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FSU football fan rooting guide, TV listings: Week 1

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Glorious, glorious college football is back. Which Week 1 results should Florida State football fans be rooting for? Plus, TV listings.

Heisman Trophy candidate Dalvin Cook leads AP preseason Top 5 FSU into a promising 2016 season.

The long, dark void in our lives is finally over. College football is back! Every week this season here at the Tomahawk Nation rooting guide, we’ll take a look at what results from across the country Florida State football fans should be rooting for. Since we’re #TalkinBoutTheNoles around here, we’ll be rooting for outcomes that will ultimately help FSU’s chances in securing a spot in the College Football Playoff, and our rooting guide will reflect as such. Of course every FSU fan has their attention laser-focused on Monday night’s matchup against the Ole Miss Bear Sharks Rebels in Orlando. Before Monday arrives however, the Seminole faithful have the luxury of getting to enjoy the weekend’s full slate of matchups with little to no anxiety.

Let’s get to the games! With so many out-of-conference games in week 1, the games are organized by the home team’s conference. Times listed are EST.


Georgia Tech vs. Boston College (Dublin, Ireland), Saturday, 7:30 a.m., ESPN2: Boston College. How about a 7:30 a.m. start to the college football season for those of us in the East? FSU fans should pull for BC to win in order to further bolster FSU’s strength of schedule given that the Noles don’t face Georgia Tech this year. Fans should be excited to watch this game before College Gameday comes on the telly, although the final score of this one could very well more closely resemble the final score of a soccer match than a college football game.

Richmond at Virginia, Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ACCN: UVa. The Bronco Mendenhall era begins in Charlottesville with a matchup against a tough in-state FCS opponent in Richmond. First fun fact: Richmond is the only school in America with an arachnid mascot. Second fun fact: UVa is terrible at football and might be the fourth best team in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Let’s not embarrass the conference, Hoos.

#18 Georgia vs. #22 North Carolina (Atlanta), Saturday, 5:30 p.m., ESPN: UNC. This would be a nice opening week win for the ACC over a SEC opponent in the Dawgs’ own backyard. More importantly, a UNC win over UGA could help FSU’s already stout strength of schedule down the road. The ‘Noles face the Heels in Doak on October 1st. Now that they’ve run Mark Richt out of Athens, who will Dawg fans blame if their team happens to under performs against UNC?

Florida A&M at Miami, Saturday, 6:00 p.m., ACCN: FAMU. Miami’s starters apparently lost to "FAMU" in a scrimmage against their scout team last week, so let’s hope that was some foreshadowing. Speaking of Mark Richt, will all 12 non-internet Miami fans show up for the first game of his era in their renovated stadium? Is Miami overlooking FAMU and FAU for their big trip to Boone in two weeks? Will Stacy Coley pull up to the game in a Maserati? Will Miami use tackling dummies as linebackers? Lots of questions for the Canes going in to the 2016 season.


#3 Oklahoma at #15 Houston, Saturday, 12:00 p.m., ABC: Houston. Can the Cougars ride that Peach Bowl momentum to knock off a team many have picked to return to the College Football Playoff and who is also ranked ahead of FSU? Noles fans should hope so.

Big 12

Missouri at West Virginia, Saturday, 12:00 p.m., FS1: West Virginia, for no other reason than to pull for a Big 12 win over a SEC opponent. Take note, other SEC East schools (cough, cough UF). This is how you schedule out-of-conference games. Props to Mizzou for not scheduling a community college and actually going on the road in week 1.

#10 Notre Dame at Texas, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., ABC: Texas. This is the Sunday night game, which is great. Heather Dinich put her potato in the Notre Dame playoff bucket, so that should give you enough reason to pull for a Texas upset. And quit straddling the fence on conference affiliation, Notre Dame. It’s not 1990 anymore. The quicker that the Notre Dame fringe playoff hype train can go away, the better it is for FSU’s playoff chances.

Big Ten

Hawaii at #7 Michigan, Saturday, 12:00 p.m., ESPN: Hawaii. Poor Hawaii. It’s a pain any time the Warriors have to leave the Island for away games. Imagine going from Hawaii to Australia back to Hawaii to Ann Arbor, Michigan in the span of 9 days. Go get that paycheck, Hawaii. Sleep on the plane ride back.

Bowling Green at #6 Ohio State, Saturday, 12:00 p.m., BTN: Bowling Green. Oh the irony of the idea of Bowling Green, the school where Urban Meyer started out as a head coach, pulling the upset of the year in week 1 and forcing Urban to contemplate early retirement. Again. We can dream.

#5 LSU at Wisconsin (Green Bay), Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC: Whisky. A Badgers upset in Green Bay would help FSU tremendously. LSU is a trendy pick to win the SEC West and make the College Football Playoff. Fans should tune in to see if Brandon Harris has developed in year 3 under Cam Cameron’s system (that’s a nice way of asking if Brandon Harris can complete a forward pass) because LSU won’t make it to the CFP with a one-dimensional offense. I’m personally excited to catch a rare glimpse of this unique mix of two college football fan bases come together. Are LSU fans excited to travel to Wisconsin? Will they trade in their corn dogs and Abita for some brats and Millereaux Lites? Will any LSU players try to sneak in a Lambeaux Leap? Will Les Miles enjoy the taste of Yankee Kentucky Bluegrass?

Miami (OH) at #17 Iowa, Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU: Miami. Not to be confused with another imitator program located in Coral Gables. FSU fans should pull for an early season RedHawks upset over the Corn People.

Pac 12

Kansas State at #8 Stanford, Friday, 9:00 p.m., FS1: Kansas State. This is a nice Big 12-Pac 12 out-of-conference game to open the year. FSU fans should certainly pull for a Kansas State upset, as Stanford is a Top 10 team and represents the Pac 12’s best chances at securing a spot in the College Football Playoff. Any hope of getting 2 ACC teams in the College Football Playoff will likely have to come at the Pac 12’s expense.

Rutgers at #14 Washington, Saturday, 2:00 p.m., PAC12: Rutgers. Is Wershingtin for real? Some analysts seem to think so. We don’t yet know for sure, but just to be safe, FSU fans should pull for a Rutgers upset over the Huskies.

Eastern Washington at Washington State, Saturday, 8:00 p.m., PAC12: Eastern Washington. EWU is a FCS powerhouse, and I wouldn’t bet against them embarrassing Wazzu at home. FSU fans should root for Eastern Washington because a Washington State loss would also hurt the eventual Pac 12 champion’s strength of schedule down the road, which could further hinder the Pac 12’s prospects of landing a spot in the playoff. At least Wazzu fans in attendance can take solace in an adult beverage or 7.

BYU vs. Arizona (Phoenix), Saturday, 10:30 p.m., FS1: BYU. Cougar fans might be the only ones who will be sober enough to survive this late night, potential 6 overtime thriller. A loss to future Big 12 member independent BYU would not be a great start for Arizona, a team competing for relevancy in the Pac 12 South. FSU fans should root for the BYU Pac 12 wrecking crew, who will have a chance to ruin Utah’s season next week and UCLA’s season the week after, for the same reasons listed in the EWU-WSU game above: a Zona loss would hurt the eventual Pac 12 champion’s strength of schedule down the road and hurt the Pac 12’s chances of securing a spot in the College Football Playoff.


#16 UCLA at Texas A&M, Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS: Texas A&M. Florida State fans should pull for an unranked and underwhelming Texas A&M squad to put a damper on yet another potential Pac 12 contender in week 1. Bruins QB Josh Rosen managed to tick off the Aggie faithful ahead of this important road game, which is never advisable but somewhat comical given that there’s only one stadium in the Pac 12 not named the Rose Bowl or the LA Coliseum that holds more than 70,000 people. Fans should be watching to see how Trevor Knight looks in his first game with Texas A&M. If things go poorly for him, I guess he can always just ride the Big 12 QB waiver wire one more time and transfer back to OU.

Louisiana Tech at Arkansas, Saturday, 4:00 p.m., SECN: La Tech. Every year it seems that Arkie starts off incredibly slow, often times to the embarrassment of the SEC. That’s enough of a reason for FSU fans to root for a La Tech upset on Saturday. Sure, Bret Bielema might be one of the worst people in college football, and yes it’s comical to listen to him drone on to anyone who will listen about how great the SEC is while he’s pulling in 3-star studded recruiting classes and losing to the likes of Toledo, but he’s currently got a documentary about himself on ESPNUand he has the Boot and a gleaming Liberty Bowl trophy stashed away inside Arkansas’ trophy case, so I guess he can say and do whatever he wants because he is the undisputed king of Northwest Arkansas.

Southern Miss at Kentucky, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU: Southern Miss. How about a little C-USA upset over SEC powerhouse Kentucky to open the season? FSU fans should pull for an underrated Southern Miss squad to upset UK because THEY JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO PLAY A FULL SEASON SCHEDULE IN THE SEC, PAWWWWWWWLLLLL.

UMass at #25 Florida, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., SECN: UMass. The Gators will open their 2016 season at home against UMass, a school that plays football apparently (Did you know UMass was a FBS program?). Congrats to former Oregon State third-string QB and former Alabama walk-on QB Luke Del Rio on winning the starting QB job at UF, and good luck against that stifling Minutemen defense at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday.

#20 Southern Cal vs. #1 Alabama (Dallas), Saturday, 8:00 p.m., ABC: USC. A Trojans upset over Bama in the "Which Fanbase Hates Lane Kiffin More But Just Slightly Less Than Tennessee" Kickoff Classic probably isn’t happening, but that sure would shake the college football landscape up in week 1. Regardless, FSU fans should root for USC because Alabama is ranked ahead of FSU.

#2 Clemson at Auburn, Saturday, 9:00 p.m., ESPN: Clemson. For the sake of FSU’s strength of schedule, for the sake of preserving the possibility of an epic Top 5 battle royale in Doak Campbell Stadium on October 29th, and for the sanity of ACC football fans everywhere, FSU fans should pull for Auburn With a Lake to pull this one out, as expected. On the flip side, FSU fans can watch to see if John Franklin III makes his debut for the Tigers against the Tigers.

TV Listings

Week 1
Date Time Channel Match Up
2-Sep 7:00 BTN Furman @ #12 Michigan St
7:00 ESPN3 Colgate @ Syracuse
7:30 FSN Northwestern St @ #23 Baylor
8:00 ESPN Colorado vs Colorado St (@ Denver)
8:00 FS1 Kansas St @ #8 Stanford
3-Sep 7:30 ESPN2 Boston College vs Georgia Tech (@ Dublin)
12:00 ABC #3 Oklahoma vs #15 Houston (@ Houston)
12:00 ESPN Hawaii @ #7 Michigan
12:00 BTN Bowling Green @ #6 Ohio St
12:00 FS1 Missouri @ West Virginia
12:00 ESPNU NC State @ East Caolina
2:00 P12 Rutgers @ #14 Washington
3:30 ABC #5 LSU vs Wisconsin (@ Green Bay)
3:30 CBS #16 UCLA @ Texas A&M
3:30 ESPNU Miami (OH) @ #17 Iowa
3:30 FSN SE Louisiana @ #21 Oklahoma St
5:00 P12 UC Davis @ #24 Oregon
5:30 ESPN #18 Georgia vs #22 North Carolina (@ Atlanta)
6:00 ESPN3 Florida A&M @ Miami
7:00 ESPN3 Tulane @ Wake Forest
7:00 ESPN3 Towson @ South Florida
7:30 SECN Umass @ #25 Florida
8:00 ABC #1 Alabama vs #20 USC (@ Arlington)
8:00 FSN South Dakota St @ #13 TCU
8:00 BTN Fresno St @ Nebraska
9:00 ESPN #2 Clemson @ Auburn
10:30 FS1 Arizona vs BYU (@ Glendale)
4-Sep 7:30 ABC #10 Notre Dame @ Texas
5-Sep 8:00 ESPN #4 Florida St vs #11 Ole Miss (@ Orlando)