Television and radio

June 2, 2010
Noon
Noon Florida at MiamiESPN
Noon Cincinnati at IllinoisESPN2
Noon South Florida at Michigan State ESPNU
Noon Houston at TempleMASN
Noon Southeastern Louisiana at TCUMASN2
Noon Oklahoma St. at UTSAFox Sports 1
Noon Tenn. Tech at WisconsinBig Ten Network
Noon Missouri State at IowaBig Ten Network
Noon Indiana State at Purdue Big Ten Network
Noon Norfolk St. at RutgersCBS Sports Network
12:20 W. Kentucky at TennesseeWDCW-50
12:30 Middle Tenn.at North CarolinaWDCA-20
12:30 S.C. State at ClemsonComcast SportsNet

Miami hosts in-state rival Florida for the first time since 2003, and the Hurricanes are asking their fans to wear white, perhaps for reasons apart from simple school spirit. Temperatures in South Florida are expected to reach 90 degrees, with the heat index a few degrees higher, so white clothing will help everyone stave off heatstroke for at least a quarter. On the field, Miami running back Duke Johnson has 1,227 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns over his past five games, but Florida held Toledo to only 205 yards last Saturday, 240 fewer than what the Rockets averaged in 2012. FCS UPSET WATCH: With six FBC-FCS matchups in this time slot, someone’s getting upset, right? Eh, maybe not, not even Iowa, which hasn’t won since last October but plays a Missouri State team that couldn’t even win its FCS opener last weekend.

MID-AFTERNOON
3:30 Oregon at VirginiaWLJA-7, WMAR-2
3:30 San Diego State at Ohio State ESPN2
3:30 Toledo at MissouriESPNU
3:30 Buffalo at BaylorMASN2
3:30 Utah St. at Air ForceCBS Sports Network
3:30 Del. St. at DelawareNBC Sports Network
4 Old Dominion at MarylandESPNews
4 Alcorn St. at Miss. St.Comcast SportsNet
4:30 South Carolina at GeorgiaESPN

Ohio State hosts San Diego State, which lost to FCS Eastern Illinois last weekend. By three touchdowns. At home. Thanks to a quarterback — Adam Dingwell — who threw four interceptions and lost a fumble. Despite holding a 15-minute edge in time of possession. So yeah, turn to ESPN2 if you like splatter. Thankfully, we have Georgia-South Carolina an hour later. Gamecocks Coach Steve Spurrier has made a career out of trolling the Bulldogs, both on the field (he is looking to become the first coach to beat Georgia 16 times) and off it (“I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended,” he said last year). The winner Saturday gets the early jump on the SEC East race.

Night
6 Syracuse at N’westernBig Ten Network
6 So. Miss. at NebraskaBig Ten Network
6 Navy at IndianaBig Ten Network
6:30 La.-Lafayette at Kansas St.Fox Sports 1
7 W.Va. at OklahomaWTTG-5, WBFF-45
7 UAB at LSU ESPNU
7 Texas at Brigham YoungESPN2
7 Stephen F. Austin at Texas TechMASN2
7 Colorado St. at TulsaCBS Sports Network
7:30 A. Peay at VanderbiltComcast SportsNet
8 Notre Dame at Michigan vs. ESPN
10:30 Washington St. at USC Fox Sports 1
10:30 Arizona at UNLVCBS Sports Network

Michigan and Notre Dame won’t be playing each other for the foreseeable future after Saturday night’s matchup at the Big House, and that’s a minor shame. But it’s not like we’re breaking up the Yankees and Red Sox or Bruins and Canadiens or Steve Spurrier and the people of the state of Georgia. After all, as Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg pointed out this week, the Wolverines and Fighting Irish didn’t meet once between 1943 and 1977. Before that, the teams had played just 11 times, and five of those games were in the 19th century. Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly said this week he didn’t consider Michigan as one of the Irish’s “historic, traditional rivalries.” Sure, that line was pure bait to ESPN’s commentators, who have to fill hours each day discussing controversies both real and wholly imagined. But the college football world won’t grind to a halt because two non-aligned foes won’t be playing in 2014 and beyond, so let’s move on.

— Matt Bonesteel

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