There are over fifty college football games airing on nationally available networks Saturday. And while trying to watch all of them sounds like a fan’s dream, you only have so many eyeballs to use and so many hours in the day. Understanding those issues, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best games that are worth organizing your weekend schedule around, helpfully broken down into ‘good games’ and ‘great games.’ Enjoy!
(Each section’s games are listed in chronological order.)
No. 20 Kansas State at Iowa State, Noon ET, Fox Sports 1
We’re not going to pull any punches: This isn’t the greatest weekend college football slate known to man. With powerhouse teams across the country feasting on non-conference directional school cupcakes you’ve never heard of in the early weeks of the season, it’s a little more difficult than usual to fill the ‘good games’ section. But when in doubt, go with a conference matchup. Big 12 foes Kansas State and Iowa State square off at noon eastern time, and that should get your football day off to a solid start.
No. 15 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
See above. Conference games > most non-conference games. Vanderbilt was underwhelming in a lopsided home loss to Temple last week, but the start of SEC play could bring out the best in the Commodores. Ranked teams on the road in league play are always worth keeping an eye out on for upset potential, even if Vandy’s start to the season didn’t inspire a ton of confidence that it will happen in Nashville on Saturday.
East Carolina at No. 21 South Carolina, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Quick, which of these programs boasts more wins against the other in nine total meetings since 1991? The answer might surprise you: It’s East Carolina. The Pirates always seem to play tough against Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks, and South Carolina can’t afford another home defeat after getting blown out by Texas A&M in week one.
BYU at Texas, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1
Neither team is ranked, but at least you’re getting two programs with national followings in what should be an entertaining evening game. Texas enters game two of the Charlie Strong era after a 31-point win over North Texas (see: ‘directional school’), but should get a slightly better test (and measuring stick of where the program sits currently) when the Cougars come to Austin.