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College Football Friday: Washington State Looks to Stay Unbeaten

The Cougars will visit Southern Cal tonight in a #Pac12AfterDark matchup.

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Go Cougs!

It may be a bye week for the UCLA Bruins, but college football will still be played this weekend.

But, hey, let’s face it. There’s only one game tonight that matters and it’s the #Pac12AfterDark matchup between the Washington State Cougars and the Southern Cal Trojans. That game will kick off tonight at 7:30 pm on ESPN.

With UCLA off to such a slow start, I haven’t had enough time to catch one of the Trojans’ games, but I’ve seen their results and it hasn’t been pretty. I listened to this week’s Pac-12 Hotline podcast to hear what was being said about the Bruins. Jon Wilner had Petros Papadakis as his guest for the show to talk LA college football and, frankly, I was barely able to listen to Petros talk about the Bruins. By the time he started discussing the guys across town, I had to turn it off. You know....nails...chalkboard...’nuff said.

As an aside, the Pac-12 Hotline podcast was worth listening to the first ten minutes or so while Wilner and Petros discussed UCLA. While I try not to use the former Trojan captain as a reference point for anything, it sounded like he was saying a lot of the things that have been said here on BN and in our comments.

I’ve embedded the podcast here for your listening pleasure, but be sure to read Jon WIlner’s Pac-12 Hotline column on the Bay Area News Group websites like the San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times, among others.

Back to tonight’s games....

Tonight’s action starts off with Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic Owls visiting the #16 UCF Knights at 4 pm PT on ESPN. This could be an interesting game because, while the Owls didn’t give Oklahoma much competition, they were supposed to be a decent team this season. Meanwhile, UCF started the season 2-0 before having last weekend’s game against North Carolina postponed due to the hurricane.

Tonight’s middle game features the #10 Penn State Nittany Lions visiting Lovie Smith’s Illinois Fighting Illini. How bad is Illinois under Lovie Smith?

Well, the once-proud Illini only beat Kent State by a touchdown in the season opener before beating up on an FCS team and losing to the South Florida Bulls.

Last season, they lost their final nine games of the season after starting 2-0 in non-conference play. So, I’m expecting Penn State to blow them out big.

But, that brings us right back to #Pac12AfterDark. Can Mike Leach come in to the Coliseum and beat Clay Helton and Southern Cal? Leach has the Cougars off to a 3-0 start and I don’t see much of a reason as to why they won’t make it 4-0.

Here’s tonight’s full schedule.

College Football Friday, September 22, 2018

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Florida Atlantic at #16 UCF 4:00 PM ESPN
#10 Penn State at Illinois 6:00 PM FS1
Washington State at USC 7:30 PM ESPN

This is your College Football Friday night open thread.

Go Bruins and Cougs!