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September 2 Open Thread

What games should you watch today?

Wisconsin v Michigan Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

WELCOME TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY!! Finally after a long offseason, college football is back! Yeah, there were a few games that have been within the last week, but college football really and truly starts for real today.

Unfortunately, Georgia Tech isn’t playing today. That means we need to determine which games we’re going to watch today. So let’s get down to it!

September 2 Schedule

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Kent State at #5 Clemson Noon ESPN
Akron at #6 Penn State Noon ABC
Maryland at #23 Texas Noon FS1
Ball State at Illinois Noon BTN
Wyoming at Iowa Noon BTN
Bowling Green at Michigan State Noon ESPNU
Missouri State at Missouri Noon SEC Network
California at North Carolina 12:20 PM None
Bethune-Cookman at #18 Miami 12:30 PM None
Youngstown State at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM None
Portland State at Oregon State 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
VMI at Air Force 2:00 PM None
NC State vs. South Carolina (Charlotte, NC) 3:00 PM ESPN
UTEP at #7 Oklahoma 3:30 PM FOX
#11 Michigan vs. #17 Florida (Arlington, TX) 3:30 PM ABC
Temple at Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC
Nevada at Northwestern 3:30 PM BTN
William & Mary at Virginia 3:30 PM None
Alabama A&M at UAB 3:30 PM None None
Troy at Boise State 3:45 PM ESPNU
Stony Brook at #19 South Florida 4:00 PM None
Eastern Washington at Texas Tech 4:00 PM None None
Kentucky at Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM CBSSN
Charleston Southern at Mississippi State 4:00 PM SEC Network
Western Michigan at #4 USC 5:15 PM Pac-12 Networks
North Carolina Central at Duke 6:00 PM None
James Madison at East Carolina 6:00 PM None
Albany at Old Dominion 6:00 PM None
Appalachian State at #15 Georgia 6:15 PM ESPN
Miami (OH) at Marshall 6:30 PM None None
Lamar at North Texas 7:00 PM None
Eastern Kentucky at Western Kentucky 7:00 PM None None
Northwestern State at Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM None
Stephen F. Austin at SMU 7:00 PM None
UMass at Coastal Carolina 7:00 PM None
Liberty at Baylor 7:00 PM FS2
Southeast Missouri State at Kansas 7:00 PM None
Hampton at Ohio 7:00 PM None
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana 7:00 PM None
Houston Baptist at Texas State 7:00 PM None
Central Arkansas at #20 Kansas State 7:10 PM None
Georgia Southern at #12 Auburn 7:30 PM SEC Network
#16 Louisville vs. Purdue (Indianapolis, IN) 7:30 PM FOX
South Alabama at Ole Miss 7:30 PM ESPNU
Cal Poly at San José State 7:30 PM None None
#3 Florida State vs. #1 Alabama (Atlanta, GA) 8:00 PM ABC
Abilene Christian at New Mexico 8:00 PM None None
Arkansas State at Nebraska 8:00 PM BTN
Jackson State at TCU 8:00 PM FOX
Northern Iowa at Iowa State 8:00 PM None None
Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee 8:00 PM CBSSN
Grambling at Tulane 8:00 PM None
Southern Utah at Oregon 8:15 PM Pac-12 Networks
UC Davis at San Diego State 8:30 PM None None
Howard at UNLV 9:00 PM None None
BYU vs. #13 LSU (New Orleans, LA) 9:30 PM ESPN
Incarnate Word at Fresno State 10:00 PM None None
Montana State at #24 Washington State 10:30 PM FS1
Northern Arizona at Arizona 11:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Western Carolina at Hawai'i 11:59 PM None None

Noon/12:30 p.m. EST

Starting with the early games, there’s really not a whole lot going on in terms of highly ranked match-ups. Speaking personally, I’m probably at least going to watch the first part of the Clemson-Kent State game just to see what the Tigers can do this year. After the first couple drives, my main focus will be on my Comm Law test that I have on Tuesday. In the background, I’ll be keeping an eye on the Texas-Maryland game.

Tom Herman is coming into his first year as the Longhorns’ head coach, and that’s the main storyline that I’m watching for in this game. Texas didn’t perform admirably enough under Charlie Strong according to the boosters (personally, I though they should have given him some more time given the mess he inherited), so it should be interesting to see if Herman can do any better. This will be the first opportunity to see what Texas can do.

3:30 p.m. EST

Once Texas has likely put away the Terrapins, it’ll be time to move onto the 3:30 slate, where I see two games that really catch my eye.

The first game up is a 3:00 match-up between South Carolina and NC State. Will Muschamp is in his second year coaching the Gamecocks, but honestly, I’ll be watching this game for NC State. The Wolfpack return a very good experienced defensive line that could cause some serious havoc for the Gamecocks’ quarterback. If you haven’t watched Bradley Chubb, he’s really fun to watch.

While that game might be a little entertaining for a bit, the real game to watch during this time slot is definitely Michigan-Florida. Jim McElwain’s Gators are missing quite a few pieces, so this game won’t be entertaining as it could have been, but the feud between the Jims (Harbaugh and McElwain) has certainly been something to watch so far, and it’ll be interesting to see how that transfers over into the game.

8:00 p.m. EST

There should be no doubt in your mind what game everyone’s going to be watching come 8:00 tonight. That’s right! I’m going to be watching Jackson State-TCU!

But for real, Alabama-Florida State is going to be a phenomenal game, well worth waiting all day through some sub-par college football games for. Coming into this season, it doesn’t really seem like there are as two equally matched teams that could be facing each other in Week 1. This could very well be one of the best games of the season.

What games will you be watching today?