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Week 8 college football TV schedule and open thread: Bye week blues

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The Gators are on a bye and the slate of games today looks uninspiring. Here's what to watch in Week 8.

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Florida is off this week before taking on Georgia next Saturday in what could be the defacto SEC East championship game for the Gators. Today's games are not the strongest on paper so let me remind you of some rooting interests you should have, as Andy laid out earlier in the week. Wins today by Alabama (over Tennessee) and Mississippi State (over Kentucky) would set Florida up to be able to clinch the SEC East with a win over Georgia next weekend.

Here are our picks for today's viewing windows:

Early (noon to 3:30 p.m. Eastern):

Clemson at Miami (noon, ABC): Undefeated Clemson goes on the road for only the second time this season to take on the Hurricanes in front of potentially hundreds of Miami fans.

Auburn at Arkansas (noon, SECN): The loser of this game officially takes the lead in the "most disappointing preseason hyped SEC West team" race.

Afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern)

Tennessee at Alabama (3:30 p.m., CBS): This annual third Saturday in October rivalry is being played on the fourth Saturday this year. Tennessee is coming off of a bye week following their come from behind victory over Georgia. The Crimson Tide are looking to make it 9 in a row over the Volunteers. This is one of our rooting interest games as an Alabama win helps the Gators toward potentially set up an SEC East clinching game with Georgia next weekend.

Vanderbilt at Missouri (4:00 p.m., SECN): A tale of two defenses and no offenses. We know Missouri has a good defense but Vanderbilt's is actually pretty good too. Missouri may not score a touchdown for the third week in a row. This game is ending 9-3, isn't it?

Evening (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern)

Texas A&M at Mississippi (7:00 p.m., ESPN2): This game looked a lot better a few weeks ago. Both teams lost last weekend, and as both have one conference loss already, this looks to be a sort of SEC West elimination game. This is also the only match-up of two ranked teams this weekend.

Western Kentucky at LSU (7:00 p.m., ESPNU): Hear me out. Western Kentucky is actually a pretty good team with a very good passing offense. Yes, LSU should win but it might stay interesting for a bit.

Kentucky at Mississippi State (7:30 p.m., SECN): Another rooting interest pick. A Mississippi State win here, if Alabama wins earlier, gives Florida the opportunity to clinch the SEC East with a win over Georgia next weekend.

Sat, Oct 24, 2015
12:00 PM ET
ABC
(6) Clemson at Miami (FL)
12:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Auburn at Arkansas
12:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
NC State at Wake Forest
12:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
(25) Pittsburgh at Syracuse
12:00 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Kansas State at Texas
12:00 PM ET
FSNFoxSportsGo
Army at Rice
12:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Iowa State at (2) Baylor
12:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
Northwestern at Nebraska
12:00 PM ET
ASN
Southern Miss at Charlotte
12:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
(21) Houston at UCF
12:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Boston College at Louisville
1:00 PM ET
CBSS
Tulane at Navy
1:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Bowling Green at Kent State
2:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Fresno State at Air Force
2:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Miami (OH) at Western Michigan
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
(19) Toledo at Massachusetts
3:00 PM ET
BYUTV
Wagner at BYU
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Ball State
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Ohio at Buffalo
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois
3:30 PM ET
ASN
Middle Tennessee at Louisiana Tech
3:30 PM ET
FSNFoxSportsGo
North Texas at Marshall
3:30 PM ET
ABC/ESPN2WatchESPN
Texas Tech at (17) Oklahoma
3:30 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Wisconsin at Illinois
3:30 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Penn State at Maryland
3:30 PM ET
ABC/ESPN2WatchESPN
Indiana at Michigan State
3:30 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
(23) Duke at Virginia Tech
3:30 PM ET
CBSSEC Live
Tennessee at (8) Alabama
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Virginia at North Carolina
4:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Washington State at Arizona
4:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Missouri at Vanderbilt
4:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
SMU at South Florida
4:00 PM ET
MWC
Hawaii at Nevada
4:30 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Kansas at (14) Oklahoma State
4:30 PM ET
CBSS
Connecticut at Cincinnati
5:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Louisiana-Monroe at Idaho
6:00 PM ET
Old Dominion at FIU
7:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
(9) Florida State at Georgia Tech
7:00 PM ET
ASN
Florida Atlantic at UTEP
7:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
(15) Texas A&M at (24) Mississippi
7:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
Western Kentucky at (5) LSU
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
South Alabama at Texas State
7:00 PM ET
RSNW
New Mexico at San Jose State
7:30 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Kentucky at Mississippi State
7:30 PM ET
FOXFoxSportsGo
(3) Utah at USC
8:00 PM ET
ABC
(1) Ohio State at Rutgers
8:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Troy at New Mexico State
10:15 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
Wyoming at Boise State
10:30 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Colorado at Oregon State
10:30 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Washington at (10) Stanford
10:30 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
San Diego State at San Jose State