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Week 1 college football TV schedule and open thread

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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