A ranking of this week’s television games that I personally find most intriguing, top to bottom.
All games Sept. 1 unless noted
Michigan at Notre Dame 6:30 PM NBC
Best game on the Big Ten slate and I’m a lifelong Notre Dame fan, so win-win.
Northwestern at Purdue 7:00 PM ESPN Thursday, August 30
Conference game to start the season. Good matchup too. Could go either way, but I’m leaning towards Purdue.
Maryland vs. Texas (Landover) 11:00 AM FS1
Rematch of last season’s upset. I also like that it involves a high profile team in Texas. Bummer that Maryland’s program is in disarray right now.
Northern Illinois at Iowa 2:30 PM BTN
I’ve got a feeling Iowa might struggle in this game. Maybe even lose.
New Mexico St. at Minnesota 6:00 PM BTN Thursday, August 30
This game kicks off the Big Ten season. I’m ready.
Akron at Nebraska 7:00 PM FOX
I’m not as anxious as Nebraska fans, but I am curious to see how the team looks under the new coach.
Oregon St. at Ohio St. 11:00 AM ABC
The matchups are starting to get less interesting at this point, so a game involving two power 5 teams rates by default. And we got the whole Urban Meyer debacle going on, so that adds some curiosity.
Kent St. at Illinois 11:00 AM BTN
I’m curious about Illinois. I don’t think they’ll be a great team, but I think they might be better than most are expecting.
Utah St. at Michigan St. 6:00 PM BTN Friday, August 31
While I think they’ll be good, I’ve been saying Michigan St. won’t be as good as most are expecting. We’ll see.
Western Kentucky at Wisconsin 8:00 PM ESPN Friday, August 31
Not much of an opponent but I am interested in taking a look at possibly the best team in the Big Ten.
Appalachian State at Penn St. 2:30 PM BTN
I’d be surprised if any of Penn St.’s starters on the field in the fourth quarter.
Texas Tech at Rutgers 11:00 AM BTN
I do need to watch this one because I’ll be handicapping Rutgers vs. Ohio St. in week 2, but otherwise I don’t have much interest in this game.
Indiana at Florida International 6:00 PM CBSSN
Ok, so actually this game is televised. Just not on a channel that I have access to. Or even heard of for that matter.