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How to Watch College Football in Week 1

Oregon vs Auburn headline the official opening weekend of college football.

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#11 Oregon and #16 Auburn headline the official opening weekend of College Football. While that may be the only game featuring ranked opponents, it is hardly the only story line of interest on this holiday weekend.

Here are some things I’ll be watching for:

ACC gut checks

There are a total of three ACC conference games (counting Clemson vs Georgia Tech on Thursday) in week 1. When you add those games to the challenges that Duke (vs Alabama), North Carolina (vs South Carolina), and Louisville (vs Notre Dame) all face this week (not to mention Miami vs Florida from week 0), we are going to get a really good sense of where the ACC stands in terms of the overall competitiveness of the conference.

PAC 12 rivals

We’ve already gotten a pretty good sense of how the season is going to start for the conference. Arizona reminded us that defense matters. Oregon State opened up this season pretty much the same way they opened the last one. So did UCLA. ASU and Colorado made quick work of their opponents. Utah looked tough.

With Stanford hosting Northwestern and USC taking on Fresno State, we should continue to get our first sense of how the better teams (including Oregon) are racking in stacking even as Washington, Washington State and CAl take on less stiff competition.

Week 1 upsets

In each of the last six years, at least one ranked team has suffered a week 1 upset. Could today make a seventh? There are some games that might present some drama that you might want to watch.

Miami (OH) at #20 Iowa

#22 Syracuse at Liberty

Louisiana Tech vs #10 Texas

Enjoy some football today. This is your open thread.

Week 1 Schedule

Saturday Schedule

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Florida Atlantic at #5 Ohio State 9:00 AM FOX
Northern Iowa at #21 Iowa State 9:00 AM FS1
South Alabama at #24 Nebraska 9:00 AM ESPN
Akron at Illinois 9:00 AM BTN
Indiana vs. Ball State 9:00 AM CBSSN
Howard at Maryland 9:00 AM BTN
Indiana State at Kansas 9:00 AM Fox Sports Net
Toledo at Kentucky 9:00 AM SEC Network
Ole Miss at Memphis 9:00 AM ABC
Mississippi State vs. Louisiana 9:00 AM ESPNU
East Carolina at NC State 9:00 AM ACC Network
James Madison at West Virginia 11:00 AM AT&T SportsNet None
Rhode Island at Ohio 11:00 AM ESPN+ ESPN+
Eastern Washington at #13 Washington 12:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Bucknell at Temple 12:00 PM ESPN3
Duke vs. #2 Alabama 12:30 PM ABC
Idaho at #15 Penn State 12:30 PM BTN
Colgate at Air Force 12:30 PM ESPN3
Holy Cross at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN
Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
South Carolina vs. North Carolina 12:30 PM ESPN
Georgia State at Tennessee 12:30 PM ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Appalachian State 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Northwestern at #25 Stanford 1:00 PM FOX
Portland State at Arkansas 1:00 PM SEC Network
Montana State at Texas Tech 1:00 PM Fox Sports Net
Virginia Tech at Boston College 1:00 PM ACC Network
#22 Syracuse at Liberty 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Sam Houston State at New Mexico 3:00 PM None None
Incarnate Word at UTSA 3:00 PM ESPN3
Campbell at Troy 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
UC Davis at California 3:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
VMI at Marshall 3:30 PM Stadium
Norfolk State at Old Dominion 4:00 PM ESPN3
Alcorn State at Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Illinois State at Northern Illinois 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Monmouth at Western Michigan 4:00 PM ESPN3
SMU at Arkansas State 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Boise State vs. Florida State 4:00 PM ESPN
Nicholls at Kansas State 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at Baylor 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
#3 Georgia at Vanderbilt 4:30 PM SEC Network
Georgia Southern at #6 LSU 4:30 PM ESPNU
Middle Tennessee at #7 Michigan 4:30 PM BTN
#11 Oregon vs. #16 Auburn 4:30 PM ABC
Miami (OH) at #20 Iowa 4:30 PM FS1
Missouri at Wyoming 4:30 PM CBSSN
Abilene Christian at North Texas 4:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Virginia at Pittsburgh 4:30 PM ACC Network
Louisiana Tech at #10 Texas 5:00 PM Longhorn Network
Houston Baptist at UTEP 5:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at TCU 5:00 PM Fox Sports Net
Grambling at UL Monroe 5:00 PM ESPN3
Weber State at San Diego State 6:00 PM None None
New Mexico State at #23 Washington State 7:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Southern Utah at UNLV 7:00 PM None
Fresno State at USC 7:30 PM ESPN

Sunday Schedule

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Houston at #4 Oklahoma 4:30 PM ABC

Monday Schedule

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
#9 Notre Dame at Louisville 5:00 PM ESPN