College football viewer’s guide: Game times, channel info and analysis

Oregon v Michigan State

Michigan State will try to avenge a 19-point loss to Oregon last season when Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota helped the Ducks score 28 unanswered points to close the game.

(Chris Pietsch / Associated Press)


Oregon State (1-0) at Michigan (0-1)

9 a.m., Channel 7

First meeting between the programs since 1986 in Ann Arbor, when a quarterback named Jim Harbaugh led Michigan to a 31-12 victory.


Harbaugh is now Michigan’s coach, of course, looking to pick up his first win after losing last week’s debut at Utah.

First-year Oregon State Coach Gary Andersen won his much-easier debut against Weber State.

Michigan is 44-24-1 against Pac-12 schools in the regular season but 9-11 in bowl games. Bo Schembechler, remember, was 2-8 in the Rose Bowl.

Cal State Sacramento (1-0) at Washington (0-1)


11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks

Sacramento hopes to feed off of Portland State’s vibe and pull off a major upset against a major program in Washington.

The Pac-12’s early reputation already is battered and it can’t afford another gaffe against a lower-division team. You would think Washington is a cinch but the Huskies struggled in last year’s home opener against Eastern Washington before escaping, 59-52.

8:30 a.m.: South Florida at Florida State, ESPN; 9 a.m.: Buffalo at Penn State, ESPN2; Houston at Louisville, Prime; Kansas State at Texas San Antonio, FS1; Indiana State at Purdue, ESPNews; Army at Connecticut, CBS Sports; Miami (Ohio) at Wisconsin, ESPNU; Bowling Green at Maryland, Big Ten; Jacksonville State at Auburn, SEC. 9:30 a.m.: Wake Forest at Syracuse, KDOC.


No. 9 Notre Dame (1-0) at Virginia (0-1)

12:30 p.m., Channel 7

Here’s an early chance for UCLA fans to gauge last weekend’s opening win over Virginia at the Rose Bowl. A 50-0 Notre Dame victory might serve to curb some of UCLA’s enthusiasm. A tight game, though, could bode well for the Bruins’ prospects.


Washington State (0-1) at Rutgers (1-0)

12:30 p.m., ESPNU

Crisis counselors are on speed dial after horrific opening weekends. Washington State’s woes came on the field with a home loss to Portland State. Rutgers got clobbered off the field as news of possible NCAA violations involving Coach Kyle Flood were followed by the arrest of five players in connection with an alleged home invasion. The Rutgers’ governing board has ordered an emergency meeting Friday that hopes to wrap up before the “Beat Wazzu!!” pep rally.

Hawaii (1-0) at No. 1 Ohio State (1-0)

12:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Hawaii faces a defending national champion for the first time since losing, 63-17, to USC in early September of 2005. Hawaii will be lucky to keep this game that close. The Warriors did upset Colorado last week, with the help of USC transfer Max Wittek, who became the first Hawaii quarterback with three touchdown passes in his debut.

Noon: Texas El Paso at Texas Tech, FS West. 12:30 p.m.: Georgia at Vanderbilt, Ch. 2; Fresno State at Mississippi, ESPN2; Tulane at Georgia Tech, Prime; Stephen F. Austin State at Texas Christian, FS1; Minnesota at Colorado State, CBS Sports; 1 p.m.: Eastern Illinois at Northwestern, ESPNews; Middle Tennessee State at Alabama, SEC. 1:30 p.m.: Iowa at Iowa State, Ch. 11. 2 p.m.: San Diego State at California, Pac-12.



No.19 Oklahoma (1-0) at No. 23 Tennessee (1-0)

3 p.m., ESPN

The Big 12 is looking to put a dent in the Southeastern Conference, which already has recovered from last year’s disappointing bowl season by placing a record 10 schools in this week’s Associated Press poll.

4 p.m.: East Carolina at Florida, ESPN2; Arizona at Nevada, CBS Sports. 4:30 p.m.: Lamar at Baylor, Prime; Kentucky at South Carolina, SEC.


No. 7 Oregon (1-0) at No. 5 Michigan State (1-0)

5 p.m., Channel 7

Saturday’s most intriguing matchup finds Michigan State looking to avenge last year’s 19-point loss in Eugene. The Spartans actually led by nine in the third quarter before Oregon, led brilliantly by quarterback Marcus Mariota, went on a 28-0 run to close out the game.

No. 14 Louisiana State (0-0) at No. 25 Mississippi State (1-0)

6:15 p.m., ESPN

Settle in for this huge SEC West game featuring teams from the best division in the galaxy. AP voters were obviously impressed by LSU’s canceled game against McNeese State. Mississippi State is out to win but will also try to break the Guinness World record (seriously) for “most people ringing cow bells simultaneously.”

No. 20 Boise State (1-0) at Brigham Young (1-0)

7:15 p.m., ESPN2

This is a matchup, arguably, of the best two programs outside the Power 5 conferences. Boise State held off Washington last week, 16-13, while BYU stunned Nebraska on a last-second Hail Mary despite losing quarterback Taysom Hill to another season-ending injury.

No. 13 UCLA (1-0) at Nevada Las Vegas (0-1)

7:30 p.m., CBS Sports

Always-keeping-track UCLA fans were outraged last week when “Games to Watch” failed to include any mention of the Bruins’ first game, yet chose to promote USC’s meaningless, late-night opener against a weak team from a non-Power 5 conference.

5 p.m.: Temple at Cincinnati, ESPNews; Idaho at USC, Pac-12; South Alabama at Nebraska, Big Ten. 7:15 p.m.: San Jose State at Air Force, ESPNU. 7:30 p.m.: Central Florida at Stanford, FS1. 8 p.m.: Cal Poly at Arizona State, Pac-12.

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