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College football TV/streaming schedule guide, Week 1: 5 straight days of action

The season's here, y'all, and you're busy watching college football through Labor Day.

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College football officially started last Saturday when FCS No. 12 Montana stunned four-time defending national champion North Dakota State. Now FBS starts with a relatively loaded Thursday night, better-than-average Friday, solid Saturday night, activities on Sunday that are technically football, and a battle with College Football Playoff stakes on Labor Day night.

As far as the rankings go, the biggest game is No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 20 Wisconsin in Texas, but there's a good chance we'll see a top-10 team or two go down elsewhere. Fellow top-six teams Ohio State, TCU, Baylor, Michigan State and Auburn are all playing away from home, and all but the Bears face what should be tough competition. No. 7 Oregon's in an interesting matchup of its own, with new quarterback Vernon Adams playing his former team, FCS power Eastern Washington.

Below, full viewing and streaming info for the five-day weekend, plus notes on what to try and watch when.

(Thursday and Friday removed for your convenience)


Time Road Home TV Streaming
Noon ET Louisiana-Monroe No. 9 Georgia SEC Network
Noon ET Tennessee-Martin No. 17 Ole Miss SEC Network
Noon ET No. 21 Stanford Northwestern ESPN
Noon ET Colgate Navy CBS Sports Network
Noon ET Norfolk State Rutgers ESPNews
Noon ET Illinois State Iowa Big Ten Network
Noon ET Richmond Maryland ESPNU
Noon ET South Dakota State Kansas FSN Affiliates
12:30 p.m. ET Wofford No. 12 Clemson ACC Network
1 p.m. ET Youngstown State Pittsburgh
1 p.m. ET Maine Boston College
2 p.m. ET Portland State Washington State Pac-12 Networks
3:30 p.m. ET Louisville No. 6 Auburn CBS
3:30 p.m. ET Virginia No. 13 UCLA FOX
3:30 p.m. ET UTEP No. 18 Arkansas ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET BYU Nebraska ABC
3:30 p.m. ET Old Dominion Eastern Michigan
3:30 p.m. ET Penn State Temple ESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Florida Atlantic Tulsa CBS Sports Network
3:30 p.m. ET Morgan State Air Force RSRM/RSNW/RSSW+
3:30 p.m. ET Sam Houston State Texas Tech FSN Affiliates
3:30 p.m. ET Albany Buffalo
3:30 p.m. ET Presbyterian Miami (OH)
3:30 p.m. ET Howard Appalachian State
3:30 p.m. ET Wagner Rice SNY/CSCA/CST
4 p.m. ET Southeast Missouri State No. 24 Missouri SEC Network
4 p.m. ET Bowling Green No. 25 Tennessee SEC Network
4 p.m. ET Southern Illinois Indiana ESPNews
4 p.m. ET Savannah State Colorado State
5 p.m. ET Grambling State California Pac-12 Networks
6 p.m. ET Bethune-Cookman Miami
6 p.m. ET Troy NC State
6 p.m. ET Towson East Carolina
6 p.m. ET Gardner-Webb South Alabama
7 p.m.. ET No. 15 Arizona State Texas A&M ESPN
7 p.m. ET Akron No. 19 Oklahoma FSN PPV
7 p.m.. ET Florida A&M South Florida
7 p.m. ET Missouri State Memphis
7 p.m. ET Alabama A&M Cincinnati FCSN/FSOH
7 p.m. ET Louisiana Lafayette Kentucky ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Jackson State Middle Tennessee
7:30 p.m. ET Texas No. 11 Notre Dame NBC
7:30 p.m. ET McNeese State No. 14 LSU SEC Network
7:30 p.m. ET Georgia Southern West Virginia FSN Affilliates
7:30 p.m. ET New Mexico State Florida SEC Network
7:30 p.m. ET UNLV Northern Illinois CBS Sports Network
8 p.m. ET No. 20 Wisconsin No. 3 Alabama ABC
8 p.m. ET Eastern Washington No. 7 Oregon Pac-12 Networks
8 p.m. ET Texas State No. 10 Florida State ESPNews
8 p.m. ET Tennessee Tech Houston
8 p.m. ET Northern Iowa Iowa State Cyclones.TV
8 p.m. ET San Diego San Diego State
10 p.m. ET Mississippi State Southern Mississippi Fox Sports 1
11 p.m. ET Arkansas State No. 8 USC Pac-12 Networks

Early shift

Best option: No. 21 Stanford at Northwestern

Spread: Stanford -11.5
Read: Rule of TreeInside NU

There's not much going on in the first batch. Despite Stanford losing a lot on defense, it's hard to lose faith in the Cardinal. Northwestern's been consistent, but a rebuilding year is a possibility.

Plan B: Louisiana-Monroe at No. 9 Georgia

The only other game between FBS programs in this time slot, it's a chance to see Georgia running back Nick Chubb, one of the most explosive talents in the country. The Bulldogs are the best bet to win the SEC East, and this will be the first chance to see newly minted starter Greyson Lambert.

Middle shift

Best option: Louisville at No. 6 Auburn

Spread: Auburn -10.5
Read: Card ChronicleCollege & Magnolia

This one's going to be fun. Auburn's explosive offense against Louisville's terrifying front seven. Louisville's explosive offense against Auburn's first Will Muschamp defense.

Even Louisville's GIANT MEAN BIRD PICTURE helmets won't steer us away.

Plan B: BYU at Nebraska

The Cornhuskers have the pieces for success, but new head coach Mike Riley faces a big first task. The Cougars offense, led by explosive quarterback Taysom Hill, could be one of the best in the country.

Keep it in mind: Virginia at No. 13 UCLA

This was mighty close last year ... in Charlottesville. Mike London has been stashing talent at Virginia and improving, though, and a top-notch secondary could pose problems for UCLA's true freshman quarterback.

In case of emergency: Penn State at Temple

The Owls' defense is really good, and Temple could compete for the AAC title. But Penn State's defense is even better, and their somewhat struggling quarterback (no thanks to the offensive line) is former five-star recruit Christian Hackenberg, a top NFL prospect.

Late shift

Best option: No. 15 Arizona State vs. Texas A&M

Spread: Texas A&M -3
Read: House of SparkyGood Bull Hunting

The Sun Devils won 10 games in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, and should be a major contender in one of the toughest divisions. The Aggies break in a new defensive coordinator and one of the best receiving corps in the country. Add all that to a perfect match of styles, and it's one of the best games of the day.

Plan B: No. 20 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Alabama

Wisconsin's the most likely Big Ten West winner, but Alabama's still Alabama (even with a reboot). There will be running, but the passing games will be key.

Keep it in mind: Texas vs. No. 11 Notre Dame

Texas's defense looks great, even if nothing else does. That'll be a test for Notre Dame's deep and explosive offense.

In case of emergency: Georgia Southern at West Virginia

Georgia Southern and its staggeringly productive rushing attack take on one of the best defenses in the Big 12.


Only FBS option: Purdue at Marshall, 3 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1, FoxSportsGo

Spread: Marshall -7.5

Read: Hammer and RailsUnderdog Dynasty

An improved Purdue is hoping for a bowl game, while Marshall seems on track for another double-digit win season.


Only option: No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, WatchESPN

Spread: Ohio State -11

Read: Land-Grant Holy LandGobbler Country

Virginia Tech was the only team to beat Ohio State last season, and now gets to play the Buckeyes at home without having to face arguably the best player in the country and three other Ohio State contributors. Ohio State looks poised for another title run, but the Buckeyes will be faced with one of the best defenses in the country.


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