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College Football Week 8 preview: Big Ten Conference returns to the gridiron – Fox News

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The Big Ten is back.It is the first week of the college football season for the Big Ten Conference, after officials delayed and then reneged on their choice over the course of a couple of months. Fans will finally get to see other top schools like Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan play this season.The Big Ten is qualified for the College Football Playoff even at Week 8 of the college football season. It begins Friday night when Wisconsin handles Illinois.Read below for a brief look at the Top 25 schools in action.BIG TENS RETURN HIGHLIGHTS A SUPER 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND **( 14) WISCONSIN VS. ILLINOIS
FILE – In this Oct. 12, 2019, file picture, Wisconsin running back Nakia Watson (14) runs past Michigan State safety Xavier Henderson (3) throughout the very first half of an NCAA college football video game, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File).
The Fighting Illini beat the Badgers by one point throughout their matchup last year.DATE: Oct. 23TIME (ET): 8 pmWATCH: Big Ten Network **( 1) CLEMSON VS. SYRACUSEClemson returns home to take on Syracuse. Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers have actually rolled all season long and its not anticipated to stop Saturday afternoon.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): NoonWATCH: ACC Network **( 5) OHIO STATE VS. NEBRASKA.
FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, file picture, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) tosses a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football video game versus Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Ohio State hosts Nebraska on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File).
Fans will get to see Justin Fields for the very first time as Ohio State hosts Nebraska. The Buckeyes are expected to do huge things this season while Nebraska is seen as more of a wildcard group. With this being their first video game, you never ever know what can happen.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): NoonWATCH: FOX **( 14) NORTH CAROLINA VS. (23) NC STATE.
North Carolinas Michael Carter (8) leads the event following the Tar Heels 56-49 success over Virginia Tech in an NCAA college football video game, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News && amp; Observer via AP).
While NC State only had a Virginia Tech loss on their resume this season. DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): NoonWATCH: ESPN **( 20) KANSAS STATE VS. KANSAS.
Kansas State quarterback Will Howard (15) searches for an open receiver in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against TCU, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez).
Kansas State and Kansas will have a critical Big 12 matchup. The Wildcats are aiming to go 4-1 and ideally go up in the next AP survey next week. Kansas is still looking for its very first win.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): NoonWATCH: FS1 **( 25) COASTAL CAROLINA VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN.
Coastal Carolina gamers commemorate after location kicker Massimo Biscardi (29) kicked the go-ahead and ultimate game-winning basket during the 2nd half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana-Lafayette in Lafayette, La., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Kieu).
Coastal Carolina is in the Top 25 for the first time in its history. The Chanticleers upset Louisiana recently and now need to take on Georgia Southern.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): NoonWATCH: ESPNU **( 22) MARSHALL VS. FLORIDA ATLANTICMarshall will bet its fifth successive win of the season versus Florida Atlantic. Rumbling Herd running back Brenden Knox has 7 rushing touchdowns this season and will be crucial in this game.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 2:30 pmWATCH: TBD ** TENNESSEE VS (2) ALABAMAAlabama will strike the road to take on Tennessee. The Crimson Tide has actually shown to be a top team with a win last week over Georgia. Mac Jones will wish to continue the trend versus the Volunteers.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 3:30 pmWATCH: CBS ** PITTSBURGH VS. (3) NOTRE DAME.
Notre Dame place kicker Jonathan Doerer kicks during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio).
Notre Dame is hoping that they dont fall into the ACC trap. Ian Book and the offense just scored 12 points against Louisville and are going up versus a Pittsburgh team that has the ability to score a lots of points when the offense is clicking.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 3:30 pmWATCH: ABC **( 6) OKLAHOMA STATE VS. (17) IOWA STATE.
FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 file image, Oklahoma States Chuba Hubbard (30) carries on during the 2nd quarter of an NCAA college football game versus West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File).
The Big 12 has another interesting matchup Saturday afternoon. Oklahoma State invites Iowa State into Stillwater. The Cowboys are No. 6 in the nation and another win could catapult them even higher. The Cyclones are hoping a win versus a top-ranked group could remove an earlier loss to Louisiana.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 3:30 pmWATCH: FOX ** INDIANA VS. (8) PENN STATE.
FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 file photo, Penn State head coach James Franklin leads his group onto the field for an NCAA college football game versus Pittsburgh in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File).
Penn State will march into Indiana and hope that the travel doesnt affect their play. Its the first game of the season for both schools.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 3:30 pmWATCH: FS1 ** WAKE FOREST VS. (19) VIRGINIA TECHVirginia Tech is in the middle of the pack when it concerns the AP Poll but enhancing to 4-1 is something that could pay dividends in the future. The Hokies will have to discover a way to stop Sam Hartman. The Demon Deacons quarterback has 893 passing yards and three touchdowns.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 3:30 pmWATCH: ESPN3 **( 21) MINNESOTA VS. (18) MICHIGAN.
FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2019, file image, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh calls a timeout in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File).
The winner of Michigan and Minnesota could easily have College Football Playoff ramifications. Jim Harbaugh and P.J. Fleck both require wins to begin their seasons.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 7:30 pmWATCH: ABC **( 11) MIAMI VS. VIRGINIA.
Miami quarterback DEriq King (1) passes versus Pitts in the 2nd half of an NCAA college football video game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald through AP).
DEriq King will attempt to return into the Heisman Trophy discussion against Virginia. Miami is 4-1 this season and Virginia is 1-3. DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 8 pmWATCH: ACC Network **( 16) SMU VS. (9) CINCINNATI.
A meeting of unbeaten Group of Five teams when No. 9 Cincinnati plays the No. 16 Mustangs on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, the American Athletic Conferences top defense trying to stop one of the leagues finest offenses, and the very first game matching Top 25 teams given that SMU (5-0, 3-0 AAC) resumed playing on campus 3 years earlier. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File).
Cincinnati is one of the under-the-radar groups this season. The American Athletic Conference has one of the most significant games in a while.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 9 pmWATCH: ESPN2 **( 12) BYU VS. TEXAS STATE.
FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2017, file picture, BYU fans cheer in the first half throughout an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Kim Raff, File).
BYUs Zach Wilson has 12 touchdown passes this season and is beginning to get NFL eyes on him. BYU has what appears to be an easy Texas State group, but when the East Coast is sleeping, you never know what can decrease in the mountains.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): 10:15 pmWATCH: ESPN.

Fans will finally get to see other top schools like Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan play this season.The Big Ten is eligible for the College Football Playoff even at Week 8 of the college football season. Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers have actually rolled all season long and its not anticipated to stop Saturday afternoon.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): NoonWATCH: ACC Network **( 5) OHIO STATE VS. NEBRASKA.
FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, file picture, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) tosses a pass during the very first half of an NCAA college football video game versus Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. With this being their very first video game, you never understand what can happen.DATE: Oct. 24TIME (ET): NoonWATCH: FOX **( 14) NORTH CAROLINA VS. (23) NC STATE.
Oklahoma State invites Iowa State into Stillwater.

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