College Football Schedule: How to Watch Week 2 Games on TV and Online

The combination of major conferences opting against playing because of the novel coronavirus pandemic and a lack of top-25 ranked programs in action over the past two weeks has meant the college football season has got underway to a rather subdued start.

The proverbial ante will be significantly upped this week, when the sport's heavy-hitters make their debut as the college football season clicks into gear. Seven of the programs ranked in the AP Top 25 poll are in action on Saturday including Clemson, last season's runner-up in the College Football Playoff (CFP) national championship game and Oklahoma who, like Clemson, lost to eventual national champions LSU, falling in the CFP semifinals.

Clemson's defeat in the CFP title game was their first in 30 games and the Tigers begin the season as the top-ranked team in the AP Top 25 poll, ahead of Ohio State—which has been ranked second in the preseason poll, despite the fact the Big Ten has canceled its games for the season—Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma.

Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Dabo Swinney, head coach of the Clemson Tigers, looks on against the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kevin C. Cox/Getty

The Tigers' quest for a second national title in three seasons begins on the road against Wake Forest, while Oklahoma opens the campaign at home against Missouri State.

Notre Dame and Texas, the 10th- and 14th-ranked program respectively, are also in action, as are Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Iowa State, which begin the season as the No. 15, 18 and 23 in the AP Top 25 poll respectively.

Another 15 matchups not involving ranked programs are on the slate for Thursday and Saturday, with Baylor's home game against Louisiana Tech arguably the pick of the crop as the Bears begin the post-Matt Rhule era after their head coach departed for the NFL during the off-season.

Baylor narrowly missed out on a CFP spot last season, losing in overtime to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game, before tasting defeat against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and will be looking to force its way into the top-25 poll as soon as possible.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Week 2.

When does Week 2 start?

Week 2 of the college football season gets underway on Thursday night when Miami (Fla.) hosts UAB, before several top-25 heavy-hitters are in action on Saturday.

In the 12 p.m. ET slot, No. 18 seed North Carolina hosts Syracuse, while No. 23 seed Iowa State welcomes Louisiana, before tenth-seeded Notre Dame hosts Duke later in the afternoon. Two national title candidates open their season on Saturday night, with No. 5 Oklahoma hosting Missouri State and No. 1 Clemson playing Wake Forest on the road, while No. 15 Oklahoma State welcomes Tulsa and No. 14 Texas makes its season debut at home against UTEP.

Week 2 TV schedule for Top-25 ranked programs (All times ET)

Saturday, September 12

  • Syracuse @ (No. 18) North Carolina—12 p.m., ACCN.
  • Louisiana @ (No. 23) Iowa State—12 p.m., ESPN.
  • Duke @ (No. 10) Notre Dame—2:30 p.m., NBC.
  • Missouri State @ (No. 5) Oklahoma—7 p.m., Sooner Sports TV.
  • (No. 1) Clemson @ Wake Forest—7:30 p.m., ABC.
  • Tulsa @ (No. 15) Oklahoma State—7:30 p.m.—ESPN/ESPNU.
  • UTEP @ (No. 14) Texas—8 p.m., Longhorn Network.

A complete list of all the matchups on TV this week can be found here.

Latest AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Clemson
  2. Ohio State*
  3. Alabama
  4. Georgia
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Penn State*
  8. Florida
  9. Oregon*
  10. Notre Dame

* Indicates team canceled their games for the season.

TV coverage

As usual, coverage of the college football season is 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.

ESPN will also carry matchups from the ACC, American, Sun Belt conferences as well as SEC games together with CBS.

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

Live stream

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

Games on FOX and NBC will be available via the two channels' digital platforms, while a livestream of games broadcast on ESPN's main channel, CBS, NBC and ACCN will also be available via fuboTV.