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Kentucky-Florida has prime-time spot among college football games on TV this weekend

Update: If you have DirecTV or some other services, you may not be able to see the UK-Florida game. Josh Moore has the details and the alternatives.

It’s ESPN prime-time Saturday night for Kentucky football as the Wildcats welcome No. 9-ranked Florida to Kroger Field for the SEC opener for both teams.

Steve Levy will be on play-by-play with Brian Griese and Todd McShay providing analysis and Molly McGrath handling the sideline duties. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Kroger Field.

As for the rest of the college football television schedule, interesting Air Raid matchup Friday night with Mike Leach and No. 20 Washington State visiting Dana Holgorsen and Houston for a 9:15 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

There is not a single matchup of ranked teams on Saturday. No. 1 Clemson is at Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. No. 2 Alabama is at South Carolina at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. No. 3 Georgia plays host to Arkansas State at noon on ESPN2. And No. 4 LSU plays Northwestern State at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

As for unranked teams, Kansas State plays Mississippi State at noon on ESPN. (UK travels to Starkville to take on MSU next Saturday.) Jeff Brohm and Purdue play host to TCU at 7:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Here is the full schedule of college games for this weekend:

Friday, Sept. 13

  • 6:00 - North Carolina at Wake Forest (ESPN)
  • 7:30 - Kansas at Boston College (ACC)
  • 9:15 - Houston at Washington State (ESPN)

Saturday, Sept. 14

  • 12:00 - Arkansas State at Georgia (ESPN2)
  • 12:00 - Chattanooga at Tennessee (SEC)
  • 12:00 - Eastern Michigan at Illinois (Big Ten)
  • 12:00 - Furman at Virginia Tech (ACC)
  • 1200 - Kansas State at Mississippi State (ESPN)
  • 12:00 - Maryland at Temple (CBS Sports)
  • 12:00 - Miami (O) at Cincinnati (ESPNU)
  • 12:00 - NC State at West Virginia (Fox Spots 1)
  • 12:00 - Ohio State at Indiana (Fox)
  • 12:00 - Pittsburgh at Penn State (ABC)
  • 2:30 - New Mexico at Notre Dame (NBC)
  • 3:30 - Alabama at South Carolina (CBS)
  • 3:30 - Army at UTSA (NFL)
  • 3:30 - East Carolina at Navy (CBS Sports)
  • 3:30 - Georgia Southern at Minnesota (Big Ten)
  • 3:30 - Memphis at South Alabama (ESPNU)
  • 3:30 - Oklahoma State at Tulsa (ESPN2)
  • 3:30 - Stanford at UCF (ESPN)
  • 3:30 - UNLV at Northwestern (Big Ten)
  • 3:30 - BYU at USC (ABC)
  • 4:00 - Arizona State at Michigan State (Fox)
  • 4:00 - Bethune Cookman at Miami (ACC)
  • 4:00 - Colorado State at Arkansas (SEC)
  • 4:00 - Iowa at Iowa State (Fox Sports 1)
  • 4:00 - SE Louisiana at Ole Miss (SEC alternate)
  • 7:00 - Florida at Kentucky (ESPN)
  • 7:00 - Kent State at Auburn (ESPN2)
  • 7:00 - Lamar at Texas A&M (ESPNU)
  • 7:30 - Clemson at Syracuse (ABC)
  • 7:30 - Florida State at Virginia (ACC)
  • 7:30 - Northwestern State at LSU (SEC)
  • 7:30 - SEMO at Missouri (SEC alternate)
  • 7:30 - TCU at Purdue (Big Ten)
  • 8:00 - Northern Illinois at Nebraska (Fox Sports 1)
  • 8:00 - Oklahoma at UCLA (Fox)
  • 8:00 - Texas at Rice (CBS Sports)
  • 10:15 - Portland State at Boise State (ESPN2)
  • 10:30 - Texas Tech at Arizona (ESPN)

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John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.
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