Week 1 of the 2020 college football season features six games Saturday, Sept. 5. A much smaller opening slate than usual because of the number of conferences and teams that have postponed their fall seasons, Saturday still has a handful of games featuring teams that are playing this fall.
So if you're wondering "What college football games are on today?" know this: There are nine involving FBS teams scheduled for today, Saturday, Sept. 5.
Note: All times are ET.
College Football Games on TV Today
Eastern Kentucky at Marshall, 1 p.m. on ESPN
Former FCS rivals renew acquaintances as the Colonels make the trip to Huntington to face the Thundering Herd. Marshall features running back Brenden Knox, the reigning Conference USA Player of the Year, who posted nearly 1,400 rushing yards last season.
Middle Tennessee at Army West Point, 1:30 p.m. on CBSSN
The Blue Raiders make their first-ever trip to West Point to take on the Black Knights. Middle Tennessee quarterback Asher O'Hara isn't afraid to make things happen with his legs (88.2 rushing yards per game last season), but the key to this game is how his defense fares against Army's patented triple-option attack.
SMU at Texas State, 4:30 p.m. on ESPN
Lone Star State schools kick their seasons off when the Mustangs make the 225-mile trip south to face the Bobcats. Despite the close proximity, these teams have only faced each other twice previously, with SMU winning 47-17 at home last year. Texas State will once be again be tasked with trying to contain the Mustangs' potent offense, which is led by quarterback Shane Buechele.
Houston Baptist at North Texas, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3
The Mean Green from Conference USA will try to get off to a quick start against the Huskies from the FCS ranks. North Texas will be breaking in a new quarterback looking to get its offense back on track after a disappointing showing last season while Houston Baptist features one of the top signal-callers from the FCS ranks in Bailey Zappe.
Arkansas State at Memphis, 8 p.m. on ESPN
One of the top games on the Week 1 slate has the Red Wolves making the short trip to the Liberty Bowl to face the Tigers. Memphis was the top Group of 5 team last year, appearing in the Cotton Bowl, and returns a bulk of the same roster under a new-look coaching staff. Arkansas State has been one of the Sun Belt's most consistent programs in recent seasons and has not one, but two quality quarterbacks leading the way.
Stephen F. Austin at UTEP, 9 p.m. on ESPN3
The final game of Week 1 features a pair of teams that struggled last season. The Miners have won two games over the past three seasons combined while the Lumberbacks from the FCS ranks haven't fared much better in that same span. This game offers both Texas programs a chance to get their 2020 campaign off on the right foot.