Football is back on television again tonight with the ranked TCU Horned Frogs kicking off this weekend’s action.
While there aren’t a whole bevy of games with national implications similar to what we saw with the UW/Auburn and Notre Dame/Michigan matchups last week, there are certainly some games to pay attention to, including a couple right here within our conference.
Let’s get into our Week 2 Rooting Guide for Washington Huskies fans. You’ll find the full TV / Streaming schedule just below.
UCLA at #6 Oklahoma
The PAC has some fixin’ up to do after UW’s disappointing loss to Auburn last week. Right now, the Big 12 looks like the biggest threat to the PAC 12 placing a team - even an undefeated-in-conference team - into the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma is the Big 12’s best team. By far.
It doesn’t hurt that UW gets to play UCLA this season. I know that the whole “transitive property” idea is weak sauce, but we cannot pretend that members of the selection committee do not apply it when the situation calls for it.
Can I get an eight clap?
#3 Georgia at #24 South Carolina
One of the consequences of Auburn’s win over UW is that the odds of the SEC sending two teams to the CFP increased substantially. Auburn gives the SEC a huge win over a top 10 team and, thus, boosts the resumes of any team that either plays Auburn or plays common opponents.
One of UW’s hopes is that Auburn comes out of the SEC as one of the top two teams (‘Bama is a given). Georgia’s trip to South Carolina looks like one of those opportunities to hang an early loss on a serious contender. The Gamecocks are a very tough out. While they don’t have anything flashy to offer on offense, they play a similar brand of bend-don’t-break defense that UW runs. They’ve got the bodies to really muddle up an opponents game plan and can definitely keep this one close with a chance to win at the end.
Go cocks (that’s what she said).
Rutgers at #4 Ohio State
I only put this here just so we could all have a reason to laugh at all of those ESPN commentators that raked UW over the coals for easily beating the “cupcake” that is Rutgers.
#2 Clemson at Texas A&M
I know that most of you hate Jimbo. I have a family friend whose husband worked in the FSU athletic department and whose best friend was Jimbo’s ex. From the stories I’ve heard, your disgust is well placed.
Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be a horrible thing to see Clemson have their automatic bid to the CFP put on probation with a loss to the Aggies. Jimbo does know or thing about coaching, has some real hosses on his team and gets to play at home. We ought to always be on upset alert with games like this early in the season.
#17 USC at #10 Stanford
I saw some debating on who we Husky fans ought to root for going on in a previous thread. This isn’t that complicated folks:
- before you win a national championship game, you must win a playoff
- before you can win a playoff game, you must win a conference
- before you can win your conference, you must win a division
USC is playing a team in our division. Full stop.
Root for USC. Nothing else matters.
If you’d like to qualify this rooting guide by saying something like “well, yeah, sure, but I hope Stanford puts up a good fight and gets Bryce Love on track so that they are better ranked when we play them”, fine. I’ll accept that.
But from a purely “what is best for UW” perspective, we really want USC to win this game. I’m sure that I’ll have no disagreements on this assertion in our comments below.
Below is the full schedule of Friday night and Saturday games. Consider this, as always, your open thread to discuss all college football action this weekend.
Friday Night Lights
|#16 TCU at SMU||5:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|New Mexico at #5 Wisconsin||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#18 Mississippi State at Kansas State||9:00 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Western Michigan at #21 Michigan||9:00 AM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Towson at Wake Forest||9:00 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Eastern Michigan at Purdue||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Liberty at Army||9:00 AM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Nevada at Vanderbilt||9:00 AM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Arizona at Houston||9:00 AM||ABC/ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Duke at Northwestern||9:00 AM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Georgia Tech at South Florida||9:00 AM||ABC/ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Georgia State at NC State||9:30 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|UCLA at #6 Oklahoma||10:00 AM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Holy Cross at Boston College||10:00 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|William & Mary at #12 Virginia Tech||11:00 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Portland State at #23 Oregon||11:00 AM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Air Force at Florida Atlantic||11:00 AM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Kansas at Central Michigan||12:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Arkansas State at #1 Alabama||12:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#3 Georgia at #24 South Carolina||12:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Rutgers at #4 Ohio State||12:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Ball State at #8 Notre Dame||12:30 PM||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|Colorado at Nebraska||12:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Buffalo at Temple||12:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Memphis at Navy||12:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|North Carolina at East Carolina||12:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Wagner at Syracuse||12:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Howard at Kent State||12:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Morgan State at Akron||12:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Lamar at Texas Tech||1:00 PM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Southern Illinois at Ole Miss||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|East Tennessee State at Tennessee||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|North Dakota at #9 Washington||2:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Iowa State at Iowa||2:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Youngstown State at #14 West Virginia||3:00 PM||AT&T Sportsnet||WVUSports.com|
|South Carolina State at #19 UCF||3:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Savannah State at #22 Miami||3:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Maryland at Bowling Green||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|UMass at Georgia Southern||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Appalachian State at Charlotte||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Eastern Kentucky at Marshall||3:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#2 Clemson at Texas A&M||4:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Southeastern Louisiana at #11 LSU||4:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|UT Martin at Middle Tennessee||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Southern at Louisiana Tech||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|UL Monroe at Southern Mississippi||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|UAB at Coastal Carolina||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Baylor at UTSA||4:00 PM||None|
|Indiana State at Louisville||4:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Wyoming at Missouri||4:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Fort Valley State at Valdosta State||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Texas Southern at Texas State||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Florida A&M at Troy||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Samford at Florida State||4:20 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Alabama State at #7 Auburn||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Kentucky at #25 Florida||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Western Illinois at Illinois||4:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Virginia at Indiana||4:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Arkansas at Colorado State||4:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Utah at Northern Illinois||4:30 PM||ESPNews||WatchESPN.com|
|Maine at Western Kentucky||4:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Florida Intl at Old Dominion||4:30 PM||beIN Sports||None|
|Incarnate Word at North Texas||4:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Fresno State at Minnesota||4:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#13 Penn State at Pittsburgh||5:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|New Mexico State at Utah State||5:00 PM||None|
|South Alabama at Oklahoma State||5:00 PM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Tulsa at Texas||5:00 PM||Longhorn Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Nicholls at Tulane||5:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Southern Utah at Oregon State||5:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Cincinnati at Miami (OH)||5:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|#17 USC at #10 Stanford||5:30 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|UTEP at UNLV||6:00 PM||AT&T Sportsnet||None|
|Sacramento State at San Diego State||6:00 PM||None||None|
|UConn at #20 Boise State||7:15 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|California at BYU||7:15 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#15 Michigan State at Arizona State||7:45 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|San Jose State at Washington State||8:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Rice at Hawai'i||8:59 PM||Spectrum Sports PPV||WatchStadium.com|