What to Watch – Week 8: The Top College Football Games and Viewing Guide

Tiger Stadium a.k.a. Death Valley

Tiger Stadium a.k.a. Death Valley

The games are ranked using a zero- to five-star scale. Five stars meaning that you should make every human effort possible aside from committing a crime to watch this game (it’s time your children learned to feed themselves) and zero stars meaning you probably shouldn’t waste your time.

See the second half of the post for this week’s viewing guide.

Games are ranked using a super-scientific system comparing the overall quality of the two teams and the closeness of the match-up. The quality of each team is found using Brian Fremeau’s, Bill Connelly’s, ESPN’s, and Ed Feng’s advanced stats ranking systems.

PICK RESULTS

All Games Pct. Upset Picks Pct.
Last Week 10-3 .769 2-0 1.000
Overall 67-25 .728 11-6 .647

Without further ado: the games. All times AZ. Picks in CAPS.

GAME OF THE WEEK 

#23 Ole Miss at #25 LSU**
Sat., Oct. 22, 6:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Alert / Overtime Watch
Note: a composite computer analytics ranking puts Ole Miss at #8 and LSU at #9

FOUR-STAR GAMES 

#6 Texas A&M at #1 ALABAMA
Sat., Oct. 22, 12:30 PM, CBS
Composite computer top 25: #7 Texas A&M, #1 Alabama

THREE-STAR GAMES

BYU at BOISE ST.
Thu., Oct. 20, 7:15 PM, ESPN
G5 Game of the Week / Overtime Watch
Composite computer top 25: #24 Boise

#19 Utah at UCLA**
Sat., Oct. 22, 1:00 PM, FOX
Upset Alert / Overtime Watch
Composite computer top 25: Utah un-ranked

#6 Texas A&M at #1 ALABAMA
Sat., Oct. 22, 12:30 PM, CBS
Composite computer top 25: #7 Texas A&M, #1 Alabama

MIAMI* at Virginia Tech
Thu., Oct. 20, 4:00 PM, ESPN
Composite computer top 25: #13 Miami

TCU at #12 WEST VIRGINIA
Sat., Oct. 22, 12:30 PM, ABC or ESPN2
Upset Alert
Composite computer top 25: #22 West Virginia

TEXAS* at Kansas St.
Sat., Oct. 22, 9:00 AM, ESPN2
Overtime Watch

Oregon at CAL
Fri., Oct. 21, 7:30 PM, ESPN
Overtime Watch

COLORADO* at Stanford
Sat., Oct. 22, 12:00 PM, PAC12
Composite computer top 25: #17 Colorado

#10 WISCONSIN at Iowa
Sat., Oct. 22, 9:00 AM, ESPN
Composite computer top 25: #12 Wisconsin

#17 Arkansas at #21 AUBURN**
Sat., Oct. 22, 3:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Alert
Composite computer top 25: Arkansas un-ranked, #10 Auburn

Indiana at NORTHWESTERN
Sat., Oct. 22, 9:00 AM, BTN

SOUTH FLORIDA at Temple
Fri., Oct. 21, 4:00 PM, ESPN

NC State at #7 LOUISVILLE
Sat., Oct. 22, 9:00 AM, ABC
Composite computer top 25: #6 Louisville

*Upset picks
**Vegas favorite despite lower ranking
***Vegas underdog despite higher ranking


VIEWING GUIDE

The top three games during each time slot are listed below starting with the games that are projected to be the most fun to watch. All times AZ.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Miami at Virginia Tech
4:00 PM, ESPN

Troy at South Alabama
4:30 PM, ESPNU
Blowout Warning

THURSDAY NIGHT

BYU at Boise St.
7:15 PM, ESPN
G5 Game of the Week / Overtime Watch

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

South Florida at Temple
4:00 PM, ESPN

FRIDAY NIGHT

Oregon at Cal
7:30 PM, ESPN
Overtime Watch

San Jose St. at San Diego St.
7:30 PM, ESPN2

SATURDAY MORNING

Texas at K-State
9:00 AM, ESPN2
Overtime Watch

#10 Wisconsin at Iowa
9:00 AM, ESPN

Indiana at Northwestern
9:00 AM, BTN

NC State at Louisville 
9:00 AM, ABC

SATURDAY MIDDAY

#19 Utah at UCLA
1:00 PM, FOX
Upset Alert / Overtime Watch

#6 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama
12:30 PM, CBS

TCU at #12 West Virginia
12:30 PM, ABC or ESPN2
Upset Alert

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

#17 Arkansas at #21 Auburn
3:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Alert

#16 Oklahoma at Texas Tech
5:00 PM, FOX

#2 Ohio St. at Penn St. 
5:00 PM, ABC

Mississippi St. at Kentucky
4:30 PM, SECN

SATURDAY NIGHT

#23 Ole Miss at #25 LSU 
6:00 PM, ESPN
Game of the Week / Upset Alert / Overtime Watch

Washington St. at Arizona St. 
7:00 PM, PAC12

Fresno St. at Utah St.
7:30 PM, CBSSN
Toilet Bowl

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