MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – The first full schedule of games on the 2016 college football fixtures will kick-off Thursday night, with two AP Top 25 ranked teams on the list.
No. 9 Tennessee and No. 19 Louisville will both be in action, with 16 games down for broadcasting on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPNU, PAC-12 Network and the SEC Network.
The ninth-ranked Volunteers will start their hunt of a third successive winning term when they open the 2016 campaign against Sun Belt top side Appalachian State at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network and WatchESPN.
Tennessee is being backed to have a very good 2016 college football season and Butch Jones, in his fourth term as head coach of the Vols, admits that he cannot wait to see his side in action after months of preseason preparations.
“I am excited to see our players perform Thursday night and see how they handle a great environment in Neyland Stadium,” Jones said on Wednesday.
He is also buzzing for the season to kickoff for the fans.
“I am excited for our fans and student-body as well.
“You can start to feel the excitement, but today is a big day for us in preparation in the process of us being game-ready and playing winning football on Thursday night,” he added.
Appalachian State finished with an 11-2 record in 2015 in its second season as an FBS member and the Mountaineers, who are 17-2 in the last 19 games, are expected to be tough opening opponents for the home side.
At the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Kentucky, No. 19 Louisville will take on Charlotte in its opening game of the 2016 college football campaign.
Kickoff time for this one is set for 7:00 p.m. ET and it will be streaming live on ESPN3.
The Cardinals enter this season with a more experienced group and with depth, especially the offensive line and head coach Bobby Petrino is ready to see everything come together.
“It’s been a good preseason,” Petrino said at his weekly press conference on Monday.
“I like the way the guys have worked, and I like the addition of the new staff members.
“We started our preparation for this game on Friday, and it’s been good since we have experience on what we do on game week.”
In reference to Thursday night’s travellers, Petrino added: “Charlotte has fast-tempo offense.
“We know their quarterback (Kevin Olsen) from recruiting. He is a kid we have a lot of respect for and he has a ton of ability.
He added: “Defensively, they will give a ton of looks with multiple fronts. They have shown games where they want to pressure, and some games where they don’t.
“We tell our team that we will have to make adjustments on the side and get better as the game goes on.”
College Football Schedule, Live Stream, TV Channels
Thursday, September 1
MATCHUP TIME (ET) TV and Live Streaming
Presbyterian College at Central Michigan 7:00 PM ESPN3
Charlotte at #19 Louisville 7:00 PM ESPN3, ACCN
Tennessee-Martin at Cincinnati 7:00 PM ESPN3
Maine at Connecticut 7:00 PM ESPN3
William & Mary at NC State 7:30 PM
Indiana at Florida International 7:30 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
Appalachian State at #9 Tennessee 7:30 PM SECN, WatchESPN
South Carolina at Vanderbilt 8:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Southern Utah at Utah 8:00 PM PAC12
Rice at Western Kentucky 8:00 PM CBSSN
Oregon State at Minnesota 9:00 PM BTN
Montana State at Idaho 9:00 PM ESPN3