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
|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?