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Week Three TV schedule and rooting guide for Vols fans

There are several great college football games to watch again this week. Here’s a curated list and rooting guide for fans of the Volunteers.

NCAA Football: Battle at Bristol-Tennessee vs Virginia Tech Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

After a week devoid of anything but the Battle at Bristol to watch, we're back to a schedule featuring several games between ranked opponents. Toss in a game in which we'll be rooting for an old foe to pull off the upset this time and a game between future opponents, and it's a full, fun week of college football for Vols fans.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
(6) Houston at Cincinnati 7:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN

Root for Cincinnati here. It won't matter, of course, but with the exception of Louisville, Houston has a pretty smooth path to an undefeated season. So if we're rooting for underdogs against higher-ranked teams, the best thing to hope for when it comes to Houston is that they have an off week somewhere along the way.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
(2) Florida State at (10) Louisville Noon ABC / WatchESPN
(25) Miami, FL at Appalachian State Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
Ohio at (15) Tennessee Noon SECN / WatchESPN
(1) Alabama at (19) Ole Miss 3:30 pm CBS /
(16) Georgia at Missouri 7:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
(12) Michigan State at (18) Notre Dame 7:30 pm NBC /
(3) Ohio State at (14) Oklahoma 7:30 pm FOX / FS Go

We'll have to scoreboard-watch at noon during the Vols game, but who wouldn't love to see App State beat #25 Miami?

The rest of the slate is sort of a Rooting-Free Zone, with the best games being played between teams that are both ranked ahead of us anyway or between SEC West teams that won't impact the SEC East race. I think I'm rooting for Oklahoma over Ohio State, though. More losses for everybody!

This should be a fun weekend. At noon, watch the Vols on the field and the scoreboard. Then listen to Alabama-Ole Miss on the way home before settling in for an evening of channel-surfing two games between ranked teams and a game scouting future SEC East opponents.