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Week 2 college football TV schedule and open thread

Here’s what to watch before and after the Gators play.

NCAA Football: Villanova at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The second week of the 2016 college football season does not feature the greatest group of games, at least on paper anyway. But who am I to complain about actual live college football games? (No one, that’s who.)

Florida pops up in the afternoon slot today as they kick off SEC play by hosting Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. After that game, feel free to come back to this thread to comment while watching any of the later games.

Here are our picks for today’s viewing windows:

Early (12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eastern)

Penn State at Pittsburgh (12:00 p.m., ESPN): These two Pennsylvania based teams hate each other. They used to put their rivalry to the test on the field very often, but have not played in 16 years now. The two played annually from the 1930s until the 1990s when their meetings became more sporadic. The last time the two played was in 2000.

UCF at Michigan (12:00 p.m., ABC): The No. 5 Wolverines pummeled Hawaii last week, 63-3, and Central Florida opened its season under new head coach Scott Frost with a 38-0 home win over South Carolina State. Michigan is heavily favored over the visiting Knights.

NC State at East Carolina (12:00 p.m., ESPNU): The Pirates are currently on a five game ACC team winning streak, which includes a win over the Wolfpack in 2013. East Carolina also has a new coach in Scottie Montgomery, after somewhat confusingly firing Ruffin McNeill last year.

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

Obviously, you will be watching the Gators play Kentucky (3:30 p.m., CBS).

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

After the Florida game is over, you can spend your evening (hopefully) celebrating the Gators’ 30th victory over the Wildcats and watching some of these games.

Arkansas at TCU (7:00 p.m., ESPN): This game was a little more exciting before both teams struggled last week in their openers. The No. 15 Horned Frogs pulled away late from North Dakota State, winning 59-41. Arkansas beat Louisiana Tech by one point, after trailing the Bulldogs into the fourth quarter.

South Carolina at Mississippi State (7:00 p.m., ESPN2): Last week, Will Muschamp’s Gamecocks won their opener at Vanderbilt, and if you missed what happened to Mississippi State – they lost to South Alabama as their winning field goal attempt hit the upright and missed. SEC Nation will be broadcasting from Starkville this week.

Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech (8:00 p.m., ABC): It’s the sports spectacle that you didn’t know you needed to see. The No. 17 Volunteers will play the Hokies at Bristol Motor Speedway, a NASCAR track in Bristol, Tennessee. This game should set a new college football attendance record as around 150,000 fans are expected.

And here’s your Week 2 TV schedule table.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Penn State at Pittsburgh Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
UCF at (5) Michigan Noon ABC / WatchESPN
Central Michigan at (22) Oklahoma State Noon FS1 / FS Go
Lamar at (6) Houston Noon ASN / WatchESPN
Nicholls State at (9) Georgia Noon SECN / WatchESPN
Prairie View A&M at (20) Texas A&M Noon SECN Alt. / WatchESPN
Wyoming at Nebraska Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
NC State at East Carolina Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Cincinnati at Purdue Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Boston College at UMass Noon ASN/SNY / WatchESPN
Rice at Army Noon CBSSN /
Howard at Rutgers Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Indiana State at Minnesota Noon ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Troy at (2) Clemson 12:30 pm ACCN / WatchESPN
Charleston Southern at (3) Florida State 12:30 pm FSN Affiliates / ACC-RSN / WatchESPN
Stony Brook at Temple 1:00 pm WatchESPN
Utah State at USC 2:00 pm Pac-12N /
Youngstown State at West Virginia 2:00 pm ROOT SPORTS
Georgia State at Air Force 2:00 pm MWN
Ohio at Kansas 2:30 pm FSN / FS Go
Mercer at Georgia Tech 3:00 pm ACCNExtra / WatchESPN
Western Kentucky at (1) Alabama 3:30 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Tulsa at (4) Ohio State 3:30 pm ABC / WatchESPN
Akron at (10) Wisconsin 3:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Nevada at (18) Notre Dame 3:30 pm NBC /
SMU at (23) Baylor 3:30 pm FS1 / FS Go
Kentucky at Florida 3:30 pm CBS /
Wake Forest at Duke 3:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
UConn at Navy 3:30 pm CBSSN /
Illinois State at Northwestern 3:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
North Dakota at Bowling Green 3:30 pm ASN/ALT / WatchESPN
Eastern Illinois at Miami (OH) 3:30 pm WatchESPN
Old Dominion at Appalachian State 3:30 pm ASN / WatchESPN
Wofford at (19) Ole Miss 4:00 pm SECN / WatchESPN
Ball State at Indiana 4:00 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt 4:00 pm SECN Alt. / WatchESPN
UTSA at Colorado State 4:00 pm MWN
Portland State at San Jose State 4:30 pm Not Televised
Idaho at (8) Washington 5:00 pm Pac-12N /
Idaho State at Colorado 5:30 pm Pac-12N /
Elon at Charlotte 6:00 pm
Florida Atlantic at (25) Miami (FL) 6:00 pm ACCNExtra / WatchESPN
Morgan State at Marshall 6:00 pm beIN SPORTS / Stream
North Carolina A&T at Kent State 6:00 pm WatchESPN
Arkansas at (15) TCU 7:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
UTEP at (11) Texas 7:00 pm LHN / WatchESPN
ULM at (14) Oklahoma 7:00 pm PPV
South Carolina at Mississippi State 7:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Northern Illinois at USF 7:00 pm CBSSN /
Bethune Cookman at North Texas 7:00 pm
Maine at Toledo 7:00 pm WatchESPN
Georgia Southern at South Alabama 7:00 pm ASN / WatchESPN
McNeese State at UL Lafayette 7:00 pm WatchESPN
NC Central at Western Michigan 7:00 pm WatchESPN
Savannah State at Southern Miss 7:00 pm TBA
SC State at Louisiana Tech 7:00 pm
Iowa State at (16) Iowa 7:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Jacksonville State at (21) LSU 7:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Arkansas State at Auburn 7:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
BYU at Utah 7:30 pm FOX / FS Go
Eastern Michigan at Missouri 7:30 pm SECN Alt. / WatchESPN
North Carolina at Illinois 7:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
New Mexico at New Mexico State 8:00 pm AggieVision / WatchESPN
Southern at Tulane 8:00 pm WatchESPN
(17) Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech (at Bristol Motor Speedway) 8:00 pm ABC / WatchESPN
UNLV at UCLA 8:00 pm Pac-12N /
Sacramento State at Fresno State 10:00 pm TBA
Texas Tech at Arizona State 10:00 pm FS1 / FS Go
Washington State at Boise State 10:15 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Virginia at (24) Oregon 10:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
California at San Diego State 10:30 pm CBSSN /
Grambling State at Arizona 10:45 pm Pac-12N /
UT Martin at Hawaii 12:00 a.m. OceanicPPV