MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – Three Associated Press ranked vs. ranked matchups are listed for Week 8 on the college football schedule on Saturday, Oct. 19.
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn State
No. 17 Arizona State at No. 13 Utah
No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington
Highlighting them all is the Big Ten East clash between No. 7 Penn State against No. 16 Michigan at Beaver Stadium.
The Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) are undefeated so far this season after six starts, with four of those wins coming at home.
Penn State picked up a narrow 17-12 victory over then-No. 17 Iowa last week and is confident about extending the winning form in Week 8.
The Wolverines (5-1, 3-1), meanwhile, have won three straight since losing to Wisconsin in Week 3 and needed a late rush to fend away Illinois in a 42-25 result on Saturday.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the home side comes in with an almost 79 percent chance of winning its seventh straight.
The Nittany Lions’ mean defense has only let in 49 points so far this season and has put up 252.
However, Michigan will need to improve defensively if they are going to change their recent history in Happy Valley.
In the meantime, the next two ranked vs. ranked battles will come from Pac-12 clashes.
In the Pac-12 South, No. 13 Utah will entertain No. 17 Arizona State at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, while No. 12 Oregon is at No. 25 Washington in the Pac-12 North.
Game time for the Utes (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) against the Sun Devils (5-1, 2-1) is slated for 6:00 pm ET on the Pac-12 Network, while the Ducks (5-1, 3-0) versus the Huskies (5-2, 2-2) is set for 3:30 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, live on ABC and streaming on WatchESPN.
In other notable games in Week 8, No. 1 Alabama will welcome Tennessee to Tuscaloosa, the in-form No. 2 LSU heads to Starkville to face Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium, while No. 3 Clemson takes on Louisville.
No. 5 Oklahoma welcome West Virginia in Norman at Noon ET, while No. 6 Wisconsin goes for its seventh win of the season against Illinois.
Complete College Football Week 8 Schedule
Saturday, October 19
No. 3 Clemson at Louisville, 12 p.m. ET, ABC
West Virginia at No. 5 Oklahoma, 12 p.m. ET, FOX
No. 6 Wisconsin at Illinois, 12 p.m. ET, BTN
No. 9 Florida at South Carolina, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 11 Auburn at Arkansas, 12 p.m. ET, SECN
Purdue at No. 23 Iowa, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Georgia Tech at Miami, 12 p.m. ET, ACCN
Iowa State at Texas Tech, 12 p.m. ET, FS1
NC State at Boston College (3-3), 12 p.m. ET, ACCNX
Kent State at Ohio, 12 p.m. ET, CBSSN
Houston at UConn, 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Toledo (4-2) at Ball State, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN+
Central Michigan at Bowling Green, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Oregon State at California, 2:30 p.m. ET
Northern Illinois at Miami (OH), 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+
TCU at Kansas State, 2:30 p.m. ET
New Mexico at Wyoming, 3 p.m. ET
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3
No. 2 LSU at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m. ET
Oregon at Washington, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
No. 20 Minnesota at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. ET
Duke at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. ET, ACCN
Temple at No. 19 SMU, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Indiana at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN
Tulsa at No. 21 Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
UL Monroe at No. 24 Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+
Buffalo at Akron, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
South Florida at Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. ET, ACCNX
Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech, 3:30 p.m. ET, NFLN
No. 18 Baylor at Oklahoma State, 4 p.m. ET, FOX
Middle Tennessee at North Texas, 4 p.m. ET
Old Dominion at UAB, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN+
No. 22 Missouri at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. ET, SECN
Charlotte at Western Kentucky, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN+
Kentucky at No. 10 Georgia, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 17 Arizona State at Utah, 6 p.m. ET
Maine at Liberty, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN+
Rice at UTSA, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Kansas at No. 15 Texas, 7 p.m. ET, LHN
Tulane at Memphis, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Army at Georgia State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+
Colorado at Washington State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
UTEP at Florida International, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+
San Diego State at San Jose State, 7 p.m. ET
East Carolina at UCF, 7 p.m. ET, CBSSN
Wester Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+
No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn State, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Florida State at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m. ET, ACCN
Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m. ET, SECN
Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Arizona at USC, 9:30 p.m. ET, Pac12 Network
Nevada at Utah State, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPNU
No. 14 Boise State at BYU, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Air Force at Hawaii, 11 p.m. ET, CBSSN