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College Football Saturday: #5 Wisconsin Hosts #24 Michigan in a Big Ten Matchup

Meanwhile, Virginia takes on Miami in the ACC.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

While there is plenty of college football action all day today, there just aren’t that many “must-see” games to hold you over until UCLA plays Southern Cal at 5 pm PT.

This morning, there are really just two games with the potential to be very good.

The first one kicks off on ABC at 9 am PT between the Virginia Cavaliers and the #3 Miami Hurricanes. Sure, given how the Canes have played all season long, the outcome of this game really should not be in doubt for very long. But, Bronco Mendenhall is in the process of turning the Cavalier program around. In fact, he already has the team bowl-eligible this season at 6-4. The Canes, meanwhile, have three games left: today’s game against Virginia, next week’s game against Pitt, and the following week against Clemson. It’s possible the Canes could get could looking past the Cavaliers towards the Clemson game today. Don’t underestimate a Bronco Mendenhall team.

The other 9 am game worth checking out has the #24 Michigan Wolverines travelling to Madison, Wisconsin to face the #5 Wisconsin Badgers and will air on Fox. The Badgers are still undefeated and they are one of just three Power 5 schools still unbeaten. The other two are Miami and Alabama. The Badgers, though, have gotten very little respect this year. That’s because their non-conference schedule was pretty weak, although still stronger than Bama’s. They faced three Group of 5 schools in Utah State, Florida Atlantic and a down BYU. Beyond that, all they’ve done is roll through the Big Ten with ease. Unfortunately, their toughest game was a 9-point win over Northwestern. Today’s game could be tougher as they face Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines even though they just don’t seem to be quite as good this season. So, this will likely be another easy win for the Badgers. Will it impress the College Football Playoff committee enough to give the Badgers a spot in the top four? Probably not until after the Big Ten Championship Game against either Ohio State or Penn State.

In early afternoon action, you may want to check out the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the #7 Georgia Bulldogs. While the Bulldogs should win this game, Kentucky is one of just three schools in the SEC East who are bowl-eligible this year. In fact, the perennial doormat is 7-3 going into this game. But Georgia needs to win today to keep its hopes of getting back into the College Football Playoff picture alive as they head into the SEC Championship Game in a few weeks.

Here’s today’s full schedule:

College Football Schedule for Saturday, November 18, 2017

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Mercer at #1 Alabama 9:00 AM SEC Network
Virginia at #3 Miami 9:00 AM ABC
#24 Michigan at #5 Wisconsin 9:00 AM FOX
Louisiana Monroe at #6 Auburn 9:00 AM ESPN2
#12 TCU at Texas Tech 9:00 AM FS1
#15 UCF at Temple 9:00 AM ESPNU
#16 Mississippi State at Arkansas 9:00 AM CBS
SMU at #21 Memphis 9:00 AM ESPNews
Minnesota at #23 Northwestern 9:00 AM BTN
Cincinnati at East Carolina 9:00 AM CBSSN
Texas at West Virginia 9:00 AM ESPN
Rutgers at Indiana 9:00 AM BTN
Delaware State at Florida State 9:00 AM ACC Network
The Citadel at #2 Clemson 9:20 AM ACC Network
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech 9:20 AM ACC Network
Rice at Old Dominion 11:00 AM None
Fresno State at Wyoming 11:00 AM ATT SportsNet None
Iowa State at Baylor 11:30 AM FSN
Arizona State at Oregon State 12:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Charlotte at Southern Mississippi 12:00 PM None
Louisiana Tech at UTEP 12:00 PM None
Western Carolina at North Carolina 12:00 PM ACC Network
Hawai'i at Utah State 12:00 PM Spectrum Sports
UMass at BYU 12:00 PM None
Texas State at Arkansas State 12:00 PM None
South Alabama at Georgia Southern 12:00 PM None
#4 Oklahoma at Kansas 12:30 PM ESPN
Kentucky at #7 Georgia 12:30 PM CBS
Navy at #8 Notre Dame 12:30 PM NBC
Illinois at #9 Ohio State 12:30 PM ABC
Kansas State at #13 Oklahoma State 12:30 PM ESPN2
San Jose State at Colorado State 12:30 PM CBSSN
Syracuse at Louisville 12:30 PM ESPNU
Georgia Tech at Duke 12:30 PM ACC Network
Purdue at Iowa 12:30 PM BTN
Nebraska at #10 Penn State 1:00 PM FS1
Maryland at #17 Michigan State 1:00 PM FOX
Wofford at South Carolina 1:00 PM SEC Network
UAB at Florida 1:00 PM SEC Network
Houston at Tulane 1:00 PM ESPNews
Coastal Carolina at Idaho 2:00 PM None
New Mexico State at Louisiana 2:00 PM None
Army at North Texas 3:30 PM beIN Sports None
#20 LSU at Tennessee 4:00 PM ESPN
Arizona at Oregon 4:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Texas A&M at Ole Miss 4:00 PM ESPN2
Boston College at Connecticut 4:00 PM CBSSN
Marshall at UT San Antonio 4:00 PM KMYS
Florida Intl at Florida Atlantic 4:00 PM Stadium
#19 NC State at Wake Forest 4:30 PM ESPNU
Missouri at Vanderbilt 4:30 PM SEC Network
UCLA at #11 USC 5:00 PM ABC
California at #22 Stanford 5:00 PM FOX
Air Force at #25 Boise State 7:15 PM ESPN2
Utah at #18 Washington 7:30 PM ESPN
Nevada at San Diego State 7:30 PM CBSSN

What are your thoughts on today’s games? Leave them in the comments below.

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