Week 3 of college football lost a little bit of shine when Miami-Florida State moved to October (Clemson-Louisville moved down to fill the Week 3 primetime slot), but there’s still enough to like about the schedule.
Once again, things don’t really get moving until Saturday evening. Tigers-Cardinals is by far the biggest game on the board. Clemson’s monstrous defense is coming off an 11-sack game, but Lamar Jackson’s put up 1,010 yards through two weeks. That’ll work.
Below, the Watch Grid suggests at least one game in each time slot, along with the best backup options. No Grid for Thursday and Friday this week, because there are only four total games on those days.
Thursday, Sept. 14 college football schedule
Maybe watch: New Mexico at Boise State, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN
Two mid-majors coming off disappointments! UNM’s coach is under investigation! College football seems to have punted more Thursdays to the NFL than usual this year.
Friday, Sept. 15 college football schedule
Maybe watch: Illinois at No. 22 USF, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN
Lovie Smith’s return to Tampa! The Illini look a little better than expected, and the Bulls have somewhat underwhelmed so far.
It’s football: UMass at Temple, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN
It’s football: Arizona at UTEP, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN
Saturday, Sept. 16 college football schedule
The early going is dismal. Josh Rosen’s Bruins are on #BodyClock watch at Memphis in a 9 a.m. PT game, while Pitt shakes off a loss to throw-it-around-the-yard Penn State by hosting throw-it-around-the-yard OSU.
The Tennessee-Florida thing will be grueling but will have a very dumb finish, so be sure you catch that part. Purdue-Missouri is your CFB Twitter Hipster Game of the Week, and Army-Ohio State is worth monitoring, just to see if even wingless Army can pass on the Buckeyes.
As always, the night is good. Clemson-Louisville is your main event, but plenty is going on otherwise, including some non-power games that could get real nuts, Arizona State-Texas Tech going for 300 combined points, the noisy Texas-USC game that could just be a blowout, and Ole Miss demonstrating it’s the rare SEC team with the emotional equipment to barrel into #Pac12AfterDark.