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Your Week 1 College Football TV Schedule

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For those of you new to this (or just those who have imbibed so much over the last few seasons that you can’t remember), about a decade ago I started providing a spreadsheet of each weekend’s televised college football action to my family and friends. Then I thought to myself, it sure seems like I could just post this bad boy on Dawg Sports every week and get T. Kyle King MaconDawg off my back*.

And so I have done so ever since. As always, the spreadsheet itself is color-coded for your viewing pleasure and does not acknowledge the existence of the Big 10 or Pac-12 networks. Each week, I will also be ruminating on what I believe are the best viewing options in each time slot.

So without any further ado, here it is...

Your Week 1 College Football TV Schedule >>>>> TV SCHEDULE WEEK 1.pdf

Now let’s get to the picks...


Tulsa Golden Hurricane @ #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys, 7:30 pm, FS1

All week I’ve heard national sports media members suggest that the game between (little “t”) the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes and Indiana Hoosiers is the Thursday game to watch. But we all know how that’s going to end. So I’ll stick with Tulsa and Oklahoma St., if only because I just don’t believe the Cowboys are the real thing.


Navy Midshipmen @ Florida Atlantic Owls, 8:00 pm, ESPNU

Man... I just don’t know. The #8 Washington Huskies against a godawful Rutgers Scarlet Knights team? The #9 Wisconsin Badgers against the Utah State Aggies? You know what... Screw it. I love me some service academies and I straight hate Lane Kiffin. So Navy and FAU it is.


Maryland Terrapins @ #23 Texas Longhorns, 12:00 pm, FS1

California Golden Bears @ North Carolina Tarheels, 12:20 pm, ACC Network

As usual, the first weekend noon slate is an absolute snoozefest. So I’ll take the only matchups between ostensibly semi-competent Power 5 opponents. .


#17 Florida Gators vs. #11 Michigan Wolverines, 3:30 pm, ABC

Honestly, there isn’t any other choice in this slot (and believe me, I tried). Is there some way they can both lose?

Early Evening

Appalachian State Mountaineers @ #15 Georgia Bulldogs, 6:15 pm, ESPN

I mean, you didn’t really think I was gonna go another direction with this, did you?


#1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #3 Florida State Seminoles, 8:00 pm, ABC

You kinda have to, right?

Late Night

BYU Cougars vs. #13 LSU Tigers, 9:30 pm, ESPN

After the horrible events in Houston (and the rest of coastal Texas), the game moves to the SuperDome but will go on as scheduled. After struggling with Portland State, I have a hard time believing BYU will make much of a game out of this. But until Pac-12 After Dark™ gets someone better than Montana State to take on the beloved Washington State Cougars, this will have to do.


Texas A&M Aggies @ UCLA Bruins, 7:30 pm, FOX

While many of you will opt to watch the #21 Virginia Tech Hokies take on the #22 West Virginia Mountaineers, I’m personally more interested in just how big a dumpster fire Kevin Sumlin has brewing at Texas A&M.

Monday (Labor Day)

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. #25 Tennessee Volunteers, 8:00 pm, ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is an absolutely stunning piece of architecture. Such a shame that meteor had to blow it to bits.

That’s all for this week, folks. Until next time...


*Posting on Dawg Sports is a great honor that I take very seriously and I am, simultaneously, proud and humbled to take part in this community. Please don’t fire me, MaconDawg. Pretty please.