Marquee Games from Every Conference Bolster ESPN’s Early Season College Football Schedule

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Marquee Games from Every Conference Bolster ESPN’s Early Season College Football Schedule

  • More Than 100 Games From All 10 FBS Conferences in Season’s First Three Weeks; FCS Showcased in Week 0, throughout the Season
  • ABC’s Saturday Night Football Opens with Season’s Best Non-Conference Matchups: Florida State vs. Alabama and  Oklahoma at Ohio State in Season’s First Two Weeks; Miami at Florida State Renews Rivalry in Week 3
  • Week 2 and Week 3 Showdowns: Auburn at Clemson, Pitt at Penn State, Clemson at Louisville, Oklahoma State at Pitt, Boise State at Washington State, and Ole Miss at Cal

ESPN’s leading position in college football is unrivaled with the unveiling of the sport’s early season network schedule.  More than 100 games from all 10 FBS Conferences plus BYU will be televised or streamed in the first three weeks of the season on ESPN’s networks, representing more games across more conferences than any other network. The FCS will once again be a part of ESPN’s complete college football offering, starting in week 0. ESPN’s early season schedule sets the table for the industry-leading complete season slate which concludes with the Division I Football Championship (FCS) the New Year’s Six games and College Football Playoff National Championship (FBS).

Week 1: ESPN Opens the College Football Season with the Sport’s Best Schedule 
ESPN/ABC’s industry-best five-day opening week slate (Aug. 31 – Sept. 4) was announced last week, headlined by the first 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: Florida State vs. Alabama (Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. ET), the season-opener for ABC’s Saturday Night Football 2016’s most-watched college football franchise on any network.  Additional games in last week’s announcement include Ohio State at Indiana (Thursday, Aug. 31), Clemson hosting Kent State, Michigan vs. Florida, Penn State hosting Akron, BYU vs. LSU and the two special prime-time games on Sunday, Sept. 3, and Labor Day Night (Sept. 4), respectively: West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech and Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech.  The game times and network schedules can be seen here or below.

The ESPN’s networks complete week 1 slate includes more than 30 games over Labor Day weekend. The additional games added to the schedule include:

  • Lane Kiffin’s Debut: Head coach Lane Kiffin will make his Florida Atlantic debut when the Owls host Navy (Fri, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.) on ESPNU
  • Return of Sparty: Michigan State will play their opener on ESPNU, adding to the marquee Big Ten games on ESPN’s networks in the season’s first week. The Spartans host Bowling Green on the season’s first full Saturday (noon).

SEC Network Begins Its Fourth Football Season
SEC Network begins its fourth football season with Arkansas hosting Florida A&M from Little Rock, Ark.,  at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, the first of four games on the network in the season’s first week. Over the course of the first three weeks of the season, SEC Network will air 15 games, with a complete schedule, including game times, announced soon.

ACC Network Extra Streams Numerous ACC Home Openers
ACC Network Extra streams the home openers for Duke, North Carolina, Miami, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest in week 1. Throughout the season, the digital network will carry a number of games from ACC stadiums.

ESPN3 Begins Season Slate
ESPN3 will stream more than a dozen games to begin the season, beginning a slate that will see the network carry numerous games each week of the season.

Week 2: Top 10 Matchup between Oklahoma and Ohio State Headline A Number of Non-Conference Showdowns
A number of key non-conference showdowns across ESPN’s networks highlight the season’s second week with none bigger than ABC’s Saturday Night Football presentation of Oklahoma at Ohio State (Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.). The Sooners-Buckeyes Big 12-Big Ten battle will be played on the same day as:

  • The Battle of Pennsylvania: Penn State plays Pittsburgh (3:30 p.m., ABC) for the 98th time in the schools’ histories; however, the Panthers travel to State College, Pa., for the first-time since 1999. The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series with 50 wins, 43 losses and four ties, but the Panthers have won the last two meetings, including delivering the Nittany Lions one of their two losses last season.
  • SEC vs. ACC: The College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers play their first game of the season under the lights in Death Valley when they host Auburn (7 p.m., ESPN). The two teams have a storied history, first playing in 1902 and meeting 50 times overall. Auburn holds the upper hand with 34 wins in the series and two ties; however, they haven’t won in Memorial Stadium since 1970.
  • Battle in the Beehive: One of the sport’s best rivalries is renewed when Utah travels to face BYU (10:15 p.m., ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU). The Utes have won the last six meetings between the two schools separated by approximately 50 miles and 56 of their 91 overall meetings.

Michigan’s home opener vs. Cincinnati (noon), Iowa at Iowa State (noon), Boise State at Washington State (10:30 p.m.) and Houston at Arizona (10:30 p.m.) are ESPN’s additional non-conference matchups in week 2. In conference play, Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals will travel to North Carolina (noon) as the two teams open their ACC schedule. More details on the network designations can be found below.

Longhorn Network Airs Texas Football Games for Seventh Consecutive Year
Longhorn Network will exclusively televise select Texas football games for the seventh straight year, beginning when the Longhorns host San Jose State (Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m.).  The 24-hour network devoted to the University of Texas will also televise the Longhorns’ conference matchup vs. Kansas later in the season (Nov. 11 at 6 p.m.). More details on LHN’s production can be found here.

Week 3: Miami-Florida State Continue Their Rivalry; Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals Seek Revenge vs. Clemson
Both traditional and budding ACC rivalries headline week 3, when Miami travels to Florida State and Clemson plays at Louisville. The Hurricanes-Seminoles’ 62nd meeting all-time will air on ABC’s Saturday Night Football (8 p.m.) following the Tigers trip to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to take on Heisman-winning QB Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals (3:30 p.m., ABC or ESPN).

Both matchups last season were decided on the final plays of the fourth quarter and among the top games of the year. In Miami, the Seminoles blocked Miami’s extra point with under two minutes to go that would have tied the game, leading to their 20-19 victory. In Clemson, the Tigers held on for a 42-36 victory, in a game that featured the Tigers up 28-10 at halftime and then trailing 36-28 in the fourth quarter.

The SEC West will also play an intra-division matchup in primetime when LSU visits Mississippi State (7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2).

Non-conference games of importance will also be scattered throughout the day, including:

  • The Battle in Provo: Wisconsin travels to BYU (3:30 p.m., ABC or ESPN) for a rare matchup between the Badgers and Cougars. This is just the third all-time meeting between the two schools and the first ever in Provo, Utah.
  • Rosen Goes to Memphis: UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, a Heisman Trophy candidate, and the Bruins travel to Memphis to take on the Memphis Tigers (noon, ABC/ESPN2).
  • Big 12 at ACC: Oklahoma State makes its first ever trip to the Steel City, as it plays Pittsburgh (noon, ABC/ ESPN2). The schools met for the first-time ever last season, with the Cowboys winning 45-38.
  • Sweet Home Alabama: The Crimson Tide play their second consecutive home game, hosting Colorado State for the second-time ever (7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2).

ESPN will begin the day with Notre Dame at Boston College (noon) and conclude with Ole Miss at Cal (10:30 p.m.)

Week 0: Stanford vs. Rice from Australia Caps Tripleheader on ESPN
ESPN gets the season started in the ever-growing Week 0. For the second straight year, the late August weekend has an international feel as Stanford plays Rice from Sydney, Australia (10 p.m.) on ESPN. The network’s tripleheader begins with Portland State at BYU (3 p.m.) followed by the 2017 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff between Chattanooga and Jacksonville State (6:30 p.m.). ESPNU will also air two games during Week 0: Colgate at Cal Poly (7 p.m.) on the Saturday and Richmond at Sam Houston State (7 p.m.) on Sunday, Aug. 27.

ESPN’s 2017 College Football Schedule

Week 0 Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Aug. 26 3 p.m. Portland State at BYU ESPN
6:30 p.m. 2017 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff: Chattanooga vs. Jacksonville State ESPN
7 p.m. Colgate at Cal Poly ESPNU
10 p.m. Stanford vs. Rice from Sydney, Australia ESPN
Sun, Aug. 27 7 p.m. Richmond at Sam Houston State ESPNU


Week 1 Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Aug. 31 6:30 p.m. Presbyterian at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
7 p.m. Elon at Toledo ESPN3
Rhode Island at Central Michigan ESPN3
Tennessee State at Georgia State ESPN3
Austin Peay at Cincinnati ESPN3
 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross at UConn ESPN3
8 p.m. Ohio State at Indiana ESPN
Florida A&M at Arkansas from Little Rock, Ark. SEC Network
9 p.m. Sacramento State at Idaho ESPN3
Fri, Sept. 1 6:30 p.m. Charlotte at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
7 p.m. Central Connecticut State at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
8 p.m. Navy at Florida Atlantic ESPNU
9 p.m. Utah State at Wisconsin ESPN
Sat, Sept. 2 Noon Akron at Penn State ABC
Kent State at Clemson ESPN
Bowling Green at Michigan State ESPNU
12:20 p.m. California at North Carolina ACC Network Extra
12:30 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Miami ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Youngstown State at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
3 p.m. NC State vs. South Carolina from Charlotte ESPN
3:30 p.m. Michigan vs. Florida from Arlington, Texas ABC
William & Mary at Virginia ACC Network Extra
3:45 p.m. Troy at Boise State ESPNU
4 p.m. Stony Brook at South Florida ESPN3
6 p.m. James Madison at East Carolina ESPN3
North Carolina Central at Duke ACC Network Extra
6:15 p.m. Appalachian State at Georgia ESPN
7 p.m. Hampton at Ohio ESPN3
Stephen F. Austin at SMU ESPN3
UMass at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3
Houston Baptist at Texas State ESPN3
7:30 p.m. South Alabama at Ole Miss ESPNU
8 p.m. 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: Florida State vs. Alabama from Atlanta ABC
Grambling at Tulane ESPN3
9:30 p.m. 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: BYU vs. LSU from Houston ESPN
Sun, Sept. 3 2:30 p.m. 2017 MEAC/SWAC Challenge: South Carolina State at Southern ESPN2
7:30 p.m. West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech from Landover, Md. ABC
Mon, Sept. 4 8 p.m. 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech from Atlanta ESPN

Week 2 Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Sept. 8 8 p.m. Oklahoma State at South Alabama ESPN2
Sat, Sept. 9 Noon Cincinnati at Michigan ABC or ESPN
Louisville at North Carolina ABC or ESPN or ESPN2
Iowa at Iowa State ESPN or ESPN2
Northwestern at Duke ESPNU
South Florida at UConn ESPNEWS
12:30 p.m. Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Wake Forest at Boston College ACC Network Extra
3 p.m. UAB at Ball State ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Penn State ABC
Fresno State at Alabama ESPN2
Miami at Arkansas State ESPNU
San Jose State at Texas Longhorn Network
Howard at Kent State ESPN3
Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois ESPN3
Savannah State at Appalachian State ESPN3
Austin Peay at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
Villanova at Temple ESPN3
Middle Tennessee at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
Indiana at Virginia ACC Network Extra
Delaware at Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
4 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Tulsa ESPN3
6 p.m. South Dakota at Bowling Green ESPN3
New Hampshire at Georgia Southern ESPN3
Alabama State at Troy ESPN3
Marshall at NC State ACC Network Extra
6:30 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Akron ESPN3
7 p.m. Auburn at Clemson ESPN
South Carolina at Missouri ESPN2
Nicholls at Texas A&M ESPNU
North Texas at SMU ESPN3
Toledo at Nevada ESPN3
Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State ACC Network Extra
7:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Ohio State ABC
8 p.m. Memphis at UCF ESPNEWS
9 p.m. UNLV at Idaho ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Utah at BYU ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU
10:30 p.m. Boise State at Washington State ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU
Houston at Arizona ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU

Week 3 Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sept. 14 8 p.m. New Mexico at Boise State ESPN
Fri, Sept. 15 7 p.m. Illinois at South Florida ESPN
Massachusetts at Temple ESPNU
10:15 p.m. Arizona at UTEP ESPN
Sat, Sept. 16 Noon UCLA at Memphis ABC or ESPN2
Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh ABC or ESPN2
Notre Dame at Boston College ESPN
UConn at Virginia ESPNU
12:20 p.m. Furman at NC State ACC Network Extra
12:30 p.m. Baylor at Duke ACC Network Extra
2 p.m. Kansas at Ohio ESPN3
3 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Ball State ESPN3
Utah State at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
3:30 p.m. Clemson at Louisville ABC or ESPN
Wisconsin at BYU ABC or ESPN
North Texas at Iowa ESPN2
Central Michigan at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
6 p.m. Colgate at Buffalo ESPN3
7 p.m. LSU at Mississippi State ESPN or ESPN2
Colorado State at Alabama ESPN or ESPN2
Idaho at Western Michigan ESPN3
Tulsa at Toledo ESPN3
Appalachian State at Texas State ESPN3
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas State ESPN3
Southern Miss at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN3
Alabama A&M at South Alabama ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Kansas State at Vanderbilt ESPNU
Georgia Tech at UCF ESPNEWS
8 p.m. Miami at Florida State ABC
Rice at Houston ESPN3
Troy at New Mexico State ESPN3
10 p.m. San Jose State at Utah ESPN2
10:30 p.m. Ole Miss at California ESPN


Week 4 and Beyond

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sept. 21 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Temple at South Florida ESPN
Sept. 22 8 p.m. Virginia at Boise State ESPN or ESPN2
Sept. 23 7 p.m. Arkansas State at SMU ESPN3
TBD Hawaii at Wyoming
Sept. 28 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Texas at Iowa State ESPN
Sept. 29 7 p.m. Miami at Duke ESPN
10:30 p.m. USC at Washington State ESPN
Sept. 30 6:30 p.m. Maine at UCF ESPN3
TBD San Jose State at UNLV TBD
Oct. 4 8 p.m. Arkansas State at Georgia Southern ESPN2
Oct. 5 8 p.m. Louisville at NC State ESPN
Oct. 6 7 p.m. Memphis at UConn ESPN
10:15 p.m. Boise State at BYU ESPN
Oct. 7 TBD San Diego State at UNLV TBD
Oct. 11 8 p.m. South Alabama at Troy ESPN2
Oct. 12 7:30 p.m. Texas State at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPNU
8 p.m. Georgia Tech at Miami ESPN
Oct. 13 7 p.m. Clemson at Syracuse ESPN
10:30 P.M. Washington State at Cal ESPN
Oct. 14 TBD Northwestern at Maryland TBD
TBD Nevada at Colorado State TBD
Oct. 19 7:30 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State ESPNU
8 p.m. Memphis at Houston ESPN
Oct. 20 7 p.m. Marshall at Middle Tennessee ESPN2
10:15 p.m. Colorado State at New Mexico ESPN2
Oct. 21 Wyoming at Boise State
Oct. 26 7:30 p.m. South Alabama at Georgia State ESPNU
9 p.m. Stanford at Oregon State ESPN
Oct. 27 8 p.m. Florida State at Boston College ESPN
9 p.m. Tulsa at SMU ESPN2
Oct. 28 TBD Michigan State at Northwestern TBD
TBD New Mexico at Wyoming TBD
TBD San Diego State at Hawaii TBD
Oct. 31 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Bowling Green at Kent State ESPN2 or ESPNU
7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Ohio ESPN2 or ESPNU
Nov. 1 8 p.m. Central Michigan at Western Michigan ESPN2
Nov. 2 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Navy at Temple ESPN
9:15 p.m. Idaho at Troy ESPNU
Nov. 3 8 p.m. Memphis at Tulsa ESPN2
Nov. 4 TBD BYU at Fresno State TBD
TBD San Diego State at San Jose State TBD
TBD Nevada at Boise State TBD
Nov. 7 7:30 p.m. Bowling Green at Buffalo ESPN2 or ESPNU
Akron at Miami (Ohio) ESPN2 or ESPNU
Nov. 9 7:30 p.m. Georgia Southern at Appalachian State ESPNU
8 p.m. North Carolina at Pittsburgh ESPN
Nov. 10 7 p.m. Temple at Cincinnati ESPN2
10:30 p.m. BYU at UNLV ESPN2
Nov. 11 TBD Wyoming at Air Force TBD
TBD San Jose State at Nevada TBD
6 p.m. Kansas at Texas Longhorn Network AND Jayhawk TV
Nov. 14 TBD Ohio at Akron ESPN2 or ESPNU
TBD Central Michigan at Kent State ESPN2 or ESPNU
Nov. 16 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Tulsa at South Florida ESPN
Nov. 17 9:30 p.m. UNLV at New Mexico ESPN2
Nov. 18 TBD Air Force at Boise State TBD
Nov. 21 TBD Kent State at Akron ESPNU or ESPN3
TBD Miami (Ohio) at Ball State ESPNU or ESPN3
TBD Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan ESPNU or ESPN3
Nov. 23 7:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPN
Nov. 24 TBD Miami at Pittsburgh TBD
TBD Virginia Tech at Virginia TBD
TBD Navy at Houston TBD
TBD South Florida at UCF TBD
Nov. 25 TBD Oregon State at Oregon TBD
TBD Utah State at Air Force TBD
TBD Wyoming at San Jose State TBD
TBD Texas San-Antonio at Louisiana Tech TBD
Dec. 2 TBD 2017 Marathon MAC Championship ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
7:45 p.m. or 8 p.m. Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game ABC or ESPN
TBD 2017 American Championship Game ABC or ESPN
TBD 2017 Mountain West Championship Game ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
TBD 2017 Conference USA Championship Game ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Note: Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra games are exclusive


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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