College football's 2020 season is officially slated to start with a nine-game slate for Week 1 on Thursday, Sept. 3. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Week 1 slate is significantly lighter than usual. Instead of a deep schedule filled with intriguing matchups, the Week 1 rundown only features nine contests and none featuring ranked teams or Power 5 programs. However, a couple of intriguing games are still slated for the opening week of college football. South Alabama at Southern Miss headlines the Thursday action, while Arkansas State-Memphis on Saturday promises to deliver a high-scoring affair. The Labor Day showdown between BYU and Navy should be the top matchup of Week 1. ULM at Troy was slated for Sept. 5 but was shifted to Dec. 5 due to a COVID outbreak at ULM.
As of Thursday, Aug. 27, these nine games are slated to kick off for Week 1 of the 2020 college football season. Here is the complete rundown and list of television networks (where to watch), games and times announced so far.
College Football 2020 Week 1 Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 3
Central Arkansas at UAB - 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
South Alabama at Southern Miss - 8 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Sept. 5
Eastern Kentucky at Marshall - 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
MTSU at Army - 1:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
SMU at Texas State - 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
ULM at Troy - 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3) - POSTPONED to Dec. 5
Houston Baptist at North Texas - 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Arkansas State at Memphis - 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Stephen F. Austin at UTEP - 9 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Monday, Sept. 7
BYU at Navy - 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)