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College Football Week 9 - TV Schedule, Game Times, and Open Thread

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We start with a spooky Oregon vs ASU matchup on Thursday night.

Husky fans will always have Halloween nightmares about this Oklahoma State QB.
Husky fans will always have Halloween nightmares about this Oklahoma State QB.
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College football always brings out the crazies.  Am I right Temple fans?

(By the way, enjoy your College Gameday experience this weekend, Owl fans.  Be sure to say "hi" to Cuog fans)

On the field, there is a bevy of compelling matchups for you as a discerning college football fan to concern  yourself with and, if necessary, cancel Halloween for your children over.  Here are some things that I'll be watching:

  • The Oregon / ASU matchup is very interesting not just because it is a #Pac12AfterDark game, but it involves two struggling teams who still have enough runway to become factors again in their respective division.  I covered my pick right here, in case you are interested.  I'll be very curious to see how Vernon Adams handles the clever blitzing that we are sure to see out of Todd Graham's defense.  Keep in mind that VA came to Oregon in order to improve his NFL stock.  This could be a make or break game when it comes to establishing his draftability.
  • #11 Florida travels to Georgia on Saturday in a game that is very important to the overall playoff picture.  If Florida can beat Georgia, their path to the SEC title game becomes very manageable.  The odds of the SEC getting a second playoff team - the loser of the SEC Championship game - goes from "remote possibility" into the realm of "plausible" if Florida meets either Alabama or LSU in that game.
  • #15 Michigan travels to Minnesota in what will be the first game that the Gophers will play since head coach Jerry Kill was forced to retire due to health concerns.  Kill, as many of you know, developed epilepsy after his treatment for kidney cancer many years ago.  Recently, he's experienced two more seizures during working hours and made the heart-breaking decision to step aside so at to not be a distraction.  Anybody who knows both the Minnesota situation and the man himself can easily see that Coach Kill did more with less than just about any coach in the nation.  He is an excellent human being and I fully expect his players to come out and give Michigan just about everything they have.  I'm not calling the upset, but I think "UPSET ALERT" ought to be turned on..
  • If you want my best upset pick, turn your attention to the Big 12.  #12 Oklahoma State, which has not lost a game since then true freshman Mason Rudolph made his first start of the season last year against Baylor, travels to Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders have been better - particularly on offense - than their record suggests and seem to match up relatively well against the Cowboys.  I think that this will turn into a good ol' fashioned shootout with the Red Raiders winning it at the end.
That's all I got for you, Dawg fans.  Enjoy your holiday weekend and use this post as your College Football Open Thread.

And, if you happen to see this guy whereever you might find yourself this weekend, be sure to hide your children.

Seriously, friend, those are some cute Flordia Gator fans all around you.  I get that you might be occupied with trying to calculate the volume capacity in your refrigerator, but try to enjoy yourself in the process!

CFB Week 9 Full Schedule

Thu, Oct 29, 2015
7:00 PM ET
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North Carolina at (23) Pittsburgh
7:30 PM ET
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West Virginia at (5) TCU
7:30 PM ET
CBSS
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
7:30 PM ET
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Buffalo at Miami (OH)
7:30 PM ET
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Texas State at Georgia Southern
10:30 PM ET
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Oregon at Arizona State
Fri, Oct 30, 2015
7:00 PM ET
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Louisville at Wake Forest
7:00 PM ET
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East Carolina at Connecticut
8:00 PM ET
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Louisiana Tech at Rice
10:15 PM ET
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Wyoming at Utah State
Sat, Oct 31, 2015
12:00 PM ET
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Western Kentucky at Old Dominion
12:00 PM ET
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UCF at Cincinnati
12:00 PM ET
CBSS
South Florida at Navy
12:00 PM ET
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Illinois at Penn State
12:00 PM ET
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Nebraska at Purdue
12:00 PM ET
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Rutgers at Wisconsin
12:00 PM ET
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(19) Mississippi at Auburn
12:00 PM ET
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South Carolina at Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET
ABC
Syracuse at (17) Florida State
12:30 PM ET
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Virginia Tech at Boston College
1:00 PM ET
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Massachusetts at Ball State
2:00 PM ET
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Central Michigan at Akron
2:30 PM ET
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UTEP at Southern Miss
3:00 PM ET
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Georgia Tech at Virginia
3:00 PM ET
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USC at Cal
3:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Colorado at (24) UCLA
3:30 PM ET
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(3) Clemson at NC State
3:30 PM ET
CBSSEC Live
(11) Florida at Georgia
3:30 PM ET
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Marshall at Charlotte
3:30 PM ET
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(14) Oklahoma at Kansas
3:30 PM ET
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(12) Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
3:30 PM ET
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Maryland at (10) Iowa
3:30 PM ET
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Boise State at UNLV
3:30 PM ET
CBSS
San Diego State at Colorado State
3:30 PM ET
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Troy at Appalachian State
4:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
Tulsa at SMU
4:00 PM ET
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Tennessee-Martin at Arkansas
5:00 PM ET
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Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana-Lafayette
7:00 PM ET
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Georgia State at Arkansas State
7:00 PM ET
CBSS
Tulane at (16) Memphis
7:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Oregon State at (13) Utah
7:00 PM ET
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Vanderbilt at (18) Houston
7:00 PM ET
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Miami (FL) at (22) Duke
7:00 PM ET
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(15) Michigan at Minnesota
7:00 PM ET
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Texas at Iowa State
7:00 PM ET
ASN
Texas-San Antonio at North Texas
7:30 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Tennessee at Kentucky
8:00 PM ET
ABC
(9) Notre Dame at (21) Temple
8:00 PM ET
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Idaho at New Mexico State
10:30 PM ET
CBSS
Air Force at Hawaii
10:30 PM ET
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(8) Stanford at Washington State
11:00 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Arizona at Washington