Virginia Tech, Stanford, Oregon football: How to watch live on CBS Sports Network

With the college football season chugging into the meat of the season, CBS Sports Network will be featuring games with multiple ranked teams and legacy programs. Oregon plays on the road this week, and multiple ranked teams are trying to retain their rankings, making the stakes great this Saturday.

No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 19 Stanford will be in action as they try to climb the rankings. Stanford is seen as the primary competition for USC in the Pac-12, whereas Virginia Tech is playing in the remarkably competitive ACC. Every snap counts for these teams throughout the season, and on Saturday, CBS Sports Network is bringing those snaps to you.

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Iowa State vs. Akron

Date: Saturday, Sep. 16 | Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field -- Akron, Ohio
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder

Akron: Coming off of a 52-3 rout of the Arkansas Pine-Bluff Golden Lions after a Week 1 loss, Akron coach Terry Bowden isn't resting on his laurels as he has come out and said that he wants to cut back on the penalties that were so prevalent in the Week 2 steamrolling. Beating a Power Five team might cement Akron as the early class of the MAC, as they bounced back nicely from a complete drubbing in Week 1 from Penn State. ISU is, of course, no where near PSU's level, but they're still competition to play up to heading in.

Iowa State: ISU is coming off of a tough three-point loss against rival Iowa. The loss was rough, and now ISU is faced with an early crossroads. Akron as been on both the giving and receiving ends out routs this season, but this game may end up being much closer. How Iowa State handles that may define how this game ends up going, as they try to compete in the top-heavy Big 12 and secure another step towards a bowl berth.

Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina

Date: Saturday, Sep. 16 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium -- Greenville, North Carolina
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder

East Carolina: ECU hosting a Power Five conference opponent is no small deal, let alone one from the ACC. It's East Carolina's second straight game against an ACC opponent. Last week, West Virginia ran East Carolina down 56-20, so the Pirates are looking to bounce back against Virginia Tech this week. Unfortunately, ECU isn't showing any signs of recovering any time soon, as they're 0-2 and already at each other's throats. Perhaps the effects will be positive, as ECU tries to salvage their season, but Virginia Tech isn't going to make things any easier for them.

Virginia Tech: Playing in the ACC is not an envious task. With the likes of Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville, it is currently one of the more top-heavy conferences in the country. However, Virginia Tech is doing everything it can to prove it belongs against the competition that they have, including a solid win over West Virginia to open the season. Now, if they can come out and beat a struggling East Carolina (and, subsequently, Old Dominion) relatively soundly, they can roll into a home game with Clemson with momentum.

Oregon vs. Wyoming

Date: Saturday, Sep. 16 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: War Memorial Stadium -- Laramie, Wyoming
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder

Wyoming: The Cowboys are trying to break out as a premier small-conference team, and beating a legacy team like Oregon is one of the best ways to do so. Josh Allen and Wyoming are hosting a 2-0 Oregon team that has already shown an explosive offense. Their first Power Five bout didn't go well, as they lost 24-3 to open the year against Iowa, but they rebounded the next week against Gardner-Webb. Oregon are heavy favorites coming in, and Wyoming will need to play their best game of the early season to keep it close. Allen may be able to do a good deal of the work, but Wyoming's defense threatens to be overwhelmed by Oregon's offense.

Oregon: The Ducks are a team with something to prove this week. They're coming off of a big win 42-35 win against Nebraska, and they dropped 77 points in Week 1 against Southern Utah. Oregon has consistently been left out of Pac-12 conversations, so the only option is to win until they can't be left out anymore. Although they may not be at Stanford, USC or Washington levels, they have displayed on of the most prolific offenses in the country behind Royce Freeman, who is currently averaging all-purpose yards per game. If he can keep that pace up, Freeman may begin to get early Heisman eyes on him.

Stanford vs. San Diego State

Date: Saturday, Sep. 16 | Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Qualcomm Stadium -- San Diego, California
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder

San Diego State: Well, at least someone is still using Qualcomm. San Diego State is hosting No. 19 Stanford as they try to defeat their second straight Pac-12 opponent. This win would be particularly huge, as Stanford is a few rungs above Arizona State in the Pac-12 hierarchy. The Aztecs now sit at the top of the Mountain West, and the SDSU crowd is sure to be rowdy against such a distinctive Power Five opponent. Rashaad Penny is quickly emerging as a superstar, and he's going to be a key cog against the Cardinal defense is SDSU is to topple Stanford.

Stanford: The Cardinal comes into this game ranked 19th in the country, and they're going to have to play some catch-up after losing 42-24 to USC. The Trojans may have come out in front of the Pac-12 with the win, but Stanford is still playing for a lot the rest of the season. Stanford may not have emerged as a true contender against USC, but a sound win over San Diego State would be the first step towards redeeming themselves. If the game is close, however, it wouldn't teach much about Stanford -- so they should enter this week on the road with a huge chip on their shoulder.

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