What Games To Watch This Weekend Without Penn State Football

Penn State football is 1-0, folks.

Since Penn State had its first matchup of the season Thursday night against Purdue, there will be no Nittany Lion football to watch this weekend.

To help fill the college football-shaped hole in all of our hearts, we put together a list of the best college football games to watch this weekend.

Illinois at Indiana

If you’re looking for something to watch on Friday night, we think this is a good one for you. Sure, Michigan State plays, but it’ll probably take care of Western Michigan pretty easily. Illinois vs. Indiana should be an entertaining, competitive Big Ten football game, and it would give Penn State fans a look at this year’s Indiana team, which the Nittany Lions will face on the road this season. This game kicks off on FS1 at 8 p.m. on Friday.

No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Ohio State

As a Penn State fan, this could be a hard game to watch, considering both of these programs have historic rivalries with the Nittany Lions. That being said, this is probably the “Game of the Week.” We’ll get to see how competitive both of these teams will be this year and see how scary this Ohio State team will be when they show up in Happy Valley later this season. This game kicks off on ABC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Florida Atlantic at Ohio

No, this is not the game of the week. But, diehard Penn State fans may want a preview into what the Nittany Lions will be dealing with in their home opener next weekend when they face the Ohio Bobcats. This game kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN+.

Rutgers at Boston College

This is our “out there” pick, but we think this will be a fairly competitive game. Rutgers is obviously a conference “rival” for Penn State, and we think it will struggle against Boston College in its season opener. As far as early games go, we think this one will be entertaining. The game will be shown on the ACC Network and kicks off at noon on Saturday.

Miami (OH) at No. 20 Kentucky

Former Penn State quarterback Will Levis starts his season for Kentucky with 50/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, which may not seem great, but they top Sean Clifford’s 100/1 odds. Levis will start his Heisman campaign against an unranked Miami (OH) team. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN+.

Virginia Tech at Old Dominion

This matchup features a battle between two former Penn State coaches. Former Nittany Lion offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne leads Old Dominion, while longtime defensive coordinator Brent Pry is preparing for his first game as Virginia Tech’s head coach. You can catch this game at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 2, on ESPN.

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