Your Watch Grid guide to ... well, it’s a college football weekend!
Below, let’s sort your FBS viewing weekend by watchability. The Watch Grid motto: every college football weekend is a good college football weekend. Time to put that to the test! Week 11 boasts shockingly few real stakes, at least until the upsets start happening. The upsets gods must find a way to see us through. Below, the Watch Grid attempts to sort your weekend by watchability. As always, watchability is not determined by the quality of your favorite football team, because such glory cannot be contained within a spreadsheet of any size. But first, the remaining weeknights. Your streaming links are here. Thursday, Nov. 8 college football schedule Wake Forest at No. 14 NC State (7 ET, ESPN) is probably fine. I do not have many things to say about it. NC State probably wins comfortably and remains in the ACC Atlantic’s herd of potential New Year’s Six teams. Friday, Nov. 9 college football schedule Louisville at No. 13 Syracuse (7, ESPN2) is likely a demolition, with Cuse also remaining in that big ACC Atlantic group. No. 23 Fresno State at Boise State (10:15, ESPN2) could be really good, or it could just be yet another example of Fresno blasting past the point spread. The MWC is probably underrated as a whole, but Fresno could gain serious style points with a win over Boise. Or it could just be a good football game to watch! Saturday, Nov. 10 college football schedule Time (p.m. ET) WATCH THIS Maybe watch It's football Noon - #10 Ohio State at #18 Michigan State, Fox TCU at #9 West Virginia, FS1 - - South Carolina at #15 Florida, ESPN Navy at #12 UCF, ESPN2 - - Wisconsin at #20 Penn State, ABC Akron at EMU, WatchESPN - - Ole Miss at Texas A&M, CBS Tulsa at Memphis, ESPNU - - - SMU at UConn, WatchESPN - - - Kansas at Kansas State, FSN - - - BYU at UMass, BYUtv - - - Lafayette at Army, CBSSN - - - Vanderbilt at Missouri, SECN - - - Illinois at Nebraska, BTN - - - Maryland at Indiana, BTN 12:20 - - North Carolina at Duke, ACCN 1 - Troy at Georgia Southern, ESPN+ - 2 - UCLA at Arizona State, Pac-12 North Texas at Old Dominion, WatchESPN 2:30 - - Charlotte at Marshall, ESPN+ 3 - - Liberty at Virginia, ACCN - - - MTSU at UTEP, ESPN+ - - - Bowling Green at CMU, ESPN+ 3:30 - #16 Mississippi State at #1 Alabama, CBS #4 Michigan at Rutgers, BTN - - Oklahoma State at #6 Oklahoma, ABC New Mexico at Air Force, CBSSN - - #8 Washington State at Colorado, ESPN Purdue at Minnesota, ESPN2 - - #11 Kentucky at Tennessee, SECN - - - Northwestern at #21 Iowa, Fox - - - Baylor at #22 Iowa State, FS1 - - - Virginia Tech at Pitt, ESPNU - 4 - - San Jose State at Utah State, Stadium - - - Appalachian State at Texas State, WatchESPN - - - East Carolina at Tulane, ESPNews 5 - - WKU at FAU, Stadium - - - Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina, ESPN+ - - - Georgia State at UL Lafayette, ESPN+ - - - ULM at South Alabama, ESPN+ 5:30 - Oregon at Utah, Pac-12 - 7 - #24 Auburn at #5 Georgia, ESPN FIU at UTSA, ESPN+ - - Miami at Georgia Tech, ESPN2 Rice at Louisiana Tech, ESPN+ - - Temple at Houston, CBSSN - - - USF at Cincinnati, ESPNU - 7:30 #19 Texas at Texas Tech, Fox Florida State at #3 Notre Dame, NBC Southern Miss at UAB, beIN - - #7 LSU at Arkansas, SECN - 8 - #2 Clemson at #17 Boston College, ABC - 9 - - Oregon State at Stanford, Pac-12 10:30 - Cal at USC, ESPN UNLV at San Diego State, ESPN2 - - - Colorado State at Nevada, ESPNU I’ve been doing the Watch Grid for a long time now, and I can’t remember ever straining this hard to find a WATCH THIS game. This is blatantly generous to Texas-Texas Tech, but we’ve got to have at least ONE game in that column, right? Arguments could be made for Ohio State-Michigan State (maybe a blowout, but definitely ugly), Bedlam (probably a blowout), Auburn-Georgia (potentially a blowout, but probably very stupid), or Clemson-Boston College (maybe not a bad choice) as WATCH THIS games, but would you really expect your casual-fan neighbor to come over just for any of those games? All that said: every college football weekend is a good college football weekend. Dumb and beautiful things will happen no matter what’s on the schedule, and there’s always a chance we stumble into another BLOOD WEEK.