Friday Night Football
|8 p.m. ET||BYU||at||Utah State||CBSSN|
|9 p.m. ET||Nevada||at||San Diego State||ESPN|
BYU-Utah State was pretty damn fun the last time it was contested in Logan. So of course it is buried in the wilds of the CBS Sports Network. I guess I am watching Nevada and San Diego State then. That should pass the time well.
|11:30 AM ET||Air Force||at||Navy||CBS|
|12 p.m. ET||Eastern Michigan||at||Buffalo||ESPN Regional, ESPN3.com|
|12 p.m. ET||25 Maryland||at||8 Florida State||ESPN|
|12 p.m. ET||Penn State||at||Indiana||Big Ten Network|
|12 p.m. ET||Michigan State||at||Iowa||ESPN2|
|12 p.m. ET||20 Texas Tech||at||Kansas||FS1|
|12 p.m. ET||Illinois||at||Nebraska||ESPNU|
|12 p.m. ET||Rutgers||at||SMU||ESPN News|
|12 p.m. ET||7 Louisville||at||Temple||SNY, WHAS, Altitude|
|12 p.m. ET||Ball State||at||Virginia||CSN-BALT, FSN, ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||New Hampshire||at||Towson||CSN|
|12:21 p.m. ET||Georgia State||at||1 Alabama||SEC Net, MSG, ESPN3.com|
|12:30 p.m. ET||North Carolina||at||Virginia Tech||ACC Network, ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||Army||at||Boston College||ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||Central Michigan||at||Miami (Ohio)||ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||South Alabama||at||Troy||ESPN3, Sun Belt Net, CSS|
|2 p.m. ET||Ohio||at||Akron||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||UTSA||at||Marshall||Time Warner Cable|
The One To Watch: #25 Maryland at #8 Florida State
I don't know if you heard, but Maryland has all of a sudden discovered competency. Much of that is Stefon Diggs related, but his mates are pretty good as well. It feels good. But it is probably not going to last, the Doak can be a bit sleepy, particularly for a noon kick, but the Noles should take control in the second half.
If You Like Tire Fires: Michigan State at Iowa
Two teams with elite, or in Iowa's case borderline elite defenses and iffy offenses butt heads. Should be fun, first one to 10 wins.
Of Cincinnatian Interest: Illinois at Nebraska, Rutgers at SMU, #7 Louisville at Temple, Central Michigan at Miami
There will be plenty of chances for the loss at Illinois to look better this year, but this might be the best of them. It is in Lincoln which will make things that much tougher. But Nebraska is turning to Tommy Armstrong to start in place of the injured Taylor Martinez. Neither defense is what you would good, but Nathan Scheelhasse is more than capilbe of replicating the performances of Brett Hundley (61 rushing yards, 294 passing yards, 3 TD's) or Brett Smith (94 rushing yards, 383 passing yards, 4TD's).
Rutgers and Louisville should both cruise in their respective American openers. Miami looked much better against Illinois and has a good chance to grab a win at home against a Central Michigan team that has regressed badly in year 4 of the Dan Enos experience.
Mid-Day Match Ups
|3 p.m. ET||Western Michigan||at||Toledo||ESPN3.com|
|3 p.m. ET||FAU||at||UAB|
|3 p.m. ET||Southern Illinois||at||South Dakota State||ESPN3.com|
|3 p.m. ET||Jacksonville State||at||UT-Martin||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Massachusetts||at||Bowling Green||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Northern Illinois||at||Kent State||Time Warner Sports, ESPN3|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Georgia Tech||at||14 Miami||ESPNU|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Minnesota||at||19 Michigan||ABC/ESPN2|
|3:30 p.m. ET||East Carolina||at||Middle Tennessee||FSN-FL, DET, SportSouth|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Kansas State||at||21 Oklahoma State||ABC|
|3:30 p.m. ET||3 Clemson||at||Syracuse||ABC/ESPN2|
|3:30 p.m. ET||6 Georgia||at||Tennessee||CBS|
|3:30 p.m. ET||North Texas||at||Tulane||FOX College Sports|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Rice||at||Tulsa||CBSSN|
|3:30 p.m. ET||NC State||at||Wake Forest||RSN, CSN-BALT, FSN-S|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Portland State||at||Montana||ROOT|
|4 p.m. ET||Washington State||at||California||FS1, ESPN3.com|
|4 p.m. ET||FIU||at||Southern Miss||CSS, CSN-HOU|
|4 p.m. ET||McNeese State||at||Central Arkansas||Southland TV|
|4:05 p.m. ET||Northern Arizona||at||Montana State||Maxmedia|
|4:30 p.m. ET||UCF||at||Memphis||ESPN3.com|
The One To Watch: #3 Clemson at Syracuse.
This is prime Clemsoning territory. The Tigers are on the road, in a venue they have never visited, against a team they have played only once and are favored by 14. Strange things happen to Clemson in games like this.
If You Like Tire Fires: FIU at Southern Miss
The Golden Panthers have lost five in a row. Southern Miss hasn't won since December. December of 2011 and they are on their third coach in as many seasons. Someone is going to win this game. It will not be pleasing for the neutral in any way shape or form. Good palate cleanser this.
Of Cincinnatian Interest: #6 Georgia at Tennessee, UCF at Memphis
Georgia has a good offense. Tennessee just gave up 24 points to South Alabama. South Alabama is not good at offense. Aaron Murray is probably going to have a breezy day it will be another thud of a game for Lyle. Meanwhile UCF must recover from a let down against South Carolina and invade the Liberty Bowl to face a Memphis team that has discovered competency for the first time after years in the wilderness. If you want a potential upset bid of an American front runner this would be it.
|5 p.m. ET||23 Fresno State||at||Idaho||KSEE 24|
|6 p.m. ET||2 Oregon||at||Colorado||Pac-12 Network|
|7 p.m. ET||24 Ole Miss||at||Auburn||ESPNU|
|7 p.m. ET||Arkansas||at||18 Florida||ESPN2|
|7 p.m. ET||Texas State||at||Louisiana-Lafayette||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||10 LSU||at||Mississippi State||ESPN|
|7 p.m. ET||New Mexico State||at||New Mexico||ROOT-NW, RM|
|7 p.m. ET||TCU||at||11 Oklahoma||FOX|
|7 p.m. ET||Cincinnati||at||USF||ESPN3.com|
|7:05 p.m. ET||Weber State||at||Eastern Washington||SWX|
|7:30 p.m. ET||22 Arizona State||vs.||Notre Dame||NBC|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Kentucky||at||13 South Carolina||FSN-S, DET, SunSports|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Louisiana Tech||at||UTEP||CBSSN|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Missouri||at||Vanderbilt||CSS, SportSouth|
|8 p.m. ET||West Virginia||at||17 Baylor||FS1|
|8 p.m. ET||4 Ohio State||at||16 Northwestern||ABC|
The Other One To Watch: West Virginia at #17 Baylor
I know that regular Down The Drive readers will be locked to the Bearcats and Bulls, but please, reserve your second screen for the Bears and Mountaineers. Baylor along is worth watching, just for their offense.
If You Like Tire Fires: Louisiana Tech at UTEP
Remember that one time when LA Tech passed on a bowl game because they thought they deserved a better bid. They were right, they did deserve better, but at the rate Skip Holtz is going we will have a new president before they get back to a bowl.
Of Cincinnatian Interest: Nothing
|10:30 p.m. ET||15 Washington||at||5 Stanford||ESPN|
|Midnight ET||San Jose State||at||Hawaii||Oceanic PPV|
The One To Watch: #15 Washington at #5 Stanford
The Arizona State USC game was far more interesting for what happened after it than what happened during it. Washington-Stanford has a legitimate chance to be fascinating. Stanford has looked the most vulnerable of all the top 5 teams in dispatching San Jose State, Army, Arizona State and Washington State. But they have won in typical Stanford fashion. Handing off to a running back you have never heard of 30 times a game, throwing safe play action passes down field to one of their 6 6'6" velocaraptor resembling tight ends and slowly strangling all the life out of you with their 3-4 defense.
Washington plays by a different script, they have the ground game to match Stanford, but they get real milage out of the hyper efficiency of Keith Price who is looking more like the 2011 version of himself, when he made everyone forget about Jake Locker, rather than the 2012 version when he just looked like Jake Locker. Keep an eye out for the Huskies defense as well. Extremely disruptive group, Shaq Thompson is a delight to watch.