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College Football Week 9 Viewing Guide

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"Rivals" square off

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We're nearing the end of the college football season, as we're in Week 9. That means it's a rivalry-ish week.

Here's this week's TV schedule, from FBSchedules.com:

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Duke at Georgia Tech Noon RSN / ACCNExtra
Kansas State at Iowa State Noon FSN / FS Go
Kent State at Central Michigan Noon CBSSN / Stream
Kentucky at Missouri Noon SECN / WatchESPN
(5) Louisville at Virginia Noon ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
(2) Michigan at Michigan State Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
Minnesota at Illinois Noon BTN / BTN2Go
(24) Penn State at Purdue Noon ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
UCF at Houston Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
UConn at East Carolina Noon ESPNews / WatchESPN
Wagner at UMass Noon ASN/NESN / ESPN3
(10) West Virginia at Oklahoma State Noon FOX / FS Go
Boston College at NC State 12:30 PM ACCN / ACCNExtra
Army at Wake Forest 3:30 PM RSN / ACCNExtra
(8) Baylor at Texas 3:30 PM ABC / ESPN3
Cincinnati at Temple 3:30 PM CBSSN / Stream
(14) Florida vs. Georgia (at Jacksonville) 3:30 PM CBS / Stream
Maryland at Indiana 3:30 PM ESPNU / WatchESPN
Miami, FL at Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC / Stream
Miami, OH at Eastern Michigan 3:30 PM ASN / ESPN3
Northwestern at (6) Ohio State 3:30 PM ESPN / WatchESPN
Samford at Mississippi State 3:30 PM SECN / WatchESPN
Texas Tech at TCU 3:30 PM ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(4) Washington at (17) Utah 3:30 PM FS1 / FS Go
WKU at Florida Atlantic 3:30 PM ASN/MASN / Stream
SMU at Tulane 4:00 PM ESPNews / WatchESPN
Arizona State at Oregon 5:00 PM Pac-12N / Stream
Georgia State at South Alabama 5:00 PM ESPN3
(13) Boise State at Wyoming 7:00 PM CBSSN / Stream
Kansas at (16) Oklahoma 7:00 PM FS1 / FS Go
Marshall at Southern Miss 7:00 PM ASN/MASN
Middle Tennessee at FIU 7:00 PM ESPN3
(7) Nebraska at (11) Wisconsin 7:00 PM ESPN / WatchESPN
North Texas at UTSA 7:00 PM KMYS-CW 35
Rice at Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM CampusInsiders
ULM at Arkansas State 7:00 PM ESPN3
(15) Auburn at Ole Miss 7:15 PM SECN / WatchESPN
(18) Tennessee at South Carolina 7:15 PM ESPN2 / WatchESPN
New Mexico State at (9) Texas A&M 7:30 PM ESPNU / WatchESPN
(3) Clemson at (12) Florida State 8:00 PM ABC / ESPN3
Old Dominion at UTEP 8:00 PM CUSA.TV
Tulsa at Memphis 8:00 PM ESPNews / WatchESPN
UNLV at San Jose State 10:30 PM CBSSN / Stream
Washington State at Oregon State 10:45 PM ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Stanford at Arizona 11:00 PM FS1 / FS Go
New Mexico at Hawaii 11:59 PM Oceanic PPV

Game of the Week: #3 Clemson at #12 Florida State. Is this the "-bo Bowl"? Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher face off yet again in a rivalry that has been a more even matchup than some historic rivalries have been in recent years. Jimbo is 4-2 against Dabo, with the home team winning the last two matchups in close affairs: FSU prevailed 23-17 in OT in 2014, Clemson 23-13 in 2015. In fact, four of the six matchups between the -bos have been decided by 10 points or less. This game doesn't feel like it's going to be one of them though.

Rivalry undercards:

#2 Michigan at Michigan State square off for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, which MSU has owned for the last three seasons, and seven of the last eight.

#14 Florida "at" Georgia in Florida. Formerly the World's Largest Cocktail Party, until they realized SEC frat boys were instead doing kegstands to be able to get through some of these games.

Miami at Notre Dame. Back in my day we called it Catholics vs Convicts, today it's just a matchup between two teams with a whole lot of name recognition and little else.

#7 Nebraska at #11 Wisconsin for the Freedom Trophy, which sounds like something recently created in a board room after going through focus groups to create a rivalry entirely for marketing purposes. Which is it, it was created in 2014. These teams first played each other in 1901. Today will be their 11th meeting. That's not a rivalry. But it could a be a good game!

Upset Special: #15 Auburn at Ole Miss. Ole Miss has barely caught a break. All four of their losses are to ranked teams, but only by an average of 9 points. Two of their three wins have been against a ranked team and a 5-2 team.