The first week of the 2012 college football season is finally here and there is plenty of intriguing out-of-conference matchups to look forward to in Week 1. Three high-profile games to keep an eye on this week are the #24 Boise State Broncos visiting the #13 Michigan State Spartans, #14 Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at the Georgia Dome, and #8 Michigan Wolverines versus #2 Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium. There will be a total of 78 FBS games played in Week 1.
2012 NCAA Division I-A (FBS) College Football TV Schedule
Note: All times Eastern Time (ET). AP Top 25 teams will be in bold. Games listed with a "vs." instead of "at" are played at a neutral site. Games without a TV channel listed may only be broadcast on local networks. Time and channel of games broadcast are subject to change.
Thursday, August 30
#9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 7:00 p.m., ESPN
UCF at Akron, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Ball State, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Southeast Missouri State at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Towson at Kent State, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Northern Colorado at Utah, 7:15 p.m., Pac-12 Network
UTSA at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3
Massachusetts at Connecticut, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3
UCLA at Rice, 7:30 p.m.
Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
McNeese State at Middle Tennessee, 7:30 p.m., ESPN 3
Sacramento State at New Mexico State, 8:00 p.m., ESPN3
Southern Utah at Utah State, 8:00 p.m., ESPN3
Eastern Washington at Idaho, 9:00 p.m., ESPN3
Washington State at Brigham Young, 10:15 p.m., ESPN
Northern Arizona at Arizona State, 10:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network
Minnesota at UNLV, 11:00 p.m.
Friday, August 31
Villanova at Temple, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Tennessee vs. North Carolina State, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
#24 Boise State at #13 Michigan State, 8:00 p.m., ESPN
Wagner at Florida Atlantic, 8:00 p.m., ESPN3
San Jose State at #21 Stanford, 10:00 p.m., Pac-12 Network
Saturday, September 1
Notre Dame vs. Navy, 9:00 a.m.
Buffalo at #6 Georgia, 12:00 p.m., ESPN3
Marshall at #11 West Virginia, 12:00 p.m.
Miami (OH) at #18 Ohio State, 12:00 p.m., Big Ten Network
Troy at UAB, 12:00 p.m.
Appalachian State at East Carolina, 12:00 p.m.
Northwestern at Syracuse, 12:00 p.m., ESPN2
Ohio at Penn State, 12:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Illinois, 12:00 p.m., ESPNU
Elon at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Idaho State at Air Force, 2:00 p.m.
Nevada at California, 3:00 p.m., Pac-12 Network
William & Mary at Maryland, 3:00 p.m., ESPN3
Nicholls State at Oregon State, 3:00 p.m.
Richmond at Virginia, 3:00 p.m.
Northern Iowa at #12 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Southern Miss at #17 Nebraska, 3:30 p.m., ABC & ESPN2
Bowling Green at #23 Florida, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Tulsa at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m.
Miami (FL) at Boston College, 3:30 p.m., ABC & ESPN2
Iowa vs. Northern Illinois, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Eastern Kentucky at Purdue, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Colorado State vs. Colorado, 4:00 p.m., FX
Southern University at New Mexico, 5:00 p.m.
Murray State at #7 Florida State, 6:00 p.m., ESPN3
Youngstown State at Pittsburgh, 6:00 p.m., ESPN3
Liberty at Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m., ESPN3
North Texas at #3 LSU, 7:00 p.m., ESPNU
Jacksonville State at #10 Arkansas, 7:00 p.m.
#14 Clemson vs. Auburn, 7:00 p.m., ESPN
Savannah State at #19 Oklahoma State, 7:00 p.m.
Chattanooga at South Florida, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Austin Peay at Western Kentucky, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri, 7:00 p.m.
Central Arkansas at Ole Miss, 7:00 p.m.
Florida International at Duke, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3
Tennessee-Martin at Memphis, 7:00 p.m.
Lamar at Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:00 p.m.
Jackson State at Mississippi State, 7:00 p.m.
South Dakota State at Kansas, 7:00 p.m.
Northwestern State at Texas Tech, 7:00 p.m.
Missouri State at #22 Kansas State, 7:10 p.m.
Hawaii at #1 USC, 7:30 p.m.
#8 Michigan vs. #2 Alabama, 8:00 p.m., ABC
Wyoming at #15 Texas, 8:00 p.m., Longhorn Network
Indiana State at Indiana, 8:00 p.m., Big Ten Network
Texas State at Houston, 8:00 p.m.
Rutgers at Tulane, 8:00 p.m.
Weber State at Fresno State, 10:00 p.m.
#4 Oklahoma at UTEP, 10:30 p.m.
Arkansas State at #5 Oregon, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Toledo at Arizona, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU
San Diego State at Washington, 10:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network
Sunday, September 2
Kentucky at #25 Louisville, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Southern Methodist at Baylor, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, September 3
Georgia Tech at #16 Virginia Tech, 8:00 p.m., ESPN