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College Football Week Eight TV Schedule: Big 12, Pac-12, Notre Dame-Florida State Take Center Stage

Lots of big games outside SEC country this week, and Clemson is on upset alert.

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The SEC West has taken center stage the past couple of weeks, but this week, it'll be the Big 12 and Pac-12 in the limelight.

In the Big 12, the two big games are Kansas State at Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. at TCU.The KSU-OU game is the one that grabs my eye here. Once thought to be a national title contender, Oklahoma has looked very pedestrian in a loss to TCU and a close win over a weak Texas team. K-State, on the other hand, is playing well, and I look for them to win that game. Baylor at West Virginia could also be interesting. Baylor is obviously favored but has to go on the road against an improving West Virginia team after coming off an emotional come-from-behind win over TCU.

In the Pac-12, Washington vs. Oregon and Stanford vs. Arizona State look like appealing games.

The game of the week will be Notre Dame at Florida State. Neither of these teams deserve their ranking, but this is a very consequential game in that Florida State is unlikely to be challenged again this year and will waltz into the playoffs if they win. An Irish win might make it hard for the 'Noles to make it into playoffs given the lack of opportunities for FSU to gain quality wins for the rest of the season. The Irish still have Arizona St. and Southern Cal to contend with if they beat the 'Noles.

One other game Gamecocks fans might want to watch is Clemson-Boston College. With Deshaun Watson injured, the Tigers were ineffective on offense last week in a game they should have lost to Louisville. I have no illusions about BC's offense having a lot of success against a Clemson defense that is playing very well right now, but this has the potential to be an ugly game, and you have to give BC a chance if that's what comes to pass.

Thu, Oct 16, 2014 Time (ET) TV
Virginia Tech @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ESPN
(20) Utah @ Oregon State 10:00 PM FS2/PAC12
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 Time (ET) TV
Fresno State @ Boise State 8:00 PM ESPN
Temple @ Houston 9:00 PM ESPNU
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 Time (ET) TV
Iowa @ Maryland 12:00 PM ESPN2
Furman @ South Carolina 12:00 PM SECN
Syracuse @ Wake Forest 12:00 PM ESPN3/ESPNGP
(4) Baylor @ West Virginia 12:00 PM FS1
Purdue @ Minnesota 12:00 PM
(14) Kansas State @ (11) Oklahoma 12:00 PM ESPN
Western Kentucky @ Florida Atlantic 12:00 PM AMSN
Texas-San Antonio @ Louisiana Tech 12:00 PM FSN
Tulane @ UCF 12:00 PM ESPNU
South Florida @ Tulsa 12:00 PM ESNN
Virginia @ Duke 12:30 PM ESPN3/ESPNGP
Western Michigan @ Bowling Green 2:00 PM ESPN3/ESPNGP
Akron @ Ohio 2:00 PM ESPN3
Eastern Michigan @ Massachusetts 3:00 PM ESPN3
Appalachian State @ Troy 3:00 PM ESPN3
(24) Clemson @ Boston College 3:30 PM ESPNU
(8) Michigan State @ Indiana 3:30 PM ESPN
Army @ Kent State 3:30 PM ESPN3
North Carolina State @ Louisville 3:30 PM ESPN3/ESPNGP
Rutgers @ (13) Ohio State 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
(21) Texas A&M @ (7) Alabama 3:30 PM CBS
Kansas @ Texas Tech 3:30 PM FSN
UCLA @ California 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
UAB @ Middle Tennessee 3:30 PM FCS
New Mexico @ Air Force 3:30 PM ROOT
Ball State @ Central Michigan 3:30 PM ESPN3
Cincinnati @ Southern Methodist 3:30 PM CBSS
(10) Georgia @ Arkansas 4:00 PM SECN
(15) Oklahoma State @ (12) TCU 4:00 PM FS1
San Jose State @ Wyoming 4:00 PM ESPN3
Miami (OH) @ Northern Illinois 5:00 PM ESPN3
New Mexico State @ Idaho 5:00 PM ESPN3
Colorado @ (22) USC 6:00 PM PAC12
(25) Marshall @ FIU 6:00 PM
Missouri @ Florida 7:00 PM ESPN2
Georgia Tech @ North Carolina 7:00 PM ESPNU
Tennessee @ (3) Mississippi 7:00 PM ESPN
Southern Miss @ North Texas 7:00 PM AMSN
Utah State @ Colorado State 7:00 PM CBSS
Kentucky @ LSU 7:30 PM SECN
(19) Nebraska @ Northwestern 7:30 PM BTN
Georgia State @ South Alabama 7:30 PM ESPN3
(5) Notre Dame @ (2) Florida State 8:00 PM ABC
Iowa State @ Texas 8:00 PM LGHN
Washington @ (9) Oregon 8:00 PM FS1
Nevada @ Brigham Young 10:15 PM ESPN2
(23) Stanford @ (17) Arizona State 10:30 PM ESPN
Hawaii @ San Diego State 10:30 PM CBSS