There are plenty of other interesting match-ups to peruse as you settle in for a day of watching and waiting to see Florida take the field. The early shift features two SEC West teams with angsty fanbases and warm-seated coaches, as well as two sunshine state-based teams playing in only their second games of the season. In the afternoon slot, you’ll find two formidable SEC defenses, two Big 12 title hopefuls, and a Big Ten tussle.
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)
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (12:00 p.m., ESPN): For the fourth season, these two will meet at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas. While the past three meetings (all Aggie wins) have made for some entertaining outings, this year both coaches come in with some pressure to win. Sumlin’s Aggies haven’t exactly been impressive this season. They blew a 34-point lead to lose to UCLA in their opener, and then picked up two uninspiring wins, after struggling against Nicholls and trailing Louisiana at halftime. Sumlin’s seat is pretty hot. Bret Bielema has never defeated Texas A&M, and may need this win for the Razorbacks to have more than six this season.
NC State at Florida State (12:00 p.m., ABC): The No. 12 Seminoles finally get to take the field again. After falling to Alabama in their opener, FSU has had the last two weeks off due to the cancellation of one game and the rescheduling of another in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The time off could have actually worked out in the ‘Noles’ favor, as they prepare freshman QB James Blackman to take over the starting job this season with Deondre Francois out for the year. For their part, the Wolfpack opened with a loss to South Carolina, followed by wins over Marshall and Furman. This game was decided by just four points last season.
UCF at Maryland (3:00 p.m., FS1): The start time for this one nearly pushes it to the afternoon shift, but this one might be worth turning to. The Terrapins, led by former Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, upset Texas in week one and flattened FCS Towson in their two games this season. The Knights, like the ‘Noles, have only played one game this season due to Hurricane Irma - their opening blowout of FIU. This statistic is obviously skewed by the fact that these teams have played one and two games, respectively, but presently the Knights and Terrapins rank No. 1 and No. 2 in points per game.
In other games: In what is becoming a weekly feature, this is your ‘Will Grier and the Mountaineers are going to light it up at noon against inferior competition’ warning. WVU heads to Kansas this week. Also at noon is Texas Tech at Houston, which might be a decent show.
Afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern)
Alabama at Vanderbilt (3:30 p.m., CBS): The No. 1 Crimson Tide open their SEC schedule in Nashville with the Commodores. Vandy, after three weeks, leads the nation in total defense, and I’ve seen it suggested that they may be able to subdue Alabama on that basis. I’d probably note the opponents that the ‘Dores have conquered on their way to that distinction, but, narratives, I guess. Vanderbilt does have a legit defense, but they also have a pretty pedestrian offense, by most standards.
Taking down the top-ranked Tide is a tall order, and one that I don’t know that the Commodores are up to. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this game start slowly though, with both defenses shining early. Bonus reason to watch: You can scout the ‘Dores before Florida meets them next week.
TCU at Oklahoma State (3:30 p.m., ESPN): The No. 16 Horned Frogs visit the No. 6 Cowboys in a clash of two ranked undefeated Big 12 teams. This one wasn’t close last year, and most expect a OSU win at home. QB Mason Rudolph has been a productive leader for the Cowboys, while TCU’s Kenny Hill has had an issue with throwing to the wrong team - including giving up two picks to OSU last year. The Horned Frogs come to Stillwater fresh off of overpowering the Arkansas Razorbacks in week three.
Michigan at Purdue (4:00 p.m., FOX): One of these weeks I’ll be able to stop recommending the No. 8 Wolverines as a possible viewing option. Michigan hasn’t set the world on fire since toppling the Gators, but they have won each week. The Wolverines now take their red zone woes, without WR Tarik Black, to Purdue to face new head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers, who are fresh off a flattening of Missouri and have showed promise and improvement on both sides of the ball this year. This one has the potential to be much closer than the casual observer may expect.
In other games: The undefeated USC Trojans travel to Cal at 3:30. There’s not much else of interest this afternoon. I’ll note that Oklahoma plays at Baylor at 6:30, in ‘Games That Would Have Been Interesting A Few Years Ago’ news.
Evening (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern)
Of course, you will be watching Florida at Kentucky, at 7:30 p.m., on the SEC Network.
In other games: I’ll note the other big match-up on the evening agenda is the No. 17 Mississippi State Bulldogs, those recent Tiger tamers, going between the hedges to take a crack at No. 11 Georgia. You could probably get a little bit of this one in before flipping to Gators vs. Wildcats.
And here’s your schedule table.
Schedule for Saturday, September 23, 2017
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|UNLV at Ohio State||12:00 p.m.||BTN|
|NC State at Florida State||12:00 p.m.||ABC / ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Kent State at Louisville||12:00 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Texas Tech at Houston||12:00 p.m.||ABC / ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Army at Tulane||12:00 p.m.||CBSSN|
|Texas A&M at Arkansas||12:00 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|UMass at Tennessee||12:00 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|West Virginia at Kansas||12:00 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech||12:20 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|New Mexico at Tulsa||1:30 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Old Dominion at Virginia Tech||2:00 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Idaho at South Alabama||2:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Ohio at Eastern Michigan||2:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|UCF at Maryland||3:00 p.m.||FS1|
|Alabama at Vanderbilt||3:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Boston College at Clemson||3:30 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|USC at California||3:30 p.m.||ABC / WatchESPN|
|TCU at Oklahoma State||3:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Toledo at Miami||3:30 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Rutgers at Nebraska||3:30 p.m.||BTN|
|Georgia Southern at Indiana||3:30 p.m.||BTN|
|Wake Forest at Appalachian State||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Duke at North Carolina||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Louisiana Tech at South Carolina||3:30 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Miami (OH) at Central Michign||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Cincinnati at Navy||3:30 p.m.||CBSSN|
|Michigan at Purdue||4:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Louisiana Monroe at Louisiana||5:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Nevada at Washington State||6:00 p.m.||PAC12|
|Akron at Troy||6:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Georgia State at Charlotte||6:00 p.m.|
|Oklahoma at Baylor||6:30 p.m.||FS1|
|Western Illinois at Coastal Carolina||6:30 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|UAB at North Texas||6:30 p.m.|
|Mississippi State at Georgia||7:00 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|San Diego State at Air Force||7:00 p.m.||CBSSN|
|Syracuse at LSU||7:00 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Ball State at Western Kentucky||7:00 p.m.|
|Florida Atlantic at Buffalo||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Bowling Green at Middle Tennessee||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Arkansas State at SMU||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Wagner at Western Michigan||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Penn State at Iowa||7:30 p.m.||ABC / WatchESPN|
|Auburn at Missouri||7:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Florida at Kentucky||7:30 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Florida International at Rice||7:30 p.m.|
|Utah State at San Jose State||7:30 p.m.|
|UT San Antonio at Texas State||7:30 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|UTEP at New Mexico State||8:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Southern Illinois at Memphis||8:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Notre Dame at Michigan State||8:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Washington at Colorado||10:00 p.m.||FS1|
|Oregon at Arizona State||10:00 p.m.||PAC12|
|Hawaii at Wyoming||10:15 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|UCLA at Stanford||10:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|