With the early games now in the books for the most part, let’s take a look at today’s late games. It looks like Fox and ABC will be duking it out for viewers this afternoon at 5 pm.
Personally, I’m thinking ABC will win the ratings battle because they have a game between the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes and the #15 TCU Horned Frogs. Nevermind the fact that this game features a top 15 matchup, it also is the toughest game Ohio State will play while Urban Meyer remains on suspension.
While this is technically a neutral site game because it is being played at Jerry’s World in Arlington, TX, the TCU campus is actually closer to AT&T Stadium than the Rose Bowl is to UCLA. So, pretty much however you look at it, this is a home game for the Horned Frogs. If the Buckeyes can win this one, then they will have won all three games that Meyer missed, but beating TCU will not be easy.
Meanwhile, over on Fox, Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will call the game between the #22 Southern Cal Trojans and the Texas Longhorns. Texas lost to Maryland again to start the season and only beat Tulsa by a touchdown.
Of course, the Trojans is looking to recover from losing to Stanford last week after opening the season with a win over UNLV. On paper, Southern Cal should probably win, but you can’t count out the Longhorns and, besides, the Longhorn is our second favorite team today. Hook ‘em Horns!
A third game of interest will unfortunately be played at the same time as the UCLA-Fresno State game. It’s the #10 Washington Huskies visiting the Utah Utes. This game will be a battle, not only because these are two good teams, but als because #Pac12AfterDark. You know it’s real. This one kicks off at 7 pm PT on ESPN.
Washington opened the season with a close loss to Auburn, but bounced back last week against North Dakota. Meanwhile, Utah has opened with a blowout against Weber St. and a 17-6 win over Northern Illinois. So, if you want to check it out before the Bruins and during commercials and halftime, I encourage it.
Here’s today’s full late schedule.
College Football Late Saturday, September 15, 2018
|Idaho State at California||3:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Bethune-Cookman at Florida Atlantic||3:00 PM||Stadium|
|Eastern Michigan at Buffalo||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#1 Alabama at Ole Miss||4:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Texas State at South Alabama||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Arkansas State at Tulsa||4:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Alabama A&M at Cincinnati||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Delaware State at Western Michigan||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Oregon State at Nevada||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Middle Tennessee at #3 Georgia||4:15 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Louisiana at #16 Mississippi State||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|UL Monroe at Texas A&M||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Missouri at Purdue||4:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Northern Iowa at Iowa||4:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Western Kentucky at Louisville||4:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|UMass at Florida Intl||4:30 PM||beIN Sports||beINSports.com|
|Akron at Northwestern||4:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#4 Ohio State at #15 TCU||5:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#22 USC at Texas||5:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|New Mexico at New Mexico State||5:00 PM||Eleven Sports||Aggievision|
|Eastern Washington at Washington State||5:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|#10 Washington at Utah||7:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Prairie View at UNLV||7:00 PM||None||TheMW.com|
|#23 Arizona State at San Diego State||7:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Fresno State at UCLA||7:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Southern Utah at Arizona||8:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|