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Viewers' guide to college football

Viewers' guide to college football
Georgia running back Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 42-21 win over Clemson on Aug. 30. (Scott Cunningham / Getty Images)

MORNING

Boise State (1-1) at Connecticut (1-1)

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9 a.m., ESPN2

Had things worked out as planned — but do they ever? — this would have been a major league Big East game between schools that have played in the Fiesta Bowl since 2005.

Boise State joined the Big East only months before it imploded, forcing the Broncos back to the Mountain West. Longtime Big East member Connecticut missed the lifeboat to the Atlantic Coast Conference and got left behind in the reconfigured American Athletic.

9 a.m.: Kent State at Ohio State, Ch. 7; Massachusetts at Vanderbilt, Prime; East Carolina at Virginia Tech, ESPN; Syracuse at Central Michigan, ESPNews; Ohio at Marshall, CBS Sports; Pittsburgh at Florida International, FS1; Indiana at Bowling Green, ESPNU; West Virginia at Maryland, Big Ten; Central Florida at Missouri, SEC.

9:30 a.m.: Louisville at Virginia, KDOC.

MIDDAY

Wyoming (2-0) at No. 2 Oregon (2-0)

11 a.m., Pac-12 Network

Oregon is on sleepy-eyed indifference alert with this early kickoff at Autzen Stadium against a team it should dominate. The Ducks can afford to play sloppy without being noticed by any playoff selection committee member who has DirecTV, which still does not carry the Pac-12 Networks. Oregon is one week removed from a signature home win against Michigan State. Wyoming won the War of 17-12 against Montana and the War of 17-13 last week against Air Force.

No. 6 Georgia (1-0) at No. 24 South Carolina (1-1)

12:30 p.m., Channel 2

Verne and Gary will need a few extra minutes of air time to hype this game back to the luster it had when the schedule was released. Georgia held up its end in this early SEC East showdown by scoring an impressive opening win over Clemson. South Carolina has not cooperated, as Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks were blown out by Texas A&M and struggled last week to beat East Carolina.

12:30 p.m.: Arkansas at Texas Tech, Ch. 7; Iowa State at Iowa, ESPN; Kansas at Duke, FS West; North Carolina State at South Florida, CBS Sports; Miami (Ohio) at Michigan, Big Ten.

1 p.m.: Illinois at Washington, Ch. 11; Mississippi State at South Alabama, ESPNews; Minnesota at Texas Christian, FS1; Louisiana Lafayette at Mississippi, SEC.

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AFTERNOON

Louisiana Monroe (2-0) at No. 10 Louisiana State (2-0)

4 p.m., ESPNU

Don't let this battle of 2-0 teams fool you. One of these Louisiana teams is fixing to get crushed by the one that is coached by Les Miles. This game is part of the Southeastern Conference's "adopt a cream puff" program established to promote good-works cultural exchanges with schools from impoverished football conferences.

Tennessee (2-0) at No. 4 Oklahoma (2-0)

5 p.m., Channel 7

Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops backed up his never-ending campaign against the SEC propaganda machine by taking down Alabama in last year's Sugar Bowl. Crimson Tide fans complained they weren't ready to play after an emotional loss to Auburn. Oklahoma gets another crack at the SEC when much-improved (reportedly) Tennessee comes to Norman for a game critical for the Big 12 if it seeks to put its champion in the four-team playoff.

Penn State (2-0) at Rutgers (2-0)

5 p.m., Big Ten Network

Who knew this had a chance to be the Big Ten game of ... the year? Penn State is bouncing off the ceiling after getting released from NCAA prison Monday. The Nittany Lions are suddenly bowl eligible and looking to take command in the new Big Ten East division. This is the Rutgers' third league in three years. The Scarlet Knights, in 2012, won their Big East opener against South Florida and last year, as a member of the American Athletic, defeated Southern Methodist.

2 p.m.: Army at Stanford, Pac-12.

3 p.m.: Southern Mississippi at Alabama, ESPN2.

4 p.m.: Texas San Antonio at Oklahoma State, Prime; Wake Forest at Utah State, CBS Sports.

4:30 p.m.: Kentucky at Florida, SEC; Purdue vs. Notre Dame, Ch. 4.

5 p.m.: USC at Boston College, ESPN; UCLA vs. Texas at Arlington, Texas, Ch. 11; Navy at Texas State, ESPNews; Portland State at Washington State, Pac-12.

EVENING

Nebraska (2-0) at Fresno State (0-2)

7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

"Real" Nebraska heads west to play a toy-train replica of the Cornhuskers in a game where every paying fan will receive a print of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" signed by Tom Osborne.

Fresno State appears ill-equipped to handle this assignment after giving up 111 points in losses to USC and Utah. Then again, Nebraska warmed up by needing a late touchdown last week to avoid a possible home upset against McNeese State.

6 p.m.: Rice at Texas A&M, ESPN2.

7 p.m: Arizona State at Colorado, ESPNU.

8 p.m.: Nevada at Arizona, Pac-12.

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