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College Football Schedule, Week 9: Ohio State-Penn State leads strong afternoon

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This Saturday features several excellent games on in the afternoon, but a quiet slate of evening contests.

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Usually, college football schedules its biggest games of the week for the evening. This week, with temperatures starting to drop, we’re seeing more and more big games shift earlier from prime time into the mid-afternoon time slot.

That’s the case with Ohio State-Penn State, a matchup of top ten teams in the Big Ten East. These two top squads will square off at 3:30 Eastern with the winner being in the driver’s seat for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, there are two other games between ranked teams in the same time slot. TCU plays 25th-ranked Iowa State, but the big alternate game is Notre Dame hosting NC State.

ESPN’s College Gameday plus BTN’s and FOX’s pregame shows are all in Columbus for the day’s big game, so tune in early to preview all of the day’s action.

Early Games

#5 Wisconsin Badgers at Illinois Fighting Illini

11:00 AM CT (12:00 Noon ET)
Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
ESPN

#11 Oklahoma State Cowboys at #22 West Virginia Mountaineers

12:00 Noon ET
Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
ABC

#8 Miami Hurricanes at North Carolina Tar Heels

12:00 Noon ET
Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
ESPN2

Afternoon Kickoffs

#2 Penn State Nittany Lions at #6 Ohio State Buckeyes

3:30 PM ET
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
FOX

#4 TCU Horned Frogs at #25 Iowa State Cyclones

2:30 PM CT (3:30 ET)
Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
ABC/ESPN2

UCLA Bruins at #12 Washington Huskies

12:30 PM PT (3:30 ET)
Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
ABC/ESPN2

Florida Gators vs. #3 Georgia Bulldogs

3:30 PM ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
CBS

#14 NC State Wolfpack at #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

3:30 PM ET
Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
NBC

#16 Michigan State Spartans at Northwestern Wildcats

2:30 PM CT (3:30 ET)
Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
ESPN

Houston Cougars at #17 South Florida Bulls

3:45 PM ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
ESPNU

Night Games

Duke Blue Devils at #13 Virginia Tech Hokies

7:20 PM ET
Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
ACC Network

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at #7 Clemson Tigers

8:00 PM ET
Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
ABC/ESPN2

Texas Tech Red Raiders at #10 Oklahoma Sooners

7:00 PM CT (8:00 ET)
Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
ABC/ESPN2

#15 Washington State Cougars at Arizona Wildcats

6:30 PM PT (9:30 ET)
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Pac-12 Network

#21 USC Trojans at Arizona State Sun Devils

7:45 PM PT (10:45 ET)
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
ESPN