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 fi...no, 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:
|Noon ET||East Carolina||No. 17 Virginia Tech||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||UCF||No. 20 Missouri||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||Kent State||No. 22 Ohio State||ABC/ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||Indiana||Bowling Green||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||Syracuse||Central Michigan||ESPNews||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||Boise State||Connecticut||ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||Georgia Southern||Georgia Tech||RSN||ESPN3.com|
|Noon ET||West Virginia||Maryland||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|12:30 p.m. ET||No. 21 Louisville||Virginia||ACC Network||ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||Eastern Illinois||Illinois State||CSN-CHI||csnchicago.com/page/live|
|1 p.m. ET||Wagner||Monmouth||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||Air Force||Georgia State||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||Wyoming||No. 2 Oregon||Pac-12 Network||pac12.com/live|
|3 p.m. ET||Indiana State||Ball State||ESPN3.com|
|3 p.m. ET||UC Davis||Colorado State||FS1||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|3:30 p.m. ET||No. 6 Georgia||No. 24 South Carolina||CBS||cbssports.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Alabama A&M||UAB||ASN|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Arkansas||Texas Tech||ABC||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Arkansas State||Miami||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Iowa State||Iowa||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Kansas||Duke||RSN|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Miami (Ohio)||Michigan||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|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||ESPN3.com|
|4 p.m. ET||Mississippi State||South Alabama||ESPNews||ESPN3.com|
|4 p.m. ET||Minnesota||TCU||FS1||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|4 p.m. ET||Illinois||Washington||FOX||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|4 p.m. ET||Drake||Western Illinois||ESPN3.com|
|5 p.m. ET||Western Michigan||Idaho||ESPN3.com|
|5 p.m. ET||Army||No. 15 Stanford||Pac-12 Network||pac12.com/live|
|6 p.m. ET||Southern Miss||No. 3 Alabama||ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|6 p.m. ET||Eastern Mich||Old Dominion||Cox 110|
|7 p.m. ET||ULM||No. 10 LSU||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|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||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|7 p.m. ET||Abilene Christian||Troy||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Northern Illinois||UNLV||Mountain West Network||themw.com/#!/watch-live|
|7 p.m. ET||Wake Forest||Utah State||CBSSN|
|7 p.m. ET||New Mexico Highland||Northern Arizona||FSN-AZ||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|7:30 p.m. ET||Kentucky||Florida||SEC Network||ESPN3.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET (Indianapolis)||Purdue||No. 11 Notre Dame||NBC||stream.nbcsports.com|
|8 p.m. ET (Arlington, TX)||No. 12 UCLA||Texas||FOX||foxsports.com/foxsportsgo|
|8 p.m. ET||No. 9 USC||Boston College||ESPN||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||Tennessee||No. 4 Oklahoma||ABC||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||Penn State||Rutgers||Big Ten Network||btn2go.com|
|8 p.m. ET||Navy||Texas State||ESPNews||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||New Mexico St||UTEP||Sinclair|
|8 p.m. ET||SE Louisiana||Tulane||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||Portland State||Washington State||Pac-12 Network||pac12.com/live|
|9 p.m. ET||Rice||No. 7 Texas A&M||ESPN2||ESPN3.com|
|9 p.m. ET||South Dakota||Montana||Cowles Montana Media|
|10 p.m. ET||No. 16 Arizona State||Colorado||ESPNU||ESPN3.com|
|10:30 p.m. ET||Nebraska||Fresno State||CBSSN|
|11 p.m. ET||Nevada||Arizona||Pac-12 Network||pac12.com/live|
|Midnight ET||Northern Iowa||Hawaii||Oceanic (PPV)|