Here We Go: 2017 College Football is On

Best Week One Games In College Football

Friends, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that summer is over and school is open. The good news is that when school is back, college football is back. We’ve been waiting.

There will be college football aplenty between now and the bowl games in January. And DISH has the most college football and the best ways to enjoy it. To see every FBS school’s football schedule, plus the time and network for every game, start here.

See how you can catch college football on your computer and mobile devices with DISH Anywhere, and how to watch four games at once on your TV. See which networks and apps we have to help you track your favorite teams. We have it all. Really.

And we’ll be watching this week as the fight for conferences and rankings gets underway. Here are some of the games we’ll have our eyes on.

Thursday August 31

Ohio State v Indiana
8pm on ESPN

Ohio State, ranked #2 in preseason polls, is expected to have a pretty painless time against their Big Ten rival. But how this game turns out could have implications for the postseason, considering IU will be playing for a bowl spot. And this game will be the first in J.T. Barrett’s final year of eligibility and last chance to show off his NFL chops.

Friday September 1

Colorado v Colorado State
8pm on PAC-12 Network

It’s the Rocky Mountain Showdown! The Buffaloes and the Rams meet at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for a neutral-site game. The winner will take home the Centennial Cup.  

Saturday September 2

Michigan v Florida
3:30pm on ABC

It’s #11 Michigan v #17 Florida. It’s not a conference game, but here are two teams with legitimate shots at their conference titles. Michigan goes into the season with third-year coach Jim Harbaugh, who has remade much of the program and will hope in his khaki-clad heart that it’s enough to dethrone Ohio State. Meanwhile Florida is expected to take the SEC East, if not the conference title. So, this should be a bang-up game.  

Temple v Notre Dame
3:30pm on NBC

Notre Dame is coming off a season that everyone agrees looks worse on paper than it was in reality. Coach Brian Kelly and co. will be looking to start redeeming their 4-8 season from the get-go. Temple, meanwhile, is coming off an AAC title win over Navy.

Florida State v Alabama
8pm on ABC

If you see only one college football game over Labor Day weekend, make it Florida StateAlabama. In preseason rankings, Alabama is #1 to Florida State’s #3. By the end of the season, they could be #1 and 2. This will be the first college football game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, and it promises to be action-packed.

Sunday September 3

Texas A&M v UCLA
7:30pm on FOX

Last year, the Aggies beat the Bruins 31-24 in overtime, and it was an early season barnburner. We’re expecting something similar this year, and both teams are hovering around the top 25 in preseason polls.

West Virginia v Virginia Tech
7:30pm on ESPN

Two teams that will be making runs at their respective conference championships play for the Black Diamond Trophy, the prize in this coal country rivalry. The Mountaineers will be looking to prove their offence hasn’t been overhyped. The Virginia Tech secondary will be a big test for West Virginia QB Will Grier.

Monday September 4

Tennessee v Georgia Tech
8pm on ESPN

What better way to end the holiday weekend than with the Vols and the Yellow Jackets? This is the second ever college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the two teams have a rivalry with a long (if interrupted) history. A win on either side would probably land the winner in the top 25.

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