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College Football Saturday: #3 Florida State Takes on #1 Alabama in a Week 1 Blockbuster

The most interesting other late game features #13 LSU against BYU from New Orleans.

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Clemson vs Alabama
Nick Saban and his #1 Alabama Crimson Tide plays #3 Florida State tonight in Atlanta.
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While the Michigan-Florida game was certainly entertaining, at least for a little while, the game of the day this weekend matches the #3 Florida State Seminoles up against the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide tonight at 5pm PT on ABC. But, don’t go counting the loser out of the National Championship picture just yet. Far too often a team is able to overcome an early season loss by playing better late in the season.

So, while the winner of tonight’s game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta may have the early edge on the College Football Playoff, it’s also still way too early to eliminate the loser from contention.y

The second best late game features #13 LSU taking on the BYU Cougars. For some reason, BYU fans always seem to feel like their team doesn’t get the respect it deserves. While that may be true sometimes, most of the time, the BYU hype doesn’t deserve as much respect as Cougar fans think BYU has earned. Tonight could prove this true for this season.

Meanwhile, in #Pac12AfterDark action, Mike Leach’s #24 Washington State Cougars play Montana State at home, but, given that it is a #Pac12AfterDark matchup, I won’t be surprised if Montana State is able to leave the Palouse with win.

Here’s the complete late Saturday schedule.

College Football Late Schedule for Saturday, September 2, 2017

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Lamar at North Texas 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Eastern Kentucky at Western Kentucky 4:00 PM None None
Northwestern State at Louisiana Tech 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Stephen F. Austin at SMU 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
UMass at Coastal Carolina 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Liberty at Baylor 4:00 PM FS2 FoxSportsGo.com
Southeast Missouri State at Kansas 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Hampton at Ohio 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Houston Baptist at Texas State 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Central Arkansas at #20 Kansas State 4:10 PM None WatchESPN.com
Georgia Southern at #12 Auburn 4:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
#16 Louisville vs. Purdue (Indianapolis, IN) 4:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
South Alabama at Ole Miss 4:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Cal Poly at San José State 4:30 PM None None
#3 Florida State vs. #1 Alabama (Atlanta, GA) 5:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Abilene Christian at New Mexico 5:00 PM None None
Arkansas State at Nebraska 5:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Jackson State at TCU 5:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Iowa at Iowa State 5:00 PM None None
Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee 5:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Grambling at Tulane 5:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Southern Utah at Oregon 5:15 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
UC Davis at San Diego State 5:30 PM None None
Howard at UNLV 6:00 PM None None
BYU vs. #13 LSU (New Orleans, LA) 6:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Incarnate Word at Fresno State 7:00 PM None None
Montana State at #24 Washington State 7:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Arizona at Arizona 8:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Western Carolina at Hawai'i 8:59 PM None None

This is your College Football Late Saturday open thread.


Go Bruins!!!