Weekend Planning Guide – College Football Week 4

Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa

Advanced Stats Weighted Composite Projected Rankings

RANK TEAM S&P+ FEI FPI Change
1 Alabama 1 2 1
2 Georgia 3 1 2 +1
3 Ohio St. 2 3 3  -1
4 Clemson 4 4 6 +1
5 Washington 7 6 7 +1
6 Oklahoma 9 7 5 -2
7 Penn St. 8 14 4 +5
8 Mississippi St. 5 13 9
9 Auburn 14 5 10
10 Oklahoma St. 6 15 11 +7
11 Michigan 10 16 8 -4
12 Notre Dame 18 8 15  -1
13 Wisconsin 13 11 18 -3
14 Michigan St, 20 9 13 +2
15 LSU 21 12 17
Others: #16 Texas A&M, #17 Miami, #18 Texas A&M, #19 Stanford, #20 Boise St., #21 Boston College, #22 West Virginia, #23 Duke, #24 TCU, #25 Iowa

Times AZ and Eastern. Rankings below are AP or CFP (once available).

See How the Games are Rated to learn more about…how the games are rated.

GAME OF THE WEEK 

#18 Wisconsin at Iowa
Saturday, 5:30/8:30 PM, FOX

OTHER FOUR-STAR GAME

#17 TCU at Texas
Saturday, 1:30/4:30 PM, FOX

THREE-STAR GAMES

#7 Stanford at #20 Oregon
Saturday, 5:00/8:00 PM, ABC

Washington St. at USC
Friday, 7:30/10:30 PM, ESPN

NC State at Marshall
Saturday, 4:00/7:00 PM, CBSSN

#22 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama
Saturday, 12:30/3:30 PM, CBS

#24 Michigan St. at Indiana
Saturday, 4:30/7:30 PM, BTN

South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Saturday, 1:00/4:00 PM, SECN

#8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
Saturday, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ABC

Arizona St. at #10 Washington
Saturday, 7:30/10:30 PM, ESPN

#23 Boston College at Purdue
Saturday, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN2

#14 Mississippi St. at Kentucky
Saturday, 4:00/7:00 PM, ESPN2

Texas Tech at #15 Oklahoma St.
Saturday, 4:00/7:00 PM, FS1

#2 Georgia at Missouri
Saturday, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN

Florida at Tennessee
Saturday, 4:00/7:00 PM, ESPN


What I’m going to watch…

THURSDAY

Tulsa at Temple
4:30/7:30 PM, ESPN

FRIDAY PRIME TIME

Florida Atlantic at #16 UCF
4:00/7:00 PM, ESPN

FRIDAY NIGHT

Washington St. at USC
7:30/10:30 PM, ESPN

#10 Penn St. at Illinois
6:00/9:00 PM, FS1

SATURDAY MORNING

#8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ABC

#23 Boston College at Purdue
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN2

#2 Georgia at Missouri
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN

SATURDAY MIDDAY

#17 TCU at Texas 
1:30/4:30 PM, FOX

#22 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama
12:30/3:30 PM, CBS

South Carolina at Vanderbilt
1:00/4:00 PM, SECN

SATURDAY PRIME TIME

#18 Wisconsin at Iowa
5:30/8:30 PM, FOX

#7 Stanford at #20 Oregon
5:00/8:00 PM, ABC

NC State at Marshall
4:00/7:00 PM, CBSSN

#24 Michigan St. at Indiana
4:30/7:30 PM, BTN

#14 Mississippi St. at Kentucky
4:00/7:00 PM, ESPN2

SATURDAY NIGHT

Arizona St. at #10 Washington
7:30/10:30 PM, ESPN

Eastern Michigan at San Diego St.
7:30/10:30 PM, CBSSN

Air Force at Utah St.
7:15/10:15 PM, ESPN2

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Weekend Planning Guide – College Football Week 3

Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK

Advanced Stats Weighted Composite Projected Rankings

RANK TEAM S&P+ FEI FPI Change
1 Alabama 1 1 1
2 Ohio St. 2 5 2 +1
3 Georgia 3 4 3 +2
4 Oklahoma 4 7 4
5 Clemson 8 2 5 -3
6 Washington 10 8 8 +2
7 Michigan 9 13 7 +6
8 Mississippi St. 6 12 12 +1
9 Auburn 18 3 9 -2
10 Wisconsin 7 11 13
11 Notre Dame 17 6 11 -5
12 Penn St. 15 14 6 +2
13 Boise St. 5 20 15 +3
14 Stanford 30 9 10 -3
15 LSU 12 18 20 -3
Others: #16 Michigan St., #17 Oklahoma St., #18 Texas A&M, #19 Miami, #20 Boston College, #21 TCU, #22 Duke, #23 Virginia Tech, #24 Oregon, #25 West Virginia

Times AZ and Eastern. Rankings below are AP or CFP (once available).

See How the Games are Rated to learn more about…how the games are rated.

GAME OF THE WEEK 

#17 Boise St. at #24 Oklahoma St.
Saturday, 12:30/3:30 PM, ESPN

FOUR-STAR GAMES

#12 LSU at #7 Auburn
Saturday, 12:30/3:30 PM, CBS

#22 USC at Texas
Saturday, 5:00/8:00 PM, FOX

#10 Washington at Utah
Saturday, 7:00/10:00 PM, ESPN

THREE-STAR GAMES

Duke at Baylor
Saturday, 12:30/3:30 PM, FS1

Boston College at Wake Forest
Thursday, 2:30/5:30 PM, ESPN

Houston at Texas Tech
Saturday, 1:00/4:00 PM, FOX

#21 Miami at Toledo
Saturday, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN2

#23 Arizona St. at San Diego St.
Saturday, 7:30/10:30 PM, CBSSN

Missouri at Purdue
Saturday, 4:30/7:30 PM, BTN

#1 Alabama at Ole Miss
Saturday, 4:00/7:00 PM, ESPN


What I’m going to watch…

THURSDAY

Boston College at Wake Forest
2:30/5:30 PM, ESPN

Old Dominion at Charlotte
1:00/4:00 PM, ESPN3 (streaming)

FRIDAY

Georgia St. at Memphis
4:00/7:00 PM, ESPN

SATURDAY MORNING

#21 Miami at Toledo
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN2

Florida St. at Syracuse
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ABC / ESPN

Georgia Tech at Pitt
9:30 AM/12:30 PM, ESPN Extra

SATURDAY MIDDAY

#17 Boise St. at #24 Oklahoma St. 
12:30/3:30 PM, ESPN

#12 LSU at #7 Auburn
12:30/3:30 PM, CBS

Duke at Baylor
12:30/3:30 PM, FS1

SATURDAY PRIME TIME

#22 USC at Texas
5:00/8:00 PM, FOX

Missouri at Purdue
4:30/7:30 PM, BTN

#1 Alabama at Ole Miss
4:00/7:00 PM, ESPN

SATURDAY NIGHT

#10 Washington at Utah
7:00/10:00 PM, ESPN

#23 Arizona St. at San Diego St.
7:30/10:30 PM, CBSSN

Fresno St. at UCLA
7:30/10:30 AM, FS1

Weekend Planning Guide – College Football Week 2

Stanford Cardinal

Advanced Stats Weighted Composite Projected Rankings

RANK TEAM S&P+ FEI FPI Change
1 Alabama 1 1 1 +1
2 Clemson 3 2 2 -1
3 Ohio St. 4 3 3
4 Oklahoma 2 7 4 +4
5 Georgia 5 4 7 -1
6 Notre Dame 8 6 5 +1
7 Auburn 7 5 8 -1
8 Washington 8 7 9 -3
9 Mississippi St. 6 12 14 +4
10 Wisconsin 13 11 11 +2
11 Stanford 17 10 10 +4
12 LSU 9 18 17 N/A
13 Michigan 22 13 9 -2
14 Penn St. 18 16 12 -5
15 Michigan St. 20 10 13 -5
Others: #16 Boise St., #17 Oklahoma St., #18 Texas A&M, #19 Oregon, #20 Florida, #21 USC, #22 TCU, #23 Virginia Tech, #24 Miami, #25 Iowa

Times AZ and Eastern. Rankings below are AP or CFP (once available).

See How the Games are Rated to learn more about…how the games are rated.

GAME OF THE WEEK 

#17 USC at #10 Stanford
Saturday, 5:30/8:30 PM, FOX

OTHER FOUR-STAR GAMES

#15 Michigan St. at Arizona St.
Saturday, 7:45/10:45 PM, ESPN

Duke at Northwestern
Saturday, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPNU

THREE-STAR GAMES

#2 Clemson at Texas A&M
Saturday, 4:00/7:00 PM, ESPN

Iowa St. at Iowa
Saturday, 2:00/5:00 PM, FOX

Fresno St. at Minnesota
Saturday, 4:30/7:30 PM, FS1

#3 Georgia at #24 South Carolina
Saturday, 12:30/3:30 PM, CBS

Arizona at Houston
Saturday, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ABC / ESPN2

#13 Penn St. at Pitt
Saturday, 5:00/8:00 PM, ABC

#18 Mississippi St. at K-State
Saturday, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN

Colorado at Nebraska
Saturday, 12:30/3:30 PM, ABC

Georgia Tech at South Florida
Saturday, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN2 / ABC


What I’m going to watch…

FRIDAY

#16 TCU at SMU
5:00/8:00 PM, ESPN2

SATURDAY MORNING

Duke at Northwestern
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPNU

Arizona at Houston
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ABC / ESPN2

#18 Mississippi St. at K-State
9:00 AM/12:30 PM, ESPN

SATURDAY MIDDAY

Iowa St. at Iowa 
2:00/5:00 PM, FOX

#3 Georgia at #24 South Carolina
12:30/3:30 PM, CBS

Colorado at Nebraska
12:30/3:30 PM, ABC

SATURDAY PRIME TIME

#17 USC at #10 Stanford
5:30/8:30 PM, FOX

#2 Clemson at Texas A&M
4:00/7:00 PM, ESPN

Fresno St. at Minnesota
4:30/7:30 PM, FS1

SATURDAY NIGHT

#15 Michigan St. at Arizona St.
7:45/10:45 PM, ESPN

Cal at BYU
7:15/10:15 PM, ESPN2

Rice at Hawai’i
9:00/12:00 AM, STADIUM

Weekend Planning Guide – College Football Week 1

Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Advanced Stats Weighted Composite Projected Rankings

RANK TEAM S&P+ FEI FPI Change
1 Clemson 2 2 1
2 Alabama 3 1 2
3 Ohio St. 1 3 4
4 Georgia 5 4 3
5 Washington 4 8 5
6 Auburn 6 5 7
7 Notre Dame 9 6 6
8 Oklahoma 8 7 9
9 Penn St. 7 16 8
10 Michigan St. 13 9 10
11 Michigan 10 13 11
12 Wisconsin 11 14 12
13 Mississippi St. 14 11 15
14 Miami 12 15 14
15 Stanford 20 10 13

Times AZ and Eastern. Rankings below are AP or CFP (once available).

See How the Games are Rated to learn more about…how the games are rated.

GAME OF THE WEEK 

#6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn (in Atlanta)
Sat., Sep. 1, 12:30/3:30 PM, ABC

OTHER FIVE-STAR GAME

#14 Michigan at #12 Notre Dame
Sat., Sep. 1, 4:30/7:30 PM, NBC

FOUR-STAR GAMES

#8 Miami vs. #25 LSU (in Arlington, TX)
Sun., Sep. 2, 4:30/7:30 PM, ABC

#20 Virginia Tech at #19 Florida St.
Mon., Sep. 3, 5:00/8:00 PM, ESPN

THREE-STAR GAMES

Northwestern at Purdue
Thu., Aug. 30, 5:00/8:00 PM, ESPN

Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (in Houston)
Sat., Sep. 1, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN

North Carolina at Cal
Sat., Sep. 1, 1:00/4:00 PM, FOX

Washington St. at Wyoming
Sat., Sep. 1, 12:30/3:30 PM, CBSSN

BYU at Arizona
Sat., Sep. 1, 7:45/10:45 PM, ESPN

San Diego St. at #13 Stanford
Fri., Aug. 31, 6:00/9:00 PM, FS1


What I’m going to watch…

THURSDAY

Northwestern at Purdue
5:00/8:00 PM, ESPN

Wake Forest at Tulane
5:00/8:00 PM, CBSSN

New Mexico St. at Minnesota
4:00/7:00 PM, BTN

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Army at Duke
4:00/7:00 PM, ESPNU

Syracuse at Western Michigan
3:00/6:00 PM, CBSSN

Utah St. at #11 Michigan St.
4:00/7:00 PM, BTN

FRIDAY NIGHT

San Diego St. at #13 Stanford
6:00/9:00 PM, FS1

Colorado vs. Colorado St. (in Denver)
6:30/9:30 PM, CBSSN

Western Kentucky at #4 Wisconsin
6:00/9:00 PM, ESPN

SATURDAY MORNING

Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (in Houston)
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN

Maryland vs. #23 Texas (in Landover, MD)
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, FS1

Florida Atlantic at #7 Oklahoma
9:00 AM/12:30 PM, FOX

SATURDAY MIDDAY

#6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn (in Atlanta) 
12:30/3:30 PM, ABC

North Carolina at Cal
1:00/4:00 PM, FOX

Washington St. at Wyoming
12:30/3:30 PM, CBSSN

SATURDAY PRIME TIME

#14 Michigan at #12 Notre Dame
4:30/7:30 PM, NBC

Louisville vs. #1 Alabama (in Orlando)
5:00/8:00 PM, ABC

#22 Boise St. at Troy
3:00/6:00 PM, ESPNEWS

SATURDAY NIGHT

BYU at Arizona
7:45/10:45 PM, ESPN

UTSA at Arizona St.
7:30/10:30 PM, FS1

Navy at Hawai’i
8:00/11:00 PM, CBSSN

SUNDAY!

#25 LSU vs. #8 Miami (in Arlington, TX)
4:30/7:30 PM, ABC

MONDAY!!

#20 Virginia Tech at #19 Florida St.
5:00/8:00 PM, ESPN

Five Best Games of Each Week as Projected by FPI

I plugged ESPN’s recently released projected FPI ratings into my model and this is what it came up with as the best games to watch each week.

This is not a list of the “biggest” games or most important or anything like that. It’s what my spreadsheet predicts will be the most fun to watch. Also, my spreadsheet doesn’t like when one team is rated a lot higher than the other, thus Clemson doesn’t appear on this list but once. FPI thinks they’re going to beat the pants off everybody.

I also took an average rating of the top five games from each week and ranked the weeks. This will be a good tool to help you decide if you’re going to take that trip to your cousin’s fall wedding or not.

College Football Game Weeks Ranked

  1. Week 11 (11/6-11/10)
  2. Week 13 (11/20-11/24)
  3. Week 1 (8/30-9/3)
  4. Week 5 (9/27-9/29)
  5. Week 7 (10/9-10/13)
  6. Week 10 (10/30-11/3)
  7. Week 9 (10/23-10/27)
  8. Week 6 (10/4-10/6)
  9. Week 4 (9/20-9/22)
  10. Week 3 (9/13-9/15)
  11. Week 12 (11/13-11/17)
  12. Week 8 (10/18-10/20)
  13. Week 2 (9/7-9/8)

The rankings below in parenthesis are from FPI.

WEEK 0

(Not much to choose from)

  • Wyoming (#87) at New Mexico St. (#110)
  • Hawai’i (#126) at Colorado St. (#105)

WEEK 1

  • Auburn (#7) vs. Washington (#6) (in Atlanta)
  • Michigan (#11) at Notre Dame (#5)
  • Virginia Tech (#22) at Florida St. (#18)
  • LSU (#26) vs. Miami (#14) (in Arlington)
  • Ole Miss (#45) vs. Texas Tech (#39) (in Houston)

WEEK 2

  • USC (#15) at Stanford (#13)
  • Duke (#30) at Northwestern (#31)
  • Clemson (#1) at Texas A&M (#19)
  • Iowa St. (#41) at Iowa (#25)
  • Fresno St. (#63) at Minnesota (#60)

WEEK 3

  • USC (#15) at Texas (#17)
  • Boston College (#34) at Wake Forest (#38)
  • West Virginia (#36) at NC State (#43)
  • Duke (#30) at Baylor (#40)
  • LSU (#26) at Auburn (#7)

WEEK 4

  • Texas A&M (#19) at Alabama (#2)
  • Stanford (#13) at Oregon (#23)
  • Wisconsin (#12) at Iowa (#25)
  • K-State (#44) at West Virginia (#36)
  • Boston College (#34) at Purdue (#47)

WEEK 5

  • Ohio St. (#4) at Penn St. (#8)
  • Stanford (#13) at Notre Dame (#5)
  • Florida (#21) at Mississippi St. (#16)
  • Oregon (#23) at Cal (#27)
  • Virginia Tech (#22) at Duke (#30)

WEEK 6

  • Florida St. (#18) at Miami (#14)
  • Auburn (#7) at Mississippi St. (#16)
  • Oklahoma (#9) vs. Texas (#17) (in Dallas)
  • Utah (#32) at Stanford (#13)
  • Missouri (#29) at South Carolina (#28)

WEEK 7

  • Michigan St. (#10) at Penn St. (#8)
  • Wisconsin at Michigan (#11)
  • Texas A&M (#19) at South Carolina (#28)
  • Louisville (#35) at Boston College (#34)
  • Duke (#30) at Georgia Tech (#24)

WEEK 8

  • Michigan (#11) at Michigan St. (#10)
  • Mississippi St. (#16) at LSU (#26)
  • Oklahoma (#9) at TCU (#33)
  • USC (#15) at Utah (#32)
  • Wake Forest (#38) at Florida St. (#18)

WEEK 9

  • Texas (#17) at Oklahoma St. (#20)
  • Texas A&M (#19) at Mississippi St. (#16)
  • Miami (#14) at Boston College (#34)
  • Georgia Tech (#24) at Virginia Tech (#22)
  • Texas Tech (#39) at Iowa St. (#41)

WEEK 10

  • Penn St. (#8) at Michigan (#11)
  • Stanford (#13) at Washington (#6)
  • Texas A&M (#19) at Auburn (#7)
  • Duke (#30) at Miami (#14)
  • Missouri (#29) at Florida (#21)

WEEK 11

  • Auburn (#7) at Georgia (#3)
  • Ohio St. (#4) at Michigan St. (#10)
  • Wisconsin (#12) at Penn St. (#8)
  • Mississippi St. (#16) at Alabama (#2)
  • Oklahoma St. (#20) at Oklahoma (#9)

WEEK 12

  • Miami (#14) at Virginia Tech (#22)
  • Stanford (#13) at Cal (#27)
  • TCU (#33) at Baylor (#40)
  • Texas Tech (#39) at K-State (#44)
  • NC State (#43) at Louisville (#35)

WEEK 13

  • Auburn (#7) at Alabama (#2)
  • Michigan (#11) at Ohio St. (#4)
  • Notre Dame (#5) at USC (#15)
  • Florida (#21) at Florida St. (#18)
  • LSU (#26) at Texas A&M (#19)

New Year’s Bowl Game Viewing Guide

Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California

Times AZ and Eastern.

See How the Games are Rated to learn more about…how the games are rated.

What I’m going to watch…

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 – MORNING

Belk Bowl : Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest
11:00 AM/1:00 PM, ESPN

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 – MIDDAY

Sun Bowl : Arizona St. vs. #24 NC State
1:00/3:00 PM, CBS

Music City Bowl : Kentucky vs. #21 Northwestern
2:30/4:30 PM, CBS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 – AFTERNOON/PRIME TIME

Arizona Bowl : New Mexico St. vs. Utah St.
3:30/5:30 PM, CBSSN

Cotton Bowl Classic : #5 Ohio St. vs. #8 USC
6:30/8:30 PM, ESPN

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 – MORNING

Gator Bowl : Louisville vs. #23 Mississippi St.
10:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN

Liberty Bowl : Iowa St. at #20 Memphis
10:30 AM/12:30 PM, ABC

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 – AFTERNOON/PRIME TIME

Fiesta Bowl : #9 Penn St. vs. #11 Washington
2:00/4:00 PM, ESPN

Orange Bowl : #6 Wisconsin at #10 Miami
6:00/8:00 PM, ESPN

MONDAY, JANUARY 1 – MORNING

Peach Bowl : #7 Auburn vs. #12 UCF
10:30 AM/12:30 PM, ESPN

Citrus Bowl : #17 LSU vs. #14 Notre Dame
11:00 AM/1:00 PM, ABC

Hall of Fame Bowl : Michigan vs. South Carolina
10:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN2

MONDAY, JANUARY 1 – AFTERNOON/PRIME TIME

The Rose Bowl Game (Semi-Final) : #3 Georgia vs. #2 Oklahoma
3:00/5:00 PM, ESPN

Sugar Bowl (Semi-Final) : #4 Alabama vs. #1 Clemson
6:45/8:45 PM, ESPN

Christmas Week Bowl Game Viewing Guide

Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas – Home of the Alamo Bowl

Times AZ and Eastern.

See How the Games are Rated to learn more about…how the games are rated.

What I’m going to watch…

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24

Hawai’i Bowl : Fresno St. vs. Houston
6:30/8:30 PM, ESPN

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Utah vs. West Virginia
11:30 AM/1:30 PM, ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl: Duke vs. Northern Illinois
3:15/5:15 PM, ESPN

Copper Bowl : Kansas St. vs. UCLA
7:00/9:00 PM, ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 – MORNING/AFTERNOON

Independence Bowl: Florida St. vs. Southern Miss
11:30 AM/1:30 PM, ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl : Boston College vs. Iowa
3:15/5:15 PM, ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 – PRIME TIME

San Fransisco Bowl Bowl: Arizona vs. Purdue
6:30/8:30 PM, FOX

Texas Bowl : Missouri vs. Texas
7:00/9:00 PM, ESPN

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 – MORNING/AFTERNOON

Military Bowl : Virginia at Navy
11:30 AM/1:30 PM, ESPN

Camping World Bowl : #19 Oklahoma St. vs. #22 Virginia Tech
3:15/5:15 PM, ESPN

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 – PRIME TIME

Alamo Bowl : #13 Stanford vs. #15 TCU
7:00/9:00 PM, ESPN

Holiday Bowl: #16 Michigan St. vs. #18 Washington St.
7:00/9:00 PM, FS1