College Football Schedule: When Does College Football Start?


college football schedule, start, cfb, ncaaGetty

Michigan takes on Florida to kick off the college football season.

The 2017 college football season starts on Saturday, August 26. This is the technical start date, but there are only five games on the final Saturday in August. Think of it as what a restaurant calls a soft opening where there are only a few menu items available.

Things really get started on Thursday, August 31 with 15 games on the slate. The first full-blown college football Saturday takes place on September 1.

College football has made it a tradition to own the Labor Day sports weekend, and 2017 will be no different. The college football schedule will stretch from August 31-September 4 leading to five straight days of college football to start the season.

Heavy recently unveiled our first preseason power rankings. Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and USC top the list. Click here to check out the full set of rankings.

The season starts with a bang with several marquee matchups. Michigan takes on Florida in a neutral site matchup at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. Alabama squares off with Florida State in a game that could feature the top two teams in the preseason rankings.

Sunday, September 3 features two great simultaneous games. Texas A&M takes on UCLA while West Virginia battles Virginia Tech in the return of an old-school rivalry. Tennessee and Georgia Tech is the Labor Day game that closes out a jammed pack holiday weekend to start the college football season.

Here’s a look at the college football schedule for the first two weekends of the season courtesy of FB Schedules. All times listed are in Eastern time.

Saturday, August 26 College Football Schedule

Oregon State vs. Colorado State2:30 p.m. CBS Sports
Portland State vs. BYU3:00 p.m. ESPN
USF vs. San Jose State7:30 p.m. CBS Sports
Stanford vs. Rice (Australia)10:00 p.m. ESPN
Hawaii vs. UMassTBD

Thursday, August 31 College Football Schedule

FIU vs. UCF6:00 p.m./CBS Sports
Presbyterian vs. Wake Forest6:30 p.m./ACCNExtra
Austin Peay at Cincinnati7:00 p.m./ESPN3
Buffalo at Minnesota7:00 p.m./Big Ten Network
Elon at Toledo7:00 p.m./ESPN3
Rhode Island at Central Michigan7:00 p.m./ESPN3
Tennessee State at Georgia State7:00 p.m./ESPN3
Holy Cross at UConn7:30 p.m./ESPN3
North Dakota at Utah7:30 p.m./Pac-12 Network
Tulsa at Oklahoma State7:30 p.m./FS1
FAMU at Arkansas (in Little Rock, AR)8:00 p.m./SEC Network
Ohio State at Indiana8:00 p.m./ESPN
Sacramento State vs. Idaho9:00 p.m./ESPN3
ULM at Memphis9:00 p.m./CBS Sports
New Mexico State at Arizona State10:30 p.m./Pac-12 Network

Saturday, September 2 College Football Schedule

Akron at Penn State12 p.m./ABC
Ball State at Illinois12 p.m./Big Ten Network
Bowling Green at Michigan State12 p.m./ESPNU
Kent State at Clemson12 p.m./ESPN
Maryland at Texas12 p.m./ESPN
Wyoming at Iowa12 p.m./Big Ten Network
Cal at North Carolina12:20 p.m./ACC Network
BCC at Miami12:30 p.m./RSN
Youngstown State at Pitt1:00 p.m. ACC Network
Portland State at Oregon State2:00 p.m./Pac-12 Network
NC State vs. South Carolina (Charlotte, NC)3:00 p.m./ESPN
Alabama A&M at UAB3:30 p.m./TBA
Michigan vs. Florida (Arlington, TX)3:30 p.m./ABC
Nevada at Northwestern3:30 p.m./Big Ten Network
Temple at Notre Dame3:30 p.m./NBC
UTEP at Oklahoma3:30 p.m./FOX
William & Mary at Virginia3:30 p.m./ACC Network
Troy at Boise State3:45 p.m./ESPNU
Eastern Washington at Texas Tech4:00 p.m./FSN
Kentucky at Southern Miss4:00 p.m./CBS Sports
Stony Brook at USF4:00 p.m./ESPN3
Western Michigan at USC5:15 p.m./Pac-12 Network
Albany at Old Dominion6:00 p.m./TBD
James Madison vs. Eastern Carolina6:00 p.m./ESPN3
NC Central at Duke6:00 p.m./ACC Network
Appalachian State at Georgia6:15 p.m./ESPN
Miami (Ohio) at Marshall6:30 p.m./TBD
Central Arkansas at Kansas State7:00 p.m./KState TV
Eastern Kentucky at WKU7:00 p.m./TBD
Hampton at Ohio7:00 p.m./ESPN3
Houston at UTSA7:00 p.m./Stadium
Houston Baptist at Texas State7:00 p.m./ESPN3
SE Louisiana at UL Lafayette7:00 p.m./ESPN3
SE Missouri at Kansas7:00 p.m./JTV
Stephen F. Austin at SMU7:00 p.m./ESPN3
UMass at Coastal Carolina7:00 p.m./ESPN3
Louisville vs. Purdue (Indianapolis, IN)7:30 p.m./FOX
South Alabama at Ole Miss7:30 p.m./ESPNU
Arkansas State at Nebraska8 p.m./BTN
Florida State vs. Alabama (Atlanta, GA)8 p.m./ABC
Grambling State at Tulane8 p.m./ESPN3
Jackson State at TCU8 p.m./FSN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State8 p.m./Cyclones.TV
Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee8 p.m./CBS Sports
Southern Utah at Oregon8:15 p.m./Pac-12 Network
U.C. Davis at San Diego State8:30 p.m./TBD
BYU vs. LSU (Houston, TX)9:30 p.m./ESPN
Montana State at Washington State10:30 p.m./FS1
NAU at Arizona11:00 p.m./Pac-12 Network
Abilene Christian at New MexicoTBD
Cal Poly at San Jose StateTBD
Charleston Southern at Mississippi StateTBD
Georgia Southern at AuburnTBD
Howard at UNLVTBD
Incarnate Word at Fresno StateTBD
Lamar at North TexasTBD/ESPN3
Liberty at BaylorTBD
Missouri State at MissouriTBD
Northwestern State at Louisiana TechTBD
VMI at Air ForceTBD
Western Carolina at HawaiiTBD

Sunday, September 3 College Football Schedule

Texas A&M at UCLA7:30 p.m./FOX
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (Landover, MD)7:30 p.m./ABC

Monday, September 4 College Football Schedule

Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech (M-B Stadium)8 p.m./ESPN