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CFB Saturday: Could Today Be the First Elimination Saturday of 2017?

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It might be just the second week of the season, but there are some big matchups today.

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Today has the potential to create havoc on the rest of the college football season. And, I’m not talking about the cancellations cause by Hurricane Irma.

That’s because the second Saturday of the season has some key matchups which could ultimately affect the College Football Playoff picture.

Already?

“But, I thought early season matchups don’t matter as much,” you protest.

They might not, but, at the same time, when you have a conference matchup like #14 Stanford vs. #6 Southern Cal, that can certainly affect things.

So can a Power 5 matchup platyed between two powerhouses, like when #13 Auburn visits #3 Clemson or when #5 Oklahoma visits #2 Ohio State.

To be sure, whomever loses in either of those matchups won’t be completely out of things, but they will have a lot farther to climb back than the winner will. That’s for sure.

After all, if Oklahoma beats Ohio State, the Sooners are basically guaranteed to move into the top four while the Buckeyes will drop out of the top four. If Clemson loses to Auburn, the defending champs will drop out of the top ten while Auburn will jump into the top ten.

Even the Georgia-Notre Dame game has potential playoff implications because both teams are currently in the Top 25. If the Irish lose, they are sure to drop out of the Top 25 but the Bulldogs could also fall out if they lose.

Then, again, with the way the CFP has been set up any loss at all potentially knocks a team out.

Here’s today’s complete schedule.

College Football Schedule for Saturday, September 9th

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
#21 South Florida at Connecticut Canceled ESPNews WatchESPN.com
Cincinnati at #8 Michigan 12:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Florida Atlantic at #9 Wisconsin 12:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Louisiana Monroe at #10 Florida State Canceled ACC Network WatchESPN.com
#17 Louisville at North Carolina 12:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Charlotte at #19 Kansas State 12:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Colorado at #22 Florida Canceled SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Northwestern at Duke 9:00 AM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
East Carolina at West Virginia 9:00 AM FS2 FoxSportsGo.com
Buffalo at Army 9:00 AM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Towson at Maryland 9:00 AM BTN BTN2Go.com
Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky 9:00 AM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
UT Martin at Ole Miss 9:00 AM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Iowa at Iowa State 9:00 AM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech 9:30 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Wake Forest at Boston College 10:00 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Texas State at Colorado 11:00 AM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
UAB at Ball State 12:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Fresno State at #1 Alabama 12:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Pittsburgh at #4 Penn State 12:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Delaware at #18 Virginia Tech 12:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
#23 TCU at Arkansas 12:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Tulane at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Austin Peay at Miami (OH) 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Howard at Kent State 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Villanova at Temple 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Savannah State at Appalachian State 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Middle Tennessee at Syracuse 12:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Indiana at Virginia 12:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Old Dominion at UMass 12:30 PM None None
Western Michigan at Michigan State 12:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Eastern Michigan at Rutgers 12:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
San José State at Texas 12:30 PM Longhorn Network WatchESPN.com
Abilene Christian at Colorado State 12:30 PM None WatchStadium.com
Indiana State at #25 Tennessee 1:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Gardner-Webb at Wyoming 1:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Central Michigan at Kansas 1:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Alabama A&M at Vanderbilt 1:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Louisiana at Tulsa 1:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
New Hampshire vs. Georgia Southern (Birmingham, AL) 1:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Nebraska at Oregon 1:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Hawai'i at UCLA 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Weber State at California 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Marshall at NC State 3:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
South Dakota at Bowling Green 3:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Alabama State at Troy 3:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Akron 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
#13 Auburn at #3 Clemson 4:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Toledo at Nevada 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
UNLV at Idaho 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
North Texas at SMU 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
South Carolina at Missouri 4:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Nicholls at Texas A&M 4:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Southern at Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM None WatchStadium.com
#5 Oklahoma at #2 Ohio State 4:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Chattanooga at #12 LSU 4:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
#15 Georgia at #24 Notre Dame 4:30 PM NBC NBCSports.com
Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Montana at #7 Washington 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Rice at UTEP 5:00 PM None None
New Mexico State at New Mexico 5:00 PM None Facebook
UT San Antonio at Baylor 5:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Western Kentucky at Illinois 5:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
#14 Stanford at #6 Southern Cal 5:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Minnesota at Oregon State 7:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Utah at BYU 7:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Boise State at #20 Washington State 7:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Houston at Arizona 7:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
San Diego State at Arizona State 8:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com


So, who are you rooting for in today’s non-UCLA games? Let us know in the comments below.

And, don’t forget to join in our UCLA Game Thread starting at 1pm PT.


Go Bruins!