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2014 College Football TV Schedule Week 8: Fight for the Playoff Continues

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Crucial matchups in the Big 12 and ACC highlight the Saturday slate.

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College football's non-con slate is now over. Conference play is in full swing all around the country, and that means the race for the Playoff is that much closer.

We might have a must-see event before the games even start this week, as Florida State fans have planned a protest of Gameday and ESPN because of the network's apparent negative portrayal of FSU and Winston. We'll see how effective this protest will be, as Michigan students were supposed to boycott the first quarter of the Penn State game but ended up at the stadium on time.

The Big 12 has two huge games that can catapult a couple of teams into the running for a New Year's bowl, and it starts at noon on Saturday when #14 Kansas State visits Norman to take on the #11 Oklahoma. If you're looking for fireworks, tune into FS1 for #4 Baylor at West Virginia. The last time the Bears visited Morgantown, the two teams combined for 133 points and 1,507 yards of total offense.

At 3:30 PM ET, the budding SEC West rivalry between Alabama and A&M continues in Tuscaloosa. The Aggies are reeling, but could do the rest of college football a favor by knocking off the Tide, negating any chance of Saban making the Playoff. On the left coast, UCLA looks to rebound against what appears to be a much improved Cal Bears team. Of course, no one who reads this blog will be watching either of these games too much since Rutgers kicks off against #13 Ohio State.

After the Scarlet Knights and Buckeyes finish in Columbus, you can watch the Saturday Night Football game of the week between #5 Notre Dame and #2 Florida State. Both teams have had plenty of distractions this season (mostly with the Seminoles), so there's a chance for some weird happenings in Tallahassee. And if you're starved for some late night action, the Pac-12 has you covered with #23 Stanford at #17 Arizona State.

Around the B1G, you have the aforementioned matchup between RU and OSU, Iowa @ Maryland at noon (where the Terps are actually favored), #8 Michigan State @ Indiana for the Old Brass Spittoon, and Ryan Field gets painted red for the second time this season when #19 Nebraska visits Northwestern.

Happy watching #CHOPNation!

Thu, Oct 16, 2014 Time (ET) TV
Virginia Tech @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ESPN
(20) Utah @ Oregon State 10:00 PM FS2/PAC12
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 Time (ET) TV
Fresno State @ Boise State 8:00 PM ESPN
Temple @ Houston 9:00 PM ESPNU
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 Time (ET) TV
Iowa @ Maryland 12:00 PM ESPN2
Furman @ South Carolina 12:00 PM SECN
Syracuse @ Wake Forest 12:00 PM ESPN3/ESPNGP
(4) Baylor @ West Virginia 12:00 PM FS1
Purdue @ Minnesota 12:00 PM
(14) Kansas State @ (11) Oklahoma 12:00 PM ESPN
Western Kentucky @ Florida Atlantic 12:00 PM AMSN
Texas-San Antonio @ Louisiana Tech 12:00 PM FSN
Tulane @ UCF 12:00 PM ESPNU
South Florida @ Tulsa 12:00 PM ESNN
Virginia @ Duke 12:30 PM ESPN3/ESPNGP
Western Michigan @ Bowling Green 2:00 PM ESPN3/ESPNGP
Akron @ Ohio 2:00 PM ESPN3
Eastern Michigan @ Massachusetts 3:00 PM ESPN3
Appalachian State @ Troy 3:00 PM ESPN3
(24) Clemson @ Boston College 3:30 PM ESPNU
(8) Michigan State @ Indiana 3:30 PM ESPN
Army @ Kent State 3:30 PM ESPN3
North Carolina State @ Louisville 3:30 PM ESPN3/ESPNGP
Rutgers @ (13) Ohio State 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
(21) Texas A&M @ (7) Alabama 3:30 PM CBS
Kansas @ Texas Tech 3:30 PM FSN
UCLA @ California 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
UAB @ Middle Tennessee 3:30 PM FCS
New Mexico @ Air Force 3:30 PM ROOT
Ball State @ Central Michigan 3:30 PM ESPN3
Cincinnati @ Southern Methodist 3:30 PM CBSS
(10) Georgia @ Arkansas 4:00 PM SECN
(15) Oklahoma State @ (12) TCU 4:00 PM FS1
San Jose State @ Wyoming 4:00 PM ESPN3
Miami (OH) @ Northern Illinois 5:00 PM ESPN3
New Mexico State @ Idaho 5:00 PM ESPN3
Colorado @ (22) USC 6:00 PM PAC12
(25) Marshall @ FIU 6:00 PM
Missouri @ Florida 7:00 PM ESPN2
Georgia Tech @ North Carolina 7:00 PM ESPNU
Tennessee @ (3) Mississippi 7:00 PM ESPN
Southern Miss @ North Texas 7:00 PM AMSN
Utah State @ Colorado State 7:00 PM CBSS
Kentucky @ LSU 7:30 PM SECN
(19) Nebraska @ Northwestern 7:30 PM BTN
Georgia State @ South Alabama 7:30 PM ESPN3
(5) Notre Dame @ (2) Florida State 8:00 PM ABC
Iowa State @ Texas 8:00 PM LGHN
Washington @ (9) Oregon 8:00 PM FS1
Nevada @ Brigham Young 10:15 PM ESPN2
(23) Stanford @ (17) Arizona State 10:30 PM ESPN
Hawaii @ San Diego State 10:30 PM CBSS