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College Football Saturday: Maryland Faces #5 Wisconsin While Navy Hosts UCF

While you’re waiting for the Bruins to kickoff, check out Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo. He’s one of the best coaches in college football today and should be on Dan Guerrero’s short list.

NCAA Football: Tulane at Navy
Ken Niumatalolo should be on Dan Guerrero’s radar, but probably isn’t.
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There are two early matchups which should whet your appetite for college football today before the Bruins take the field at 1pm against the Ducks. The first one is the Maryland Terrapins at #5 Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers made the most of last Saturday’s Top Ten losses to move up to #5 this week and they are hosting the Terps.

It’s hard to tell where the Terps are headed. They have wins against Texas, Towson and Minnesota while they’ve lost to UCF, Ohio State and Northwestern. I think they may start off tough, but will eventually fold like a cheap chair against the Badgers.

Another game worth checking out today is the #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys against the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns are 3-3 so far this year. Last week, they lost a close game to Oklahoma, 29-24, but this team probably should be 5-1 at this point. Are the Longhorns finally ready for to get on board with Tom Herman’s program? If not, Herman would still be welcome in Westwood!

Seriously, though, the Cowboys are probably going to prove to be too much for the Longhorns this year, but it should be a good game.

When the 9 am games have wrapped up and you’re waiting for the kickoff of the Bruins’ game, I’d suggest checking out #20 UCF at Navy. Ken Niumatalolo is one of the best coaches in college football right now and, sooner or later, a program is going to lure him away from the Naval Academy. He’s a guy who should be on Dan Guerrero’s radar (and probably isn’t), which means he should be on your radar too if he isn’t.

Finally, there’s the 300 lb. elephant in the room which is the Alabama Crimson Tide. They host Tennessee this afternoon and the first 30 minutes of the game should prove to be all you need to see of this one if you don’t want to see Ken Niumatalolo coaching Navy for some reason. Roll Tide!

Here’s your complete schedule of all of today’s action.

College Football Schedule for Saturday, October 21, 2017

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Maryland at #5 Wisconsin 9:00 AM FOX
#10 Oklahoma State at Texas 9:00 AM ABC
Tulsa at Connecticut 9:00 AM ESPNU
Akron at Toledo 9:00 AM Raycom Sports
Iowa at Northwestern 9:00 AM ESPN2
Purdue at Rutgers 9:00 AM BTN
Louisville at Florida State 9:00 AM ESPN
Idaho at Missouri 9:00 AM SEC Network
Iowa State at Texas Tech 9:00 AM FS1
Temple at Army 9:00 AM CBSSN
Pittsburgh at Duke 9:20 AM ACC Network
Boston College at Virginia 9:30 AM ACC Network
Troy at Georgia State 11:00 AM None
Kent State at Ohio 11:00 AM None
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green 11:00 AM None
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan 11:00 AM None
Buffalo at Miami (OH) 11:30 AM None
Central Michigan at Ball State 12:00 PM None
Tennessee at #1 Alabama 12:30 PM CBS
Syracuse at #8 Miami 12:30 PM ESPN
North Carolina at #14 Virginia Tech 12:30 PM ESPN2
Indiana at #18 Michigan State 12:30 PM ABC
#20 UCF at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN
Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State 12:30 PM None
Georgia Southern at UMass 12:30 PM NESN Plus
Arizona State at Utah 12:30 PM FS1
Illinois at Minnesota 12:30 PM BTN
#9 Oklahoma at Kansas State 1:00 PM FOX
Kentucky at Mississippi State 1:00 PM SEC Network
Oregon at UCLA 1:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
SMU at Cincinnati 1:00 PM ESPNU
Louisiana Monroe at South Alabama 2:00 PM None
North Texas at Florida Atlantic 2:00 PM None
Utah State at UNLV 3:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
UAB at Charlotte 3:30 PM beIN Sports None
#16 South Florida at Tulane 4:00 PM ESPN2
Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Tech 4:00 PM None
Rice at UT San Antonio 4:00 PM KMYS
BYU at East Carolina 4:00 PM CBSSN
#24 LSU at Ole Miss 4:15 PM ESPN
#19 Michigan at #2 Penn State 4:30 PM ABC
#11 USC at #13 Notre Dame 4:30 PM NBC
#21 Auburn at Arkansas 4:30 PM SEC Network
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech 4:30 PM ESPNU
Kansas at #4 TCU 5:00 PM FOX
#23 West Virginia at Baylor 5:00 PM FS2
Arizona at California 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Wyoming at Boise State 7:15 PM ESPN2
Fresno State at San Diego State 7:30 PM CBSSN
Colorado at #15 Washington State 7:45 PM ESPN

Join your fellow Bruin fans discussing all of today’s non-UCLA games in the comments.

This is your College Football Saturday non-UCLA early game open thread.

Go Bruins!