There are a total of four games on Friday night serving as the lead-in to a jam-packed Saturday slate
Week 8 of the college football season serves up four games on Friday, Oct. 23. Friday is significant for the Big Ten as the conference finally gets its delayed season started. The other games on the docket include an American Athletic Conference (AAC) paring, an intriguing Sun Belt vs. Conference USA matchup, and an FCS vs. FBS game.
So if you're wondering "What college football games are on today?" know this: There are four involving FBS teams scheduled for today, Friday, Oct. 23.
Note: All times are ET.
College Football Games on TV Today
Jacksonville State at FIU, 7 p.m. on ESPN3
Initially scheduled for Sept. 3, the two Florida programs will finally meet for the first time on Friday night. This is Jacksonville State's last game of the fall, as the FCS program is playing just four contests before resuming its season in February as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Gamecocks are 2-1 with a narrow loss to Florida State (24-21) and feature some players with NFL aspirations. The Panthers are still searching for their first win of the season (scheduled game at UCF was canceled due to COVID-19 issues), with their two losses to Liberty and Middle Tennessee coming by a combined five points.
Tulsa at USF, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Tulsa last played on Oct. 3 as scheduled games against Arkansas State and Cincinnati were called off due to COVID-19 concerns. The last time the Golden Hurricane were on the field, they knocked off then-No. 11 UCF 34-26 in Orlando. Can they make it two in a row in Florida against a USF team that's showing improvement but still looking for its first win against an FBS opponent under first-year head coach Jeff Scott?
Illinois at No. 14 Wisconsin, 8 p.m. on Big Ten Network
The Big Ten is back! Illinois and Wisconsin will kick things off for the conference in what is a revenge game for the Badgers, who haven't forgotten about what happened the last time they played the Fighting Illini.
Louisiana at UAB, 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
Non-conference games have been rare this season, and this one should be a good one. Louisiana and UAB are not only contenders in the Sun Belt and Conference USA, respectively, but this game also is important as it relates to either team's hopes of being a part of the conversation for the Group of 5 New Year's Six bid at the end of the season. The Ragin' Cajuns fell out of the Top 25 after losing to Coastal Carolina last week, while the Blazers' lone loss came on the road to Miami.
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