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What games should you watch today?

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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 WatchESPN.com
Akron at #6 Penn State Noon ABC WatchESPN.com
Maryland at #23 Texas Noon FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Ball State at Illinois Noon BTN BTN2Go.com
Wyoming at Iowa Noon BTN BTN2Go.com
Bowling Green at Michigan State Noon ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Missouri State at Missouri Noon SEC Network WatchESPN.com
California at North Carolina 12:20 PM None WatchESPN.com
Bethune-Cookman at #18 Miami 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Youngstown State at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Portland State at Oregon State 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
VMI at Air Force 2:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
NC State vs. South Carolina (Charlotte, NC) 3:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
UTEP at #7 Oklahoma 3:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
#11 Michigan vs. #17 Florida (Arlington, TX) 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Temple at Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC NBCSports.com
Nevada at Northwestern 3:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
William & Mary at Virginia 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Alabama A&M at UAB 3:30 PM None None
Troy at Boise State 3:45 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Stony Brook at #19 South Florida 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Eastern Washington at Texas Tech 4:00 PM None None
Kentucky at Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Charleston Southern at Mississippi State 4:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Western Michigan at #4 USC 5:15 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
North Carolina Central at Duke 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
James Madison at East Carolina 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Albany at Old Dominion 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Appalachian State at #15 Georgia 6:15 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Miami (OH) at Marshall 6:30 PM None None
Lamar at North Texas 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Eastern Kentucky at Western Kentucky 7:00 PM None None
Northwestern State at Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Stephen F. Austin at SMU 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
UMass at Coastal Carolina 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Liberty at Baylor 7:00 PM FS2 FoxSportsGo.com
Southeast Missouri State at Kansas 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Hampton at Ohio 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Houston Baptist at Texas State 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Central Arkansas at #20 Kansas State 7:10 PM None WatchESPN.com
Georgia Southern at #12 Auburn 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
#16 Louisville vs. Purdue (Indianapolis, IN) 7:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
South Alabama at Ole Miss 7:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Cal Poly at San José State 7:30 PM None None
#3 Florida State vs. #1 Alabama (Atlanta, GA) 8:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Abilene Christian at New Mexico 8:00 PM None None
Arkansas State at Nebraska 8:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Jackson State at TCU 8:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Iowa at Iowa State 8:00 PM None None
Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee 8:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Grambling at Tulane 8:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Southern Utah at Oregon 8:15 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
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 WatchESPN.com
Incarnate Word at Fresno State 10:00 PM None None
Montana State at #24 Washington State 10:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Arizona at Arizona 11:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
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?