The 2012 NCAA Division I-A College Football schedule will begin with Week 1 games on August 30, 2012. The Week 1 schedule covers games from August 30 through September 3. The South Carolina Gamecocks are the only Associated Press Top 25 team who plays on August 30. The Vanderbilt Commodores will host the Gamecocks in Nashville, Tennessee.
The TCU Horned Frogs are the only ranked team who won't play in Week 1. The Michigan Wolverines and Alabama Crimson Tide will play in the 2012 Cowboys Stadium Classic in Arlington, Texas. The Clemson Tigers and Auburn Tigers will play in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
All times are listed as Central Time (CT). All games where both teams are top-25 representatives are italicized. Games that are played at neutral locations are indicated with a "vs." instead of an "at." The format for this schedule is "Game (time, major network)." The schedule is ordered by the highest rankings, not earliest times.
Thursday, August 30
Friday, August 31
San Jose State Spartans at (21) Stanford Cardinal (9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, September 1
Hawaii Warriors at (1) USC Trojans (6:30 p.m.)
(8) Michigan Wolverines vs. (2) Alabama Crimson Tide (7:00 p.m., ABC)
North Texas Mean Green at (3) LSU Tigers (6:00 p.m., ESPN U)
(4) Oklahoma Sooners at UTEP Miners (9:30 p.m.)
Arkansas State Red Wolves at (5) Oregon Ducks (9:30 p.m., ESPN)
Buffalo Bulls at (6) Georgia Bulldogs (11:21 a.m.)
Murray State Racers at (7) Florida State Seminoles (5:00 p.m., ESPN 3)
Jacksonville State Gamecocks at (10) Arkansas Razorbacks (6:00 p.m., ESPN 3)
Marshall Thundering Herd at (11) West Virginia Mountaineers (11:00 a.m.)
Northern Iowa Panthers at (12) Wisconsin Badgers (2:30 p.m., Big Ten Network)
Wyoming Cowboys at (15) Texas Longhorns (TBA)
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at (17) Nebraska Cornhuskers (2:30 p.m., ABC and ESPN 2)
Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at (18) Ohio State Buckeyes (11:00 a.m., Big Ten Network)
Bowling Green Falcons at (23) Florida Gators (2:30 p.m., ESPN)
Sunday, September 2
Kentucky Wildcats at (25) Louisville Cardinals (2:30 p.m., ESPN)
Monday, September 3
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at (16) Virginia Tech Hokies (7:00 p.m., ESPN)
College Football schedules are subject to change due to weather or any other unanticipated postponements.
Joshua Huffman grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (1988-2001) and is currently a Middle Tennessee resident (1986-1988, 2001-present). He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and Michigan Wolverines are his favorite teams. He also likes the Michigan State Spartans basketball program because of Tom Izzo, a Yooper. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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