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Weekend Planning Guide – College Football Week 1

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Advanced Stats Weighted Composite Projected Rankings

RANK TEAM S&P+ FEI FPI Change
1 Clemson 2 2 1
2 Alabama 3 1 2
3 Ohio St. 1 3 4
4 Georgia 5 4 3
5 Washington 4 8 5
6 Auburn 6 5 7
7 Notre Dame 9 6 6
8 Oklahoma 8 7 9
9 Penn St. 7 16 8
10 Michigan St. 13 9 10
11 Michigan 10 13 11
12 Wisconsin 11 14 12
13 Mississippi St. 14 11 15
14 Miami 12 15 14
15 Stanford 20 10 13

Times AZ and Eastern. Rankings below are AP or CFP (once available).

See How the Games are Rated to learn more about…how the games are rated.

GAME OF THE WEEK 

#6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn (in Atlanta)
Sat., Sep. 1, 12:30/3:30 PM, ABC

OTHER FIVE-STAR GAME

#14 Michigan at #12 Notre Dame
Sat., Sep. 1, 4:30/7:30 PM, NBC

FOUR-STAR GAMES

#8 Miami vs. #25 LSU (in Arlington, TX)
Sun., Sep. 2, 4:30/7:30 PM, ABC

#20 Virginia Tech at #19 Florida St.
Mon., Sep. 3, 5:00/8:00 PM, ESPN

THREE-STAR GAMES

Northwestern at Purdue
Thu., Aug. 30, 5:00/8:00 PM, ESPN

Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (in Houston)
Sat., Sep. 1, 9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN

North Carolina at Cal
Sat., Sep. 1, 1:00/4:00 PM, FOX

Washington St. at Wyoming
Sat., Sep. 1, 12:30/3:30 PM, CBSSN

BYU at Arizona
Sat., Sep. 1, 7:45/10:45 PM, ESPN

San Diego St. at #13 Stanford
Fri., Aug. 31, 6:00/9:00 PM, FS1


What I’m going to watch…

THURSDAY

Northwestern at Purdue
5:00/8:00 PM, ESPN

Wake Forest at Tulane
5:00/8:00 PM, CBSSN

New Mexico St. at Minnesota
4:00/7:00 PM, BTN

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Army at Duke
4:00/7:00 PM, ESPNU

Syracuse at Western Michigan
3:00/6:00 PM, CBSSN

Utah St. at #11 Michigan St.
4:00/7:00 PM, BTN

FRIDAY NIGHT

San Diego St. at #13 Stanford
6:00/9:00 PM, FS1

Colorado vs. Colorado St. (in Denver)
6:30/9:30 PM, CBSSN

Western Kentucky at #4 Wisconsin
6:00/9:00 PM, ESPN

SATURDAY MORNING

Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (in Houston)
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, ESPN

Maryland vs. #23 Texas (in Landover, MD)
9:00 AM/12:00 PM, FS1

Florida Atlantic at #7 Oklahoma
9:00 AM/12:30 PM, FOX

SATURDAY MIDDAY

#6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn (in Atlanta) 
12:30/3:30 PM, ABC

North Carolina at Cal
1:00/4:00 PM, FOX

Washington St. at Wyoming
12:30/3:30 PM, CBSSN

SATURDAY PRIME TIME

#14 Michigan at #12 Notre Dame
4:30/7:30 PM, NBC

Louisville vs. #1 Alabama (in Orlando)
5:00/8:00 PM, ABC

#22 Boise St. at Troy
3:00/6:00 PM, ESPNEWS

SATURDAY NIGHT

BYU at Arizona
7:45/10:45 PM, ESPN

UTSA at Arizona St.
7:30/10:30 PM, FS1

Navy at Hawai’i
8:00/11:00 PM, CBSSN

SUNDAY!

#25 LSU vs. #8 Miami (in Arlington, TX)
4:30/7:30 PM, ABC

MONDAY!!

#20 Virginia Tech at #19 Florida St.
5:00/8:00 PM, ESPN

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What I’m watching – College Football Week 1

PICK RESULTS

All Games Pct. Upset Picks Pct.
Last Week  1-0 1.000
Overall  1-0 1.000

All times AZ. Picks in CAPS.

GAME OF THE WEEK 

#1 ALABAMA vs. #3 Florida St. in Atlanta, GA
Sat., Sep. 2, 5:00 PM, ABC

FOUR-STAR GAMES

#17 Florida vs. #11 MICHIGAN in Arlington, TX
Sat., Sep. 2, 12:30 PM, ABC

Georgia Tech vs. #25 TENNESSEE in Atlanta, GA
Mon., Sep. 4, 5:00 PM, ESPN

TEXAS A&M* at UCLA
Sun., Sep. 3, 4:30 PM, FOX

THREE-STAR GAMES

NC STATE vs. South Carolina in Charlotte, NC
Sat., Sep. 2, 12:00 PM, ESPN

Colorado vs. COLORADO ST.* in Denver, CO
Fri., Sep. 1, 5:00 PM, PAC12

#21 VIRGINIA TECH vs. #22 West Virginia in Landover, MD
Sun., Sep. 3, 4:30 PM, ABC

BYU vs. #13 LSU in New Orleans, LA
Sat., Sep. 2, 6:30 PM, ESPN

*Upset picks


What I’m going to watch…

THURSDAY

Tulsa at #10 Oklahoma St.
4:30 PM, FS1

#3 Ohio St. at Indiana
5:00 PM, ESPN

Florida International at UCF
3:00 PM, CBSSN

FRIDAY

Colorado vs. Colorado St.
5:00 PM, PAC12

Utah St. at #9 Wisconsin
6:00 PM, ESPN

Boston College at Northern Illinois
6:30 PM, CBSSN

SATURDAY MORNING

Cal at North Carolina
9:20 AM, CW (ACCN)

Maryland at #23 Texas
9:00 AM, FS1

Wyoming at Iowa
9:00 AM, BTN

SATURDAY MIDDAY

#17 Florida vs. #11 Michigan
12:30 PM, ABC

NC State vs. South Carolina
12:00 PM, ESPN

Troy at Boise St.
12:45 PM, ESPNU

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Appalachian St. at #15 Georgia
3:15 PM, ESPN

Western Michigan at #4 USC
2:15 PM, PAC12

Miami (OH) at Marshall
3:30 PM, Facebook (streaming)

SATURDAY PRIME TIME

#1 Alabama vs. #3 Florida St. 
5:00 PM, ABC

BYU vs. #13 LSU 
6:30 PM, ESPN

Arkansas St. at Nebraska
5:00 PM, BTN

SUNDAY

Texas A&M at UCLA 
4:30 PM, FOX

#21 Virginia Tech vs. #22 West Virginia 
4:30 PM, ABC

MONDAY

Georgia Tech vs. #25 Tennessee 
5:00 PM, ESPN

Week 1 College Football Viewing Guide

Get your DVRs ready. Five days in a row. The top three games during each time slot are listed below starting with the highest projected “watchability.” All times AZ.

THURSDAY

South Carolina at Vanderbilt
5:00 PM, ESPN
Overtime Watch

Appalachian St. at #9 Tennessee
4:30 PM, SECN

Oregon St. at Minnesota
6:00 PM, BTN

FRIDAY

Toledo at Arkansas St.
6:00 PM, ESPNU
G5 Game of the Week

K-State @ #8 Stanford
6:00 PM, FS1

Colorado vs. Colorado St. (in Denver)
5:00 PM, ESPN

SATURDAY DARK:30

Boston College vs. Georgia Tech (in Dublin, Ireland)
4:30 PM, ESPN2
Overtime Watch

SATURDAY MORNING

Western Michigan at Northwestern
9:00 AM, ESPNU
P5 vs. G5 Showdown / Overtime Watch

Missouri at West Virginia
9:00 AM, FS1

#15 Houston vs. #3 Oklahoma (at NRG Stadium)
9:00 AM, ABC

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

#16 UCLA at Texas A&M
12:30 PM, CBS
Upset Alert / Overtime Watch

#18 Georgia vs. #22 North Carolina (in Atlanta)
2:30 PM, ESPN

 #5 LSU at Wisconsin (in Green Bay)
12:30 PM, ABC

SATURDAY EVENING

#1 Alabama vs. #20 USC (in Arlington)
5:00 PM, ABC

#2 Clemson at Auburn
6:00 PM, ESPN

San José St. at Tulsa
4:00 PM, CBSSN
Overtime Watch

SATURDAY LATE NIGHT

Arizona vs. BYU (in Glendale, AZ)
7:30 PM, FS1

Northern Illinois at Wyoming
7:30 PM, CBSSN

SUNDAY!

#10 Notre Dame at Texas
4:30 PM, ABC

MONDAY!!

#4 Florida St. vs. Ole Miss (in Orlando)
5:00 PM, ESPN
Game of the Week

Plan Accordingly: Projected Top Games – Week 1

Using the projected ratings from Bill Connelly and ESPN advanced stats ranking systems, here’s a preview of Week 1. Start your 124-day countdown.

Games are ranked like recruits: 5 stars, 4 stars, and 3 stars. Just like in recruiting, 2-star and 1-star games won’t be given much attention.

Games are ranked using a super-scientific system comparing the overall quality of the two teams and the closeness of the match-up.

Most times and TV are still TBD. Picks in CAPS.

GAME OF THE WEEK

FLORIDA ST. vs. Ole Miss (in Orlando)
Monday, September 5, 5:00 PM, ESPN

FOUR-STAR GAMES 

UCLA at Texas A&M
Saturday, September 3

ALABAMA vs. USC (in Arlington, TX)
Saturday, September 3

THREE-STAR GAMES

GEORGIA vs. North Carolina (in Atlanta)
Saturday, September 3

Western Michigan vs. NORTHWESTERN
Saturday, September 3

Boston College vs. GEORGIA TECH (in Dublin, Ireland)
Saturday, September 3, 4:30 AM, ESPN2

NOTRE DAME at Texas
Sunday, September 4, 5:00 PM, ESPN

CLEMSON at Auburn
Saturday, September 3

Missouri at WEST VIRGINIA
Saturday, September 3

Arizona vs. BYU (in Glendale, AZ)
Saturday, September 3

Plan Accordingly: Top Games – Week 1

UPDATE #4: Star system modified and games changed below.

UPDATE #3: Picks added.

UPDATE #2: Bill Connelly and ESPN updated their ratings, so the games below have been updated as well. Bama/Wisconsin is now a 4-star game and Ohio St./VT has been upgraded to a 3-star game.

UPDATE: Added the AP Top 25 rankings.

Two weeks from today we will celebrate College Football Day. In honor of the coming holiday, here are the top games you should watch during Week 1 (September 3-7).

Games are ranked like recruits: 5 stars, 4 stars, and 3 stars. Just like in recruiting, 2-star and 1-star games won’t be given much attention.

Games are ranked using a super-scientific system comparing the overall quality of the two teams and the closeness of the match-up. The quality of each team is found using Brian Fremeau’s, Bill Connelly’s, and ESPN’s advanced stats ranking systems.

Without further ado: the games. All times AZ.

Four-Star Games / Game of the Week

GAME DAY TIME TV PICK
1. #15 Arizona St. vs. Texas A&M (in Houston) Saturday 4:00 PM ESPN ASU*
2. #3 Alabama vs. #20 Wisconsin (in Dallas) Saturday 5:00 PM ABC Bama

Three-Star Games

GAME DAY TIME TV PICK
1. Michigan at Utah Thursday 5:30 PM FS1 Michigan*
2. BYU at Nebraska Saturday 12:30 PM ABC Nebraska
3. #6 Auburn vs. Louisville (in Atlanta) Saturday 12:30 PM CBS Auburn
4. Texas at #11 Notre Dame Saturday 4:30 PM NBC Notre Dame
5. North Carolina vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte) Thursday 3:00 PM ESPN South Carolina
6. #1 Ohio St. at Virginia Tech Monday 5:00 PM ESPN Ohio St.
7. Penn St. at Temple Saturday 12:30 PM ESPN Penn St.
8. Washington at #23 Boise St. Friday 7:15 PM ESPN Boise St.
9. Georgia Southern at West Virginia Saturday 4:30 PM FSN West Virginia

*Upset picks

Plan Accordingly: Week 1 College Football Viewing Guide

We are one week until kickoff. The wait has been long, but it’s almost here. Week 1 (September 3-7) brings us five straight days of college football.

I fire up three screens at home to maximize my college football viewing experience. Below are the games I will have on at any given time slot in order of quality. All times AZ.

Thursday Afternoon

North Carolina vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte) 3:00 PM ESPN
Florida International at UCF 3:00 PM CBSSN
Oklahoma St. at Central Michigan 4:00 PM ESPNU

Thursday Night

Michigan at Utah 5:30 PM FS1
TCU at Minnesota 6:00 PM ESPN
Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt 5:00 PM SECN

Thursday Late

Colorado at Hawai’i 10:00 PM CBSSN

Friday Early Afternoon

Charlotte at Georgia St. 12:30 PM ESPNU

Friday Late Afternoon

Michigan St. at Western Michigan 4:00 PM ESPNU
Baylor at SMU 4:00 PM ESPN

Friday Night

Washington at Boise St. 7:15 PM ESPN
Kent St. at Illinois 6:00 PM BTN

Saturday Morning

Stanford at Northwestern 9:00 AM ESPN
Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia 9:00 AM SECN

Saturday Early Afternoon

Auburn vs. Louisville (in Atlanta) 12:30 PM CBS
BYU at Nebraska 12:30 PM ABC
Penn St. at Temple 12:30 PM ESPN

Saturday Late Afternoon

Arizona St. vs. Texas A&M (in Houston) 4:00 PM ESPN
Alabama vs. Wisconsin (in Dallas) 5:00 PM ABC
Texas at Notre Dame 4:30 PM NBC

Saturday Night

Arkansas St. at USC 8:00 PM PAC-12
Mississippi St. at Southern Miss 7:00 PM FS1

Sunday

Purdue at Marshall 12:00 PM FS1

Monday

Ohio St. at Virginia Tech 5:00 PM ESPN