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Week 8 college football TV schedule and open thread

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Here’s what to watch on a Saturday without the Gators.

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The Florida Gators are off on a bye this week, resting up for their big showdown with Georgia next week in Jacksonville. There are a few ranked-on-ranked matchups this week, a battle of unbeatens, some rivalry games, and a few significant SEC contests.

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)

Michigan at Michigan State (12:00 p.m., FOX): Do the (newly ranked) No. 24 Spartans have another upset in them? Find out when the No. 6 Wolverines come to town for this ranked rivalry slugfest.

Auburn at Ole Miss (12:00 p.m., ESPN): The offensively challenged Tigers should be able to find some success against a defense ranked in the 120s nationally, but if not, watch Gus Malzahn (reportedly) potentially coach for his job - despite a $32 million buyout! - in Oxford.

Oklahoma at TCU (12:00 p.m., ABC): The No. 9 Sooners return to the field after a bye, hoping to take down the Horned Frogs and get the taste of their loss to Texas out of their mouths.

In other games: The rest of the viewing choices in the noon slot are frankly pretty butt.

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

NC State at Clemson (3:30 p.m., ESPN): In a battle of undefeated teams, the No. 16 Wolfpack visit the No. 3 Tigers. Clemson is favored, but NC State has played the Tigers close and well in recent years. It’ll be the first major test for the Wolfpack, after an earlier scheduled contest with West Virginia was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

Alabama at Tennessee (3:30 p.m., CBS): The No. 1 Crimson Tide travel to Rocky Top to face former defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s Volunteers. The Vols managed to knock off Auburn last week - and win their first SEC game since 2016 - but taking down the Tide is a much, much taller order.

Memphis at Missouri (4:00 p.m., SECN): If those games featuring top teams get out of hand, you could always check on Florida’s next post-Georgia opponent, Missouri, against Memphis - a team which nearly upset No. 10 UCF last week. There will at least probably be offense on display.

In other games: Checking in on other ranked teams: one-loss Colorado is at No. 15 Washington (FOX) and No. 18 Penn State visits Indiana (ABC). You can also keep an eye on Wake Forest at Florida State (ESPN2), in case things go awry for the ‘Noles there.

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

Mississippi State at LSU (7:00 p.m., ESPN): The No. 22 Bulldogs are in Baton Rogue for a meeting with the No. 5 Tigers. This meeting of Florida’s vanquished SEC West opponents looms a bit larger than it did a week ago, since LSU knocked off Georgia, and could be a potential “trap” game for the Tigers if they look ahead to Alabama.

Oregon at Washington State (7:30 p.m., FOX): College GameDay is visiting Pullman for the first time ever for this battle of Pac-12 title hopefuls. The No. 12 Ducks are the conference’s primary playoff hopeful and need this win in order to keep any hope of that happening alive - but expect Mike Leach’s No. 25 Cougars to have some tricks up their sleeves.

Vanderbilt at Kentucky (7:30 p.m., SECN): The No. 14 Wildcats were off last week and were delighted to see Georgia go down. If Kentucky can win out, they’ll book a trip to the SEC title game. Florida can also control its fate, provided it wins out and the ‘Cats drop another conference game.

In other games: Undefeated No. 10 UCF is at East Carolina (7:00 p.m., ESPN2) and unblemished No. 2 Ohio State visits Purdue (7:30 p.m., ABC).

And here is your schedule table for today’s games.

Week 8 College Football Schedule

Match-up Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Match-up Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Tulsa at Arkansas 12:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Auburn at Ole Miss 12:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Illinois at Wisconsin 12:00 p.m. FS1
Northwestern at Rutgers 12:00 p.m. BTN
Maryland at Iowa 12:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Michigan at Michigan State 12:00 p.m. FOX
Oklahoma at TCU 12:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Miami (OH) at Army 12:00 p.m. CBSSN
Cincinnati at Temple 12:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Buffalo at Toledo 12:00 p.m. ESPN+ / WatchESPN
UNC at Syracuse 12:20 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Virginia at Duke 12:30 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Idaho State at Liberty 2:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Bowling Green at Ohio 2:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Florida Atlantic at Marshall 2:30 p.m.
Utah State at Wyoming 2:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Middle Tennessee 3:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Eastern Michigan at Ball State 3:00 p.m. ESPN+ / WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Central Michigan 3:30 p.m. ESPN+ / WatchESPN
Alabama at Tennessee 3:30 p.m. CBS
Colorado at Washington 3:30 p.m. FOX
Penn State at Indiana 3:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Kansas at Texas Tech 3:30 p.m. FS1
NC State at Clemson 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Wake Forest at Florida State 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Minnesota at Nebraska 3:30 p.m. BTN
Coastal Carolina at UMass 3:30 p.m.
UTEP at Louisiana Tech 3:30 p.m. ESPN+ / WatchESPN
Houston at Navy 3:30 p.m. CBSSN
Southern Methodist at Tulane 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Akron at Kent State 3:30 p.m. ESPN+ / WatchESPN
Louisana at Appalachian State 3:30 p.m. ESPN+ / WatchESPN
Memphis at Missouri 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
California at Oregon State 4:00 p.m. PAC 12
Georgia Southern at New Mexico State 6:00 p.m.
Mississippi State at LSU 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
UTSA at Southern Mississippi 7:00 p.m. ESPN+ / WatchESPN
UConn at South Florida 7:00 p.m. CBSSN
Texas State at Louisiana Monroe 7:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Vanderbilt at Kentucky 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Oregon at Washington State 7:30 p.m. FOX
Ohio State at Purdue 7:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Rice at Florida International 7:30 p.m. ESPN+ / WatchESPN
North Texas at UAB 7:30 p.m.
Old Dominion at Western Kentucky 7:30 p.m. ESPN+ / WatchESPN
Fresno State at New Mexico 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
USC at Utah 8:00 p.m. PAC 12
Arizona at UCLA 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
San Jose State at San Diego State 10:30 p.m. CBSSN
Nevada at Hawai'i 11:58 p.m.