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Week 6 college football TV schedule and open thread

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

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Week six in college football brings some significant showdowns, a few rivalries, and a fair helping of what should be rather one-sided match-ups.

The Florida Gators host the LSU Tigers for homecoming this afternoon, at 3:30 p.m., on CBS. That afternoon time slot features the bigger - and likely more competitive - games of the day, but there are plenty of other options in the early and evening shifts to watch.

Feel free to hang out in this thread while watching any of today’s games.

Here are our picks for today’s viewing windows:

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

Georgia at Vanderbilt (12:00 p.m., ESPN/WatchESPN): The Commodores continue their unenviable scheduling grind by facing their third consecutive top-25 team when the Bulldogs come to town. Vanderbilt was run over by top-ranked Alabama at home, bested by Florida on the road, and now will attempt to compete with undefeated No. 5 Georgia. The Bulldogs have outscored their two SEC opponents this season by a combined 69 points, allowing just three points to be scored on them in that two-game span.

Wake Forest at Clemson (12:00 p.m., ESPN2/WatchESPN): The Demon Deacons nearly pulled the upset on Florida State last week and now travel to take on an even taller task. Undefeated No. 2 Clemson is on a roll, but Wake has a solid defense and could give the Tigers some trouble if the early kick contributes to a slow start.

Penn State at Northwestern (12:00 p.m., ABC/WatchESPN): Like the other games listed before, this is another noon contest that figures to be rather one-sided. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald has never lost to James Franklin’s Nittany Lions, but that seems likely to change today. No. 4 Penn State hopes to improve to 6-0 with a win over the Wildcats. Watch this one for Nittany Lions running back and Heisman Trophy frontrunner Saquon Barkley.

In other games: Ole Miss visits Auburn at noon, hoping to avoid another flattening by a team from the Yellowhammer State, while the Tigers look for another victory over the Magnolia State. In continuing the midday theme of potentially lopsided games, Iowa State also plays at Oklahoma at noon.

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

Obviously you will be watching Florida host LSU for homecoming, at 3:30 p.m., on CBS.

In other games: I know we’ll be watching the Gators, but there are two other big games in Florida’s time slot today - the rescheduled meeting between No. 13 Miami and unranked Florida State, and the College GameDay showdown between No. 23 West Virginia at No. 8 TCU.

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

Alabama at Texas A&M (7:15 p.m., ESPN/WatchESPN): The No. 1 Crimson Tide are nearly four touchdown favorites over the Aggies after crushing their first two league opponents. Since dropping their opener to UCLA, Texas A&M has embarked on a four-game win streak and shown some improvement. Watch this one to scout the Aggies for next week, I suppose.

Michigan State at Michigan (7:30 p.m., ABC/WatchESPN): The rivalry between the No. 7 Wolverines and the Spartans will likely be a defensive battle as both have top-five ranked defenses. If you enjoy watching teams struggle to score points, then this may be the one to watch.

Washington State at Oregon (8:00 p.m., FOX): The undefeated No. 11 Cougars, fresh off upsetting then-No. 3 USC, head to Eugene. The Ducks are down their starting quarterback and dealing with other injuries. WSU is known for their offense under Mike Leach, but the Cougars have been surprisingly good on defense this season - and have a defensive lineman named Hercules - helping them to a great start and their highest ranking since 2003.

In other games: The undefeated No. 25 UCF Knights try to continue their winning streak at Cincinnati, at 8:00 p.m.; and California visits Washington in the late shift at 10:45 p.m.

And here’s your schedule table.

Schedule for Saturday, October 7, 2017

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Wake Forest at Clemson 12:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Iowa State at Oklahoma 12:00 p.m. FOX
Penn State at Northwestern 12:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Georgia at Vanderbilt 12:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Ole Miss at Auburn 12:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Temple at East Carolina 12:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Tulsa at Tulane 12:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Eastern Michigan at Toledo 12:00 p.m. CBSSN
Illinois at Iowa 12:00 p.m. BTN
Texas Tech at Kansas 12:00 p.m. FS1
Duke at Virginia 12:20 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Syracuse 12:30 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Ohio 2:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Bowling Green at Miami (OH) 2:30 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Louisiana Monroe at Texas State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Florida International at Middle Tennessee 3:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
West Virginia at TCU 3:30 p.m. FS1
Miami at Florida State 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Notre Dame at North Carolina 3:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
LSU at Florida 3:30 p.m. CBS
Minnesota at Purdue 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
New Mexico State at Appalachian State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Ball State at Akron 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Air Force at Navy 3:30 p.m. CBSSN
Kent State at Northern Illinois 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Buffalo 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Charleston Southern at Indiana 3:30 p.m. BTN
Maryland at Ohio State 4:00 p.m. FOX
Oregon State at USC 4:00 p.m. PAC12
Arkansas at South Carolina 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Louisiana Tech at UAB 4:00 p.m.
Colorado State at Utah State 4:30 p.m.
Louisiana at Idaho 5:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Marshall at Charlotte 6:00 p.m.
Florida Atlantic at Old Dominion 6:00 p.m.
Army at Rice 6:30 p.m.
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina 6:30 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
SMU at Houston 7:00 p.m. CBSSN
Kansas State at Texas 7:00 p.m. FS1
Southern Mississippi at UT San Antonio 7:00 p.m.
Alabama at Texas A&M 7:15 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Virginia Tech at Boston College 7:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Michigan State at Michigan 7:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Missouri at Kentucky 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Fresno State at San Jose State 7:30 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Wisconsin at Nebraska 8:00 p.m. BTN
Washington State at Oregon 8:00 p.m. FOX
UCF at Cincinnati 8:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Western Kentucky at UTEP 8:00 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado 8:00 p.m. PAC12
Stanford at Utah 10:15 p.m. FS1
Hawai'i at Nevada 10:30 p.m. CBSSN
California at Washington 10:45 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
San Diego State at UNLV 10:45 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN