I am literally having trouble sitting still knowing that in 68 and a half short hours (but who’s counting), I’ll be basking in the heat (well, maybe roasting...) of Lot H at the Rose Bowl with my fellow tailgaters.
This weekend’s college football games kick off this afternoon at 3:00 pm PT on CBS Sports Network with Florida International versus University of Central Florida. Tonight, we can also get a preview of two of UCLA’s future opponents when Memphis takes on Louisiana Monroe at 6:00, and Arizona State when they face New Mexico State at 7:30.
Games to Watch
Tulsa @ #10 Oklahoma State, 4:30 pm PT, Fox Sports 1: While this isn’t exactly a sexy match up, Oklahoma State is getting back one of the most interesting quarterback/wide receiver pairs in the country in quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington. It has been rumored that Rudolph played more than half of the 2016 season with cracked ribs, but he is back healthy and ready to start his Heisman campaign tonight. The Tulsa defense may put up a fight, but the Cowboys will come out firing for the win.
#2 Ohio State @ Indiana, 5:00 pm PT, ESPN: This game should be interesting given the fact that Kevin Wilson, Indiana’s former head coach that was fired last year amid allegations that he had mistreated players, is now Ohio State’s offensive coordinator. Wilson will make some changes to the Ohio State offense, looking a bit more traditional and putting more points on the board. Ohio State is of course slated to win, and J.T. Barrett will more than likely begin his bounce back season tonight.
Louisiana Monroe @ Memphis, 6:00 pm PT, CBS Sports Network: Despite heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey, this game is going to take place as planned. Memphis is definitely the stronger of the pair, and the Tigers are looking to make a statement under year two of head coach Mike Norvell. Memphis star wide receiver Sam Craft is out for the season, but senior quarterback Riley Ferguson is going to be a force to be reckoned with as he may very well be one of the top quarterbacks in the country. Memphis has a huge stable of receivers and running backs to pull from, and a seasoned offensive line to help them out.
New Mexico State at Arizona State: The final game tonight starts at 7:30 on the Pac 12 Network and features another one of UCLA’s future opponents. ASU Head Coach Todd Graham is on the coaching hot seat, as his Sun Devils are coming off of the worst defensive season in school history. Their offensive line was young last year, but with another season under their belts, the run game has reportedly improved significantly. New Mexico State hasn’t played in a bowl game since 1960, so I think it’s safe to say that ASU will come out on top.
Here is the complete lineup for tonight:
College Football Thursday, August 31, 2017
|Florida International at UCF||3:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Presbyterian College at Wake Forest||3:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Austin Peay at Cincinnati||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Buffalo at Minnesota||4:00 PM||BTN||BTN2GO.com|
|Tennessee State at Georgia State||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Elon at Toledo||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Rhode Island at Central Michigan||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Tulsa at #10 Oklahoma State||4:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Holy Cross at Connecticut||4:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|North Dakota at Utah||4:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|#2 Ohio State at Indiana||5:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Florida A&M vs. Arkansas (Little Rock, AR)||5:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Louisiana Monroe at Memphis||6:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Sacramento State at Idaho||6:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|New Mexico State at Arizona State||7:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
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