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College Football Week 8 TV Schedule, Rooting Guide and Open Thread

The Huskies might be out of the Playoff race, but football goes on.

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With the Huskies ... and every other PAC 12 team ... effectively no longer College Football Playoff contenders, the Rooting Guide got significantly easier to construct. Along those same lines, I’m guessing that the passing interest that Husky fans might have in the Big 12 race or the fate of Notre Dame has all but disappeared.

Saturdays are now for lawn-mowing, Costco runs and reacquaintance sessions at the gym, at least until the Dawgs are on TV.

That’s fine. Still, there are some games of intrigue that Husky fans ought to be dialed into. After all, the Rose Bowl is still out there even if it is a consolation game against (at best) the Big Ten’s #2 team.

One of the games of interest happened last night. Unfortunately, the wrong team won when Stanford defeated ASU in an ugly all around effort. Stanford remains in control of their own destiny in the North despite not having anything resembling a top 25 team at this moment in time.

What else is out there? Let’s run them down.

Husky Fan Week 8 Rooting Guide

Auburn at Ole Miss

Root for: whatever

I’m only listing this game here to point out the fact that the Auburn Tigers are now unranked. That UW lost to Auburn and somehow remains in the top 20 seems odd to me. That win over BYU must have really impressed somebody.

Regardless, it would be nice to see Auburn show a pulse.

#6 Michigan at #24 Michigan State

Root for: Michigan State

The Huskies are now looking at a trip to the Rose Bowl as the only thing left to play for in this season. But, let’s be honest. Anything less than both a Rose Bowl trip AND a victory in the Grandaddy would make this season something more than a disappointment for not just fans but for all of the seniors who we all know in their heart of hearts saw themselves as something more. Thus, if you are willing to look that far ahead, I think it might be wise to root for UW landing an opponent that they might actually be able to handle. As it looks now, I wouldn’t want anything to do with either Michigan or with Penn State.

Go Sparty.

#12 Oregon at #25 Washington State

Root for: a bloodletting

Though my kids will have to grapple with the horror of separating each of my eyeballs from the forks that I will be stabbing them with while I do so, I’ll be watching this game with more than a passing interest.

Obviously, we all want WSU to win. That goes without saying. A WSU win over Oregon hangs the Ducks with two losses and puts UW’s fate in the North back in their own hands.

But a win, though sufficient, isn’t really enough. I’m rooting for a massacre. A humbling of Gary Busey proportions. I want to see the Cougs score 63, sack Justin Herbert eight times and force five turnovers. I want to see WSU win the battle at the line of scrimmage and for the time of possession. I want to see Butch pants the Duck and I want to see the Pirate bitchslap the Rookie.

In short, I want to live vicariously through Coug fans in exorcising the demons occupying my soul since last weekend.

Such an outcome might also prop up the confidence levels of the Cougs beyond their actual lot and might also serve the dual purpose of putting them at a handicap in their upcoming games. Who knows?

Regardless, we are all Cougs on Saturday.

Week 8 College Football TV and Streaming Guide

Friday Night Lights

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Colorado State at Boise State 6:00 PM ESPN2
Air Force at UNLV 7:00 PM CBSSN

Saturday Gameday

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#6 Michigan at #24 Michigan State 9:00 AM FOX
#9 Oklahoma at TCU 9:00 AM ABC
Maryland at #19 Iowa 9:00 AM ESPN2
#20 Cincinnati at Temple 9:00 AM ESPNU
Illinois at #23 Wisconsin 9:00 AM FS1
Buffalo at Toledo 9:00 AM ESPN+ ESPN+
Tulsa at Arkansas 9:00 AM SEC Network
Auburn at Ole Miss 9:00 AM ESPN
Northwestern at Rutgers 9:00 AM BTN
Miami (OH) at Army 9:00 AM CBSSN
North Carolina at Syracuse 9:20 AM ACC Network
Virginia at Duke 9:30 AM ACC Network
Idaho State at Liberty 11:00 AM None
Bowling Green at Ohio 11:00 AM None
Utah State at Wyoming 11:30 AM AT&T SportsNet
Florida Atlantic at Marshall 11:30 AM None Facebook
Charlotte at Middle Tennessee 12:00 PM None
Eastern Michigan at Ball State 12:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Western Michigan at Central Michigan 12:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
#1 Alabama at Tennessee 12:30 PM CBS
#16 NC State at #3 Clemson 12:30 PM ESPN
Colorado at #15 Washington 12:30 PM FOX
#18 Penn State at Indiana 12:30 PM ABC
Coastal Carolina at UMass 12:30 PM Eleven/NESN+
Houston at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN
SMU at Tulane 12:30 PM ESPNU
Akron at Kent State 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Louisiana at Appalachian State 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
UTEP at Louisiana Tech 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Wake Forest at Florida State 12:30 PM ESPN2
Minnesota at Nebraska 12:30 PM BTN
Kansas at Texas Tech 12:30 PM FS1
Memphis at Missouri 1:00 PM SEC Network
California at Oregon State 1:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Georgia Southern at New Mexico State 3:00 PM Eleven/FSN Aggievision
#22 Mississippi State at #5 LSU 4:00 PM ESPN
#10 UCF at East Carolina 4:00 PM ESPN2
UConn at #21 South Florida 4:00 PM CBSSN
UTSA at Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Texas State at UL Monroe 4:00 PM None
#2 Ohio State at Purdue 4:30 PM ABC
#12 Oregon at #25 Washington State 4:30 PM FOX
Vanderbilt at #14 Kentucky 4:30 PM SEC Network
Fresno State at New Mexico 4:30 PM ESPNU
Rice at Florida Intl 4:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
North Texas at UAB 4:30 PM beIN Sports
Old Dominion at Western Kentucky 4:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
USC at Utah 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Arizona at UCLA 7:30 PM ESPN2
San Jose State at San Diego State 7:30 PM CBSSN
Nevada at Hawai'i 8:59 PM Spectrum Sports PPV