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When is the first college football game in 2020? Full Week 1 schedule for the FBS teams still playing

When is the first college football game in 2020? Full Week 1 schedule for the FBS teams still playing

As it stands now, the 2020 college football season is tenuous at best.

The weekly schedules for each of the 76 FBS teams seem to undergo updates on a daily basis, with teams canceling or rescheduling based on the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, the first FBS football games are set to take place on Thursday, marking the start of one of the strangest college football seasons in its 151-year history.

The opening weekend features nine games, though people hoping to see Power 5 representation will have to wait another week. All told, it’s a confusing, mercurial situation that can change at any given moment.

But Sports Grind Entertainment is here to make sure you have all the info you need to watch not only the Week 1 slate of games, but also the opening games for ACC, Big 12 and SEC teams. That includes times, dates, TV information, live stream options and more:

MORE: Picking the best game each week of this year’s schedule

When is the first college football game in 2020?

The first game involving an FBS team will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 3. UAB (Conference USA) will host FCS opponent Central Arkansas at 8 p.m., followed by South Alabama (Sun Belt) traveling to take on Southern Miss (C-USA) at 9 p.m. ET.

The first fall Saturday games kick off two days later on Sept. 5. Six contests comprising independent, Group of 5 and FCS teams will take place. The opening weekend of the 2020 college football season will conclude on Labor Day as Navy (AAC) hosts independent BYU.

How to watch college football games in Week 1

  • TV: ESPN; CBS Sports Network; fuboTV (7-day free trial)
  • Live stream: WatchESPN; CBS All Access

As it stands now, only five games will be nationally televised during college football’s opening weekend: ESPN will broadcast BYU-Navy, Eastern Kentucky-Marshall, SMU-Texas State and Arkansas State-Memphis. CBS Sports Network will broadcast South Alabama-Southern Miss. Those with active cable subscriptions can simulcast those games on WatchESPN or CBS All Access. Another option is fuboTV, which is offering a seven-day free trial.

College football schedule 2020: Week 1

A total of nine college football games are scheduled to take place during college football’s opening weekend, though none of them includes a Power 5 team. Below is the breakdown of the opening weekend slate:

Thursday, Sept. 3

Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
Central Arkansas at UAB 8 p.m. ESPN3
South Alabama at Southern Miss 9 p.m. CBSSN, fuboTV

Saturday, Sept. 5

Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
Eastern Kentucky at Marshall 1 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Middle Tennessee at Army 1:30 p.m. CBSSN, fuboTV
SMU at Texas State 4:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Houston Baptist at North Texas 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
Arkansas State at Memphis 8 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Stephen F. Austin at UTEP 9 p.m. ESPN3

Monday, Sept. 7

Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
BYU at Navy 8 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

MORE: Complete list of games for all 76 FBS schools, week by week

When does the ACC football season start?

  • Scheduled start date: Week of Sept. 7-12

The ACC is scheduled to be the first Power 5 conference to play in 2020, starting with Miami on Sept. 10. That said, four of the ACC’s 15 teams — Virginia, Boston College, N.C. State and Virginia Tech — will not play their previously scheduled openers during the week of Sept 7-12. Virginia and Boston College had their nonconference games canceled, while the N.C. State-Virginia Tech opener was reportedly moved to Sept. 26 after the Wolfpack suffered a COVID-19 outbreak.

The ACC’s 11-game schedule includes one nonconference contest and 10 conference games before concluding with the championship game on either Dec. 12 or 19. Below is the full breakdown for every ACC team’s first game:

Thursday, Sept. 10

Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
UAB at Miami 8 p.m. ACC Network, fuboTV

Saturday, Sept. 12

Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
Syracuse at No. 18 North Carolina Noon ACCN, fuboTV
Duke at No. 10 Notre Dame 2:30 p.m. NBC, fuboTV
Georgia Tech at Florida State 3:30 p.m. ABC, fuboTV
Austin Peay at Pittsburgh 4 p.m. ACCN, fuboTV
No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest 7:30 p.m. ABC, fuboTV
Western Kentucky at Louisville 8 p.m. ACCN, fuboTV

Saturday, Sept. 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Virginia at Virginia Tech TBD ABC, fuboTV
Boston College at Duke Noon ESPN3

Saturday, Sept. 26

Matchup Time TV channel
N.C. State at Virginia Tech TBD TBD

When does the Big 12 football season start?

  • Scheduled start date: Saturday, Sept. 12

The Big 12, much like the ACC, will start the week of Sept. 12, with each team facing a nonconference opponent. Two teams, however, will have to postpone their games: TCU and Oklahoma State, which postponed their games against SMU and Tulsa, respectively. The Horned Frogs will start their season on Sept. 26; the Cowboys will kick off on Sept. 19. The schedule concludes on Dec. 5; the conference championship game is slated for Dec. 12, but could be played on Dec. 19 as well.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
Louisiana at No. 23 Iowa State Noon ESPN, fuboTV
Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia Noon FS1, fuboTV
Louisiana Tech at Baylor Noon Fox, fuboTV
Arkansas State at Kansas State 3:30 p.m. FS1, fuboTV
Missouri State at No. 5 Oklahoma 7 p.m. TBD
UTEP at No. 14 Texas 8 p.m. Longhorn Network
Houston Baptist at Texas Tech 8 p.m. ESPN+
Coastal Carolina at Kansas 10 p.m. FS1, fuboTV

Saturday, Sept. 19

Tulsa at No. 15 Oklahoma State 7:30 p.m. TBD

Saturday, Sept. 26

Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
No. 23 Iowa State at TCU TBD TBD

When does the SEC football season start?

  • Scheduled start date: Saturday, Sept. 26

The SEC plans to kick off its season on Saturday, Sept. 26, giving it the latest Power 5 start date. Unlike the ACC and Big 12, its schedule includes only conference opponents and one bye week. The final regular-season game is scheduled for Dec. 5, followed by the conference championship on Dec. 19 two weeks later.

Below is the full opening-week slate for the SEC:

Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
No. 8 Florida at Ole Miss Noon ESPN, fuboTV
Kentucky at No. 11 Auburn Noon SEC Network, fuboTV
Mississippi State at No. 6 LSU 3:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas 4 p.m. SECN, fuboTV
No. 3 Alabama at Missouri 7 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Vanderbilt at No. 13 Texas A&M 7:30 p.m. SECN alternate
No. 25 Tennessee at South Carolina 7:30 p.m. SECN, fuboTV

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