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Week 3 college football TV schedule and open thread

Here’s what to watch before the Gators play.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

There should be some good ones today. The early and afternoon viewing windows are led by top-25 conference foe match-ups.

The Gators play in the evening slot tonight, hosting the North Texas Mean Green at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. It’s the last Florida home game until October, as the Gators travel to play opponents in Tennessee the next two weekends. After Florida plays, 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)

Florida State at Louisville (12:00 p.m., ABC): College GameDay will be at this game of two top-ten teams, which is somewhat surprisingly slated for the noon slot - until you consider that the times for this week’s games were set before the season began. ABC’s night game feature will be USC and Stanford, which probably looked more appealing before the Trojans were demolished by Alabama.

And this game was slotted at noon before Florida State beat Ole Miss and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson set the early Heisman race on fire, scoring 13 touchdowns in his first two games this season (including eight in the first HALF of their first game). The dynamic quarterback threw for 411 yards and rushed for 199 more against Syracuse last week. But, Jackson and the No. 10 Cardinals will face a tougher challenge against No. 2 Florida State.

Miami at Appalachian State (12:00 p.m., ESPN): It’s kind of weird that the Hurricanes are traveling to play in Boone, North Carolina, right? The Mountaineers won 11 games last year and very nearly upset Tennessee in Knoxville to start the season.

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

Alabama at Ole Miss (3:30 p.m., CBS): The last time that the top-ranked Crimson Tide were in Oxford the Rebels tore the goal posts down. And last year, as you may recall, Ole Miss won again, besting the Tide in Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban has been critical of his team’s performance during their first two wins, and you would have to imagine that he is quite eager to break his losing streak to the No. 19 Rebels.

Oregon at Nebraska (3:30 p.m., ABC): The No. 22 Ducks travel to Memorial Stadium to face the Cornhuskers and their second year coach, Mike Riley, who coached for 14 years at Oregon’s rival Oregon State.

East Carolina at South Carolina (4:00 p.m., SECN or Watch ESPN): East Carolina is a dangerous non-conference opponent to schedule. The Pirates are currently on a six-game winning streak over ACC teams, and gave Florida a fight last season in The Swamp (and the previous season in the Birmingham Bowl). The Gamecocks won their opener against Vanderbilt, despite scoring only 10 points, but struggled on both sides of the ball in a loss to Mississippi State last week.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(2) Florida State at (10) Louisville Noon ABC / WatchESPN
Georgia State at (9) Wisconsin Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Ohio at (15) Tennessee Noon SECN / WatchESPN
(25) Miami (FL) at Appalachian State Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
South Carolina State at (5) Clemson Noon RSN / WatchESPN
North Dakota State at (13) Iowa Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Iowa State at TCU Noon FS1 / FS Go
Kansas at Memphis Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Temple at Penn State Noon BTN / BTN2Go
New Mexico at Rutgers Noon ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at Bowling Green Noon ASN / ESPN3
Akron at Marshall Noon CBSSN /
Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech 12:30 p.m. ACCN / ACCNExtra
Virginia at UConn 1:30 p.m. SNY / ESPN3
Idaho at Washington State 2:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
North Carolina A&T at Tulsa 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Florida Atlantic at Kansas State 2:30 p.m. FSN / FS Go
UNLV at Central Michigan 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Fresno State at Toledo 3:00 p.m. ESPN Extra / ESPN3
Eastern Kentucky at Ball State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
(1) Alabama at (19) Ole Miss 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Colorado at (4) Michigan 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
(22) Oregon at Nebraska 3:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Boston College at Virginia Tech 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
USF at Syracuse 3:30 p.m. ACCNExtra
James Madison at North Carolina 3:30 p.m. RSN / WatchESPN
San Diego State at Northern Illinois 3:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Western Kentucky at Miami (OH) 3:30 p.m. ESPN Extra/BCSN/TWC / ESPN3
FIU at UMass 3:30 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Monmouth at Kent State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
East Carolina at South Carolina 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
New Mexico State at Kentucky 4:00 p.m. SECN alternate / WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Illinois 4:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado State 4:00 p.m. ROOT Sports / MWN
UC Davis at Wyoming 4:00 p.m. WyoVision / MWN
Idaho State at Oregon State 5:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Old Dominion at NC State 6:00 p.m. ACCNExtra / WatchESPN
ULM at Georgia Southern 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Charlotte 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV
Delaware at Wake Forest 6:30 p.m. ACCNExtra / WatchESPN
(17) Texas A&M at Auburn 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Mississippi State at (20) LSU 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Louisiana Tech at Texas Tech 7:00 p.m. FSN / FS Go
Maryland at UCF 7:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Navy at Tulane 7:00 p.m. ASN/NESN / ESPN3
Army at UTEP 7:00 p.m. ASN
South Alabama at UL Lafayette 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Troy at Southern Miss 7:00 p.m. beIN SPORTS
Liberty at SMU 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
(3) Ohio State at (14) Oklahoma 7:30 p.m. FOX / FS Go
(12) Michigan State at (18) Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. NBC /
(16) Georgia at Missouri 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
North Texas at (23) Florida 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Texas State at (24) Arkansas 7:30 p.m. SECN alternate / WatchESPN
USC at (7) Stanford 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Portland State at (8) Washington 8:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Duke at Northwestern 8:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Buffalo at Nevada 9:00 p.m. MWN
UCLA at BYU 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(11) Texas at California 10:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Utah at San Jose State 10:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Hawaii at Arizona 10:45 p.m. Pac-12N /