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Whatcha Drinkin, Who Ya Watchin? Week 1 Football Schedule

College football is here people. Who are you watching (and what are you drinking)?

Minnesota v Iowa
Expect plenty of these Saturday
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College football kicks off in earnest tonight. Hallelujah! The Pants wants to know: who are you making sure to watch this weekend, and what will you be drinking?

Things get kicked off tonight with a slew of games (16 in total), most of which fall in the “nobody cares” department. There are a few decent match-ups though so keep your remotes handy. In true SEC fashion, South Carolina and Vandy will kick things off this year with a conference opponent (each other) so they can fit in another grueling matchup later in the season when nobody is paying attention (like Western Carolina or Tennessee St in November). You can find them on ESPN at 7pm CT tonight. In other SEC action, 9th ranked Tennessee will kick off their brutal schedule with Appalachian St at 6:30pm CT on the SEC Network (not ESPN, the other SEC Network). The only other Top 25 matchup tonight is Louisville hosting Charlotte at 6pm CT, but don’t bother looking for it unless you are chilling on ESPN3.

Hoosier cheerleader
Indiana will play the first game of any Big Ten team tonight at 6:30 CT on ESPNU.
Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images

The Big Ten season gets underway tonight with Indiana visiting (you read that right) Florida International at 6:30pm CT on ESPNU. You can catch Minnesota hosting Oregon St at 8pm CT over on BTN.

The ball keeps rolling, or bouncing, or whatever footballs do, on Friday with 11 more FBS match-ups. In the Big Ten, MSU plays host to Furman over on BTN at 6pm CT. Other notables include Colorado hosting Colorado State at 7pm CT on ESPN and Stanford hosting K-State at 8pm CT on Fox Sports 1.

As for the long weekend, it’s being talked about as the greatest opening slate of games in college football history. I guess we will know more after the weekend, but here’s a quick look at what’s on the docket (that we’ll be paying attention to).


OKlahoma-Houston 11 ABC

Bowling Green-OSU 11 BTN

Hawaii-UM 11 ESPN

Iowa- Miami (OH) 2:30 ESPNU


LSU-Wiscy 2:30 ABC

Georgia-UNC 4:30 ESPN

USC-Bama 7 ABC


Clemson-Auburn 8 ESPN

BYU-Zona 9:30 FS1


ND-Texas 6:30 ABC


Ole Miss-FSU 7 ESPN

Scenes in Ames post-UNI loss this weekend.
Scenes in Ames post-UNI loss this weekend.
Photo by Hugh Thomas/BWP Media/Getty Images

This week’s recommended drink: Natural Light. Simple reasoning here - this is going to be a long weekend with games spanning 5, count them, FIVE, days. You’re going to be drinking for a long time. Natty Light is basically water so you should have no problems chugging sipping on some Natty for a few days. If you’re not the “slow and steady wins the race type”, you can always pound them much like we expect Iowa to pound Miami (game day drinking game rules to follow). Added bonus, it’s so terrible efficiently produced you can stock up and it won’t hurt your wallet. And finally, you can pour some out for our friends over at Wide Right & Natty Lite when their beloved Cyclones inevitably lose to UNI this weekend. Cheers.

Who will you be watching? What will you be drinking? Let us know!

For your viewing pleasure, below is the full listing of games on the docket this weekend, including times and stations. Enjoy.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Charlotte at (19) Louisville 7:00 p.m. FSN / WatchESPN
UT Martin at Cincinnati 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Tulane at Wake Forest 7:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Maine at UConn 7:00 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Presbyterian at Central Michigan 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Appalachian State at (9) Tennessee 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Indiana at FIU 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
William & Mary at NC State 7:30 p.m. WatchESPN
South Carolina at Vanderbilt 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Southern Utah at Utah 8:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Jackson State at UNLV 8:00 p.m. MWN
Rice at WKU 8:00 p.m. CBSSN
Oregon State at Minnesota 9:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
South Dakota at New Mexico 9:00 p.m. ROOT Sports
Montana State at Idaho 9:00 p.m. ALT / ESPN3
Weber State at Utah State 10:00 p.m. MWN
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
MVSU at Eastern Michigan 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Furman at (12) Michigan State 7:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Ball State at Georgia State 7:00 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Colgate at Syracuse 7:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Army at Temple 7:00 p.m. CBSSN
Albany at Buffalo 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Northwestern State at (23) Baylor 7:30 p.m. FSN / FS Go
Colorado vs. Colorado State (at Denver, CO) 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Kansas State at (8) Stanford 9:00 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Toledo at Arkansas State 9:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Cal Poly at Nevada 9:30 p.m. MWN
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Georgia Tech vs. Boston College (in Ireland) 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(3) Oklahoma vs. (15) Houston (at NRG Stadium) Noon ABC / WatchESPN
Bowling Green at (6) Ohio State Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Hawaii at (7) Michigan Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
Boise State at UL Lafayette Noon ASN / ESPN3
EKU at Purdue Noon ESPNNEWS / WatchESPN
Fordham at Navy Noon CBSSN
Howard at Maryland Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Missouri at West Virginia Noon FS1 / FS Go
South Alabama at Mississippi State Noon SECN / WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Northwestern Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Liberty at Virginia Tech 12:30 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Villanova at Pittsburgh 1:30 p.m. WatchESPN
Abilene Christian at Air Force 2:00 p.m. MWN
Rutgers at (14) Washington 2:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
(5) LSU vs. Wisconsin (at Green Bay, WI) 3:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
(16) UCLA at Texas A&M 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Miami, OH at (17) Iowa 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
SE Louisiana at (21) Oklahoma State 3:30 p.m. FSN / FS Go
Kent State at Penn State 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Murray State at Illinois 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Richmond at Virginia 3:30 p.m. WatchESPN
Texas State at Ohio 3:30 p.m. CBSSN
Louisiana Tech at Arkansas 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
UC Davis at (24) Oregon 5:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
(18) Georgia vs. (22) North Carolina (at Atlanta, GA) 5:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Austin Peay at Troy 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Florida A&M at Miami (FL) 6:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Hampton at Old Dominion 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV
NC Central at Duke 6:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Savannah State at Georgia Southern 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Southern Illinois at Florida Atlantic 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV ($)
Western Carolina at East Carolina 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
VMI at Akron 6:30 p.m. ESPN3
Alabama A&M at Middle Tennessee 7:00 p.m. CUSA.TV ($)
Alabama State at UTSA 7:00 p.m. KMYS-CW 35
Rhode Island at Kansas 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
San Jose State at Tulsa 7:00 p.m. CBSSN
SE Missouri State at Memphis 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
SMU at North Texas 7:00 p.m. ASN
South Carolina State at UCF 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Southern at ULM 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Towson at USF 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
UMass at (25) Florida 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Southern Miss at Kentucky 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
(20) USC vs. (1) Alabama (at Arlington, TX) 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
South Dakota State at (13) TCU 8:00 p.m. FSN / FS Go
EWU at Washington State 8:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Fresno State at Nebraska 8:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
New Mexico State at UTEP 8:00 p.m. beIN SPORTS
Northern Iowa at Iowa State 8:00 p.m. ($)
Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech 8:00 p.m. FSN / FS Go
New Hampshire at San Diego State 8:30 p.m. TBA
(2) Clemson at Auburn 9:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Arizona vs. BYU (at Glendale, AZ) 10:30 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Northern Illinois at Wyoming 10:30 p.m. CBSSN
Northern Arizona at Arizona State 10:45 p.m. Pac-12N /
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(10) Notre Dame at Texas 7:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(11) Ole Miss vs. Florida State (at Orlando, FL) 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN

[Editor’s Note: Shouts out to our overlords at SB Nation for creating this sexy table because we sure as hell don’t know how to code]