The first college football Saturday of 2018 is finally upon us and once again a long offseason of anticipation culminates in our first opportunity to watch our beloved Gators play. The Dan Mullen era kicks off in earnest later this evening, but as has been the case the past several years, there are some other marquee match-ups dotting opening weekend.
Feel free to hang out in this thread while watching any of today’s games.
Here are our picks for today’s viewing windows:
Early (12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eastern)
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (12:00 p.m., ESPN): In Houston this afternoon the official Matt Luke era begins for the Rebels, in a game which will probably feature its fair share of points. Both teams will be breaking in new quarterbacks in today’s opening action.
FAU at Oklahoma (12:00 p.m., FOX): Here’s another noon contest which could feature some offensive firepower. Lane Kiffin’s Owls ranked eighth nationally in points per game last season (the Sooners ranked sixth) and head to Norman to face OU and new signal calling starter Kyler Murray.
Oregon State at Ohio State (12:00 p.m., ABC) / Texas vs. Maryland (12:00 p.m., FS1): These two games each feature a former Florida coaching staff member that is currently a head coach (Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Maryland’s DJ Durkin) – but also won’t be on his team’s sideline today due to a scandalous suspension.
Afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern)
Washington vs. Auburn (3:30 p.m., ABC): The 2018 Chick-Fil-a Kickoff Classic features one of the biggest match-ups of the day, with a top-ten tilt between the Huskies and Tigers in Atlanta. This is the third consecutive game in Atlanta for Auburn, following last season’s SEC Championship and Peach Bowl – both games which the Tigers lost.
West Virginia vs. Tennessee (3:30 p.m., CBS): I’ll always be reticent about suggesting Florida fans watch Will Grier play, but undeniably this is one of the more interesting games on deck in the afternoon slate. This is the very first meeting ever between these two programs and the first game for new Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
North Carolina at California (4:00 p.m., FOX): There is potential for this to be another close game, so it’s an option to keep in your back pocket should the more marquee match-ups go south. The Tar Heels and Golden Bears started last season pitted against one another, resulting in a Cal win. North Carolina had a forgettable season last year, while the Bears appeared to make some strides under Justin Wilcox.
Evening (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern)
Obviously, you will be watching the Florida Gators host Charleston Southern, at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.
And here is your schedule table for today’s games.
Week 1 Schedule
|Game||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Game||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Ole Miss vs Texas Tech||12:00 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Coastal Carolina at South Carolina||12:00 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Oregon State at Ohio State||12:00 p.m.||ABC / WatchESPN|
|Kent State at Illinois||12:00 p.m.||BTN|
|Texas State at Rutgers||12:00 p.m.||BTN|
|Texas at Maryland||12:00 p.m.||FS1|
|FAU at Oklahoma||12:00 p.m.||Fox|
|Southern at TCU||12:00 p.m.|
|James Madison at NC State||12:00 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Houston at Rice||12:00 p.m.||CBSSN|
|Villanova at Temple||12:00 p.m.||ESPNews / WatchESPN|
|Furman at Clemson||12:20 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Alcorn State at Georgia Tech||12:30 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|UMass at Boston College||1:00 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Howard at Ohio||2:00 p.m.||ESPN+ / WatchESPN|
|Stony Brook at Air Force||2:00 p.m.|
|Washington vs. Auburn||3:30 p.m.||ABC / WatchESPN|
|Austin Peay at Georgia||3:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Central Michigan at Kentucky||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|West Virginia at Tennessee||3:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Washington State at Wyoming||3:30 p.m.||CBSSN|
|Albany at Pittsburgh||3:30 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Appalachian State at Penn State||3:30 p.m.||BTN|
|Marshall at Miami (Ohio)||3:30 p.m.||ESPN+ / WatchESPN|
|Northern Illinois at Iowa||3:40 p.m.||BTN|
|Eastern Illinois at Arkansas||4:00 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|UT Martin at Missouri||4:00 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|UNLV at USC||4:00 p.m.||PAC12|
|North Carolina at California||4:00 p.m.||Fox|
|Richmond at Virginia||6:00 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Old Dominion at Liberty||6:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Fordham at Charlotte||6:00 p.m.||ESPN+ / WatchESPN|
|NC A&T at East Carolina||6:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Elon at South Florida||6:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Delaware State at Buffalo||6:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|South Carolina State at Georgia Southern||6:00 p.m.||ESPN+ / WatchESPN|
|Boise State at Troy||6:00 p.m.||ESPNews / WatchESPN|
|Cincinnati at UCLA||7:00 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Indiana at FIU||7:00 p.m.||CBSSN|
|Nicholls at Kansas||7:00 p.m.||ESPN+ / WatchESPN|
|South Dakota at Kansas State||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Louisiana Tech at South Alabama||7:00 p.m.||ESPN+ / WatchESPN|
|Jackson State at Southern Mississippi||7:00 p.m.||ESPN+ / WatchESPN|
|Mercer at Memphis||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Central Arkansas at Tulsa||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|VMI at Toledo||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|SE Missouri State at Arkansas State||7:00 p.m.||ESPN+ / WatchESPN|
|Grambling at Louisiana||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|SF Austin at Mississippi State||7:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|MIddle Tennessee at Vanderbilt||7:30 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Michigan at Notre Dame||7:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Southern Methodist at North Texas||7:30 p.m.|
|North Arizona at UTEP||7:30 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Louisville vs Alabama||8:00 p.m.||ABC / WatchESPN|
|Bowling Green at Oregon||8:00 p.m.||PAC12|
|Abilene Christian at Baylor||8:00 p.m.|
|South Dakota State at Iowa State||8:00 p.m.|
|Akron at Nebraska||8:00 p.m.||Fox|
|Incarnate Word at New Mexico||8:00 p.m.||ESPN3 / WatchESPN|
|Idaho at Fresno State||10:00 p.m.|
|UTSA at Arizona State||10:30 p.m.||FS1|
|BYU at Arizona||10:45 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Navy at Hawai'i||11:00 p.m.||CBSSN|