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Gameday Central: Bye Week Edition

Florida State has a much needed bye week before taking on division rival Clemson. So sit back, relax, and watch ALL THE FOOTBALL.

Who likes bye weeks? Raise your hand.
Who likes bye weeks? Raise your hand.
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Bye weeks are perfect for keeping an eye on 'Nole opponents and  today is no exception. Join us at Gameday Central as we talk football all day.

First, Bud Elliot has the top 15 picks of the week. He thinks Tennessee is going to go into Norman and really put up a good, no, they'll probably get blasted. Remember when FSU went on the road to Norman with some new coaches and a couple fistfuls of hope?

In the Noon slot, we get Virginia Tech. No, FSU doesn't play VT in the regular season.. However, VT has a chance to once again separate themselves from the rest of the Coastal. The Hokies are riding high after getting a big win against Ohio State. However, they are only a 9.5 to 11.5 point favorite over East Carolina (Click here for this weekends odds).

Syracuse plays Central Michigan. Sure, the power 5 teams should blast them right? Maybe not. The Chippewas are 2-0 and crushed Purdue (still cannot confirm Purdue plays football). Cuse is only a 5 point favorite and this game might provide some serious goacc moments.

Pitt plays FIU in what should be a blowout. FIU lost to Bethune-Cookman their first game so Pitt  being favored by 25 sounds right. Pitt has looked decent this year and could also challenge for the ACC Coastal crown.

The best ACC match up in the noon slot is Louisville at Virginia. Virginia earned a lot of respect for playing UCLA close. Of course, there's a good chance UCLA isn't any good as seen by their escape from mighty Memphis the following week. That didn't stop Phil Steele from picking Virginia to win by one.

In the 3:30 slot, the ACCtion keeps on rolling with Arkansas State at Miami. The Hurricanes are favored by a healthy 16 points. However, if the Canes struggle, they could be in for a long season. The Canes will be without WR Stacey Coley as he recovers from shoulder injury. Also, defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad has been suspended for the season.

NC State has not looked great this year with come-from-behind wins against Georgia Southern and Old Dominion. That's not going to give the Pack coaching staff the warm fuzzies as they travel to Tampa to play USF. NC State is a measly 1.5 point favorite.

The only ranked vs ranked game is in the afternoon slot. Georgia and their rushing attack have looked great early in the season. They play South Carolina who has already taken a beating from Texas A&M. Will the Gamecocks recover? Was A&M beat down a fluke? No, not likely. At all.

In the evening, we get Wake at Utah State and nope, not watching, because screen grab of Wake's rushing against 0-2 GARDNER-WEBB.

USC, after winning what was basically a NSFW game against Stanford, has to head east (like, WAY EAST), to play Boston College. How the Trojans recover from a close, hard fought, ugly, UGLY game, will be interesting to watch. Still, the Eagles are a 17 point dog and are likely looking at a 1-2 start.

Finally, we get to Florida. There was much rejoicing and hope from UF fans after the Gators dismantled Eastern Michigan. Sure, the Eagles escaped Morgan State by 3 the week before. Ok, yes, fine, the Eagles went 2-10 last year and likely haven't improved. But look, UF is number one in points for and points against. Numbers don't lie. I don't see how that's likely to change over the course of say, 15 more weeks of football.  But seriously, the Gators do look improved. There was running and catching and touchdowns and general football things that UF simply couldn't do last year. Kentucky might play close for a bit. But in the Swamp, against what appears to be an improved team, the 18.5 point spread might not be enough.

Still can't decide what to watch? SB Nation helps you sort through a long day of football.

All games, times, and network information:

Time Road Home TV Streaming
Noon ET East Carolina No. 17 Virginia Tech ESPN
Noon ET UCF No. 20 Missouri SEC Network
Noon ET Kent State No. 22 Ohio State ABC/ESPN2
Noon ET Indiana Bowling Green ESPNU
Noon ET Syracuse Central Michigan ESPNews
Noon ET Boise State Connecticut ESPN2
Noon ET Pittsburgh FIU FS1
Noon ET Georgia Southern Georgia Tech RSN
Noon ET Ohio Marshall CBSSN
Noon ET West Virginia Maryland Big Ten Network
Noon ET Massachusetts Vanderbilt FSN
12:30 p.m. ET No. 21 Louisville Virginia ACC Network
1 p.m. ET Eastern Illinois Illinois State CSN-CHI
1 p.m. ET Wagner Monmouth
2 p.m. ET Air Force Georgia State
2 p.m. ET Wyoming No. 2 Oregon Pac-12 Network
3 p.m. ET Indiana State Ball State
3 p.m. ET UC Davis Colorado State FS1
3:30 p.m. ET No. 6 Georgia No. 24 South Carolina CBS
3:30 p.m. ET Alabama A&M UAB ASN
3:30 p.m. ET Arkansas Texas Tech ABC
3:30 p.m. ET Arkansas State Miami ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET Iowa State Iowa ESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Kansas Duke RSN
3:30 p.m. ET Miami (Ohio) Michigan Big Ten Network
3:30 p.m. ET NC State South Florida CBSSN
3:30 p.m. ET Lehigh New Hampshire ASN
4 p.m. ET Louisiana No. 14 Ole Miss SEC Network
4 p.m. ET Mississippi State South Alabama ESPNews
4 p.m. ET Minnesota TCU FS1
4 p.m. ET Illinois Washington FOX
4 p.m. ET Drake Western Illinois
5 p.m. ET Western Michigan Idaho
5 p.m. ET Army No. 15 Stanford Pac-12 Network
6 p.m. ET Southern Miss No. 3 Alabama ESPN2
6 p.m. ET Eastern Mich Old Dominion Cox 110
7 p.m. ET ULM No. 10 LSU ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Tulsa Florida Atlantic FCS
7 p.m. ET Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee MyTV30
7 p.m. ET UTSA Oklahoma State FSN
7 p.m. ET Abilene Christian Troy
7 p.m. ET Northern Illinois UNLV Mountain West Network!/watch-live
7 p.m. ET Wake Forest Utah State CBSSN
7 p.m. ET New Mexico Highland Northern Arizona FSN-AZ
7:30 p.m. ET Kentucky Florida SEC Network
7:30 p.m. ET (Indianapolis) Purdue No. 11 Notre Dame NBC
8 p.m. ET (Arlington, TX) No. 12 UCLA Texas FOX
8 p.m. ET No. 9 USC Boston College ESPN
8 p.m. ET Tennessee No. 4 Oklahoma ABC
8 p.m. ET Penn State Rutgers Big Ten Network
8 p.m. ET Navy Texas State ESPNews
8 p.m. ET New Mexico St UTEP Sinclair
8 p.m. ET SE Louisiana Tulane
8 p.m. ET Portland State Washington State Pac-12 Network
9 p.m. ET Rice No. 7 Texas A&M ESPN2
9 p.m. ET South Dakota Montana Cowles Montana Media
10 p.m. ET No. 16 Arizona State Colorado ESPNU
10:30 p.m. ET Nebraska Fresno State CBSSN
11 p.m. ET Nevada Arizona Pac-12 Network
Midnight ET Northern Iowa Hawaii Oceanic (PPV)