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College football opening Saturday TV schedule 2017: How to stream online

When does college football start? Aug. 26. Here's how to watch.

College football's opening weekend is a little bit weird. Technically, the season all starts Aug. 26, when seven games are televised. But many people, including ESPN (which is televising many of those Aug. 26 games), will think of the next weekend as the kickoff weekend.

Whatever. You should probably just watch some of both.

Below, the full TV and streaming schedule for the actual opening weekend, the popular opening weekend, and all the stuff in between. It's all sorted by watchability, to help you find the best games on TV in each time slot.

This early bonus Saturday is expanding by the season. Just a few years ago, it was only one FCS vs. FCS game. Now, it includes nine FBS teams, eight of them playing each other.

Saturday, Aug. 26 college football schedule

Time (p.m. ET) WATCH THIS Maybe watch It's football
Noon FAMU vs. Texas Southern
ESPNU, WatchESPN
2:30 Oregon State at CSU
CBSSN, CBSSports.com
3 Portland State at BYU
ESPN, WatchESPN
6 Hawaii at UMass
NESN
6:30 Chattanooga vs. Jax State
ESPN, WatchESPN
7 Colgate at Cal Poly
ESPNU, WatchESPN
7:30 USF at San Jose State
CBSSN, CBSSports.com
10 Stanford vs. Rice
ESPN, WatchESPN

Florida A&M-Texas Southern is the season's first college football game on TV, so you should probably make a point of clocking in for that kickoff.

Oregon State-Colorado State will let you see a beautiful new stadium and is also the season's first FBS game. Another important milestone.

USF-San Jose State might not be all that competitive, but it's still an interesting road trip for a team widely favored to win the American and make a New Year's Six bowl under Charlie Strong.

And Stanford-Rice, which is in Australia, could be the year's least-watched games involving a potential Power 5 champ, since the Mayweather-McGregor card will be going on at the same time. At least this awkward mismatch won't cost money to watch.

Also, here's the rest of the big, weird weekend(s).

Sunday, Aug. 27 college football schedule

Time (p.m. ET) WATCH THIS Maybe watch It's football


This day's Richmond-Sam Houston State game has been postponed because of Hurricane Harvey.


Thursday, Aug. 31 college football schedule

Time (p.m. ET) WATCH THIS Maybe watch It's football
6 FIU at UCF
CBSSN, CBSSports.com
6:30 Presbyterian at Wake Forest
ACC Network, WatchESPN
7 Buffalo at Minnesota
BTN, BTN2Go
Austin Peay at Cincinnati
WatchESPN
Rhode Island at CMU
WatchESPN
Tenn. State at Georgia State
WatchESPN
Elon at Toledo
WatchESPN
7:30 Tulsa at Oklahoma State
FS1, Fox Sports Go
Holy Cross at UConn
WatchESPN
8 Ohio State at Indiana
ESPN, WatchESPN
FAMU at Arkansas
SEC Network, WatchESPN
9 Sac. State at Idaho
WatchESPN
ULM at Memphis
CBSSN, CBSSports.com
10:30 NMSU at Arizona State
Pac-12 Networks

Friday, Sept. 1 college football schedule

Time (p.m. ET) WATCH THIS Maybe watch It's football
6 Fordham at Army
CBSSN, CBSSports.com
6:30 Charlotte at EMU
WatchESPN
7 Cent. Conn. at Syracuse
ACC Network, WatchESPN
8 Colorado vs. Colorado State
Pac-12 Networks
Navy at FAU
ESPNU, WatchESPN
Washington at Rutgers
FS1, Fox Sports Go
9 Utah State at Wisconsin
ESPN, WatchESPN
9:30 Boston College at NIU
CBSSN, CBSSports.com

Saturday, Sept. 2 college football schedule

Time (p.m. ET) WATCH THIS Maybe watch It's football
Noon Wyoming at Iowa
BTN, BTN2Go
Missouri State at Missouri
SEC Network, WatchESPN
Maryland at Texas
FS1, Fox Sports Go
Ball State at Illinois
BTN, BTN2Go
Bowling Green at Michigan State
ESPNU, WatchESPN
Akron at Penn State
ABC, WatchESPN
Kent State at Clemson
ESPN, WatchESPN
12:20 Cal at North Carolina
ACC Network, WatchESPN
12:30 Bethune-Cookman at Miami
ACC Network, WatchESPN
1 YSU at Pitt
ACC Network, WatchESPN
2 Portland State at Oregon State
Pac-12 Networks
VMI at Air Force
WatchESPN
3 NC State vs. South Carolina
ESPN, WatchESPN
3:30 Florida vs. Michigan
ABC, WatchESPN
Temple at Notre Dame
NBC, NBCSports.com
UTEP at Oklahoma
Fox, Fox Sports Go
Nevada at Northwestern
BTN, BTN2Go
William & Mary at Virginia
ACC Network, WatchESPN
3:45 Troy at Boise State
ESPNU, WatchESPN
4 Kentucky at Southern Miss
CBSSN, CBSSports.com
Stony Brook at USF
WatchESPN
EWU at Texas Tech
FSN, Fox Sports Go
Charleston S. at Mississippi State
SEC Network, WatchESPN
5:15 WMU at USC
Pac-12 Networks
6 JMU at ECU
WatchESPN
NC Central at Duke
ACC Network, WatchESPN
Albany at Old Dominion
WatchESPN
6:15 Appalachian State at Georgia
ESPN, WatchESPN
7 Liberty at Baylor
FS2, Fox Sports Go
Hampton at Ohio
WatchESPN
SE Louisiana at UL-Lafayette
WatchESPN
Houston Baptist at Texas State
WatchESPN
SE Missouri State at Kansas
JTV
Stephen F. Austin at SMU
WatchESPN
UMass at Coastal Carolina
WatchESPN
7:10 Central Ark. at Kansas State
K-statehd.tv
7:30 Georgia Southern at Auburn
SEC Network, WatchESPN
South Alabama at Ole Miss
ESPNU, WatchESPN
Louisville vs. Purdue
Fox, Fox Sports Go
8 Alabama vs. Florida State
ABC, WatchESPN
Arkansas State at Nebraska
BTN, BTN2Go
Jackson State at TCU
Fox, Fox Sports Go
Vanderbilt at MTSU
CBSSN, CBSSports.com
Northern Iowa at Iowa State
Cyclones.tv
Grambling at Tulane
WatchESPN
8:15 Southern Utah at Oregon
Pac-12 Networks
9:30 BYU vs. LSU
ESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 Mont. St. at Washington State
FS1, Fox Sports Go
11 NAU at Arizona
Pac-12 Networks

Sunday, Sept. 3 college football schedule

Time (p.m. ET) WATCH THIS Maybe watch It's football
1:30 SC State at Southern
ESPN2, WatchESPN
6:30 Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia
ABC, WatchESPN
Texas A&M at UCLA
Fox, Fox Sports Go

Labor Day college football schedule

Time (p.m. ET) WATCH THIS Maybe watch It's football
8 Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee
ESPN, WatchESPN