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Your Week 5 College Football TV Schedule

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(Author’s Note: The views expressed in this feature are solely mine and do not represent those of Dawg Sports. The manic joy I felt following the domination Georgia’s defense displayed against Mississippi State has not subsided. While my instinct is to shun this feeling, I have decided to embrace the UGA hype in all it’s irrational glory. To misinterpret a line by the great John Green, “I’m on a rollercoaster that only goes up, my friend.”)

(Editor’s Note: The views expressed by RedCrake re: this weekend’s game against Tennessee are troubling. We here at Dawg Sports assure you that we are carefully monitoring this recent wave of UGA-related positivity. Following UGA’s first loss, we will make sure he gets the help he so clearly needs.)

I’m not going to lie to you. This weekend’s slate of nationally televised college football action isn’t exactly blowing my skirt up. As a Georgia fan that doesn’t bother me too much, because despite Tennessee’s lack of... what is the word I’m looking for... goodness (?), it’s always easy to get amped up for a game where the Dawgs match up against a traditional SEC power (such as they are). That said, if you’re anything like me, you need something to do before and after watching Lorenzo Carter and Roquan Smith drag the carcass of Butch Jones’s career up and down the field all afternoon. With that in mind, here is your...


And now on to your prime viewing options in each time slot:


Texas Longhorns @ Iowa St. Cyclones, 8:00, ESPN

Tune in for Tom Herman’s 1st Annual Opening Big 12 Game/Loss.


#5 USC Trojans @ #16 Washington State Cougars, 10:30, ESPN

Now this is what I’m talking about! We’ve got Trojans, we’ve got Cougars, we’ve got Pirates. You know you’re gonna want to stay up for this.


Vanderbilt Commodores @ #21 Florida Gators, 12:00, ESPN

UNC Tarheels @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 12:00, ESPN2

And here’s where the schedule takes a turn for the “meh”. I honestly don’t know what to tell you. I guess just watch one of these two for local interest? I suppose that Vandy/Florida game could get interesting if Vandy isn’t still totally broken and bleeding from that thrashing they took last weekend. So maybe try that. Or you could take up needlepoint or something.


#7 Georgia Bulldogs @ Tennessee Volunteers, 3:30, CBS

A shining beacon of light in an absolutely abysmal 3:30 time slot. I mean, what else are you gonna watch? FSU/Wake Forest? Maybe Iowa/Michigan State is a little more your speed? Oh wait, I know! Flip it on over to Baylor and Kansas State.

COME ON! Its Dawgs and Vols.

Do you know the only thing better than beating a rival with a last second Hail Mary? Dropping half a hundred on one in a revenge game and hearing a sad trombonist play Rocky Top because it’s the only song he knows. Oh, it’s happening! Come for the beatdown (and sweet baby Jesus, it is going to be an absolute beatdown), stay to find out if everyone will escape Neyland injury-free (Spoiler Alert: Yep. Because for once, this one freaking time, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE NICE THINGS!!!).


#2 Clemson Tigers @ #14 Virginia Tech Hokies, 8:00, ABC

I don’t think this is a particularly difficult decision, but I’m going to recommend you enjoy this ACC clash. From what I’ve watched of both teams, I don’t see Virginia Tech dethroning the Tigers. But it wouldn’t exactly surprise me if they did.


Northern Illinois Huskies at #19 San Diego State Aztecs, 10:30, CBSSN

Sure, there is always Pac-12 After Dark, but neither of those matchups are doing much for me. So instead I’ll enjoy what may be one of the final barriers the Aztecs have to an undefeated season. Now, Northern Illinois may have only beaten Boston College and Nebraska (teams I don’t think any of us would confuse for a Top 25 team), but for a Group of 5 team to beat a Power 5 team twice in such quick succession? They might have enough to give San Diego State a run for their money.

That’s it for now folks. Until next time...