Kentucky at Mississippi State 6:30 p.m. ESPN (HD)
Marshall at Middle Tennessee 6:30 p.m. FS1 (HD)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Following the bye week on the schedule, the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 B1G Legends) football team are in Columbus, Ohio ready to return to action against the No. 3/4 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 B1G Leaders). Game time from Ohio State Saturday is 2:36 p.m. Central Time on either ABC or ESPN 2.
The Buckeyes are in the second year under highly successful coach Urban Meyer, who is 18-0 overall in one and half seasons in Columbus. The Buckeyes are 10-0 in Big Ten play, under Meyer. Both teams open the second half of the season coming off first bye week.
Iowa is playing at Ohio State for the first time since a 27-24 overtime loss in 2009, in a contest that decided the Big Ten title. The teams have not met since 2010, when the Buckeyes took a 20-17 win in Iowa City. The Buckeyes were ranked seventh in 2009 and eighth the following year when the teams met in Iowa City.
Iowa is 4-6 following a bye week since 1999, when Kirk Ferentz returned to the Iowa sidelines, as head football coach. Iowa has twice played Ohio State following a bye week (L, 19-10, at No. 8 OSU in 2003; W, 33-7 vs. No. 23 OSU in 2004).
The Iowa offense has rushed for over 200 yards in five of six games, but the ground game was slowed down in the recent 26-14 loss to Michigan State on Iowa's Homecoming. Iowa lead at halftime 14-10, but banged up with both #1 running back and #1 wide receiver out.
Today is Homecoming in the Horseshoe for Ohio State. Iowa opened Big Ten play at Minnesota this season, where the Hawkeyes spoiled the Gophers Homecoming, 23-7.
Can Iowa play spoilers again on the road?
"It's been good to get an opportunity to spend two uninterrupted weeks out there," said Brian Ferentz, Iowa's offensive line coach. "It was good to be able to spend three days just on us, which has really been a positive, especially with the younger player(s). With the open weekend we picked up a couple bonus days in preparing for Ohio State."
The Hawkeye offensive line starts two seniors in righ tackle Brett Van Sloten and left guard Conor Boffeli, along with junior left tackle Brandon Scherff, and right guard Jordan Walsh and center Austin Blythe, a pair of sophomores. Junior Andrew Donnal also rotates in the line-up each week at either guard or tackle.
"I feel like we are a better team that when we took the field two weeks ago," said Brian Ferentz, who is in his second year on the Iowa staff. "I think we've improved a little bit every week. The last trip out (vs. Michigan State), some of the tangible numbers were not as recognizable, as far as gaining ground. But, I really feel like the guys are gaining confidence; they are starting to play better.
"We still have to do a better job finishing blocks, running off the ball, moving the line of scrimmage, doing those types of things," said Ferentz, in discussing the finer points of offensive line play. "We need to really improve in pass protection, especially this week; this will be a tremendous challenge for us. Ohio State has a good defense; they have good pass rushers, but they also have big bodies that play well against the run, and they have active linebackers. We will find out if we are still improving. The key is to get better every week."
Iowa's offensive line hasn't given up a sack in Big Ten play. Iowa's first year starting quarterback has used his feet at the right times to avoid the sack. There have been turnovers though, and Iowa will have to avoid that key statistic in Columbus.
"You're not going to do exactly what you want to do (every game)," said redshirt sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock. "We want to establish the run, and unfortunately, we didn't do that two weeks ago.
"It's one game, and we can't let that game deter us. We have to continue to try to execute in the pass and run game and let them feed off each other. We'll see where it takes us." said junior running back Mark Weisman, who missed much of the Michigan State game, due to a foot injury. Iowa's #1 running back is expected back and healthy for today's game vs. Ohio State.
"You want to have a good balance so the defense is unsure what you're going to throw at them. It's good to be able to mix it up and keep them guessing," Rudock said.
Iowa lost at Michigan last season, 42-17. While Rudock didn't take a snap in any games last season, the offensive game plan may be something we can draw from last year's Michigan game, as we look at how Iowa may executr the role of spoiler during Ohio State's Homecoming?
Iowa was banged up at Michigan, especially at running back and in the linebacker corp last year. The offense emphasized both the tight ends and running backs in the passing game. With healthy running backs, this should help Iowa with a balanced attack with the run and pass. Junior #2 running back Damon Bullock, missed the Michigan game last year. But, he showed an explosive TD reception vs. Michigan State and should be another Iowa player to watch.
Iowa is deepest at tight end, with five players contributing in 2013. Senior C.J. Fiedorwicz and junior Ray Hamilton are the bread winners. But, sophomores Jake Duzey and Henry Coble-Krieger, along with redshirt freshman George Kittle can all contribute in the passing game.
Iowa's defense is lead by a trio of senior linebackers, and they should all be ready to go, unlike at Michigan last year, when Iowa was banged up. Seniors James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens need to continue to step up and lead Iowa's defense.
The defensive line is lead by senior sack leader Dominic Alvis at defensive end. Iowa was young in the defensive line last season, while still young this year, with only one senior, the Hawkeyes are much improved as a defense with the overall play of the front seven.
It will be critical to have all 11 defensive players on the same page at Ohio State.
Ohio State is not a team that sneaks up on many people, so don't expect Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker to be surprised when he steps on the field in Columbus today.
This will be his first time as Iowa's defensive coordinator for Parker. He has been at Iowa for all 15 seasons under head coach Kirk Ferentz, serving 14 seasons coaching the secondary, along with DC role now in his second season.
The Buckeyes are enjoying an 18 straight winning streak. They average more than 46 points and nearly 500 yards of total offense each week. Naturally they have Parker's attention.
"Obviously they have a great leader in junior quarterback Braxton Miller," Parker said following final football practice inside Kinnick Stadium in preperation of today's game. "They have a lot of skill guys and up front they're well-coached on the offensive line. They're very talented. They have a good scheme and they play within their scheme. They're a very explosive team."
Explosive often and early. Ohio State has outscored its opponents 126-28 in the first quarter this season. Iowa's defense hasn't allowed a first quarter score since the season opener - a span of five games. If the Hawkeyes are going to make it six, they'll need to slow Miller, a dual threat that enters the contest with more career rushing yards than any Ohio State quarterback in school history.
"I don't know if you can totally stop him," said Parker. "I think you have to try to contain him as much as you can, don't give up the big plays on the back end, and make sure you have good pursuit angels and leverage with everybody. It's going to take all 11 guys to make a tackle."
Parker is encouraged that this Iowa defense is the one capable performing the "all-in" task. He also echoed head coach Kirk Ferentz's comments that the defensive line is as improved from a year ago as any unit on the team - evidenced by the fact that the Hawkeyes are the only team in the country not to have allowed a rushing touchdown this year.
"No questioned we're a lot more experienced," said Parker. "Obviously Louis (Trinca-Pasat is more experienced), and Carl Davis is doing a good job with Alvis on the outside. Drew Ott is a sophomore, he's not a freshman anymore, and he's doing a great job. The two starters inside are now juniors.
"One thing about our team is we have great team unity. They're very close. They're committed to understanding the game of football and I think they really give a great effort in preparation."
Stop explosive plays vs. Executing explosive plays...
The Hawkeyes need to find ways to make explosive plays on offense. This is something second-year offensive coordinator Greg Davis has mentioned heading into the season, in both the run and pass game.
In 2009, Ohio State hadn't given up an explosivie run, through ten games. Iowa made the game competitive one, including runs of 12 yards or more and passes of 16 yards of more. These are key goals of the Iowa offense at Ohio State.
Tempo on offense will be very important to watch as well for Iowa as lineup on offense. Iowa has a 1-2 bunch at running back, playing together now, unlike last year's Big Ten season. Weisman and Bullock need to be effective, in both the run and pass game for Iowa.
Drops, miscues and execution will all play important roles. How will the ball bounce in Columbus?
Iowa is 4-0 when winning the turnover margin. The Hawkeyes are plus-two overall on the season. Interceptions and fake punts fueled opponents, in Iowa's two losses, so special teams and field position will be very important angles as well.
The margin of error is very thin for Iowa. Ohio State has won the last six games over Iowa by a margin of 17 points. Iowa did win in 2004, so they have lost six of past seven in series. In the 2003 game in Columbus, Ohio State didn't score an offensive touchdown from scrimmage, but held Iowa's offense out of the end zone.
Who wins the battle of the red zone?
Who wins the explosive play battle?
Who wins the turnover margin game?
Field position will be a big factor, as well, as Iowa will need to play well in all phases vs. Ohio State. Our pick: Upset Alert: Iowa 28, Ohio State 27.
Iowa returns home for its next two games, hosting Northwestern (Oct. 26, 11 a.m., BTN) and Wisconsin (Nov. 2, time/tv to be determined next week).
A win in Columbus would be huge in the B1G Legends race. As Eddie Podalak, Iowa's color commentator would say, "Something has got to give" today as the Hawkeyes face the Buckeyes!
The first and final season of the BCS Poll will take place, after Week 8 of the 2013 College Football season. Week 8 has often garnered an upset trend, so will 2013 be more of the same. The Magic 8 Ball was wrong on Thursday night, as Central Florida knocked out Louisville's path of an undefeated season.
Here's Week 8 Saturday:
Georgia at Vanderbilt 11:00 a.m. CBS (HD) / CBS Video - The Bulldogs are beat up and looking to get back onto a winning path in the SEC.
Minnesota at Northwestern 11:00 a.m. ESPN2 (HD) - Minnesota and Northwestern both opened the season 4-0 in OOC, but conference play has each at 0-2, so one of these teams will at least get a W in Week 8 to eliminate the naught in conference play.
Navy at Toledo 11:00 a.m. ESPN News (HD) - The Midshipmen travel into the MAC to face the Rockets and .500 in the short series history last played in 1990.
Purdue at Michigan State 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go - The Spartans seek to continue win streak in conference play, after lone lost this season to OOC rival Notre Dame.
SMU at Memphis 11:00 p.m. SNY / MASN / ALT / ESPN-GP / espn3 / ERTV (cable) - Note this is no longer a C-USA game, since each of these teams now play in the new AAC.
South Carolina at Tennessee 11:00 a.m. ESPN (HD) - The Volunteers are coming off a bye week, and have lost for the first time 3 games in this series dating back to 1903.
Southern Miss at East Carolina 11:00 a.m. FSN Affiliates / FCSP (cable) - A C-USA match up against programs on two different ends of the spectrum.
TCU at Oklahoma State 11:00 a.m. FOX (HD) - The Cowboys are coming off bye week and hosting Homecoming and have won the last two meetings in Stillwater in this series!
Texas Tech at West Virginia 11:00 a.m. FS1 (HD) - First year coach Kliff Kingsbury hits the Big 12 road after a Homecoming win over ISU to face WVU on their Homecoming, with Mountaineers coming off bye week!
UConn at Cincinnati 11:00 a.m. ESPNU (HD) - Huskies interim coach facing Bearcats first year coach Tommy Tuberville in AAC play... where home team has done well, except for Bearcats win last year.
Florida at Missouri 11:21 a.m. SEC TV / ESPN-GP / espn3 - Could this be considered an upset in both Week 8 and the SEC this week in Columbia?
Syracuse at Georgia Tech 11:30 a.m.(ESPN-GP / espn3) / ACC Network (HD) - An ACC game in Atlanta, as Orange head South with a Yankee-Southern match up unfolding in expanded conference play.
Charleston Southern at Colorado 1:00 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video - The Floods of Summer are gone and the Buffaloes seek to rebuild on the gridiron, as well.
Colorado State at Wyoming 1:00 p.m.RSRM / RSNW / MWC Video - The expanded MWC brings us this Autumn traditional conference border war, as Cowboys seek to make it five straight!
FCS #1 North Dakota State at Southern Illinois2:00 p.m.ESPN-GP / espn3 / (ND NBC / Midco) (cable) / $ULive - Upset alert in FCS in Week 8!
Auburn at Texas A&M 2:30 p.m. CBS (HD) / CBS Video - As freshman in 2000, the Tigers went 14-0, but those days are long gone, as they travel to face the top freshman of '12, now sophomore QB Johnny Manzell, who lead a 63-21 win scoring on 11 drives, ending on a final knee on the 12 drive!
BYU at Houston 2:30 p.m. ESPN News (HD) - There has never been a previous battle of the Cougars, as it is the first meeting of both programs... an Indy vs. AAC team!
Duke at Virginia 2:30 p.m. FSN Affiliates / RSN (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3) - Does the home team continue success, at 5 out of 6 lately in this ACC series?
Indiana at Michigan 2:30 p.m.BTN (HD) / BTN2Go - This game was 36-33 the last time the game was played in Ann Arbor.
Iowa at Ohio State 2:30 p.m.(ABC/ ESPN2) (HD) - The Buckeyes have a 17 point margin of victory over Hawkeyes in past six wins... Iowa travels to Columbus on Homecoming. Upset Alert? IOWA 28, Ohio State 27... is there an possibility a program down can end Urban Meyer's 18-0, 10-0 in B1G as Buckeyes coach?
Maryland at Wake Forest 2:30 p.m.ESPNU (HD) - Final meeting as two ACC teams, as Terrapins join B1G in '14, but visitor has lost six straight in series.
North Texas at Louisiana Tech 2:30 p.m. CBSSN (HD) - Dan McCarney's Mean Green head to Ruston on Homecoming, in a series LT has a taken 6 out of 7.
Oklahoma at Kansas 2:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) - Boomer Sooners hit road again after back to back losses, with most recent in Red River Rivalry vs. Texas. Bob Stoops have some work and Jayhawks will provide opportunity...
UCLA at Stanford 2:30 p.m. (ABC/ ESPN2) (HD) - The Bruins are a young & growing program, but Cardinals
UMass at Buffalo 2:30 p.m. ESPN-GP / espn3 / TW (NY) (cable) - The MAC offers the good, the bad and the ugly... Bulls should win game for first conference game in series.
Washington at Arizona State 5 :00 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video - The Huskies are looking to find a win, after home loss to the Pac 12's leading Ducks.
Arkansas at #1 Alabama 6:00 p.m. ESPN (HD) - The Crimson Tide should remain #1 in the SEC and the Nation in the first BCS Poll, after Week 8.
Georgia State at Texas State 6:00 p.m. (ESPN-GP/ espn3) / (TWC TX/ SBN/ KNVA) (cable) - The Sun Belt no longer features Florida schools, but LA, KY, AR, AL, TX and GA.
Iowa State at Baylor 6:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD) - The Bears enjoy Homecoming at the Cyclones expense in Waco.
LSU at Ole Miss 6:00 p.m. ESPN2 (HD) - This is an important SEC West showdown for each program...
Old Dominion at Pittsburgh 6:00 p.m. FSN Affiliates / RSN (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3) - Is this game ODU's three's a charm, as Monarchs travel to 3rd of 5 FBS programs in transitioning from FCS to FBS play in C-USA next year?
USC at Notre Dame 6:30 p.m. NBC (HD) / NBC Video - It is a rivarly, with Notre Dame coming off bye week after winning 5 of first 6 in '13.
Florida State at Clemson 7:00 p.m.ABC - Who is the team to beat in the ACC in '13... likely the winner tonight in Death Valley, as Seminoles square off with Tigers!
Nevada at Boise State 7:00 p.m. CBSSN (HD) - The Wolf Pack hit the road, as the Broncos are rebuilding in '13.
Rice at New Mexico State 7:00 p.m. ESPN-GP / espn3 / Aggie Vision - C-USA Owls travel to Las Cruces to face the Independent Aggies.
Wisconsin at Illinois 7:00 p.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go - The Badgers have won three straight B1G titles, but welcome the Gary Anderson era now, while the Tim Beckman era is seeking first B1G win.
Utah State at New Mexico 8:00 p.m. RSRM / MWC Video - Bob Davie's program could use a signature MWC win in his second year.
Utah at Arizona 9:00 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video - The Wildcats need to find the winning path again, while the Utes are coming off a Top 5 upset over Stanford.
Washington State at #2 Oregon 9:00 p.m. FS1 (HD) - The Cougars won on the road at USC to open Pac 12 play, but Eugene fields a real talented team and looks to return to BCS title game for first time, since 2010 season.
Oregon State at California 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 (HD) - The Beavers hit the road for Berkeley to face the Golden Bears in Pac 12 play.
The closure of Week 8 will welcome in the final run of the BCS Poll. Who makes the first Top 25 ... we will suggest our Top 25 after Week 8.
Eastern Michigan at Army 11:00 a.m.CBSSN (HD) / $ULive
Indiana at Michigan State 11:00 a.m. ESPN2 (HD)
Iowa State at Texas Tech 11:00 a.m. FS1 (HD)
Kansas at TCU 11:00 a.m. FSN Affiliates
Memphis at Houston 11:00 a.m. ESPN News (HD)
Missouri at #6 Georgia 11:00 a.m. ESPN (HD)
Nebraska at Purdue 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Oklahoma vs. Texas 11:00 a.m. ABC
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech 11:00 a.m. ESPNU (HD)
South Florida at UConn 11:00 a.m. ALT / MASN / SNY / (ESPN-GP / espn3) / ERTV
South Carolina at Arkansas 11:21 a.m.SEC TV / ESPN-GP / espn3
Navy at Duke11:30 a.m. (ESPN-GP / espn3) / ACC Network (HD)
Central Michigan at Ohio U 1:00 p.m.(ESPN-GP / espn3)
Missouri State at #1 FCS North Dakota State 1:00 p.m.ESPN-GP / espn3 / ND NBC (cable)
Western Carolina at Auburn 1:00 p.m.(ESPN-GP / espn3) / PPV (AL)
Baylor at Kansas State 2:30 p.m. FOX (HD)
Boston College at Clemson 2:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN2)
Florida at LSU 2:30 p.m.CBS (HD) / CBS Video
New Mexico at Wyoming 2:30 p.m.RSRM / RSNW / MWC Video
Northwestern at Wisconsin 2:30 p.m.(ABC or ESPN2)
San Jose State at Colorado State 2:30 p.m. CBSSN (HD)
Syracuse at North Carolina State 2:30 p.m. FSN Affiliates / RSN (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3)
Troy at Georgia State 2:30 p.m.(ESPN-GP / espn3) / Sun Belt Network (cable)
Virginia at Maryland 2:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD)
#3 Oregon at Washington 3:00 p.m. FS1 (HD)
Marshall at Florida Atlantic 4:00 p.m.DTV: 623 / FCSA (cable)
Michigan at Penn State 4:00 p.m.ESPN (HD)
#2 Stanford at Utah 5:00 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
#1 Alabama at Kentucky 6:00 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)
Georgia Tech at BYU 6:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD)
Louisiana Monroe at Texas State 6:00 p.m.LHN / $Video?
Bowling Green at Mississippi State 6:30 p.m. FS South (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3)
Boise State at Utah State 7:00 p.m. CBSSN (HD)
Tulsa at UTEP 7:00 p.m.FS1 (HD)
Texas A&M at Ole Miss 7:30 p.m. ESPN (HD)
Colorado at Arizona State 9:00 p.m.PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
California at UCLA 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)
Oregon State at Washington State 9:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD)
Games online only or not scheduled for nationally available networks.
Akron at Northern Illinois 4:00 p.m.espn3 / cable
Buffalo at Western Michigan 1:00 p.m.espn3
East Carolina at Tulane 2:30 p.m. $ULive Video / WITN-TV (cable)
Hawaii at UNLV 7:00 p.m. Oceanic PPV / MWC Video
Idaho at Arkansas State 6:00 p.m.espn3
Kent State at Ball State 2:00 p.m. espn3
Miami-OH at UMass 2:00 p.m. espn3
Middle Tennessee at North Texas 6:00 p.m. $ULive Video
Rice at UTSA 3:00 p.m. TW (TX) (cable)
UAB at Florida International 6:30 p.m. CSS (cable)
The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes are idle in Week 7. Iowa will travel to Columbus next Saturday to face #5 Ohio State on its Homecoming.
Temple at Cincinnati 7:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) - The Owls are better known for basketball, while the Bearcats were good last year in Football... ugly loss at Illinois in OOC.
Rutgers at Louisville 6:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) - Big AAC game for two teams exiting the conference, after this season!
San Diego State at Air Force 8:00 p.m. CBSSN (HD) - A Thursday showdown in the Mountain West.
Arizona at USC 9:30 p.m. FS1 (HD) - The Wildcats are first up for Trojans in the post-Lane Kiffin era in the Pac 12.
Air Force at Navy 10:30 a.m. CBS (HD) / CBS Video - Seriously, with Washington partially shutdown, there was talk that the military academies games might be suspended?
Ball State at Virginia 11:00 a.m. FSN Affiliates / RSN (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3) - It's October, but still time for a non-conference match up involving MAC vs. ACC!
Eastern Michigan at Buffalo 11:00 a.m.MASN2 / (ESPN-GP / espn3) / ERTV (cable) -MAC show down in Buffalo on Saturday!
Illinois at Nebraska 11:00 a.m. ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN - B1G game in Lincoln for Cornhuskers Homecoming game, as Huskers will go second straight game without Taylor Martinez.
#7 Louisville at Temple 11:00 a.m. ALT / MASN / SNY / (ESPN-GP / espn3) / cable - Teddy Bridgewater and his Cardinal teammates hit road off bye week heading into AAC play!
Maryland at #8 Florida State 11:00 a.m. ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN - Battle of unbeatens in the ACC!
Michigan State at Iowa - 11:00 a.m. ESPN2 (HD) - Spartans open B1G play coming off bye week, while Hawkeyes host Homecoming coming off B1G opening road win at Minnesota last week. Pick: Hawkeyes 26, Spartans 13
Penn State at Indiana 11:00 a.m.BTN (HD) / BTN2Go -Both teams open B1G play coming off bye week, as quarterback play will be critical for each team!
Rutgers at SMU 11:00 a.m. ESPN News - Scarlet Knights open new AAC league play coming off bye week!
Texas Tech at Kansas 11:00 a.m. FS1 (HD) - Jayhawks open Big 12 play with Red Raiders for Homecoming off bye week for home team!
Georgia State at #1 Alabama 11:21 a.m.SEC TV / ESPN-GP / espn3 - Back to back defending BCS champion Crimson Tide welcome Panthers to Tuscaloosa again, after 63-7 whipping in '10.
North Carolina at Virginia Tech 11:30 a.m. (ESPN-GP / espn3) / ACC Network (HD) - It's Homecoming in Blacksburg, as Hokies look to make it back to back wins in ACC to open conference play in '13!
South Alabama at Troy 12:00 p.m. (ESPN-GP / espn3) / Sun Belt Network (cable) - The Trojans return home to Sun Belt play hosting Panthers for Homecoming!
#5 Clemson at Syracuse 2:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN2) (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3) - The Orange open first ACC game on Homecoming vs. Top team in conference!
East Carolina at Middle Tennessee 2:30 p.m.FSN Affiliates - Pirates return to C-USA play coming off nice win at UNC, as new conference foe, the Blue Raiders host Homecoming in Murfreesboro!
# 6 Georgia at Tennessee 2:30 p.m.CBS (HD) / CBS Video - Bulldogs hit road in SEC East, after 2-0 start in conference play!
Georgia Tech at #12 Miami-FL 2:30 p.m.ESPNU / WatchESPN - Yellow Jackets head to Miami for Hurricanes conference opener!
Kansas State at Oklahoma State 2:30 p.m.(ABC (HD) / WatchABC) / (ESPN-GP / espn3) - Wildcats lost Big 12 opener on road two weeks ago, then bye week, as they face Cowboys, who lost Big 12 opener last week in Morgantown.
Minnesota at #23 Michigan 2:30 p.m.(ABC or ESPN2) (HD) - It's Homecoming in Ann Arbor as Golden Gophers and Wolverines square off for Little Brown Jug trophy!
North Carolina State at Wake Forest 2:30 p.m.FSN Affiliates / RSN (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3) - New Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren looks to get first road win as Demon Deacons play host in ACC play!
North Texas at Tulane 2:30 p.m. DTV: 623 / FCSC (cable) - The Mean Green and coach Dan McCarney coming off bye week open C-USA play for Green Wave Homecoming!
#24 Northern Illinois at Kent State 2:30 p.m.(ESPN-GP / espn3) / TWC (cable) - Undefeated Huskies open MAC play as Golden Flashes host Homecoming in Kent!
Northern Iowa at #1 FCS North Dakota State 2:30 p.m. DTV: 626 / FSNO+ / (FCSP / ND NBC) (cable) - The Panthers aren't favored in this MVC showdown between unbeatens, who each notched wins at Big 12 schools in season openers!
Rice at Tulsa 2:30 p.m. CBSSN (HD) - The Golden Hurricane are off to a rough start in 2013, as C-USA West play begins vs. Owls in key conference opener.
Washington State at California 3:00 p.m. FS1 (HD) - Pac 12 North match up, as Cougars seek another win in the state of California in '13.
#3 Oregon at Colorado 5:00 p.m.PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video - inter-division game in the Pac 12, as Buffalos host Ducks.
Arkansas at #13 Florida 6:00 p.m. ESPN2 (HD) - Coach Bret Bielema heads to Sunshine State
#10 LSU at Mississippi State 6:00 p.m.ESPN (HD) - Tigers seek to rebound!
New Mexico State at New Mexico 6:00 p.m.RSNW / RSRM / MWC Video
Ole Miss at Auburn 6:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN *9
TCU at #11 Oklahoma 6:00 p.m. FOX (HD) - Sooners
Texas State at Louisiana Lafayette 6:00 p.m. (ESPN-GP / espn3) / (KVNA / Cox4) (cable)
#22 Arizona State vs. Notre Dame (Arlington) 6:30 p.m. NBC (HD) / NBC Video - both teams have a blemish or two, but Sun Devils have offense to pair with defense.
Kentucky at #12 South Carolina 6:30 p.m. FS South (HD) / ESPN-GP / espn3
Louisiana Tech at UTEP 6:30 p.m. CBSSN (HD)
Missouri at Vanderbilt 6:30 p.m. (ESPN-GP / espn3) / (CSS / MO alternates) (cable)
#4 Ohio State at Northwestern 7:00 p.m. ABC (HD) - Does Holleywood script unfold for coach Pat Fitzgerald on the Wildcats Homecoming primetime game with Big Ten's top dog, the Buckeyes? Tough road...
West Virginia at Baylor 7:00 p.m. FS1 (HD)
#14 Washington at #2 Stanford 9:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) - Huge Pac 12 North showdown at Stanford.
Games online only or not scheduled for nationally available networks.
Army at Boston College 12:00 p.m. espn3 - The Cadets head to Boston in October, as BC regroup, after ACC road loss.
Central Michigan at Miami-OH 12:00 p.m. espn3
Cincinnati at South Florida 6:00 p.m. espn3 / cable
Florida Atlantic at UAB 2:00 p.m. $ULive Video
Florida International at Southern Miss 3:00 p.m. CSS (cable)
#21 Fresno State at Idaho 4:00 p.m. KSEE 24 (cable) / $Video - this used to he a conference game in the old WAC, but Fresno is now in MWC and Vandals join Sun Bun in '14.
Liberty at Old Dominion 5:00 p.m. CST (VA cable) / Flames Sports (cable) - if you are moving to FBS, then one wants to take care of business vs. FCS opponent.
Ohio U at Akron 1:00 p.m. espn3 / Video - Can Bobcats ruin Zips Homecoming?
San Jose State at Hawaii 11:00 p.m. Oceanic PPV / MWC Video - Aloha in the Mountain West Conference!
UCF at Memphis 3:30 p.m. espn3 / cable
UMass at Bowling Green 2:30 p.m.espn3 / BCSN
UTSA at Marshall 1:00 p.m. $ULive Video / TW (TX) (cable)
Western Michigan at Toledo 2:00 p.m. espn3 / BCSN - MAC match up for Rockets Homecoming, as Broncos search for first win in coach P.J. Fleck era.
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with 268 yards, 4 TDs
BYU at Utah State 7:00 p.m. CBSSN (HD) - another battle in Utah!
Nevada at San Diego State 8:00 p.m. ESPN (HD) - MWC tonight in San Diego!
Last night, Texas spoiled the Thursday night party for the Iowa State Cyclones with a last minute touchdown to take a 31-30 lead. The Longhorns move to 2-0 in the Big 12, while the Cyclones open conference play 0-1.
The Cyclones have explosive plays allowed, turnovers and penalties to reflect on in a very competitive game. TD given up by Cyclones ahead of halftime was huge for Longhorns.
The Mack Brown era at Texas is hitting a critical stage at Iowa State and next week at the Red River Shoutout. Upset alert in Ames?
Texas at Iowa State 6:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) - in the Big 12!
Western Kentucky at Louisiana Monroe 6:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD) - in the Sun Belt!
UCLA at Utah 9:00 p.m. FS1 (HD) - in the Pac 12!
Can the Cyclones pull off the Big 12 win in Ames this time?
In 2010, Paul Rhoads pulled off a Big Win in Austin over the Longhorns.
This year, the Cyclones finished third in the State of Iowa, with a season opening loss at home vs. UNI. Then lost at home in the Cy-Hawk Game, to open the season 0-2.
Finally, last Thursday, the Cyclones beat Tulsa on the road to get first win of the 2013 season to reach 1-2, heading into Big 12 opener. The Texas Longhorns hit Ames at 2-2, 1-0 in Big 12.