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Week 8 Rooting Guide and Open Thread

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Hawk is out, so I'm giving this a shot. Please don't hate me.

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The Frogs have a bye today, and a much needed one at that, but there are still quite a few games Frog fans should keep an eye on, based on Hawkeyed Frog's Rooting Guide Rules:

1) If a team is ranked above TCU, they need to lose

Rule 1 Games:

  • Rutgers vs. no. 1 Ohio State
  • USC vs. No. 3 Utah
2) If a team is undefeated or Alabama, they need to lose

Rule 2 Games:

  • No. 5 LSU vs. Western Kentucky
  • Miami vs. No. 6 Clemson
  • No. 7 Michigan State vs. Indiana
  • No. 8 Alabama vs. Tennessee
3) If TCU is playing a team later in the season, or has already played them, they need to win

Rule 3 Games:

  • No. 14 Oklahoma State vs. Kansas
  • No. 17 Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech - this one is a toss up game. I'll be leaning toward Oklahoma.
4) Baylor should lose every game

Rule 4 Game:

  • No. 2 Baylor vs. Iowa State

So, plenty of games to keep an eye on today, because they all affect TCU in one way or another.

Here's the full Saturday schedule:

Sat, Oct 24, 2015
12:00 PM ET
ABC
(6) Clemson at Miami (FL)
12:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Auburn at Arkansas
12:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
NC State at Wake Forest
12:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
(25) Pittsburgh at Syracuse
12:00 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Kansas State at Texas
12:00 PM ET
FSNFoxSportsGo
Army at Rice
12:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Iowa State at (2) Baylor
12:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
Northwestern at Nebraska
12:00 PM ET
ASN
Southern Miss at Charlotte
12:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
(21) Houston at UCF
12:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Boston College at Louisville
1:00 PM ET
CBSS
Tulane at Navy
1:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Bowling Green at Kent State
2:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Fresno State at Air Force
2:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Miami (OH) at Western Michigan
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
(19) Toledo at Massachusetts
3:00 PM ET
BYUTV
Wagner at BYU
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Ball State
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Ohio at Buffalo
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois
3:30 PM ET
ASN
Middle Tennessee at Louisiana Tech
3:30 PM ET
FSNFoxSportsGo
North Texas at Marshall
3:30 PM ET
ABC/ESPN2WatchESPN
Texas Tech at (17) Oklahoma
3:30 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Wisconsin at Illinois
3:30 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Penn State at Maryland
3:30 PM ET
ABC/ESPN2WatchESPN
Indiana at Michigan State
3:30 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
(23) Duke at Virginia Tech
3:30 PM ET
CBSSEC Live
Tennessee at (8) Alabama
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Virginia at North Carolina
4:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Washington State at Arizona
4:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Missouri at Vanderbilt
4:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
SMU at South Florida
4:00 PM ET
MWC
Hawaii at Nevada
4:30 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Kansas at (14) Oklahoma State
4:30 PM ET
CBSS
Connecticut at Cincinnati
5:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Louisiana-Monroe at Idaho
6:00 PM ET
Old Dominion at FIU
7:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
(9) Florida State at Georgia Tech
7:00 PM ET
ASN
Florida Atlantic at UTEP
7:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
(15) Texas A&M at (24) Mississippi
7:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
Western Kentucky at (5) LSU
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
South Alabama at Texas State
7:00 PM ET
RSNW
New Mexico at San Jose State
7:30 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Kentucky at Mississippi State
7:30 PM ET
FOXFoxSportsGo
(3) Utah at USC
8:00 PM ET
ABC
(1) Ohio State at Rutgers
8:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Troy at New Mexico State
10:15 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
Wyoming at Boise State
10:30 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Colorado at Oregon State
10:30 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Washington at (10) Stanford
10:30 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
San Diego State at San Jose State