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 in just a week, marking the start of one of the strangest college football seasons in its 151-year history.

The opening weekend features 10 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 Sporting News 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 ACC, Big 12 and SEC schedules. 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 games involving FBS teams will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 3. UAB (Conference USA) will host FCS opponent Central Arkansas while South Alabama (Sun Belt) travels to take on Southern Miss (C-USA). Both games begin at 8 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, though only two (SMU vs. Texas State and Stephen F. Austin vs. UTEP) currently have scheduled times.

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 two games will be nationally televised during college football’s opening weekend: BYU at Navy on ESPN and South Alabama at Southern Miss on CBS Sports Network. 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:

All times Eastern

Thursday, Sept. 3

Matchup Time TV channel
Central Arkansas at UAB 8 p.m. TBD
South Alabama at Southern Miss 9 p.m. CBS Sports Network

Saturday, Sept. 5

Matchup Time TV channel
Arkansas State at Memphis TBD TBD
Houston Baptist at North Texas TBD TBD
Middle Tennessee at Army TBD TBD
Eastern Kentucky at Marshall TBD TBD
SMU at Texas State 7 p.m. TBD
Stephen F. Austin at UTEP 9 p.m. TBD

Monday, Sept. 7

Matchup Time TV channel
BYU at Navy 8 p.m. ESPN

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 owners 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 conference’s 11-game schedule includes one nonconference contest and 10 conference contests before concluding with the ACC 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 TV channel
UAB at Miami TBD TBD

Saturday, Sept. 12

Matchup Time TV channel
No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest TBD TBD
Duke at No. 10 Notre Dame TBD TBD
Syracuse at No. 18 North Carolina TBD TBD
Georgia Tech at Florida State TBD TBD
Western Kentucky at Louisville TBD TBD
Austin Peay at Pittsburgh TBD TBD

Saturday, Sept. 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Virginia at Virginia Tech TBD TBD
Boston College at Duke TBD TBD

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. The Big 12’s conference slate will begin two weeks later on Sept. 26. The schedule concludes on Dec. 5; the conference championship game is slated for Dec. 12, but could be played on Dec. 19 as well.

Matchup Time TV channel
Missouri at No. 5 Oklahoma TBD TBD
UTEP at No. 14 Texas TBD TBD
Tulsa at No. 15 Oklahoma State TBD TBD
Louisiana at No. 23 Iowa State TBD TBD
Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia TBD TBD
Houston Baptist at Texas Tech TBD TBD
Arkansas State at Kansas State TBD TBD
Coastal Carolina at Kansas TBD TBD
SMU at TCU TBD TBD
Louisiana Tech at Baylor 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 TV channel
No. 3 Alabama at Missouri TBD TBD
No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas TBD TBD
Mississippi State at No. 6 LSU TBD TBD
No. 8 Florida at Ole Miss TBD TBD
Kentucky at No. 11 Auburn TBD TBD
Vanderbilt at No. 13 Texas A&M TBD TBD
No. 25 Tennessee at South Carolina TBD TBD

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