We’re now into the full swing of the college football season, where upsets can happen at any time and the best teams start to make their case. Let’s take a look at the big picture of games for college football week three.
There are 73 games that will be played over the course of the week across ESPN, ABC, Fox, Fox Sports 1, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN Plus and individual conference channels (six games are on the schedule but will only be available locally), including the Saturday Night Football game of the week featuring Washington and Michigan.
With this plethora of games on the docket, let’s not waste any time and dive right into the schedule and how you can watch as many games as possible.
(All times are Eastern)
Ohio at Louisiana, 8 p.m., ESPN
UCF at Louisville, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Maryland at Illinois, 9 p.m., FS1
Nebraska at No. 3 Oklahoma, Noon, Fox
New Mexico at No. 7 Texas A&M, Noon, SEC Network
No. 8 Cincinnati at Indiana, Noon, ESPN
No. 15 Virginia Tech at West Virginia, Noon, FS1
No. 16 Coastal Carolina at Buffalo, Noon, ESPN2
Michigan State at No. 24 Miami, Noon, ABC
Northern Illinois at No. 25 Michigan, Noon, Big Ten Network
Chattanooga at Kentucky, Noon, ESPN Plus/SEC Network
Southeast Missouri State at Missouri, ESPN Plus/SEC Network
Tennessee Tech at Tennessee, Noon, ESPN Plus/SEC Network
Western Michigan at Pittsburgh, Noon, ESPN3
Albany at Syracuse, Noon, ACC Network
Boston College at Temple, Noon, ESPNU
UConn at Army, Noon, CBS Sports Network
Minnesota at Colorado, 1 p.m., Pac 12 Network
Nevada at Kansas State, 2 p.m., Big 12/ESPN Plus
Purdue at No. 12 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., NBC
No. 1 Alabama at No. 11 Florida, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Kent State at No. 5 Iowa, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Tulsa at No. 9 Ohio State, 3:30 p.m., FS1
SMU at Louisiana Tech, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Florida State at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Delaware at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Eastern Michigan at UMass, 3:30 p.m.
Baylor at Kansas, 3:30 p.m., Big 12/ESPN Plus
Long Island University at Miami (OH), 3:30 p.m., ESPN Plus
Bryant at Akron, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
Elon at Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN Plus
Idaho at Oregon State, 3:30 p.m.,
USC at Washington State, 3:30 p.m., Fox
Georgia Southern at No. 20 Arkansas, 4 p.m., SEC Network
Mississippi State at Memphis, 4 p.m., ESPN 2
Northwestern at Duke, 4 p.m., ACC Network
Ball State at Wyoming, 4 .m.
Colorado State at Toledo, 4 p.m., ESPNU
Sacramento State at Cal, 4 p.m.
Arkansas State at Washington, 4:15 p.m., Pac 12 Network
Murray State at Bowling Green, 5 p.m., ESPN3
Middle Tennessee at UTSA, 6 p.m., ESPN Plus
Fordham at Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m., ESPN3
East Carolina at Marshall, 6 p.m.
Old Dominion at Liberty, 6 p.m., ESPN3
South Carolina at No. 2 Georgia, 7 p.m., ESPN
Charlotte at Georgia State, 7 p.m., ESPN Plus
Florida International at Texas Tech, 7 p.m., Big 12/ESPN Plus
Troy at Southern Miss, 7 p.m., ESPN Plus
Grambling at Houston, 7 p.m., ESPN Plus
Florida A&M at South Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN Plus
Incarnate World at Texas State, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Utah at San Diego State, 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Stony Brook at No. 4 Oregon, 7:30 p.m., Pac 12 Network
No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State, 7:30 p.m., ABC
Virginia at No. 21 North Carolina, 7:30 p.m., ACC Network
Central Michigan at LSU, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network
UAB at North Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Furman at NC State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3
Utah State at Air Force, 7:30 p.m., FS2
Tulane at No. 17 Ole Miss, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Stanford at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m., ESPNU
Rice at Texas, 8 p.m., Longhorn Network
Jackson State at UL Monroe, 8 p.m., ESPN3
Alcorn State at South Alabama, 8 p.m., ESPN3
South Carolina State at New Mexico State, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma State at Boise State, 9 p.m., FS1
Northern Arizona at Arizona, 10 p.m., Pac 12 Network
No. 19 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU, 10:15 p.m., ESPN
No. 14 Iowa State at UNLV, 10:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Fresno State at No. 13 UCLA, 10:45 p.m., Pac 12 Network
San Jose State at Hawai’i, 12:30 a.m. (9/19), FS1
With all the different networks, and even some streaming services, carrying games, it can be a little confusing to know what may be readily available to you or how to sign up so that you can watch your favorite team this weekend. Here’s what you need to know.
Games on ABC and Fox are available on your local network stations (check local listings). Barring any contract dispute between stations and cable/satellite providers, these stations are available to all traditional cable subscribers. A TV antenna can also easily pick up these channels over-the-air. Those are the old school methods; the new school would be through a vMVPD service, like Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV, all of which offer local network channels in all of their packages.
ESPN, Fox Sports 1 and CBS Sports Network, meanwhile, are premium sports cable channels. These can be available through traditional cable subscriptions or on the likes of Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV, you just need to double check to make sure that the package you are signed up for or are planning to sign up offers these specific channels.
ESPN bills itself as the world-wide leader in sports, and it certainly makes a strong argument with all of its different offshoots that will carry college football games throughout the season. Among the ancillary ESPN channels that will carry games are ESPN3, ESPNU, the ACC Network and the SEC Network. All of these channels are available through specific premium cable packages, while ESPN3, ESPNU and the SEC Network are available through all of the previously mentioned vMVPD streaming services. The ACC Network can be included with Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.
ESPN Plus is another option that the network is utilizing more of, offering exclusive games on the streaming service. Consumers sign up for ESPN Plus directly, which costs $6.99 per month. ESPN Plus is available to stream on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple products, Samsung Smart TVs, Android mobile devices and TVs, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series S | X, Chromecast and Xfinity. In addition, ESPN Plus is the exclusive streaming home for Big 12 Now.
All games showing on any of the ESPN channels are also available through watchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app, as long as you are signed up to a proper cable provider.
Then there are the independent conference TV networks, including the Big Ten Network and the Pac 12 Network. The Big Ten Network can be watched on the majority of cable providers as well as big satellite providers including DirecTV and Dish, it is also available on Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. The same goes for the Pac 12 Network as far as cable and satellite providers, but only Fubo TV and Sling TV carry the Pac 12 Network for vMVPD services.
Select college football games will be broadcast each week for U.K. audiences on BT Sport, generally on BT Sport ESPN. For £10 BT TV subscribers can add BT Sport to their package, or consumers can add BT Sport as a standalone service for £25.
Here is the schedule for BT Sports coverage of college football week two:
(All times GMT)
Ohio at Louisiana, 1 a.m.
UCF at Louisville, 12:30 a.m.
Michigan State at No. 24 Miami, 5 p.m.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 11 Florida, 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson, 8:30 p.m.
South Carolina at No. Georgia, midnight
No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State, midnight
No. 18 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU, 3:15 a.m.
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