When is the first college football game in 2021? Full week 0 program for FBS teams
It’s not the official start of the college football season, but it’s pretty close: Week 0 of the 2021 season is fast approaching, bringing with it another year of storylines.
The usual questions, as always, remain: “Who will make the College Football Playoff?” Who will win the Heisman Trophy? Who will win the national championship? They remain compelling and important storylines: but the biggest storylines of the 2021 season could very well unfold off the pitch after one of the busiest offseason in recent college football history.
At first, it seemed like four-to-12-team playoff reform would be the scenario of the year – which quickly fell behind with news that Oklahoma and Texas would be leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC. It’s the first act of what will likely be another huge round of conference realignment, which will likely leave the college football landscape unrecognizable to observers in 2021.
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Additionally, the NCAA has granted student-athletes the most agency and mobility in the organization’s history. This includes the one-time transfer rule, which allows athletes to be immediately eligible if they transfer to another school. But the bigger story is the ability of athletes to capitalize on their name, image and likeness, which has already created significant gains for college football stars.
Oh, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps the coronavirus will have less of an impact on the 2021 season now that several teams have reported significant vaccination rates, but it is too early to say that it will have no impact on the season.
With all the stories going on, you could almost forget that there was real football to be played this year, with real results and consequences based on the action on the pitch. It all starts with week 0, and Sporting News are here to make sure you know how to watch each snap:
When is the first college football game in 2021?
The first confirmed game involving FBS teams is Nebraska-Illinois in Champaign, Ill. It kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 28. After that, Hawaii and UCLA will kick off their respective seasons in Pasadena, Calif., At 3:30 p.m. ET.
Three other games are also slated to start on August 28: UTEP in New Mexico State; UConn in Fresno State; and southern Utah in the state of San Jose. The times for these matches have not yet been determined.
A total of 25 college football matches will take place between Week 0 and the official start of the college football season on September 4, although they are still considered to be on the Week 1 roster.
How to watch college football games in week 0
Only two games will be televised nationwide during the unofficial opening weekend of college football: Fox to broadcast from Nebraska to Illinois, while ESPN will air Hawaii at UCLA. Two more games will be released CBS Sports Network: UTEP in the State of New Mexico and UConn in Fresno State. Those with active cable subscriptions can stream these games simultaneously on the ESPN or fuboTV app, which offers a seven-day free trial.
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College football calendar 2020: Week 0
Five college football matches are scheduled for College Football Week 0. Below is the list of the opening weekend:
Saturday August 28
|Match||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Nebraska to Illinois||1:00 p.m.||Fox fuboTV|
|Hawaii at UCLA||3:30 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|UConn in Fresno State||To be determined||CBS sports network, fuboTV|
|Southern Utah in the State of San Jose||To be determined||CBSSN, fuboTV|
|UTEP in the State of New Mexico||To be determined||N / A|