Top College Football Games to Watch This Weekend (11/21), and Who’s Postponed



a football player wearing a helmet: he Indiana Hoosiers on the sidelines during the game against the Michigan Wolverines during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana.


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he Indiana Hoosiers on the sidelines during the game against the Michigan Wolverines during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana.

College football conferences each have their own coronavirus protocols, which lead to a variety of things. These include how teams can train, schedule opponents, let fans in the stadium or how games are postponed.

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Weekly schedules for TV don’t exactly end the week like they began. What might look like good games during the upcoming weekend have often become contests scratched because of COVID-19 protocol.

That said, here are the upcoming games for Nov. 20-21 weekend (and those that have been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus:

Friday, November 20

7:00 p.m. Syracuse at Louisville, ESPN

7:30 p.m. Purdue at MInnesota, Big Ten Network

10:30 p.m. UCLA at Oregon, ESPN

Saturday, November 14

12:00 p.m. Clemson at Florida State, ABC

12:00 p.m. Indiana at Ohio State, FOX

12:00 p.m. Florida at Vanderbilt, ESPN

12:00 p.m. Appalachian State at Coastal Carolina, ESPN2

12:00 p.m. Arkansas State at Texas State, ESPNU

12:00 p.m. Illinois at Nebraska, Big Ten Network

12:00 p.m. LSU at Arkansas, SEC Network

12:00 p.m. Georgia Southern at Army, CBSSN

3:30 p.m. Wisconsin at Northwestern, ABC

3:30 p.m. San Diego State at Nevada, CBS

3:30 p.m. Cincinnati at UCF, ESPN

3:30 p.m. UCLA at Oregon, ESPN2

3:30 p.m. Georgia State at South Alabama, ESPNU

3:30 p.m. Iowa at Penn State, Big Ten Network

3:30 p.m. California at Oregon State, FS1

4:00 p.m. Kansas State at Iowa State, FOX

4:00 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama, SEC Network

4:00 p.m. Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, ACC Network

7:00 p.m. Tennessee at Auburn, ESPN

7:30 p.m. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, ABC

7:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Georgia, SEC Network

7:30 p.m. Michigan at Rutgers, Big Ten Network

7:30 p.m. Liberty at N.C. State, ESPN3

8:00 p.m. Arizona at Washington, FOX

10:30 p.m. USC at Utah, ESPN

10:30 p.m. Washington at Stanford, FS1

11:00 p.m. Boise State at Hawai’i, CBSSN

Postponed or Canceled

Ohio at Miami (OH) – Canceled

Utah State at Wyoming – Canceled

UAB at UTEP – Canceled

Houston at SMU – Postponed

Ole Miss at Texas A&M – Postponed

Texas at Kansas – Postponed

Georgia Tech at Miami – Postponed

Arizona State at Colorado – Canceled

Charlotte at Marshall – Postponed

Central Arkansas at Louisiana – Canceled

Michigan State at Maryland – Canceled

Wake Forest at Duke – Postponed

UL-Monroe vs Louisiana Tech – Canceled

UNLV at Colorado State – Canceled

San Jose State at Fresno State – Canceled

Navy at South Florida – Postponed

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With all due respect to all those eight-team College Football Playoff apologists out there, a better question applies to the 2020 college football season.

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