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Weekend Game Guide: The journey begins

Week 1 of college football has arrived

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Welcome to the first installment of Weekend Game Guide! This will be a weekly article during the football season published on Thursdays where we will highlight games over the upcoming weekend that we think will be important or just enjoyable to watch. Our idea here is to help Maize n Brew readers keep track of key matchups both within the Big Ten and nationally, in addition to providing a one stop shop for those looking to map out the games they’ll watch over the weekend.

B1G Games to Watch

Let’s kick things off in the Big Ten, where things may not be the usual sleepy opening weekend. The weekend lacks a marquee matchup like Michigan vs Notre Dame last year or Michigan vs Florida in 2017, but for better or worse there still should be some close games.

South Florida vs No. 19 Wisconsin. The season may open for Big Ten teams tonight with Minnesota and South Dakota State, but the first game we’re highlighting is the Wisconsin Badgers against the South Florida Bulls. This shouldn’t end up being that close of a game, but it will provide an important picture of Wisconsin for what may be a wide open Big Ten West race this year. If the Badgers struggle to put USF away, bedlam could break loose in the West. If Wisconsin comes out swinging on offense and locks down the Bulls on defense, the Badgers could reign in the West this year. This game kicks off Friday at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN.

Nevada vs Purdue. The Purdue Boilermakers look to bounce back from a disappointing 6-7 season in 2018. They’ll open 2019 on the road at Nevada on Friday at 9:30 p.m. on CBS Sports. Purdue went to the mat financially to keep head coach Jeff Brohm from bolting for greener pastures at Louisville this past off-season, agreeing to pay him an average of $5.25 million for the next seven years. The Boilermakers are favored to win their opener by ten, and should have a similar offense to last year with Elijah Sindelar at QB and Rondale Moore at WR. But how many wins that combination will actually amount to will have to be seen. If Purdue wins comfortably at Nevada, things are on track in West Lafayette.

No. 25 Stanford vs Northwestern. The Northwestern Wildcats open the season on the road against No. 25 Stanford at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday on Fox. Northwestern looks to once again be a dangerous team in the middle tier of the Big Ten. Coming off a 9-5 campaign last season, the Wildcats look to reload with their likely QB being Hunter Johnson; a former 5-star prospect and transfer from Clemson. Northwestern has a chance to build momentum early with a win on the road at Stanford.

National Games to Watch

BYU vs No. 14 Utah. This game may not have marquee name recognition, but it will be the first opportunity for a significant upset in the 2019 season. This evening at 10:15 p.m., the Cougars and the Utes will face off in this year’s edition of the Holy War (yes, that’s really what their rivalry is called). No. 14 Utah may have the superior ranking, but they’re only favored by five points—and they have to go on the road to face BYU. The Cougars looked strong on offense down the stretch last year, and they return several key pieces on that side of the ball. If BYU can get going early, they could score the first Top-25 upset of the 2019 season.

No. 16 Auburn vs No. 11 Oregon. The Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers are in the prime time slot on ABC for Saturday evening. Both teams are looking for redemption after 2018 seasons that weren’t quite as good as hoped for. Oregon returns key pieces of their offense like QB Justin Herbert, while Auburn is looking for answers on that side of the ball. The Tigers should have a strong defense, but head coach Gus Malzahn is under pressure after last year’s 8-5 effort so if things go sideways they could get ugly in a hurry. Auburn is favored by 3, but both teams will be hungry for a Week 1 win over a Top-25 opponent.

The Grid

Just because we’ve highlighted the five games above doesn’t mean they’re the only thing on TV this weekend. Below we have a list of every game taking place this weekend.


Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
UCLA at Cincinnati 7:00 PM ESPN
Wagner at UConn 7:00 PM ESPN3
Albany at Central Michigan 7:00 PM ESPN3
Morgan State at Bowling Green 7:00 PM ESPN3
Robert Morris at Buffalo 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Florida A&M at #17 UCF 7:30 PM CBSSN
Central Arkansas at Western Kentucky 7:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Gardner-Webb at Charlotte 7:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Georgia Tech at #1 Clemson 8:00 PM ACC Network
Florida International at Tulane 8:00 PM ESPN3
Alabama State at UAB 8:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Texas State at #12 Texas A&M 8:30 PM SEC Network
South Dakota State at Minnesota 9:00 PM FS1
Kent State at Arizona State 10:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Northern Colorado at San Jose State 10:00 PM None None
#14 Utah at BYU 10:15 PM ESPN


Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Rice at Army 6:00 PM CBSSN
Tulsa at #18 Michigan State 7:00 PM FS1
#19 Wisconsin at South Florida 7:00 PM ESPN
UMass at Rutgers 7:15 PM BTN
Utah State at Wake Forest 8:00 PM ACC Network
Purdue at Nevada 9:30 PM CBSSN
Colorado State at Colorado 10:00 PM ESPN
Oklahoma State at Oregon State 10:30 PM FS1


Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Florida Atlantic at #5 Ohio State 12:00 PM FOX
Northern Iowa at #21 Iowa State 12:00 PM FS1
South Alabama at #24 Nebraska 12:00 PM ESPN
Akron at Illinois 12:00 PM BTN
Indiana vs. Ball State 12:00 PM CBSSN
Howard at Maryland 12:00 PM BTN
Indiana State at Kansas 12:00 PM Fox Sports Net
Toledo at Kentucky 12:00 PM SEC Network
Ole Miss at Memphis 12:00 PM ABC
Mississippi State vs. Louisiana 12:00 PM ESPNU
East Carolina at NC State 12:00 PM ACC Network
James Madison at West Virginia 2:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Rhode Island at Ohio 2:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Eastern Washington at #13 Washington 3:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Bucknell at Temple 3:00 PM ESPN3
Duke vs. #2 Alabama 3:30 PM ABC
Idaho at #15 Penn State 3:30 PM BTN
Colgate at Air Force 3:30 PM ESPN3
Holy Cross at Navy 3:30 PM CBSSN
Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
South Carolina vs. North Carolina 3:30 PM ESPN
Georgia State at Tennessee 3:30 PM ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Appalachian State 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Northwestern at #25 Stanford 4:00 PM FOX
Portland State at Arkansas 4:00 PM SEC Network
Montana State at Texas Tech 4:00 PM Fox Sports Net
Virginia Tech at Boston College 4:00 PM ACC Network
#22 Syracuse at Liberty 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Sam Houston State at New Mexico 6:00 PM None None
Incarnate Word at UTSA 6:00 PM ESPN3
Campbell at Troy 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
UC Davis at California 6:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
VMI at Marshall 6:30 PM Stadium
Norfolk State at Old Dominion 7:00 PM ESPN3
Alcorn State at Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Illinois State at Northern Illinois 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Monmouth at Western Michigan 7:00 PM ESPN3
SMU at Arkansas State 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Boise State vs. Florida State 7:00 PM ESPN
Nicholls at Kansas State 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at Baylor 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
#3 Georgia at Vanderbilt 7:30 PM SEC Network
Georgia Southern at #6 LSU 7:30 PM ESPNU
Middle Tennessee at #7 Michigan 7:30 PM BTN
#11 Oregon vs. #16 Auburn 7:30 PM ABC
Miami (OH) at #20 Iowa 7:30 PM FS1
Missouri at Wyoming 7:30 PM CBSSN
Abilene Christian at North Texas 7:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Virginia at Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ACC Network
Louisiana Tech at #10 Texas 8:00 PM Longhorn Network
Houston Baptist at UTEP 8:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at TCU 8:00 PM Fox Sports Net
Grambling at UL Monroe 8:00 PM ESPN3
Weber State at San Diego State 9:00 PM None None
New Mexico State at #23 Washington State 10:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Southern Utah at UNLV 10:00 PM None
Fresno State at USC 10:30 PM ESPN


Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Houston at #4 Oklahoma 7:30 PM ABC


Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
#9 Notre Dame at Louisville 8:00 PM ESPN

Think we missed a game that deserved to be highlighted? Sound off in the comments with the game and why.