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Your full Week 7 college football viewing guide.

NCAA Football: Alabama at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

It is a light but meaningful weekend as teams all across the country are getting their BYE weeks in. Nevertheless, there are still several matchups that Washington Husky fans will have a rooting interest in. Here are the key ones:

Week 7 Washington Huskies Rooting Guide

NC State at #3 Clemson

This one is obvious. The Huskies are assured a spot in the playoffs if they go undefeated and win the PAC 12 however, their resume doesn't look so good if there is a loss along the way. If we are talking about a one-loss Husky playoff team, some help will be required. Clemson hasn't been stellar themselves. A loss to an unranked NC State team could be useful if it ever came down to it.

#1 Alabama vs #9 Tennessee

A road loss to a top 10 SEC team won't exactly kill Alabama. However, it could create a little chaos in the SEC West where both Texas A&M and the Tide remain undefeated (with a matchup coming up). Chaos is good if you are looking at this from a UW positioning standpoint. Plus, anything that potentially bounces Alabama from the playoffs is good news for everybody else. Trust me, we don't want ‘Bama.

#10 Nebraska vs Indiana

We want a blowout here as anything that boosts Oregon’s SOS helps UW.


We as fans are probably most interested in seeing a WSU win here. Having the Cougs pumped up as a ranked team by the time the Apple Cup is useful. However, the flip side is that UCLA is probably still the best pound-for-pound team in the South. If you still think that them winning the South is realistic, it would be useful for them to be as highly ranked as possible by the time the PAC 12 Championship rolls around. That said, we are definitely playing WSU, so I’d root for them.

#2 Ohio State vs #8 Wisconsin

We need to be careful here. The Big Ten is a legitimate threat to get two teams in. If it were to happen, Wisconsin could well be that second team. If they were to pull of this home win and then lose close to tOSU in the Big Ten Championship, they'd have a legitimate argument for a playoff spot over a one-win PAC 12 champion. Keep in mind, in that scenario, they'd also have a win over a top 10 Nebraska team.

This could surely work in reverse and benefit tOSU (or Michigan, for that matter). Still, one has to presume that the Big Ten champ is most likely coming from the East. I'd rather see a dominating Michigan or tOSU claim the title with the loser from the West sporting at least two losses. Thus, I’d cheer for the Buckeyes.

College Football TV Guide - Week 7

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Illinois at Rutgers 12 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Iowa at Purdue 12 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Kansas State at (19) Oklahoma 12 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Lafayette at Army 12 p.m. CBSSN /
Minnesota at Maryland 12 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
NC State at (3) Clemson 12 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Vanderbilt at Georgia 12 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
(20) West Virginia at Texas Tech 12 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech 12:30 p.m. RSN / WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Virginia 12:30 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Eastern Michigan at Ohio 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Kent State at Miami, OH 2:30 p.m. ESPN3
WKU at Middle Tennessee 2:30 p.m. ESPN3
(1) Alabama at (9) Tennessee 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Ball State at Buffalo 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Bowling Green at Toledo 3:30 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Central Michigan at NIU 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Georgia State at Troy 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Kansas at (11) Baylor 3:30 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Louisiana Tech at UMass 3:30 p.m. ASN/NESN / ESPN3
(10) Nebraska at Indiana 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
New Mexico at Air Force (at Dallas, TX) 3:30 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
North Carolina at (16) Miami, FL 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
Northwestern at Michigan State 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
USC at Arizona 3:30 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Wake Forest at (14) Florida State 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
(24) Western Michigan at Akron 3:30 p.m. CBSSN /
(17) Virginia Tech at Syracuse 3:45 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Missouri at (18) Florida 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
(21) Utah at Oregon State 4:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
New Mexico State at Idaho 5:00 p.m. ESPN3
FIU at Charlotte 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV
Florida Atlantic at Marshall 7:00 p.m. ASN/MASN / American Sports
Iowa State at Texas 7:00 p.m. LHN/ / WatchESPN
(12) Ole Miss at (22) Arkansas 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
South Alabama at Arkansas State 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Texas State at ULM 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Tulsa at (13) Houston 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
UConn at USF 7:00 p.m. CBSSN /
UTSA at Rice 7:00 p.m. beIN Sports / beIN Video
Southern Miss at LSU 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Stanford at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. NBC /
Temple at UCF 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Arizona State at Colorado 8:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
(2) Ohio State at (8) Wisconsin 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Colorado State at (15) Boise State 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Nevada at San Jose State 10:30 p.m. CBSSN /
UCLA at Washington State 10:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
UNLV at Hawaii 11:59 p.m. Fox 5 Vegas / Oceanic PPV