June 9, 2016
Can you believe that college football is less than three months away?
While there are still some great sporting events this summer, such as the Rio Olympics, it is never too early to begin your plan to consume the opening five days of college football.
Some great games will open the season, and all six major programs in our state could end up with some type of viewing availability. Opening weekend begins on Thursday, Sept. 1, and ends on Monday, Sept. 5, with a huge Labor Day showdown.
Jackson State University will kickoff the season on Thursday on the road against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The kickoff for that game hasn’t been set and neither has any type of TV channel. There is a good chance this game will be streamed by some source, like on the UNLV site.
The only other game to get really excited about on Thursday is the matchup between the University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt University at 6 p.m. on ESPN. If you want other options, other games, such as Indiana University Bloomington at Florida International University and Appalachian State University at the University of Tennessee, will be on TV.
SWACtion meets MACtion on Friday as Mississippi Valley State University travels to Eastern Michigan University. This game was moved from Saturday to Friday, and the kickoff has yet to be announced. It could end up streaming on ESPN3 or another source.
Other Friday games to sink your teeth into are Colorado State University at the University of Colorado Boulder on ESPN, Kansas State University at Stanford University on FS1 and the University of California at the University of Hawaii. Another game of note is Baylor University opening the season at home against Northwestern State University.
Mississippi State University opens the post-Dak Prescott era at home against the University of South Alabama at 11 a.m. on the SEC Network. The Jay Hopson era begins at the University of Southern Mississippi as the team faces the University of Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Saturday will be a marathon of college football. The day starts at 6:30 a.m. with Georgia Institute of Technology battling Boston College in Dublin, Ireland on ESPN2. The day ends with Brigham Young University and the University of Arizona kicking off at 9:30 p.m. on FS1.
Games of interest throughout the day include the University of Oklahoma against the University of Houston at 11 a.m. on ABC, Texas A&M University hosting the University California Los Angeles at 2:30 p.m. on CBS, and University of Georgia against the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Saturday night features the University of Alabama against the University of Southern California at 7 p.m. on ABC and Auburn University against Clemson University at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Alabama and Clemson met for the college football title last season with the Crimson Tide coming out on top.
Alcorn State University begins the Fred McNair era on Sunday against Bethune-Cookman University in the SWAC-MEAC Challenge. The Braves won the SWAC Championship Game last season and played in the first Celebration Bowl. ASU lost the Celebration Bowl 41-34 to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
The SWAC-MEAC Challenge will be shown on one of the ESPN networks, but the time of kickoff and channel hasn’t been announced yet. This is the first appearance in the game for Alcorn State, while Bethune-Cookman, undefeated in its last two trips, is making its third appearance.
Sunday night features the University of Texas at Austin hosting University of Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. This game features two programs that are in the top five of most wins at the Division I level.
Labor Day night ends the opening weekend of College football marathon. Monday night’s game will feature Florida State University against the University of Mississippi.
A win against the Seminoles would mean the Rebels have a good shot at one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff. That is if they can make it through the tough SEC.