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Your Week 1 College Football TV Schedule

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For those of you new to Dawgsports, over a decade ago I started providing a spreadsheet of each weekend’s televised college football action to my family and friends. A couple of years later, it occurred to me that I’d feel like it was a much better use of time if I also posted it for my family and friends here.

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. This year I am trying something a little different. Using Excel and transferring to PDF was a breeze. Using Google Sheets and transferring to PDF causes some formatting nightmares (that probably wouldn’t actually bother anyone except me... but I digress), As a result I’ll be sharing a link to the Google Sheet itself. This should allow you to print straight from there without any formatting problems and also give you the option of making a copy in Google Drive that you can personalize as you see fit. If it doesn’t work for some reason, feel free to sacrifice me before the WLOCP.

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

Your Week 1 College Football TV Schedule >>>>> CLICK HERE!!!

Now let’s get to the picks of your best viewing options in each time slot...


#21 UCF Knights @ UCONN Huskies, 7 p.m., ESPNU

This is one of the weakest opening Thursday slates in recent memory. We’ll have to settle for watching UCF as they set off on their quest to win the 2019 Frost Trophy for Imaginary National Champions.


Colorado Buffaloes vs. Colorado State Rams (Denver), 9:30 pm, CBSSN

You may opt for San Diego State and #13 Stanford or Western Kentucky and #4 Wisconsin, but a Week 1 in-state rivalry is much more my speed. Neither of these teams is likely to be very good (as we saw with the Rams last weekend), but they straight don’t like each other and that makes for satisfying viewing.


Ole Miss Rebels Landsharks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (Houston), 12 p.m., ESPN

I’ll be honest. I’m probably more interested in the Oregon State/Ohio State game on ABC... but I have absolutely zero interest in whatever Urban Meyer apologist narrative is certain to come from it. So I’m out. Instead, I’ll be watching to see if a plush shark and Zorro get in a fist fight in Houston.


Austin Peay Governors @ #3 Georgia Bulldogs, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

You kind of have to. But if it gets out of hand (or you have smartly prepared by setting up multiple televisions)...

#9 Auburn Tigers vs. #6 Washington Huskies (Atlanta), 3:30 p.m., ABC

Alright U-Dub fans... I’ll make you a deal: I’ll root for you like a raving madman if you promise you’ll stop calling yourselves “daWgs”. We get it. Your state starts with a “W”. It’s very cute. But you aren’t Dawgs. You are dogs. Specifically, Huskies.

Aw, who am I kidding? You’re playing Auburn, so I’m going to root for you regardless. But seriously, knock it off with the “daWgs” crap.


#14 Michigan Wolverines @ #12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 7:30 p.m., NBC

I don’t much care for either of these squads, but I heard the Notre Dame folks were nice last season... let’s root for them. Plus, the sooner Michigan loses, the sooner Desmond Howard’s pipe dreams come to an end.

Bonus Pick: #1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Louisville Cardinals (Orlando), 8 p.m., ABC

Whoever loses, we win.

Late Night

Navy Midshipmen @ Hawaii Warriors, 11 p.m., CBSSN

Hawaii’s offense looked surprisingly potent at times against Colorado State and y’all know I love me some service academy football. Football until 3 a.m.! WOOOOOO!


#25 LSU Tigers vs. #8 Miami Hurricanes (Arlington, TX), 7:30 p.m., ABC

Man, I sure do love Labor Day Weekend. Instead of having to flip between this and another big game, we get it all to ourselves on Sunday night. Mark Richt’s charges look to take the next step and Ed Orgeron gets to see if his Tigers will be a pleasant surprise or if he’ll be looking for a job before Halloween. Sign me up!

Monday (Labor Day)

#20 Virginia Tech Hokies @ #19 Florida State Seminoles, 8 p.m., ESPN

This is your only choice for Labor Day viewing, but it would probably be the one we’d all pick even if there were other options. The first of what could turn out to be several matchups between Justin Fuente and Willie Taggart should be an interesting one.

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