Saturday's 42-game slate includes the return of the Big Ten and Mountain West
Week 8 of the 2020 college football season is the biggest yet of the season highlighted by a packed slate on Saturday, Oct. 24. Highlights include the return of the Big Ten and Mountain West but there also are important matchups in the SEC, Big 12 and American Athletic Conference (AAC),
So if you're wondering "What college football games are on today?" know this: There are 42 involving FBS teams scheduled for today, Saturday, Oct. 24.
Note: All times are ET.
Best College Football Games on TV Today
Nebraska at No. 5 Ohio State, 12 p.m. on FOX
The Big Ten is (finally) back and if you were to name the two teams that pushed the hardest to make this happen, it would be Nebraska and Ohio State. So will the Cornhuskers show everyone why they wanted to play so badly or will they get run out of the Horseshoe by the reigning Big Ten champs?
Oklahoma at TCU, 12 p.m. on ABC
Gary Patterson's Horned Frogs have played the Sooners fairly tight since joining the Big 12. Oklahoma has dominated the series (8-1, including a win in the 2017 Big 12 Championship Game), but TCU has made them work for those victories. Will this meeting be another nailbiter?
No. 23 NC State at No. 14 North Carolina, 12 p.m. on ESPN
Both teams are ranked and while this in-state rivalry is enough fuel for the fire, the winner of this game stays in the hunt for a spot in the ACC Championship Game while the loser faces a steep hill to climb to get back into the race.
Auburn at Ole Miss, 12 p.m. on SEC Network
It's not even the end of October and these two teams have combined for five losses. Another for Auburn would really put its season into a tailspin while Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin could do himself a huge favor if his Rebels knock off the Tigers at home.
No. 2 Alabama at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. on CBS
The Third Saturday in October has been forgettable for Tennessee for more than a decade now as Alabama has rattled off 13 straight victories (most of them routs) in this series. The Volunteers are still licking their wounds from last week's home loss to Kentucky while the Crimson Tide put a hurting on Georgia's defense. So is anyone really expecting anything to change this year?
No. 17 Iowa State at 6 Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. on FOX
These two teams (along with Kansas State) are the ones currently sitting atop the Big 12 standings, not Oklahoma or Texas. The winner of Saturday's meeting in Stillwater takes a huge step towards securing a spot in the conference championship game, but it's also entirely possible this is just a preview of what's to come in December.
Baylor at Texas, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
Both of these teams are itching to get back on the field, mainly because it gives them a chance to erase the taste of a bad loss. Tom Herman and Texas probably need this win more than Baylor, because hanging around in the Big 12 standings close to Kansas is not a good visual for him or the Longhorns.
Houston at Navy, 3:30 p.m. on CBSSN
It's been a bumpy road for Navy so far but the Midshipmen are undefeated in the American Athletic Conference with a game in hand over everyone else. Houston finally got its season started a couple of weeks ago and could set itself up nicely by handing Navy its first conference loss.
No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. on ABC
The only Big Ten game that pits ranked teams as the conference returns, Minnesota is out to prove that last year was no fluke while Michigan is out to prove it's a team that should be taken seriously this season. The added bonus? The Jim Harbaugh vs. P.J. Fleck chess match in primetime.
No. 9 Cincinnati at No. 16 SMU, 9 p.m. on ESPN2
Navy is leading the American Athletic Conference standings right now, but Cincinnati and SMU are the top Group of 5 teams (No. 12 BYU is an Independent) in the polls. The winner adds a nice bullet point to the resume while the loser could take a tumble in the AAC standings (not to mention the polls). This also is your classic offense (SMU) vs. defense (Cincinnati) matchup.
Other NCAAF Games on TV Today
- Mercer at Army, 12 p.m. on CBSSN
- Rutgers at Michigan State, 12 p.m. on BTN
- Georgia Southern at No. 25 Coastal Carolina, 12 p.m. on ESPNU
- Temple at Memphis, 12 p.m. on ESPN+
- UTEP at Charlotte, 12 p.m. on ESPN+
- Florida State at Louisville, 12 p.m. on Raycom Sports Network/ESPN3
- Syracuse at No. 1 Clemson, 12 p.m. on ACC Network
- Kansas at No. 20 Kansas State, 12 p.m. on FS1
- Southern Miss at Liberty, 1 p.m. on ESPN3
- Tulane at UCF, 2 p.m. on ESPN2
- Florida Atlantic at No. 22 Marshall, 2:30 p.m. on Stadium
- No. 19 Virginia Tech at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. on Raycom Sports Network/ESPN3
- Middle Tennessee at Rice, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN3
- No. 3 Notre Dame at Pitt, 3:30 p.m. on ABC
- Iowa at Purdue, 3:30 p.m. on BTN
- No. 8 Penn State at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. on FS1
- Chattanooga at WKU, 4 p.m. on ESPN3
- Kentucky at Missouri, 4 p.m. on SEC Network
- Georgia Tech at Boston College, 4 p.m. on ACC Network
- Georgia State at Troy, 4 p.m. on ESPNU
- West Virginia at Texas Tech, 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2
- South Carolina at LSU, 7 p.m. on ESPN
- ULM at South Alabama, 7 p.m. on ESPN+
- Utah State at Boise State, 7 p.m. on FS1
- Wyoming at Nevada, 7 p.m. on CBSSN
- Maryland at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. on BTN
- Hawaii at Fresno State, 7:30 p.m. on KSEE24 (Fresno area)/PPV (Hawaii)
- Louisiana Tech at UTSA, 8 p.m. on ESPNU
- Virginia at No. 11 Miami, 8 p.m. on ACC Network
- Texas State at No. 12 BYU, 10:15 p.m. on ESPN
- Air Force at San Jose State, 10:30 p.m. on FS1
- UNLV at San Diego State, 10:30 p.m. on CBSSN
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