MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – The college football season continues on Saturday with a loaded schedule and you can watch, listen, follow updates or stream live coverage of the day’s play.
A total of 14 games involving ranked teams will be on the fixtures for Saturday, including the only ranked v ranked battle in Week 1 between No. 11 Oregon against No. 16 Auburn in Texas.
No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 5 Ohio State are the top five teams featuring on Saturday, while No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Michigan and No. 10 Texas are all set to open their respective season at home.
Highlighting the fixtures this weekend though is the season opener between Oregon and Auburn at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, live on ABC and WatchESPN, starting at 7:30 pm.
This game will be a rematch of the 2010 championship game, which saw the Cam Newton-led Tigers securing a narrow victory.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Auburn is the favorite to start the season with a win tonight, after being given a 53.4 percent chance to beat the Ducks in what is expected to be an action-packed contest in front of predicted very large crowd.
Meanwhile, second-ranked Alabama, the beaten finalist in last season’s college football playoff championship game, will open its season at a neutral site against Duke.
The Crimson Tide and the Blue Devils will battle in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, with game time set for 3:30 pm on ABC and streaming on WatchESPN.
As expected, ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving Alabama a 96.3 percent chance of winning this game, with junior quarterback and last year’s Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa leading the way.
Elsewhere on Saturday, third-ranked Georgia opens on the road at Vanderbilt in Nashville, live on ESPN and streaming on WatchESPN.
New head coach, Ryan Day, who takes over from the retiring Urban Meyer, will guide No. 5 Ohio State when it plays host to Florida Atlantic in its campaign opener live on FOX and streaming on FoxSportsGo.com.
In other games involving ranked teams, No. 6 LSU entertains Georgia Southern, No. 7 Michigan welcomes Middle Tennessee, while the 10th ranked Texas hosts Louisiana Tech.
Elsewhere, Eastern Washington opens at No. 13 Washington, No. 15 Penn State takes on Idaho at Beaver Stadium, No. 21 Iowa State hosts Northern Iowa, No. 24 Nebraska hosts South Alabama, while the clash between No. 25 Stanford and Northwestern is expected to be a close one.
College Football TV Channels and Live Streaming
Saturday, August 31
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Streaming
South Alabama at 24 Nebraska 12:00 pm ESPN and WatchESPN
Indiana vs Ball State (in Indianapolis, IN) 12:00pm CBSSN
Toledo at Kentucky 12:00 pm SECN
Ole Miss at Memphis 12:00 pm ABC and WatchESPN
Northern Iowa at 21 Iowa State 12:00 pm Fox Sports 1 USA and FoxSportsGo.com
Indiana State at Kansas 12:00 pm FSN
Mississippi State vs Louisiana (in New Orleans, LA) 12:00 pm ESPNU and WatchESPN
Howard at Maryland 12:00 pm BTN
Florida Atlantic at 5 Ohio State 12:00 pm FOX and FoxSportsGo.com
East Carolina at NC State 12:00 pm ACCN
Boise State at Florida State 12:00 pm ESPNews and WatchESPN
Akron at Illinois 12:00 pm BTN
James Madison at West Virginia 2:00 pm ATTSN
Rhode Island at Ohio 2:00 pm ESPN+
Bucknell at Temple 3:00 pm ESPN3 and WatchESPN
Eastern Washington at 13 Washington 3:00 pm Pac-12N
Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina 3:30 pm ESPN+
Georgia State at Tennessee 3:30 pm ESPNU and WatchESPN
Holy Cross at Navy 3:30 pm CBSSN
ETSU at Appalachian State 3:30 pm ESPN+
South Carolina vs North Carolina game in Charlotte, NC 3:30 pm ESPN and WatchESPN
Duke vs 2 Alabama (in Atlanta, GA) 3:30 pm ABC and WatchESPN
Colgate at Air Force 3:30 pm ESPN3 and WatchESPN
Idaho at 15 Penn State 3:30 pm BTN
Portland State at Arkansas 4:00 pm SECN
Virginia Tech at Boston College 4:00 pm ACCN
Northwestern at 25 Stanford 4:00 pm FOX and FoxSportsGo.com
Montana State at Texas Tech 4:00 pm FSN and FoxSportsGo.com
Campbell at Troy 6:00 pm ESPN+
Incarnate Word at UTSA 6:00 pm ESPN3 and WatchESPN
Sam Houston State at New Mexico 6:00 pm MWN
22 Syracuse at Liberty 6:00 pm ESPN+
UC Davis at California 6:30 pm Pac-12N
VMI at Marshall 6:30 pm Stadium
Monmouth at Western Michigan 7:00 pm ESPN3 and WatchESPN
Stephen F. Austin at Baylor 7:00 pm ESPN+
SMU at Arkansas State 7:00 pm ESPN+
Norfolk State at Old Dominion 7:00 pm ESPN3 and WatchESPN
Nicholls at Kansas State 7:00 pm ESPN+
Illinois State at NIU 7:00 pm ESPN+
Alcorn State at Southern Miss 7:00 pm ESPN+
Abilene Christian at North Texas 7:30 pm ESPN+
16 Auburn vs 11 Oregon at ATT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX 7:30 pm ABC and WatchESPN
3 Georgia at Vanderbilt 7:30 pm ESPN and WatchESPN
Georgia Southern at 6 LSU 7:30 pm SECN
Miami (Ohio) at 20 Iowa 7:30 pm Fox Sports 1 USA and FoxSportsGo.com
Middle Tennessee at 7 Michigan 7:30 pm BTN
Missouri at Wyoming 7:30 pm CBSSN
Virginia at Pitt 7:30 pm ACCN
Louisiana Tech at 10 Texas 8:00 pm LHN
Grambling State at ULM 8:00 pm ESPN3 and WatchESPN
Houston Baptist at UTEP 8:00 pm ESPN+
UAPB at TCU 8:00 pm FSN and FoxSportsGo.com
Weber State at San Diego State 9:00 pm Facebook
Southern Utah at UNLV 10:00 pm MWN
New Mexico State at 23 Washington State 10:00 pm Pac-12N
Fresno State at USC 10:30 pm ESPN and WatchESPN