With the biggest Saturday of the year this weekend, CBSSports.com sets up your viewing plans and provides you with this handy guide to print out and keep by the couch all day. Bloggers Chip Patterson and Tom Fornelli will also be providing insight in our updating college football blog. All times are Eastern.
|Noon||CBS College||Hawaii at Army: This will mark the farthest east Hawaii has traveled in school history (West Point, N.Y.). It will be 6 a.m. Hawaii time when this game kicks off, so the Warriors might be in for a very slow start. An Army win would mark the first time since 1996 it opens the season at 2-0.|
|Noon||ESPN2||Georgia at South Carolina: The race for the SEC east is on early in the season as these two rivals play. Georgia WR A.J. Green is suspended, which could hurt the offense and give South Carolina the chance to beat the Bulldogs. These teams have met to open conference play every year since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992, with Georgia going 13-5.|
|3:30 p.m.||NBC||Michigan at Notre Dame: This will be the 38th meeting between the rivals, with Michigan holding a 21-15-1 advantage. Things are looking up at both programs after last week, and the winner will likely jump into the Top 25. This is also a matchup of the two best programs based on winning percentage (Michigan No. 1 at .737, Notre Dame No. 2 at .734). Columnist Gregg Doyel will be there.|
|3:30 p.m.||ABC||Florida State at Oklahoma: A crucial game for each program as the Sooners didn't look great in win over Utah State last week, while the Seminoles defense was a major problem last year. The Heisman race is on between FSU's Christian Ponder and Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray. The first meeting between the two teams since the 2000 national championship game. Charles Durrenberger will report.|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||Miami (Fla.) at Ohio State: Think the fans of these programs like each other? Just ask them about the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. The Hurricanes and Buckeyes meet for the first time since that fateful game, where a flag in the end zone changed history. Miami would have won its second national title but instead it has gone 57-31 with one BCS bowl since, while Ohio State is 73-16 with six BCS bowl appearances. Senior writer Dennis Dodd will be there.|
|4 p.m.||Versus||BYU at Air Force:This is the last scheduled meeting between the two schools, who provided some classics in the Mountain West. BYU is leaving the conference, with nothing in sight for the future. BYU's passing attack gets a real test against an excellent Air Force secondary. The game will also feature a tribute to 9-11 with a steel girder from the World Trade Center.|
|7 p.m.||ESPN||Penn State at Alabama:Two storied programs meet for the first time since 1990. The Crimson Tide beat the Nittany Lions in the 1979 Sugar Bowl to win their 10th national championship. Alabama looks to stay on track for another title run but might be without Mark Ingram again. Meanwhile, Penn State looks to shock the nation on the road with a freshman quarterback. Tony Barnhart and Mark Morgan will be there.|
|7 p.m.||ESPN2||Oregon at Tennessee: IIt's not often we get Pac-10 teams taking on the SEC, but Oregon travels to Knoxville for the first time ever. LaMichael James returns from suspension a week after the Ducks won 72-0 without him. Tennessee is trying to put the pieces together after Lane Kiffin left and did just fine with a 50-0 victory in Derek Dooley's debut. Gary Parrish will provide insight.|
|10:30 p.m.||ESPN||Stanford at UCLA: Stanford tries to end a six-game road losing streak to the Bruins in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. Stanford ran for 213 yards on the ground in the first game without last year's leading rusher, Toby Gerhart. UCLA allowed 313 yards rushing in the loss to Kansas State. Stanford's All-American kick returner, Chris Owusu, is day to day with an undisclosed injury.|
Here are some other key times that will help you get through the day:
9 a.m.: Wake up. It's going to be a long day, so try to sleep in a bit. If you have kids and have been up since 6 a.m., get the coffee brewing and have a good breakfast. We don't need anybody falling asleep at 9 p.m.
10:30 a.m.: Get to the grocery store ASAP. Load up on your favorite goodies, whatever that might be -- hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pretzels and, of course, your drink of choice.
11:30 a.m.: The most painful decision you are going to have to make all day. Take out your credit card and send your wife or girlfriend shopping or your husband or boyfriend to the hardware store. If you are lucky to have a significant other that enjoys college football, you've saved yourself a week's pay.
Noon: First game of the day on CBS College Sports is Hawaii at Army. Good luck, don't get injured reaching for a beer or running to check something on the computer. Stay focused and most important of all ... have fun. Because that's what today is all about.
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2:15 p.m.: We should be at halftime of Hawaii at Army, so now is a good time to pull the TV out of the bedroom and hook it up next to the TV in the living room. If you have a third TV, better go get that now.
3:30 p.m.: Here we go -- Michigan at Notre Dame, Florida State at Oklahoma and Miami (Fla.) at Ohio State. Hope you have enough food and drinks, because there is no turning back. Bathroom breaks should be as few as possible -- you don't want to miss what could be the biggest play of the year.
4 p.m.: During a commercial, feel free to switch over to BYU at Air Force. Maybe check in when the 3:30 games are at halftime. This might be the last time you see these two teams play for a long time. Halftime is also a good time to call the wife or girlfriend, just to make sure she's OK (translation: she hasn't taken out a second mortgage at Macy's).
7 p.m.: Penn State at Alabama and Oregon at Tennessee are starting, but there is a good chance that at least one of the 3:30 games isn't over yet. We might even be in overtime. Don't panic. If you were paying attention earlier, you're OK ... that's why we have THREE TVs set up. No harm done. If you have one TV, you're still OK. Focus. Watch the end of the 3:30 game, assuming it's close, and get on the computer to follow along on the CBSSports.com GameTrackers.
8:30 p.m.: Hang in there, we're almost done. Time for some reinforcements. It's pizza time! Be a good spouse and order something for the significant other. Trust me, the little things are the ones they will remember.
10:30 p.m.: Last big game of the day -- Stanford at UCLA. Nobody expects you to make it past halftime -- you've done good. Get some sleep because the first full day of the NFL is Sunday. Got any other credit cards?
-- J. Darin Darst