Football season is upon us at last as the NCAA 1-A kicks off with the first games beginning today. Syracuse University kicks off Saturday against Northwestern of the Big-10 in the Carrier Dome at 12:00 on ESPN2. All eyes will be on a Syracuse team that finished last season with five straight losses, losing a bowl shot, to start strong against a Northwestern team that will be ready to play and may be better than some people expect. Let’s hope the ‘Cuse is ready to go for 60 minutes in what will be a steamy environment inside the Dome.
Now, for those of us that simply love the game and college ball, and will be channel surfing like mad over the next few days into Monday night; here are all of the games for the next four days.
All times Eastern Time (ET). AP Top 25 teams will be in bold. Games listed with a “vs.” instead of “at” are played at a neutral site. Games without a TV channel listed may only be broadcast on local networks. Time and channel of games broadcast are subject to change.
Thursday August 30th
#9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 7:00 p.m., ESPN
UCF at Akron, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Ball State, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Southeast Missouri State at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Towson at Kent State, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Northern Colorado at Utah, 7:15 p.m., Pac-12 Network
UTSA at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3
Massachusetts at Connecticut, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3
UCLA at Rice, 7:30 p.m.
Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
McNeese State at Middle Tennessee, 7:30 p.m., ESPN 3
Sacramento State at New Mexico State, 8:00 p.m., ESPN3
Southern Utah at Utah State, 8:00 p.m., ESPN3
Eastern Washington at Idaho, 9:00 p.m., ESPN3
Washington State at Brigham Young, 10:15 p.m., ESPN
Northern Arizona at Arizona State, 10:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network
Minnesota at UNLV, 11:00 p.m.
Friday August 31st
Villanova at Temple, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Tennessee vs. North Carolina State, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
#24 Boise State at #13 Michigan State, 8:00 p.m., ESPN
Wagner at Florida Atlantic, 8:00 p.m., ESPN3
San Jose State at #21 Stanford, 10:00 p.m., Pac-12 Network
Saturday September 1st
Notre Dame vs. Navy, 9:00 a.m.
Buffalo at #6 Georgia, 12:00 p.m., ESPN3
Marshall at #11 West Virginia, 12:00 p.m.
Miami (OH) at #18 Ohio State, 12:00 p.m., Big Ten Network
Troy at UAB, 12:00 p.m.
Appalachian State at East Carolina, 12:00 p.m.
Northwestern at Syracuse, 12:00 p.m., ESPN2
Ohio at Penn State, 12:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Illinois, 12:00 p.m., ESPNU
Elon at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Idaho State at Air Force, 2:00 p.m.
Nevada at California, 3:00 p.m., Pac-12 Network
William & Mary at Maryland, 3:00 p.m., ESPN3
Nicholls State at Oregon State, 3:00 p.m.
Richmond at Virginia, 3:00 p.m.
Northern Iowa at #12 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Southern Miss at #17 Nebraska, 3:30 p.m., ABC & ESPN2
Bowling Green at #23 Florida, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Tulsa at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m.
Miami (FL) at Boston College, 3:30 p.m., ABC & ESPN2
Iowa vs. Northern Illinois, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Eastern Kentucky at Purdue, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Colorado State vs. Colorado, 4:00 p.m., FX
Southern University at New Mexico, 5:00 p.m.
Murray State at #7 Florida State, 6:00 p.m., ESPN3
Youngstown State at Pittsburgh, 6:00 p.m., ESPN3
Liberty at Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m., ESPN3
North Texas at #3 LSU, 7:00 p.m., ESPNU
Jacksonville State at #10 Arkansas, 7:00 p.m.
#14 Clemson vs. Auburn, 7:00 p.m., ESPN
Savannah State at #19 Oklahoma State, 7:00 p.m.
Chattanooga at South Florida, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Austin Peay at Western Kentucky, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri, 7:00 p.m.
Central Arkansas at Ole Miss, 7:00 p.m.
Florida International at Duke, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Tennessee-Martin at Memphis, 7:00 p.m.
Lamar at Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:00 p.m.
Jackson State at Mississippi State, 7:00 p.m.
South Dakota State at Kansas, 7:00 p.m.
Northwestern State at Texas Tech, 7:00 p.m.
Missouri State at #22 Kansas State, 7:10 p.m.
Hawaii at #1 USC, 7:30 p.m.
#8 Michigan vs. #2 Alabama, 8:00 p.m., ABC
Wyoming at #15 Texas, 8:00 p.m., Longhorn Network
Indiana State at Indiana, 8:00 p.m., Big Ten Network
Texas State at Houston, 8:00 p.m.
Rutgers at Tulane, 8:00 p.m.
Weber State at Fresno State, 10:00 p.m.
#4 Oklahoma at UTEP, 10:30 p.m.
Arkansas State at #5 Oregon, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Toledo at Arizona, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU
San Diego State at Washington, 10:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network
Sunday September 2nd
Kentucky at #25 Louisville, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Southern Methodist at Baylor, 6:30 p.m.
Monday September 3rd
Georgia Tech at #16 Virginia Tech, 8:00 p.m., ESPN
Monday features a pair of future foes for Syracuse as they move to the ACC next season. Georgia Tech’s 51-14 destruction of the Orange in the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl led to the firing of Paul Pasqualoni and a long slide of mediocrity. Virginia Tech is an old foe that was always a big game in the Big East when they were still a member along with Syracuse.
One of the big games to see is Michigan vs. Alabama. Both have high goals and the personnel to achieve them.
Enjoy the games!