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Clone Chronicles Week 9 College Football TV Viewing Guide

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Below is the schedule for College Football games on TV in Central Iowa on Mediacom. All times in Central. I bold the games that I'm excited about, which is often times a game in each timeslot...

I'll be honest though: there aren't a lot of matchups on TV that I'm thrilled about this week. Unless you have the chance to watch a team you're a fan of, I'd probably not watch a ton of football this weekend. It may be a good one to run those errands or get things done around your place, especially since the ISU game is only on the radio.

Tonight: North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech, 6:30pm, ESPN

Ugh. North Carolina was so overrated to start the year. North Carolina is trying to avoid going 0-4 in the ACC, while VA Tech will be trying to keep pace with Georgia Tech. For UNC, games @ VA Tech, Duke, Miami, @ Boston College, and @ NC State, getting bowl eligible is in question. They could very well beat Duke and NC State, but then again, this team did lose to Virginia....

Tomorrow: West Virginia vs. South Florida, 7pm, ESPN2

Snooze! I feel like West Virginia isn't as good as advertised. I have them ranked in my blogpoll, but this is just a sloppy team. They turn the ball over a lot, and haven't really been tested too much yet: they've played some likely bowl teams, but haven't played anyone ranked, nor have they played the better teams in their own conference yet. South Florida is coming off of two blowout losses, trying to avoid a third. Had South Florida battled Pitt or Cincy, I would've been more excited about this game.


Morning/Early Afternoon
Indiana vs. Iowa – ESPN (11am)
New Mexico State vs. Ohio State – Big 10 Network (11am)
Purdue vs. Wisconsin – ESPN2 (11am)
Nebraska vs. Baylor – Versus (11:30am)
Colorado vs. Missouri – Fox Sports Midwest (12:30pm)

All I can say about this lineup is B-O-R-I-N-G. Indiana vs. Iowa has a chance to be good, only because Iowa hasn't really blown anyone out other than us, has had some close ones at home, and Indiana is capable of putting up points. That said, I would expect Iowa to win.

New Mexico State vs. Ohio State? Next!

Purdue vs. Wisconsin? Yuck!

Nebraska vs. Baylor? Only if you're locked in a room, or if you hate offense

Colorado vs. Missouri? This game will show whether Mizzou can get into the mix in the North. I expect they will, especially playing at home.

My advice, sleep in or do something else that morning!

The afternoon lineup does get a little better, but nothing that I'm pumped about:

Georgia vs. Florida – CBS (2:30pm)
Kansas vs. Texas Tech – ABC (2:30pm)

Michigan vs. Illinois – ESPN2 (2:30pm)
UNLV vs. TCU – Versus (3pm)
Penn State vs. Northwestern – ESPN (3:30pm)

First is The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. A tradition like none other that's been dominated by Florida over the past 10 years. Now,  what makes this a less appealing game to me, is the fact that Florida is up on Georgia by 2 games in their division. If Georgia manages to pull off the upset, Florida still will be the likely team to play in the SEC championship game. Even with 1 loss, do you think that if Florida stumbles to Georgia, but ends up winning the SEC, that they won't play for the National Championship?

Next is Kansas vs. Texas Tech. It's a bigger game for Kansas than it is for Tech. This game is probably a shootout, like 42-35, or something like that. I wouldn't be suprised if both QBs throw for over 300 yards and if one goes for over 400. I'd still give the edge to Tech in Lubbock, but with how the North has been going, it wouldn't be too much of a setback for Kansas.

Michigan vs. Illinois? Ha! UNLV vs. TCU? You gotta be kidding me!

There's nothing that doesn't tell me that Penn State should beat up on Northwestern after how they beat up Michigan last week!

The good news here is that I'll be listening closely to the ISU vs. TAMU game, so I won't really be caring too much what's on TV in that slot.

Evening Games
Washington State vs. Notre Dame – NBC (6:30pm)
South Carolina vs. Tennessee – ESPN (6:45pm)
Texas vs. Oklahoma State – ABC (7:00pm)
Michigan State vs. Minnesota – Big 10 Network (7:00pm)

The evening lineup sucks for the most part as well, but I do like the Texas vs. Oklahoma State matchup. Whoever wins that will probably win the South. Wazzu isn't very good, so Notre Dame should roll. South Carolina vs. Tennessee will probably be a defensive battle, and it's too bad Eric Decker is gone for the season because he would've made Michigan State vs. Minnesota a potentially fun game to watch.

Sunday: Marshall vs. UCF, 7:15pm, ESPN

No NFL game Sunday night, if you want to watch sports, it’s either this or the World Series