How to Watch College Football in Week 1: TV schedule, channels, start times

Figuring out how to watch Week 1 of college football won't be difficult, but which games should you fit into your TV schedule?

Week 0 teased us for this weekend, and now we get a full slate of games in Week 1. Six straight days of college football isn’t something to complain about, and you’ll need to be organized to catch all of the good action. Miami vs. Alabama and Georgia vs. Clemson headline this week’s games, and you’ll want to know how to watch these college football contests this weekend and their TV schedules.

How to watch college football games and TV schedules for Week 1

What time and channels can you watch college football games today?

College football games on Saturday, September 4

  • #2 Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 PM ET | ABC
  • #19 Penn State at #12 Wisconsin | 12 PM ET | FOX
  • #1 Alabama vs. #14 Miami | 3:30 PM ET | ABC
  • #23 Louisiana at #21 Texas | 4:30 PM ET | FOX
  • Texas Tech vs. Houston | 7 PM ET | ESPN
  • #5 Georgia vs. #3 Clemson | 7:30 PM ET | ABC
  • #16 LSU at UCLA | 8:30 PM ET | FOX
  • Nevada at Cal | 10:30 PM ET | FS1

Top games to watch in Week 1

Alabama vs. Miami and Georgia vs. Clemson are the top college football games to watch in Week 1.

Alabama vs. Miami prediction

Sometimes it’s not about how to watch college football, but rather how many great games you can consume. Bryce Young takes over for Alabama, and he’s joined by a bunch of other underclassmen who will be featured players in the offense. While they find chemistry with each other, Alabama has another loaded defense led by linebackers Christian Harris and Henry To’o To’o.

D’Eriq King‘s health plays a huge role in their upset bid as his mobility opens up the playbook for the Canes, but that might not be enough. Miami hasn’t beaten a ranked non-conference opponent since 2017, and it seems unlikely they beat a team in the middle of a dynasty run. Still, there’s not a better time to pull off an upset, and no one’s immune to the Week 1 jitters.

Georgia vs. Clemson prediction

Dabo Swinney’s Tigers focus on avenging their loss to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff. A new quarterback won’t hold them back from getting there. Justyn Ross returns to give them a deep threat in the passing attack, and Bryan Bresee returns to lead one of the most talented defensive lines in the country.

Georgia’s defensive line will compete with the Tigers, led by two monsters at tackle in Devonte Wyatt and Jordan Davis. The offense must find reliable pass catchers with George Pickens and Arik Gilbert out for the foreseeable future. Tight end Darnell Washington could be an answer to those concerns, though he is dealing with his own injury.

While this game has potential playoff implications, a loss doesn’t exactly ruin either team’s postseason chances. They both control their destiny, and this one should go down to the wire.

Georgia’s the underdog here, and it feels like they have enough motivation to get them the win. While you’re figuring out what and how to watch Week 1 of college football, make sure you add this one to your list.

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