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

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.






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).



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.













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







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

































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


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


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


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