ESPN Networks’ Early Season College Football Schedule


ESPN has announced the Early Season College Football Schedule featuring huge range of rivalries, non-conference clashes, in-state showdowns and postseason programming.

2021 College Football Season on ESPN networks will deliver 1,000 regular season games across all networks featuring 40-game Bowl Season games which will include College Football Playoff Semifinals concluding the season on Monday, January 10 at the Circle City with the CFP National Championship in Indianapolis.

ESPN’s early season slate featured eleven conferences represented and teams from all ten Football Bowl Subdivision conferences booked for berths throughout ESPN’s industry-leading college football portfolio.

ESPN platforms that will present College football games includes ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network, Big 12 Now on ESPN+, Longhorn Network, ESPN3, ESPN+, SEC Network+ (SECN+) and ACC Network Extra (ACCNX).

ABC will begin the Labor Day Weekend Coverage with Georgia vs. Clemson on Duke’s Mayo Classic Saturday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET. On Sunday Night Kickoff features Alabama vs. Miami in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 5 and Florida State vs. Notre Dame in Tallahassee at 7:30 p.m.

ESPN again will cover at Atlanta on Chick-fil-A Kickoff Louisville vs. Ole Miss on Labor Day Monday on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.

Big 12 Now on ESPN+ will deliver 11 Big 12 games featuring eight different Big 12 teams scheduled across the first three weeks and as many as 15 total games likely throughout the season.

ESPN’s first week coverage begins with UCF hosting Boise State on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 3 features a doubleheader of ACC and Big Ten openers as North Carolina plays Virginia Tech in Blacksburg at 6 p.m., followed by Michigan State at Northwestern at 9 p.m.

ESPN Events’ college football events will broadcast opening week with the 2021 Texas Kickoff and inaugural Vegas Kickoff Classic. SEC Network kicksoff the season with Tennessee hosting Bowling Green in Neyland Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.

ACC Network’s Week 1 begins with NC State hosting USF in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. ESPN is to broadcast the ACC, American, Big 12 and Pac-12 Championship Games on ABC the first weekend of December, as ESPN networks close out their signature coverage of conference action.

ESPN Networks’ Early Season College Football Schedule

Date & Time (ET) Matchup Network
Sat, Aug 28, 3:30 p.m. Hawaii at UCLA ESPN
7 p.m. Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff (Atlanta, Ga.):
Alcorn State vs. North Carolina Central
Wed, Sep 1, 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.):
UAB vs. Jacksonville State
Thu, Sep 2, 7 p.m. Boise State at UCF ESPN
7 p.m. Wagner at Buffalo ESPN3
7 p.m. Long Island at Florida International ESPN3
7 p.m. The Citadel at Coastal Carolina ESPN+
7 p.m. Western Illinois at Ball State ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Duke’s Mayo Classic (Charlotte, N.C.):
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State
7:30 p.m. South Florida at NC State ACC Network
7:30 p.m. UC Davis at Tulsa ESPN+
8 p.m. Bowling Green at Tennessee SEC Network
8 p.m. UT Martin at Western Kentucky ESPN+
Fri, Sep 3, 6 p.m. North Carolina at Virginia Tech ESPN
7 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
7 p.m. Old Dominion at Wake Forest ACC Network
8 p.m. South Dakota at Kansas Big 12 Now on ESPN+
9 p.m. Michigan State at Northwestern ESPN
Sat, Sep 4, Noon Oklahoma at Tulane ABC
Noon Western Michigan at Michigan ESPN
Noon Army at Georgia State ESPNU
Noon Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky SEC Network
Noon Colgate at Boston College ACC Network
2 p.m. Rice at Arkansas ESPN+/SECN+
3:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff (Atlanta, Ga.):
Alabama vs. Miami
3:30 p.m. West Virginia at Maryland ESPN
3:30 p.m. Northern Iowa at Iowa State Big 12 Now on ESPN+
3:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati ESPN+
4 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State ESPNU
4 p.m. Central Michigan at Missouri SEC Network
4 p.m. Massachusetts at Pittsburgh ACC Network
6 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern ESPN3
6 p.m. Campbell at Liberty ESPN3
7 p.m. Texas Kickoff (Houston, Texas):
Texas Tech vs. Houston
7 p.m. Missouri State at Oklahoma State Big 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. Monmouth at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
7 p.m. Central Arkansas at Arkansas State ESPN3
7 p.m. Norfolk State at Toledo ESPN3
7 p.m. Southern at Troy ESPN3
7 p.m. Akron at Auburn ESPN+/SECN+
7 p.m. Eastern Illinois at South Carolina ESPN+/SECN+
7 p.m. Nicholls at Memphis ESPN+
7 p.m. Abilene Christian at SMU ESPN+
7 p.m. Baylor at Texas State ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Duke’s Mayo Classic (Charlotte, N.C.):
Georgia vs. Clemson
7:30 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Florida SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech ACC Network
7:30 p.m. Northwestern State at North Texas ESPN3
7:30 p.m. William & Mary at Virginia ESPN3
8 p.m. Kent State at Texas A&M ESPNU
8 p.m. Duquesne at TCU Big 12 Now on ESPN+
8 p.m. East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt ESPN+/SECN+
8 p.m. Southern Mississippi at South Alabama ESPN+
9 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at UTEP ESPN3
10:30 p.m. Vegas Kickoff Classic (Las Vegas, Nev.):
BYU vs. Arizona
Sun, Sep 5, 3 p.m. Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic (Miami Gardens, Fla.):
Jackson State vs. Florida A&M
7 p.m. Red Tails Classic (Montgomery, Ala.):
Fort Valley State vs. Tuskegee
7:30 p.m. Notre Dame at Florida State ABC
Mon, Sep 6, 8 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff (Atlanta, Ga.):
Louisville vs. Ole Miss
Fri, Sep 10, 7:30 p.m. Kansas at Coastal Carolina ESPN2
8 p.m. North Carolina A&T at Duke ACC Network
Sat, Sep 11, 11 a.m. Illinois at Virginia ACC Network
11:30 a.m. VMI at Kent State ESPN3
Noon Florida at South Florida ABC
Noon Pittsburgh at Tennessee ESPN
Noon South Carolina at East Carolina ESPN2
Noon Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota ESPNU
Noon Alabama State at Auburn SEC Network
Noon Kennesaw State at Georgia Tech ESPN3
Noon Norfolk State at Wake Forest ACCNX
1:30 p.m. Wyoming at Northern Illinois ESPN+
2 p.m. Rutgers at Syracuse ACC Network
2 p.m. Duquesne at Ohio ESPN3
2 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Virginia Tech ACCNX
3 p.m. Robert Morris at Central Michigan ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Iowa at Iowa State ABC
3:30 p.m. UAB at Georgia ESPN2
3:30 p.m. California at TCU ESPNU
3:30 p.m. Murray State at Cincinnati ESPN+
3:30 p.m. Temple at Akron ESPN+
4 p.m. Mercer at Alabama SEC Network
4 p.m. South Alabama at Bowling Green ESPN+
5 p.m. South Carolina State at Clemson ACC Network
5 p.m. Illinois State at Western Michigan ESPN3
5 p.m. Long Island at West Virginia Big 12 Now on ESPN+
6 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Charlotte ESPN3
6 p.m. Lamar at UTSA ESPN3
6:30 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at UCF ESPN+
6:30 p.m. North Carolina Central at Marshall ESPN+
7 p.m. Texas at Arkansas ESPN
7 p.m. Appalachian State at Miami ESPN2 or ESPNU
7 p.m. NC State at Mississippi State ESPN2 or ESPNU
7 p.m. Texas Southern at Baylor Big 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. Southern Illinois at Kansas State Big 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech Big 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. Hampton at Old Dominion ESPN3
7 p.m. Grambling at Southern Mississippi ESPN3
7 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana Tech ESPN3
7 p.m. Nicholls at Louisiana ESPN3
7 p.m. Liberty at Troy ESPN+
7 p.m. Texas State at Florida International ESPN+
7 p.m. North Texas at SMU ESPN+
7 p.m. Morgan State at Tulane ESPN+
7 p.m. Memphis at Arkansas State ESPN+
7 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Louisville ACCNX
7:30 p.m. Washington at Michigan ABC
7:30 p.m. Missouri at Kentucky SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Georgia State at North Carolina ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Austin Peay at Ole Miss ESPN+/SECN+
8 p.m. Jacksonville State at Florida State ACC Network
8 p.m. McNeese at LSU ESPN+/SECN+
10:15 p.m. Utah at BYU ESPN
10:30 p.m. UNLV at Arizona State ESPN2
Thu, Sep 16, 8 p.m. Ohio at Louisiana ESPN
Fri, Sep 17, 7:30 p.m. UCF at Louisville ESPN
Sat, Sep 18, Noon Michigan State at Miami ABC or ESPN
Noon Cincinnati at Indiana ABC or ESPN
Noon Boston College at Temple ESPN2 or ESPNU
Noon Coastal Carolina at Buffalo ESPN2 or ESPNU
Noon New Mexico at Texas A&M SEC Network
Noon Albany at Syracuse ACC Network
Noon Western Michigan at Pittsburgh ESPN3
Noon Chattanooga at Kentucky ESPN+/SECN+
Noon Southeast Missouri State at Missouri ESPN+/SECN+
Noon Tennessee Tech at Tennessee ESPN+/SECN+
2:05 p.m. Nevada at Kansas State Big 12 Now on ESPN+
3:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at Clemson ABC or ESPN
3:30 p.m. Florida State at Wake Forest ABC or ESPN
3:30 p.m. Bryant at Akron ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Baylor at Kansas Big 12 Now on ESPN+
3:30 p.m. Elon at Appalachian State ESPN+
3:30 p.m. Long Island at Miami (Ohio) ESPN+
4 p.m. Mississippi State at Memphis ESPN2
4 p.m. Colorado State at Toledo ESPNU
4 p.m. Georgia Southern at Arkansas SEC Network
4 p.m. Northwestern at Duke ACC Network
5 p.m. Murray State at Bowling Green ESPN3
6 p.m. Fordham at Florida Atlantic ESPN3
6 p.m. Old Dominion at Liberty ESPN3
6 p.m. Middle Tennessee at UTSA ESPN+
7 p.m. South Carolina at Georgia ESPN
7 p.m. Incarnate Word at Texas State ESPN3
7 p.m. Florida International at Texas Tech Big 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. Grambling at Houston ESPN+
7 p.m. Florida A&M at South Florida ESPN+
7 p.m. Troy at Southern Mississippi ESPN+
7 p.m. Charlotte at Georgia State ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Auburn at Penn State ABC
7:30 p.m. Central Michigan at LSU SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Virginia at North Carolina ACC Network
7:30 p.m. Furman at NC State ESPN3
8 p.m. Tulane at Ole Miss ESPN2
8 p.m. Stanford at Vanderbilt ESPNU
8 p.m. Rice at Texas Longhorn Network
8 p.m. Alcorn State at South Alabama ESPN3
8 p.m. Jackson State at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Arizona State at BYU ESPN
Thu, Sep 23, 7:30 p.m. Marshall at Appalachian State ESPN
Fri, Sep 24, 7 p.m. Wake Forest at Virginia ESPN2
8 p.m. Liberty at Syracuse ACC Network
Sat, Sep 25, Noon Wagner at Temple ESPN+
Noon Bowling Green at Minnesota TBD
6 p.m. Charleston Southern at East Carolina ESPN+
TBD South Florida at BYU TBD
Thu, Sep 30, 7:30 p.m. Virginia at Miami ESPN
Fri, Oct 1, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Tulsa ESPN
Thu, Oct 7, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Tulane ESPN
7:30 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State ESPNU
Fri, Oct 8, 7 p.m. Temple at Cincinnati ESPN
10:30 p.m. Stanford at Arizona State ESPN
Sat, Oct 9, TBD Red River Showdown (Dallas, Texas):
Oklahoma vs. Texas
TBD Notre Dame at Virginia Tech TBD
TBD Boise State at BYU TBD
Tue, Oct 12, 7:30 p.m. Appalachian State at Louisiana ESPN2
Thu, Oct 14, 7:30 p.m. Navy at Memphis ESPN
7:30 p.m. Georgia Southern at South Alabama ESPNU
Fri, Oct 15, 7 p.m. Clemson at Syracuse ESPN
10:30 p.m. California at Oregon ESPN
Sat, Oct 16, TBD Iowa State at Kansas State TBD
TBD Stanford at Washington State TBD
Wed, Oct 20, 7:30 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State ESPN2
Thu, Oct 21, 7:30 p.m. Tulane at SMU ESPN
7:30 p.m. Louisiana at Arkansas State ESPNU
Fri, Oct 22, 7 p.m. Memphis at UCF ESPN2
10:30 p.m. Washington at Arizona ESPN2
Sat, Oct 23, Noon Cincinnati at Navy ABC or ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Oct 28, 7:30 p.m. South Florida at East Carolina ESPN
7:30 p.m. Troy at Coastal Carolina ESPNU
Fri, Oct 29, 7:30 p.m. Navy at Tulsa ESPN2
Sat, Oct 30, TBD Florida State at Clemson TBD
TBD Texas at Baylor TBD
TBD Virginia at BYU TBD
Tue, Nov 2, 7:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Ohio or Eastern Michigan at Toledo or Ball State at Akron ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Ohio or Eastern Michigan at Toledo or Ball State at Akron ESPNU
Wed, Nov 3, 7 p.m. Central Michigan at Western Michigan ESPN2 or ESPNU
7 p.m. Northern Illinois at Kent State ESPN2 or ESPNU
Thu, Nov 4, 7:30 p.m. Georgia State at Louisiana ESPN
Fri, Nov 5, 7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Boston College ESPN2
Sat, Nov 6, 3 p.m. Idaho State at BYU ESPN3
Tue, Nov 9, 8 p.m. Buffalo at Miami (Ohio) or Ohio at Eastern Michigan or Akron at Western Michigan ESPN2
8 p.m. Buffalo at Miami (Ohio) or Ohio at Eastern Michigan or Akron at Western Michigan ESPNU
Wed, Nov 10, 7 p.m. Ball State at Northern Illinois or Toledo at Bowling Green or Kent State at Central Michigan ESPN2
8 p.m. Ball State at Northern Illinois or Toledo at Bowling Green or Kent State at Central Michigan ESPNU
Thu, Nov 11, 7:30 p.m. North Carolina at Pittsburgh ESPN
Fri, Nov 12, 6 p.m. Cincinnati at South Florida ESPN2
Tue, Nov 16, 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Toledo at Ohio ESPN2 or ESPNU or ESPN+
7:30 or 8 p.m. Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan ESPN2 or ESPNU or ESPN+
7:30 or 8 p.m. Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio) ESPN2 or ESPNU or ESPN+
Wed, Nov 17, 7 p.m. Central Michigan at Ball State ESPN2 or ESPNU
7 p.m. Northern Illinois at Buffalo ESPN2 or ESPNU
Thu, Nov 18, 7:30 p.m. Louisville at Duke ESPN
Fri, Nov 19, 9 p.m. Memphis at Houston ESPN2
Sat, Nov 20 TBD Nebraska at Wisconsin
Tue, Nov 23, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Ball State ESPNU or ESPN+
7 p.m. Western Michigan at Northern Illinois ESPNU or ESPN+
Thu, Nov 25, 7:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPN
Fri, Nov 26, Noon Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan or Ohio at Bowling Green ESPNU
3:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. North Carolina at NC State ABC or ESPN
3:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. South Florida at UCF ABC or ESPN
3:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Cincinnati at East Carolina or Tulane at Memphis or Tulsa at SMU* ABC or ESPN
Sat, Nov 27, TBD Oklahoma at Oklahoma State TBD
Fri, Dec 3, 8 p.m. Pac-12 Championship Game (Las Vegas, Nev.) ABC
Sat, Dec 4, Noon Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game (Detroit, Mich.) ESPN
TBD Sun Belt Championship Game (Campus Site TBD) ESPN
TBD American Championship Game (Campus Site TBD) ABC
TBD Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game (Arlington, Texas) ABC
TBD ACC Championship Game (Charlotte, N.C.) ABC
Fri, Dec 17, Noon Bahamas Bowl ESPN
6 p.m. Cure Bowl ESPN2
Sat, Dec 18, 11 a.m. Boca Raton Bowl ESPN
Noon Cricket Celebration Bowl ABC
2:15 p.m. New Mexico Bowl ESPN
3:30 p.m. Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl ABC
5:45 p.m. LendingTree Bowl ESPN
7:30 p.m. LA Bowl ABC
9:15 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ESPN
Mon, Dec 20, 2:30 p.m. Myrtle Beach Bowl ESPN
Tue, Dec 21, 3:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl ESPN
7:30 p.m. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl ESPN
Wed, Dec 22, TBD Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl ESPN
Thu, Dec 23, 7 p.m. Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl ESPN
Fri, Dec 24, 8 p.m. Hawai’i Bowl ESPN
Sat, Dec 25, 2:30 p.m. Camellia Bowl ESPN
Mon, Dec 27, 11 a.m. Quick Lane Bowl ESPN
2:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Peraton ESPN
Tue, Dec 28, Noon TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl ESPN
3:15 p.m. SERVPRO First Responder Bowl ESPN
6:45 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl ESPN
10:15 p.m. Guaranteed Rate Bowl ESPN
Wed, Dec 29, 11 a.m. Fenway Bowl ESPN
2:15 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl ESPN
5:45 p.m. Cheez-It Bowl ESPN
9:15 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl ESPN
Thu, Dec 30, 11:30 a.m. Duke’s Mayo Bowl ESPN
3 p.m. TransPerfect Music City Bowl ESPN
7 p.m. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl ESPN
10:30 p.m. SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl ESPN
Fri, Dec 31, 11 a.m. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl ESPN
3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. CFP Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic ESPN
3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. CFP Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl ESPN
Sat, Jan 1, Noon Outback Bowl ESPN2
1 p.m. Vrbo Citrus Bowl ABC
1 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl ESPN
5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game ESPN
8:45 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl ESPN
Tue, Jan 4, TBD Texas Bowl ESPN
Mon, Jan 10, 8 p.m. CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T ESPN

ESPN Networks’ Early Season College Football Schedule First Published on ESPN Press Room

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *