College Football Schedule: How to Watch Week 1 Games on TV and Online

After a seven-month pause, college football made its long-awaited return this week, albeit in circumstances that were far from usual.

The 2020 season began last week with a smattering of games across the FCS—the second tier of college football—in the so-called "Week Zero", but proceedings got underway in earnest on Thursday night, with games featuring an FBS program and FCS teams.

With the Big Ten and the Pac-12 conferences both opting against playing this fall because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the college football schedule will look unusually light this season.

The issue is exacerbated this weekend, with none of the teams ranked in the top 25 of The Associated Press pre-season poll in action until next week.

Nevertheless, the first Saturday of the fall sees a host of FBS programs making their debut, with Army, Navy, SMU, Texas State, Memphis and Marshall all slated to open their season.

Here's all you need to know about Week 1.

When does Week 1 start?

Week 1 of the college football season began on Thursday, with UAB defeating Central Arkansas 45-35 and South Alabama winning 31-21 on the road against Southern Mississippi

There are six more games on the slate for Saturday, with Marshall hosting Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m. ET, before Army welcomes Middle Tennessee at 1:30 p.m. and SMU faces Texas State on the road at 4:30 p.m.

An all-Texas affair between Houston Baptist and North Texas kicks off the evening slate, before Memphis hosts Arkansas State at 8 p.m. and UTEP welcomes Stephen F. Austin in the final game of the day at 9 p.m.

The Labor Day weekend concludes with a primetime game on Monday night, as Navy hosts BYU at 8 p.m.

TV coverage

As usual, coverage of the college football season will be split across a variety of networks.

ABC will broadcast games in the ACC, American and Big 12, with games in the latter conference also broadcast on FOX and ESPN.

The three broadcasters, however, have been left with a gaping hole in their TV schedules after the Big Ten and Pac-12 decided against playing this fall.

ESPN will also carry matchups from the ACC, American, Sun Belt and SEC conferences, with games in the latter conference also broadcast on CBS.

NBC, meanwhile, retains exclusive broadcasting rights to Notre Dame's home games.

Live stream

Games broadcast on ESPN can be live-streamed via WatchESPN and ESPN's digital platforms, while games carried by CBS will be available on CBS All Access.

A live stream of games broadcast on ESPN's main channel and CBS will also be available via fuboTV.

Week 1 TV schedule (All times ET)

Saturday, September 5

  • Eastern Kentucky @ Marshall—1 p.m., ESPN
  • Middle Tennessee @ Army—1:30 p.m., CBSSN
  • SMU @ Texas State—4:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Houston Baptist @ North Texas—7:30 p.m., ESPN3
  • Arkansas State @ Memphis—8 p.m., ESPN
  • Stephen F. Austin @ UTEP—9 p.m., ESPN3

Monday, September 7

  • BYU @ Navy—8 p.m., ESPN
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Zach Wilson #1 of the BYU Cougars hands the ball off to Lopini Katoa #4 during the first quarter against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors of the Hawai'i Bowl at Aloha Stadium on December 24, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Darryl Oumi/Getty