

HORNS UP
PHONES DOWN
FOR SAFETY

As soon as I crossed the border into Oklahoma, the signs switched to this:

DRIVE SAFELY
TO BEAT TEXAS

UP WITH SAFETY
DOWN WITH
HORNS

If you ever get a chance to go to a Texas-OU game, take it. The Cotton Bowl is an antique death trap and it’s usually hot and muggy or pouring down rain, but there’s nothing else like this game in college football. The stadium is split right down the middle between Oklahoma and Texas fans, the State Fair of Texas is going on all around it, and strange things happen in this game all the time. No other rivalry game, with the possible exception of Michigan-Michigan State, delivers so many laughs year in and year out.

Or you can watch Navy-Memphis, which will be decided by whoever gets to 60 points first.

7:30 p.m. Even if you weren’t going to be at the USF game, there aren’t any really compelling games in the evening time slots. Just watch USF. (And oh hey, there’s USC hogging up another prime TV slot that could have gone to Washington. Chris Petersen should have asked who died and made USC king in his rant about being stuck in late-night time slots. That would have been a much better argument. The last time the Trojans won the Pac-12 was 2008, when it was still the Pac-10.)

10:30 p.m. Considering we just had two highly ranked teams get popped by big home underdogs on Friday night, Washington might want to watch themselves at Arizona State. That game has #Pac12AfterDark written all over it. You can also watch Oregon-Stanford, or you can once again root in vain for San Diego State to lose, although they’re playing Boise so there might actually be a chance this time.