With all due respect to Week 0, the true start of the college football season begins today.
After a long offseason, college football fans have countless options to choose from in the Week 1 Thursday game slate.
Those include the long-lost Backyard Brawl between No. 17 Pitt and West Virginia; a battle between Big Ten divisions between Penn State and Purdue; and a matchup between No. 12 Oklahoma State and Central Michigan, teams that share a surprising history of bad blood.
The week’s headliner could very well be Backyard Brawl, starting with the fact that both schools have quarterback transfers from USC: West Virginia’s JT Daniels and Pitt’s Kedon Slovis. This also marks the 15th anniversary of the infamous 2007 game, when a 4-7 Panthers team beat No. 2 West Virginia 13-9 in Morgantown to prevent the Mountaineers from playing in the BCS championship game.
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Not a bad way to start the season in earnest, and there are still 13 more games to watch outside of those headliners.
The Sporting News has everything you need to watch it all on Thursday:
College football schedule today
Thursday’s game slate includes two Power 5 opponent matchups: West Virginia at No. 17 Pitt and Penn State at Purdue. The only other games involving teams ranked in the AP top 25 are Central Michigan at No. 12 Oklahoma State and VMI at No. 22 Wake Forest.
Here’s the full Week 1 college football schedule for Thursday:
Thursday, September 1
|Play||Time (ET)||television channel|
|San Francisco in Akron||18:00||ESPN3, Fubo TV|
|Central Michigan in Oklahoma State No. 12||19:00||Fox Sports 1, fubo TV|
|West Virginia at No. 17 Pitt||19:00||ESPN, Fubo TV|
|State of the Ball in Tennessee||19:00||SEC Network, fuboTV|
|South Carolina State at UCF||19:00||ESPN+|
|Bryant at Florida International||19:00||ESPN3, Fubo TV|
|Long Island in Toledo||19:00||ESPN3, Fubo TV|
|VMI at #22 Wake Forest||7:30 pm||ACC Network, fuboTV|
|Penn State at Purdue||20:00||Fox, fuboTV|
|Eastern Illinois in Northern Illinois||20:00||ESPN+|
|Alabama A&M at UAB||20:00||CBS Sports Network, fuboTV|
|Louisiana Tech in Missouri||20:00||ESPNU, fuboTV|
|State of New Mexico in Minnesota||9:00 pm||Big Ten Network, fuboTV|
|Northern Arizona in the state of Arizona||22:00||Pac-12 Network|
|Cal Poly in the state of Fresno||10:30 pm||FS1, fuboTV|
|Portland State in San Jose State||10:30 pm|
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How to watch, stream live college football games
Two games will air nationally during Thursday’s Week 1 schedule: West Virginia at Pitt on ESPN; and Penn State at Purdue on Fox. All but four of Thursday’s games can be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
College Football Results Week 1
Thursday, September 1
|San Francisco in Akron|
|Central Michigan in Oklahoma State No. 12|
|West Virginia at No. 17 Pitt|
|State of the Ball in Tennessee|
|South Carolina State at UCF|
|Bryant at Florida International|
|Long Island in Toledo|
|VMI at #22 Wake Forest|
|Penn State at Purdue|
|Eastern Illinois in Northern Illinois|
|Alabama A&M at UAB|
|Louisiana Tech in Missouri|
|State of New Mexico in Minnesota|
|Northern Arizona in the state of Arizona|
|Cal Poly in the state of Fresno|
|Portland State in San Jose State|