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Florida State football rooting guide, TV listings

Back by popular demand, Tomahawk Nation provides a rooting guide for FSU football fans, as well as full TV listings, for the first week of the 2015 college football season.

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Every week we are going to take a look at what results FSU football fans should be rooting for from across the country.  Regarding the rooting guide, our allegiance is solely to our beloved Florida State Seminoles.  Therefore, WE ARE CHOOSING TO ROOT FOR TEAMS BASED ON WHAT RESULT ULTIMATELY GIVES FLORIDA STATE THE BEST CHANCE OF RETURNING TO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF.

With that being said, in otherwise neutral match-ups, it will be advantageous for Florida State's playoff chances to pull for fellow ACC members.  Perception still matters in college football, and the stronger Florida State's schedule is perceived, the better FSU's chances of returning to the college football playoff become.  Unlike other conferences, however, this isn't about maintaining some irrational superiority complex, coat-tailing other school's accomplishments, or justifying your school's mediocrity based off conference affiliation.

Let's get to the games. With it being a typical lopsided first week of the season, and with no one having a record yet, we have the luxury of pulling for some crazy upsets.  The matchups are pretty straight-forward.

Friday Games

Baylor at SMU: SMU. Baylor is ranked ahead of FSU. Maybe Chad Morris brought some tricks with him from Death Valley. First team to 100 points wins.

Michigan State at Western Michigan: Western Michigan. Michigan State is ranked ahead of FSU and will obviously face Ohio State later in the season.

Saturday Games

Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia: ULM. UGA is ranked ahead of FSU and is the favorite to win the SEC East.

Auburn vs. Louisville: Louisville. The upset of a SEC West and playoff contender by the third best team in the ACC Atlantic would add a big win for one of FSU's opponents, thus increasing FSU's SOS, and would hugely aid the perception of the ACC.  Auburn is also ranked ahead of FSU.

Virginia at UCLA: UVA. UCLA is a popular, albeit trendy, pick to win the Pac-12 and make a playoff run. UVA is a bottom-tier ACC team. An improbable UVA upset would help bolster the ACC's perception by providing a quality OOC win and simultaneously knockout a playoff competitor for the 'Noles. Besides, FSU would only see UVA in Charlotte this season anyway, and that's unlikely.

Texas at Notre Dame: Notre Dame. A Fighting Irish win would (kind of) be a good win for the ACC and a Texas loss would hurt TCU and Baylor's SOS down the road.

New Mexico State at Florida: New Mexico State. The increase in FSU's SOS by UF having 6 wins instead of 5 at the end of the season is more than offset by a potential UF opening loss at home to New Mexico State. Blitz all night, Aggies.

Alabama vs. Wisconsin: Wisconsin. Alabama is ranked ahead of FSU and would probably still remain a bigger playoff competitor for FSU with a loss than Wisconsin would be.

Eastern Washington v. Oregon: Eastern Washington, who is rather familiar with Oregon's QB. Oregon is ranked ahead of FSU.

Arkansas State v. USC: Arkansas State. USC is ranked ahead of FSU.

Full Friday TV Listing

Time Road Home TV Streaming
3:30 p.m. ET Charlotte Georgia State ESPNU
7 p.m. ET No. 4 Baylor SMU ESPN
7 p.m. ET No. 5 Michigan State Western Michigan ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Rhode Island Syracuse
7 p.m. ET Fordham Army CBS Sports Network
8 p.m. ET Weber State Oregon State Pac-12 Networks
9 p.m. ET Kent State Illinois Big Ten Network
10:15 p.m. ET Washington No. 23 Boise State ESPN

Full Saturday TV Listing

Time Road Home TV Streaming
Noon ET Louisiana-Monroe No. 9 Georgia SEC Network
Noon ET Tennessee-Martin No. 17 Ole Miss SEC Network
Noon ET No. 21 Stanford Northwestern ESPN
Noon ET Colgate Navy CBS Sports Network
Noon ET Norfolk State Rutgers ESPNews
Noon ET Illinois State Iowa Big Ten Network
Noon ET Richmond Maryland ESPNU
Noon ET South Dakota State Kansas FSN Affiliates
12:30 p.m. ET Wofford No. 12 Clemson ACC Network
1 p.m. ET Youngstown State Pittsburgh
1 p.m. ET Maine Boston College
2 p.m. ET Portland State Washington State Pac-12 Networks
3:30 p.m. ET Louisville No. 6 Auburn CBS
3:30 p.m. ET Virginia No. 13 UCLA FOX
3:30 p.m. ET UTEP No. 18 Arkansas ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET BYU Nebraska ABC
3:30 p.m. ET Old Dominion Eastern Michigan
3:30 p.m. ET Penn State Temple ESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Florida Atlantic Tulsa CBS Sports Network
3:30 p.m. ET Morgan State Air Force RSRM/RSNW/RSSW+
3:30 p.m. ET Sam Houston State Texas Tech FSN Affiliates
3:30 p.m. ET Albany Buffalo
3:30 p.m. ET Presbyterian Miami (OH)
3:30 p.m. ET Howard Appalachian State
3:30 p.m. ET Wagner Rice SNY/CSCA/CST
4 p.m. ET Southeast Missouri State No. 24 Missouri SEC Network
4 p.m. ET Bowling Green No. 25 Tennessee SEC Network
4 p.m. ET Southern Illinois Indiana ESPNews
4 p.m. ET Savannah State Colorado State
5 p.m. ET Grambling State California Pac-12 Networks
6 p.m. ET Bethune-Cookman Miami
6 p.m. ET Troy NC State
6 p.m. ET Towson East Carolina
6 p.m. ET Gardner-Webb South Alabama
7 p.m.. ET No. 15 Arizona State Texas A&M ESPN
7 p.m. ET Akron No. 19 Oklahoma FSN PPV
7 p.m.. ET Florida A&M South Florida
7 p.m. ET Missouri State Memphis
7 p.m. ET Alabama A&M Cincinnati FCSN/FSOH
7 p.m. ET Louisiana Lafayette Kentucky ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Jackson State Middle Tennessee
7:30 p.m. ET Texas No. 11 Notre Dame NBC
7:30 p.m. ET McNeese State No. 14 LSU SEC Network
7:30 p.m. ET Georgia Southern West Virginia FSN Affilliates
7:30 p.m. ET New Mexico State Florida SEC Network
7:30 p.m. ET UNLV Northern Illinois CBS Sports Network
8 p.m. ET No. 20 Wisconsin No. 3 Alabama ABC
8 p.m. ET Eastern Washington No. 7 Oregon Pac-12 Networks
8 p.m. ET Texas State No. 10 Florida State ESPNews
8 p.m. ET Tennessee Tech Houston
8 p.m. ET Northern Iowa Iowa State Cyclones.TV
8 p.m. ET San Diego San Diego State
10 p.m. ET Mississippi State Southern Mississippi Fox Sports 1
11 p.m. ET Arkansas State No. 8 USC Pac-12 Networks