For the first time in 2015, we have to wait until after dark for Northwestern football. The Wildcats play in primetime on BTN vs. Ball State, so NU fans have a full Saturday to enjoy the rest of what Week 4 in college football has to offer.
And what's more, there are plenty games of interest during the day. Here are the highlights:
- Let's start with last night. Stanford won 42-24 at Oregon State, and for the second week in a row, looked excellent doing so. The Cardinal is firmly back on track after its opening week stumble at Northwestern, and with every win, the Wildcats' Week 1 victory looks more and more impressive.
- There are two games to watch in the 11 a.m. CT window. In the Big Ten, Michigan hosts BYU in its first real test since a Week 1 loss at Utah. Meanwhile, Duke, whom NU beat last week, hosts Georgia Tech. A Blue Devils upset would have a similar effect on the perception of Northwestern as Stanford's win over USC.
- If you're a channel-flipper, Purdue-Bowling Green could be your alternate option at the early window. The game is on BTN, and Bowling Green is 4.5-point road favorite.
- Have you been following the #iufb4gameday movement? Read about it here. And then root for Indiana to win at Wake Forest (11:30 a.m. CT, ESPN3).
- Northwestern's Week 5 opponent, Minnesota, welcomes Ohio to Minneapolis at 2:30 CT (BTN). Do some scouting on the Gophers.
- The 2:30 p.m. CT time slot has two games with national intrigue: Tennessee at Florida on CBS and Oklahoma State at Texas on ABC.
- At 3:45 p.m. CT on FOX, TCU is going to lose to Texas Tech.
- If the Northwestern game doesn't hold your interest, the late games of note are Texas A&M vs. Arkansas in Arlington, Tx., Mississippi State at Auburn, UCLA at Arizona, Utah at Oregon, and maybe after the NU game, USC at Arizona State.
The following is the full Week 4 television schedule. As the drama unfolds throughout the afternoon leading up to the Northwestern game, let's discuss in the comments.