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College football viewing guide: Early games aren't too shabby

Lamest time window: Late. Two great games kick off at 7:30, but the ones at 8 aren't sizzling. This week could provide a slightly earlier bedtime.

Noon: No. 2 FSU at No. 10 Louisville. The first top-10 matchup of the year will determine the ACC Atlantic Division frontrunner (and early positioning for a College Football Playoff push).

3:30: No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Ole Miss. If an angry Crimson Tide gets revenge on the Rebels, flip over to the non-conference culture clash between No. 22 Oregon and rebuilding Nebraska.

7:30: No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma. But have your remote batteries ready, because No. 12 Michigan State-No. 18 Notre Dame in the same window is almost equally enticing.

Local of the week

Florida State WR Auden Tate (Wharton High): The Seminoles can't settle for field goals in the red zone against a high-flying Louisville offense Saturday. That means FSU might need a breakout performance from the 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore, who snagged his first career catch (and touchdown) last week against Charleston Southern.

Eye on the NFL

NFL general managers will be watching to see how often Louisville pass rusher Devonte Fields lines up against FSU left tackle Roderick Johnson. Johnson was the ACC's top offensive lineman last year, and Fields led the country with 22 ½ tackles for a loss in 2015. Fields is off to a quiet start so far (one sack, two pass breakups), but remains one of the conference's top defensive talents. The matchup will help decide their first-round draft stock along with the game.

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