While college football was technically back last weekend that was just one game. It’s back for real this weekend with tons of great games to watch. All games will be listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time. All rankings reflect the AP Poll.
Thursday September 1
Appalachian State @ #9 Tennessee
Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, TN
TV: SEC Network
Why you should watch: Tennessee comes into this season with massive expectations. Appalachian State has been solid since joining FBS in 2014, winning 11 games and a bowl last year.
South Carolina @ Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt Stadium – Nashville, TN
Why you should watch: It’s a second chance for Will Muschamp in the SEC. It’s also a chance for Derek Mason to cool off the seat with a conference win.
Friday September 2
Kansas State @ #8 Stanford
Stanford Stadium – Palo Alto, CA
Why you should watch: Bill Snyder probably won’t be coaching for too much longer. Stanford has Christian McCaffery, but has to replace Kevin Hogan.
Saturday September 3
Georgia Tech vs. Boston College*
Aviva Stadium – Dublin, Ireland
Why you should watch: It’s the first game of the day because the game is in Ireland. Georgia Tech runs the triple option. BC had the nation’s top defense last year.
#3 Oklahoma vs. #15 Houston*
NRG Stadium – Houston, TX
Why you should watch: These are two programs that figure to be in the mix for the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma went to the Playoff last year. Houston went to the Peach Bowl.
Missouri @ West Virginia
Milan Puskar Stadium – Morgantown, WV
Why you should watch: West Virginia has a high powered offense going up against a Mizzou team with a new defensive minded head coach in Barry Odom.
#16 UCLA @ Texas A&M
Kyle Field – College Station, TX
Why you should watch: There should be tons of offense. Kevin Sumlin has yet another awesome QB (Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight). UCLA has Josh Rosen. Verne Lundquist begins his final season with CBS.
#5 LSU vs. Wisconsin*
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
Why you should watch: It’s two massive programs in one of the greatest football stadiums in the country. Rematch of season opener two years ago in Houston.
#18 Georgia vs. #22 North Carolina*
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
Why you should watch: It’s an SEC/ACC matchup which are always entertaining. Georgia has new coach Kirby Smart. North Carolina was one of the surprises of the year last season.
#1 Alabama vs. #20 USC*
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
Why you should watch: These are two heavyweights of the sport. Clay Helton starts his first full season as USC head coach. Alabama looks for a third straight Playoff berth and second straight national title.
#2 Clemson @ Auburn
Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn, AL
Why you should watch: It’s one of the lesser known rivalry games. Clemson was the national runner-up last year. DeShaun Watson is back. Auburn looks to find some consistency at QB after poor 2015.
Arizona vs. BYU*
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
Why you should watch: Two western powers in an NFL stadium. BYU has a new coach after Bronco Mendenhall left for Virginia. Arizona looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2015.
Sunday September 4
#10 Notre Dame @ Texas
Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium – Austin, TX
Why you should watch: It’s two of the top five brands of college football. Notre Dame barely missed the Playoff last year. Texas looks for significant improvement in Year Three under Charlie Strong. Notre Dame won this game last year 38-3 in South Bend.
Monday September 5
#4 Florida State vs. #11 Ole Miss
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL
Why you should watch: It’s the traditional Labor Day game. Two of the best programs the last three years. Loaded Florida State should have huge home field advantage. Chad Kelly is a dark horse Heisman contender for Ole Miss.
*denotes game being played at neutral site