Week Six College Football Schedule And Viewer Guide

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

My general advice would be, find your seat at noon. Take a nap at four, and make a red bull run at five because the quality of contests is going to be strong until 2 AM.

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.

Early Games

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 Lehigh at Fordham CBSSN
Noon ET New Hampshire at Towson CSN
Noon ET Gardner-Webb at Charlotte WCCB
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.

Prime Time

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

Late Night

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.

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