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ESPN Unveils Early Season CFB Schedule

Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee and the rest of the big boys in college football will be featured prominently in ESPN’s early college football TV schedule.

ESPN’s coverage kicks off with the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Indiana Hoosiers Thursday, August 31st. The marquee game of the weekend will be Alabama vs Florida State at the sparkling-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Saturday, September 2. Kickoff will be 8pm on ABC.

The notable trait of this year’s early season schedule is the Big Ten will be featured heavily. In addition to the Buckeyes, ESPN will air games involving Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan, with the Wolverines’ non-conference game Florida set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff during week one. All four Big Ten teams are expected to be in contention for a New Year’s Six bowl and Playoff berth.

ESPN/ABC’s schedule is below.


Thursday, Aug. 31

Ohio State at Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, Sept. 1

Utah State at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Sept. 2

Akron at Penn State, noon (ABC)

Kent State at Clemson, noon (ESPN)

N.C. State vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte), 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Florida vs. Michigan (in Arlington, Texas), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Appalachian State at Georgia, 6:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Alabama vs. Florida State (in Atlanta, Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Weekend), 8 p.m. (ABC)

Brigham Young vs. LSU (in Houston), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, Sept. 3

South Carolina State at Southern, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia (in Landover, Md.), 7:30 p.m. (ABC)

Monday, Sept. 4

Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee (in Atlanta, Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Weekend), 8 p.m. (ESPN)


Saturday, Sept. 9

Oklahoma at Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. (ABC)


Saturday, Sept. 16

Miami (Fla.) at Florida State, 8 p.m. (ABC)


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