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Football Preview: It’s Time for the Browns to Step Up; Clemson Poised to Run Through Syracuse

Cleveland Browns (0-1) vs. New York Jets (0-1)
Monday, September 16, at 8:15pm ET on ESPN
It’s weird to think that the Browns came into this season brimming with hope and dreams of a playoff appearance for the first time since 2002. They closed out the 2018 season by winning five of seven as Baker Mayfield completed 151 of 221 for 1,957 yards and 17 TDs and just three sacks. This was to be the season he and the Browns took the next step. Instead, Mayfield opened the 2019 season by throwing three picks and getting sacked in the end zone for a safety against the Titans en route to a 43-13 loss. Oh, and Mayfield hurt his wrist — he’s expected back this weekend, however. Making things worse, the Browns committed 18 penalties for a total of 182 yards — 3rd- and 13th-most all time, respectively — that is no way to win.

The Jets have been pretty bad of late, winning just 14 games over their previous three seasons, but opened 2019 by jumping out to a 16-0 lead over the Bills midway through the third quarter. Alas, they promptly spit the bit, as is their custom, giving up 17 unanswered points in the final 20 minutes. But there were rays of sunshine, including a pretty good day from Sam Darnold, who hit on 28 of 41, though he amassed just 175 yards and one TD. The Browns are 2.5-point favorites despite being on the road — take the points, it’s the Jets for crying out loud.

DateDayTime (ET)AwayHomeNetworkAvailable on Sling
12-Sep Thurs8:20 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers Carolina Panthers NFL Network Sling Blue in Select Markets
15-Sep Sun 1:00 PM San Francisco 49ers Cincinnati Bengals FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
15-Sep Sun 1:00 PM Minnesota Vikings Green Bay Packers FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
15-Sep Sun 1:00 PM Seattle Seahawks Pittsburgh Steelers FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
15-Sep Sun 1:00 PM Dallas Cowboys Washington Redskins FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
15-Sep Sun 1:00 PM Arizona Cardinals Baltimore Ravens FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
15-Sep Sun4:25 PM Chicago Bears Denver Broncos FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
15-Sep Sun 4:25 PM New Orleans Saints Los Angeles Rams FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
15-Sep Sun 8:20 PM Philadelphia Eagles Atlanta Falcons NBC Sling Blue in Select Markets
16-Sep Mon 8:15 PM Cleveland Browns New York Jets ESPN Sling Orange

#1 Clemson (2-0) at Syracuse (1-1)
Saturday, September 14, at 7:30pm ET on ABC
Clemson defeated #12 Texas A&M last week by a score of 24-10, though it wasn’t that close as the Aggies scored a meaningless touchdown with six seconds left on the clock. The Tigers’ sophomore QB Trevor Lawrence has now started his college career with 17 straight victories, as he’s completed 296 of 455 for 3,716 yards and 32 touchdowns, with just seven interceptions. Lawrence has been getting help from junior Travis Etienne and sophomore Lyn-J Dixon, who’ve rushed a combined 47 times for 401 yards and five scores. Suffice to say the Clemson title defense is coming along swimmingly. On the other side of the line of scrimmage will be Syracuse, who opened the season ranked 22nd in the nation, won their season opener against Liberty 24-0 only to come crashing down to earth last weekend against Maryland, as the Terps trounced the Orangemen 63-20, rushing for 354 yards and six TDs on just 45 carries. The Orangemen played Clemson tough last year, losing just 27-23 on a last minute TD run by Ettienne. If the Syracuse D-line doesn’t tighten up its game, this could be a long one.

Other big college games this Saturday include:
Arkansas State at #3 Georgia
Noon on ESPN2
State’s Omar Bayless is leads the nation in TD receptions with five and is third with 281 receiving yards.

Pitt at #13 Penn State
Noon on ABC
Nittany Lions QB Sean Clifford’s passer rating of 215 is 4th in the land.

Florida State at #25 Virginia
7:30pm on ACC
FSU RB Cam Akers leads the nation in yards from scrimmage with 376.

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Date Day Time (ET) Away Home ChannelAvailable on Sling TV
13-SepFri 6:00 PM North Carolina Wake Forest ESPNSling Orange
13-Sep Fri 7:30 PM Kansas Boston College ACCN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
13-Sep Fri 7:15 PM #20 Washington State Houston ESPN Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 12:00 PM Arkansas State #3 Georgia ESPN2 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 12:00 PM #6 Ohio State Indiana FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
14-Sep Sat 12:00 PM Pittsburgh #13 Penn State ESPN3 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 12:00 PM Miami (OH) Cincinnati ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 12:00 PM Chattanooga Tennessee SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 12:00 PM Kansas State Mississippi State ESPN Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 12:00 PM Furman Virginia Tech ACCN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 12:00 PM NC State West Virginia FS1 Sling Blue
14-Sep Sat 12:30 PM The Citadel Georgia Tech ACCNX Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 1:00 PM Air Force Colorado PAC12 Sling Orange + Sports Extra or Sling Blue + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 2:00 PM Norfolk State Coastal Carolina ESPN3 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 2:30 PM New Mexico #7 Notre Dame NBC Sling Blue in Select Markets
14-Sep Sat 3:30 PM Stanford #17 UCF ESPN Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 3:30 PM #24 USC BYU ESPN3 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 3:30 PM Memphis South Alabama ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 3:30 PM Army UTSA NFL Network Sling Blue
14-Sep Sat 3:30 PM Oklahoma State Tulsa ESPN2 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 4:00 PM Arizona State #18 Michigan State FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
14-Sep Sat 4:00 PM #19 Iowa Iowa State FS1 Sling Blue
14-Sep Sat 4:00 PM Southeastern Louisiana Ole Miss SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 4:00 PM Colorado State Arkansas SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 4:00 PM Bethune-Cookman Miami ACCN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 5:00 PM Idaho Wyoming ESPN3 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 6:00 PM South Carolina State South Florida ESPN3 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 7:00 PM Kent State #8 Auburn ESPN2Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 7:00 PM #9 Florida Kentucky ESPN Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 7:00 PM Lamar #16 Texas A&M ESPNUSling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 7:00 PM New Hampshire Florida International ESPN3Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 7:00 PM Texas State SMU ESPN3 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 7:00 PM Weber State Nevada ESPN3Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 7:00 PM Murray State Toledo ESPN3 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 7:30 PM
#1 Clemson Syracuse ESPN3Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 7:30 PM Northwestern State #4 LSU SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 7:30 PM Hawai'i #23 Washington PAC12 Sling Orange + Sports Extra or Sling Blue + Sports Extra
14-SepSat 7:30 PM Florida State #25 Virginia ACCN Sling Orange +Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 7:30 PM Southeast Missouri State Missouri SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
14-Sep Sat 7:30 PM Texas Southern Louisiana ESPN3 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 8:00 PM #5 Oklahoma UCLA FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
14-Sep Sat 8:00 PM Missouri State Tulane ESPN3 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 8:00 PM Northern Illinois Nebraska FS1 Sling Blue
14-Sep Sat 10:15PM Portland State #22 Boise State ESPN2 Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 10:30 PM Texas Tech Arizona ESPN Sling Orange
14-Sep Sat 10:45 PM Montana #15 Oregon PAC12 Sling Orange + Sports Extra or Sling Blue + Sports Extra