College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

Tennessee is looking to swarm Georgia's Todd Gurley. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Tennessee is looking to swarm Georgia’s Todd Gurley. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

You don’t have to stay up too late tonight. The best games should be done in time for you to learn something new about Derek Jeter on SportsCenter.

Tennessee at Georgia, noon, ESPN

Swarm was the key word in Tennessee defender Curt Maggitt’s vocabulary this week, using it to describe how to bring down Todd Gurley. The Vols should get plenty of practice against Gurley and the other Bulldogs backs, but Tennessee also has a talented freshman in Jalen Hurd.

Florida State at N.C. State, 3:30 p.m., ABC

It’s that time of year when we start discovering if teams are pretenders or contenders. N.C. State (4-0) has been reenergized by former Florida QB Jacoby Brissett and a less-than-hardy schedule, but Jameis Winston is eligible and FSU’s win streak will reach 20.

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (at Arlington, Texas), 3:30 p.m., CBS

Hopefully the scoreboards won’t burn out after this one because they’ll be needed when the Cowboys and Saints play here Sunday. The Razorbacks better have enjoyed their sojourn outside the conference. Welcome back to the Death March called the SEC West.

Missouri at South Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN

Steve Spurrier used “embarrassing” to describe the Gamecocks after their escape from Vanderbilt. Try to imagine what adjective he’ll find if Missouri sends the Gamecocks to SEC loss No. 2. Indiana exposed the Tigers, weaknesses that South Carolina will exploit.

Duke at Miami, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

The Blue Devils have torched Miami for 93 points the past two seasons, and have shown they can score this year, albeit against more defenseless teams. The Canes have more athletes, have been tested and are favored, but don’t be shocked if Duke scores plenty (and even wins).


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