ESPN will be the place to be for college football, and it starts at noon ET. Florida is on the road at Miami. The Hurricanes are hoping to do what their ACC brethren, Clemson, did last week, and its beat a high-profile SEC team at home.
In this same early afternoon time slot is Fox’s usual Saturday baseball coverage. Unsurprisingly, the network has opted for Red Sox-Yankees in the Bronx (1 PM ET). The teams aren’t in a race with each other, but both are in hot separate races, Boston for the division title and New York for a wild-card.
While Florida is one contender in the SEC East, the other two are South Carolina and Georgia, and those two powers go head-to-head at 4:30 PM ET on ESPN. This is the biggest game of the young college season, and likely to still rank pretty high on that list in November. The winner gets a significant leg up in the push for Atlanta, the SEC Championship Game, and a likely crack at Alabama on December 7.
There are two other games in the mid-afternoon spot, although neither comparable to Gamecocks-Bulldogs. ABC & ESPN2 combine to televise Oregon-Virginia and San Diego State-Ohio State.
Then in prime-time we head to Ann Arbor, the site of ESPN’s College Game Day. It’s Notre Dame-Michigan in an 8 PM ET kickoff. If you share the curious view of Irish coach Brian Kelly that this is just a regional rivalry, you’ve still got two good options. Texas-BYU starts an hour earlier on ESPN2 and is the best of the undercard games on Saturday’s schedule. And on the baseball front, MLB Network tunes into the tight NL Central race with a 7 PM ET telecast of Pirates-Cardinals.
If you’re wondering why ABC doesn’t have its usual Saturday night college football, it’s because they have the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season finale, from Richmond, at 6:30 PM ET.