College football TV schedule Saturday: SEC play gets started

Week 3 of the 2015 season sees most schools in the Southeastern Conference beginning their league schedules. That, plus several other intriguing match-ups involving ranked teams.

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In this 2013 file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban (r.) talks with Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze before an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

This weekend, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) sees its league schedule get underway, with teams from both the SEC East and West meeting one another. Three of those contests feature conference schools currently residing in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll.

As for the overall Saturday schedule of games, things get started at noon Eastern time with fourth-ranked Michigan State hosting Air Force at Spartan Stadium. The Falcons are 2-0 and will give Michigan State's defense a test with their running attack, which averages 411 yards per game. This game can be seen on ABC.

Also at noon Eastern, there's an in-state contest between No. 16 Oklahoma and Tulsa on Fox Sports 1. The Golden Hurricane sports an unblemished record at 2-0, but has not defeated the Sooners in Norman since 1996.

On the ESPN SEC Network at noon, you can see 17th-ranked Texas A&M play host to Nevada. And No. 22 Missouri will take on Connecticut, with that contest televised on ESPN.

Northwestern, new to the AP Top 25 this week at No. 23, plays Duke at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. That game will be online via live video stream at ESPN3.

No. 12 Oregon returns home, following its road loss at Michigan State, to take on Georgia State at 2 p.m. Eastern time on the Pac-12 Network.

At 3:30 p.m., the No. 1 team in the land, Ohio State, plays host to undefeated Northern Illinois. This game will be on ABC.

Over on NBC at 3:30, eighth-ranked Notre Dame returns home to play 14th-ranked Georgia Tech, the NCAA's top rushing team at 457 yards per game. This will be the first start for Irish back-up quarterback DeShone Kizer, who led Notre Dame's comeback victory over Virginia last weekend.

Another Top 25 contest at 3:30 has No. 13 Louisiana State (LSU) hosting 18th-ranked Auburn in a key early-season Southeastern Conference match-up. Auburn was the biggest mover in this week's AP Top 25 poll, falling 12 spots after barely squeaking by Jacksonville State in overtime last Saturday. The LSU-Auburn game will be televised on CBS.

Staying in the mid-afternoon, 24th-ranked Wisconsin will be at home, playing Troy at 3:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. And No. 25 Oklahoma State, also new to the AP poll this week, meets Texas-San Antonio at 3:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

Saturday evening's action kicks off with No. 7 Georgia going up against South Carolina at 6 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Then, at 8 p.m., No. 3 Texas Christian (TCU) meets Southern Methodist (SMU) on Fox Sports Net. At that same hour, sixth-ranked Southern California (USC) plays host to Stanford in both teams' first Pac-12 game, which can be seen on ABC.

At approximately 9:15 p.m. Eastern on ESPN, No. 2 Alabama will play No. 15 Mississippi in another big SEC contest.

Tenth-ranked UCLA plays No. 19 Brigham Young (BYU) in an intriguing West Coast encounter on Fox Sports 1 at 10:30 p.m. Eastern. Also at that same time, 21st-ranked Utah travels to Fresno State, which can be seen on the CBS Sports Network.

Wrapping up the evening will be No. 20 Arizona playing host to Northern Arizona at 11 p.m. Eastern on the Pac-12 Network.

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