Saturday’s college football TV schedule

June 2, 2010
Noon
Noon Buffalo at No. 2 Ohio StateESPN2
Noon Villanova at Boston CollegeESPNews
Noon Purdue at Cincinnati ESPNU
Noon Massachusetts at No. 23 Wisconsin
Big Ten Network
Noon Southern Illinois at IllinoisBig Ten Network
Noon William & Mary at West VirginiaFox Sports 1
Noon Toledo at No. 10 FloridaWDCW (Channel 50)
12:30 Louisiana Tech at N.C. State
WDCA (Channel 20), WNUV (Channel 54)
12:30 Florida International at Maryland
Comcast SportsNet
1 Rice at No. 7 Texas A&MESPN

Imagine the consternation at ESPN after Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was suspended for the first half of Saturday’s season opener against Rice. After all, it was ESPN that reported Manziel was paid to sign more than 4,000 items. Because of that report, the NCAA was forced to investigate, and while it couldn’t find any evidence the Heisman Trophy winner actually took any money, it still had enough to rob ESPN of its ratings gravy train, at least for a half. In any case, Manziel will take the field for the third quarter of the Texas A&M-Rice game, which may not exactly be the laugher most games involving “Rice” and “football” usually turn out to be. The Owls won a bowl game last season and return 19 starters, but cornerback Phillip Gaines, the Conference USA defensive player of the year last season, will miss the game after violating team rules.

Mid-afternoon
3:30 BYU at VirginiaESPNU
3:30 Mississippi State vs. No. 13 Oklahoma StateESPN2
3:30 Penn State vs. SyracuseWJLA (Channel 7), WMAR (Channel 2)
3:30 Temple at No. 14 Notre Dame
WRC (Channel 4), WBAL (Channel 11)
3:30 Central Michigan at No. 17 Michigan
Big Ten Network
3:30 Northern Illinois at IowaBig Ten Network
4 Nicholls State at No. 3 OregonFox Sports 1
5:30 Virginia Tech vs. No. 1 AlabamaESPN

Once upon a time, Syracuse-Penn State was a huge rivalry, but the teams have played only sporadically since the annual series ended in 1990. Things ramp up again Saturday at the Meadowlands. The Orange and Nittany Lions are two of 11 FBS teams that enter the season without a quarterback who has started an FBS game. First-year Orange Coach Scott Shafer is still deciding between quarterbacks Drew Allen, an Oklahoma transfer, and Terrel Hunt. Either sophomore Tyler Ferguson or freshman Christian Hackenberg will take the field for Penn State.

Night
7 Washington State at AuburnESPNU
7 Western Kentucky vs. KentuckyESPNews
7 Miami (Ohio) at Marshall
CBS Sports Network
7:30 Wofford at BaylorMASN2
8 No. 5 Georgia at No. 8 Clemson
WJLA (Channel 7), WMAR (Channel 2 )
8 Wyoming at No. 18 Nebraska
Big Ten Network
9 No. 12 LSU vs. No. 20 TCUESPN
10 No. 19 Boise State at Washington
Fox Sports 1
10:30 No. 22 Northwestern at CaliforniaESPN2

The day’s main course begins at 8, when Clemson and Georgia square off in a game that likely will have defensive purists cowering in terror, at least until LSU-TCU kicks off an hour later. Tigers quarterback Tahj Boyd threw for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns and will face a Bulldogs defense that had seven players selected in the NFL draft. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, a Heisman hopeful, has 95 career touchdown passes, the most by an active NCAA player. He’ll try to pick apart a Clemson passing defense that ranked 71st nationally last season. . . .
 LSU did Georgia one better with eight defensive players drafted by NFL teams. The Tigers will have to replace their entire defensive line. But TCU’s offensive line also has two new starters to protect quarterback Casey Pachall, who is 15-2 as a college starter but left the team after four games last season to enter a substance abuse treatment facility.

— Matt Bonesteel

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