It's Halloween and a busy day for Week 9 of the 2020 college football season with 38 games scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31. With intriguing matchups in multiple conferences spread out all over the country, there are plenty of treats awaiting college football fans. There's bound to be a few tricks throughout the day as well as underdogs are hoping to at least give their opponents a good scare.
So if you're wondering "What college football games are on today?" know this: There are 38 involving FBS teams scheduled for today, Saturday, Oct. 31.
Note: All times are ET.
Best College Football Games on TV Today
Michigan State at No. 13 Michigan, 12 p.m. on FOX
Michigan looked quite impressive in beating Minnesota handily last week while Michigan State didn't in losing to Rutgers. But this is a rivalry game so you can toss out the records, right?
Memphis at No. 7 Cincinnati, 12 p.m. on ESPN
Cincinnati is the top-ranked Group of 5 team right now and would like to stay that way. Memphis has already knocked off UCF and is still very much in the running for a return trip to the American Athletic Conference Championship Game. Can the Bearcats knock the defending conference champs down another peg?
LSU at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. on CBS
Not many expected either of these Tigers to have two losses before the end of October but that just adds to the degree of urgency to this matchup. LSU got a shot in the arm from freshman QB T.J. Finley while Auburn fans would love to see Bo Nix come up with a signature performance at home.
TCU at Baylor, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Both teams enter this matchup with two-game losing streaks. Their offenses have sputtered at inopportune times and their defenses haven't able to come up with key stops. So which team will gain some much-needed momentum on Saturday?
Texas at No. 6 Oklahoma State, 4 p.m. on FOX
Oklahoma State is in the driver's seat for a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game while Texas is probably out of the running already. But the Longhorns got a much-needed victory last week against Baylor and can now play spoiler in Stillwater against the undefeated Cowboys.
Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama, 7 p.m. on ESPN
Mississippi State's season-opening upset of LSU feels like it was more than a month ago. Alabama has steamrolled its opposition thus far with the only negative being the season-ending injury to Jaylen Waddle. Given the Bulldogs' issues on offense post-LSU, the Crimson Tide probably wouldn't have even needed Waddle for this game, but it still should be entertaining to watch the Nick Saban-Mike Leach coaching chess match.
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State, 7:30 p.m. on ABC
The scene won't be quite the same with no whiteout conditions in Beaver Stadium and yes, Penn State is still probably processing last week's stunning loss to Indiana, but it's not like Ohio State's opening win over Nebraska was picture-perfect. In the end, this one could come down to which defense rises to the occasion, although the Nittany Lions would obviously look a lot better on that side of the ball with linebacker Micah Parsons anchoring things.
Arkansas at 8 Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network
As it stands right now, Texas A&M is probably the only team that has a chance to challenge Alabama in the SEC West, although the Crimson Tide own the head-to-head tiebreaker. But for the Aggies to maintain those hopes, they must take business against a scrappy Arkansas team that's only been truly overmatched in one game thus far, their season-opening loss to Georgia.
Missouri at No. 10 Florida, 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network Alternate
If anything, Florida is just happy to get back on the field after the coronavirus interrupted their season in a major way. The Gators are still dealing with the effects and probably won't be at full strength against Missouri. If this was last year that probably wouldn't have mattered but this Tigers team has already knocked off LSU and Kentucky and shouldn't be taken lightly, especially given how Florida's defense has looked thus far.
Navy at No. 22 SMU, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Navy is just 3-3 overall but 3-1 in AAC play so the Midshipmen still have a shot at playing in the conference championship game. SMU is looking to rebound from its first loss of the season. With both teams seemingly still in contention, this could serve as a de facto elimination game.
Other NCAAF Games on TV Today
- No. 16 Kansas State at West Virginia, 12 p.m. on ESPN2
- No. 5 Georgia at Kentucky, 12 p.m. on SEC Network
- Purdue at Illinois, 12 p.m. on BTN
- No. 20 Coastal Carolina at Georgia State, 12 p.m. on ESPNU
- No. 23 Iowa State at Kansas, 12 p.m. on FS1
- Wake Forest at Syracuse, 12 p.m. on ACC Network
- Boston College at No. 1 Clemson, 12 p.m. on ABC
- UTSA at Florida Atlantic, 12 p.m. on Stadium
- Temple at Tulane, 12 p.m. on ESPN+
- UCF at Houston, 2 p.m. on ESPN+
- Rice at Southern Miss, 3 p.m. on ESPN3
- Troy at Arkansas State, 3 p.m. on ESPN3
- Northwestern at Iowa, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
- No. 17 Indiana at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. on BTN
- UAB at Louisiana Tech, 3:30 p.m. on Stadium
- No. 4 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. on ABC
- Appalachian State at ULM, 4 p.m. on ESPNU
- Virginia Tech at Louisville, 4 p.m. on ACC Network
- Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. on SEC Network
- No. 25 Boise State at Air Force, 6 p.m. on CBSSN
- New Mexico at San Jose State, 7 p.m. on FS1
- Charlotte at Duke, 7 p.m. on RSN/ESPN3
- Louisiana at Texas State, 8 p.m. on ESPNU
- No. 15 North Carolina at Virginia, 8 p.m. on ACC Network
- No. 24 Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. on FOX
- San Diego State at Utah State, 9:30 p.m. on CBSSN
- WKU at No. 11 BYU, 10:15 p.m. on ESPN
- Nevada at UNLV, 10:30 p.m. on FS1
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