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How to Watch College Football Today: Streaming Schedule, Rooting Guide, Open Thread, Upset Picks

It’s going to be a great day.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the first Saturday of the season with no undefeated PAC 12 teams. With Cal’s home loss to ASU last night, there are none left. And it’s still September.


I for one am glad that Cal’s playoff hopes are done. My aging heart couldn’t handle the intrigue of it all. Thankfully, we have a slate of games around the nation today that all have CFP implications. Here is your Washington Huskies rooting guide for Week 5:

Rooting Guide

Northwestern at #8 Wisconsin

Root for: Northwestern

The Jonathan Taylor Heisman campaign is officially under way. It would be nice if Pat Fitzgerald could slow it down today.

#18 Virginia at #10 Notre Dame

Root for: Virginia

Notre Dame’s close road loss to Georgia last week definitely was worthy of respect. If we want them bounced out of the mix for good, they are going to need to get hung with one more loss. Virginia may not be as good as their ranking, but they are good enough to do this task. Maybe.

Ole Miss at #2 Alabama

Root for: Cal

Cal beat Ole Miss last weekend. Ole Miss plays Alabama this weekend. ASU beat Cal last night. So ... if A is greater than B and B is greater than C would not C be greater than A? I’m going with it.

Nebraska at #5 Ohio State

Root for: the team in red

No, the other team in red.

WSU at #19 Utah

Root for: something that tops the greatest Coug It of all time

Because we love chaos in college football. Am I right?

Upset Picks

NC State at Florida State (-7)

Who in their right might is giving Free Willy Taggert seven points? I get that NC State hasn’t played anybody and that this is the ACC ... but still. Take the seven. You might even take NC State outright.

#18 Virginia at #10 Notre Dame (-12.5)

This is a pretty rich line for two teams that are probably more evenly matched than Brian Kelley would hope. I’m not going so far as to pick the Cavaliers, but I do like them to cover.

#5 Ohio State (-18.5) at Nebraska

Last I checked, Ohio State QB Justin Fields hasn’t played a road game. And his first will be in Lincoln. In a game that Nebraska head coach Scott Frost probably had circled back in February. Expect the Huskers to throw the kitchen sink at the Buckeyes and cover that spread.

Mississippi State at #7 Auburn (-11)

Auburn is probably the most overrated of all the top 10 teams now that Michigan is out. The problem is that Bo Nix is ... well ... still a freshman QB. Give me the Bulldogs in the straight up upset.

Middle Tennessee State at #14 Iowa (-24)

The Hawkeyes barely ever score 24 points total in a game. Winning by that much seems like a big stretch. This looks like an ATS opportunity.

Week 5 Full Viewing Guide

Enjoy some football on this beautiful autumn day. This is your College Football open thread.

Week 5 College Football Schedule

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Texas Tech at #6 Oklahoma 9:00 AM FOX
Northwestern at #8 Wisconsin 9:00 AM ABC
Middle Tennessee at #14 Iowa 9:00 AM ESPN
Rutgers at #20 Michigan 9:00 AM BTN
#23 Texas A&M at Arkansas 9:00 AM ESPN
Holy Cross at Syracuse 9:00 AM ACC Network
Northern Illinois at Vanderbilt 9:00 AM SEC Network
Kansas at TCU 9:00 AM FS1
BYU at Toledo 9:00 AM ESPN+ ESPN+
Buffalo at Miami (OH) 9:00 AM ESPNU
Central Michigan at Western Michigan 9:00 AM CBSSN
Delaware at Pittsburgh 9:30 AM ACCNX
#1 Clemson at North Carolina 12:30 PM ABC
Ole Miss at #2 Alabama 12:30 PM CBS
#18 Virginia at #10 Notre Dame 12:30 PM NBC
#21 USC at #17 Washington 12:30 PM FOX
Indiana at #25 Michigan State 12:30 PM BTN
Florida Atlantic at Charlotte 12:30 PM NFL
Georgia Tech at Temple 12:30 PM CBSSN
Wake Forest at Boston College 12:30 PM ACC Network
Iowa State at Baylor 12:30 PM ESPN
Minnesota at Purdue 12:30 PM ESPN2
Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Akron at UMass 12:30 PM NESN
Towson at #9 Florida 1:00 PM SEC Network
SMU at South Florida 1:00 PM ESPNU
Cincinnati at Marshall 2:00 PM None Facebook
New Mexico at Liberty 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
East Carolina at Old Dominion 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Arkansas State at Troy 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Louisiana at Georgia Southern 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Mississippi State at #7 Auburn 4:00 PM ESPN
UConn at #22 UCF 4:00 PM ESPN2
#24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
South Alabama at UL Monroe 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Nicholls at Texas State 4:00 PM ESPN3
UTEP at Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
UAB at Western Kentucky 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Rice 4:00 PM ESPN3
Stanford at Oregon State 4:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
#5 Ohio State at Nebraska 4:30 PM ABC
NC State at Florida State 4:30 PM ACC Network
Kentucky at South Carolina 4:30 PM SEC Network
Colorado State at Utah State 4:30 PM CBSSN
UNLV at Wyoming 5:00 PM ESPNU
Fresno State at New Mexico State 5:00 PM Fox Sports Arizona Plus
Houston at North Texas 5:00 PM None Facebook
Washington State at #19 Utah 7:00 PM FS1
UCLA at Arizona 7:30 PM ESPN
Hawai'i at Nevada 7:30 PM ESPN2