Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard
All times are Pacific.
Thursday September 1st
Appalachian State at Tennessee – 4:30pm SEC Network: Tennessee has received plenty of hype this off season. App State is no gimmie win for the Vols. The Mountaineers return 15 from a team that went 11-2 a year ago. This game will show if the Vols can tune out all the hype and focus on what they need to do.
Friday September 2nd
Colorado State vs Colorado – 5pm ESPN: The Rocky Mountain Showdown from Mile High Stadium. The two teams have split the last four games and last years match up went into overtime. One of the more underrated rivalries out there.
Kansas State at Stanford – 6pm FS1: Watch this game for one reason and one reason only, Christian McCaffrey.
Friday September 3rd
Georgia Tech vs Boston College – 4:30am ESPN2: It’s another year with a game from Ireland. Hey, this is like a full 17 hours of college football if you start with this one.
Oklahoma vs Houston – 9am ABC: Oklahoma hopes to get back to the College Football Playoff behind Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield but Houston is looking to go undefeated and be the Non Power 5 party crasher.
UCLA at Texas A&M – 12:30pm CBS: UCLA could make their first ever trip to the College Football playoff. A win in College Station would be a massive step in accomplishing that goal but it won’t be easy.
USC vs Alabama – 5pm ABC: Bama’s yearly trip to Dallas and this year they get a USC team that should make it a game for a half.
Clemson at Auburn – 6pm ESPN: Auburn has to be better this year or Gus Malzahn is out as head coach. Clemson is a heavy favorite to run the table and make it back to the National Championship game. They will be led by Mr Everything Deshaun Watson and they get their top receiver back from injury.
BYU at Arizona – 7:30pm FS1: BYU won their opener last year against Nebraska on a last second desperation throw from the backup QB. Zona needs to jump on them early.
Sunday September 4th
Notre Dame at Texas – 4:30 ESPN: The Fighting Irish will play two quarterbacks and no one but the Longhorns know who will be their quarterback. Texas head coach Charlie Strong could use a marquee win to help his team on the way back to the post-season and last years game in South Bend was an embarrassment.
Monday September 5th
Ole Miss vs Florida State – 5pm ESPN: The Seminoles will be without quarterback Sean Maguire but they still have a roster loaded with NFL talent including running back Dalvin Cook. Ole Miss lost a ton of guys to the NFL draft but they still have signal caller Chad Kelly to run Hugh Freeze’s ‘guess what I am gonna do next’ offense.