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College football is back! After 280 days, the Michigan Wolverines will take the field and face Western Michigan to open their 2021 schedule on Saturday. But it’s not just Michigan. Fans have a full slate of Big Ten action this weekend! Let’s take a look at the games to watch in the conference this week, starting with your Wolverines.

Michigan Wolverines vs. Western Michigan Broncos

  • Date & Time: Saturday, September 4th, 12:00 PM ET
  • Channel: ESPN
  • Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Weather: 74 degrees and mostly cloudy
  • Betting Line: Michigan -17, O/U: 67

This is the eighth time the two teams have met dating back to 1917. The Wolverines are 7-0 in those contests including their most recent win in 2018. It was a 49-3 victory for Michigan the last time these two squared up. The closest margin of victory in the most recent meetings was 17 points back in 2001 when the Wolverines won 38-21.

Michigan is coming off a 2-4 season under Jim Harbaugh in a COVID-shortened 2020 season. Meanwhile, the Broncos were 4-2 and like most programs in college football, faced only their MAC conference opponents.

Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara showed flashes in the 2020 season and now takes over the duty starting over five-star J.J. McCarthy. On the defensive side of the ball, Mike Macdonald will get the first challenge of his career as defensive coordinator with a Broncos team that boasts one of the best quarterbacks in the MAC conference, Kaleb Eleby. With a secondary that struggled in Ann Arbor a season ago, it certainly won’t be an easy task in Week 1.

No. 19 Penn State Nittany Lions vs No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers

  • Date & Time: Saturday, September 4, 12:00 PM ET
  • Channel: FOX
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Weather: 71 degrees and mostly cloudy
  • Betting Line: Wisconsin -5.5, O/U: 50

If you have more than one television in your home, I would have this game on alongside Michigan’s game in this time slot. This is the 20th time the two programs have met with Wisconsin looking to even up the series at 10. The Nittany Lions have won four straight meetings dating back to 2012. Three of those wins were won by a touchdown or less.

This has early ramifications for both sides of the conference. It will be an interesting watch for Michigan fans who will see both these teams later on in the season. It’s one of two matchups this week that have two Big Ten teams meeting that is both ranked in the Top-25 in the nation.

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz has earned some hype for flashes of 2020 and some think he could be a Top-3 quarterback in the conference by year’s end. The Nittany Lions won their last 4 games after opening up their 2020 campaign 0-5. Analysts are expecting them to ride that momentum into 2021 with largely the same roster.

No. 17 Indiana Hoosiers vs No. 18 Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Date & Time: Saturday, September 4, 3:30 PM ET
  • Channel: Big Ten Network
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Weather: 71 degrees and mostly cloudy
  • Betting Line: Iowa -3, O/U: 57

The other matchup between top 25 opponents in the Big Ten, Indiana vs Iowa is served up to be a great one. Michael Penix Jr. is back and 100% after a breakout season in 2020 that was shortened with a season-ending knee injury. The Hoosiers climbed all the way to No. 7 from nowhere a season ago and look to be one of the most interesting teams to watch in 2021.

Iowa has routinely been a Top-25 program under head coach Kirk Ferentz. However, they seem to always be a step behind Wisconsin in the Big Ten-West. Starting quarterback Spencer Petras returns to a team that looks like a typical Iowa team of the last decade. They’ll be tough to beat, especially at home.

Here is the full schedule for games this weekend:

Week 1 College Football Schedule

Date Matchup Time (ET) TV Network
Date Matchup Time (ET) TV Network
Saturday, Sept. 4 Temple at Rutgers 12:00 PM BTN
No. 2 Oklahoma at Tulane 12:00 PM ABC
No. 19 Penn State at No. 12 Wisconsin 12:00 PM FOX
UL Monroe at Kentucky 12:00 PM SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College 12:00 PM ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan 12:00 PM ESPN
Holy Cross at UConn 12:00 PM CBS Sports Network
Stanford at Kansas State 12:00 PM Fox Sports 1
Army at Georgia State 12:00 PM ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska 12:00 PM BTN
Fresno State at No. 11 Oregon 2:00 PM Pac-12 Network
Rice at Arkansas 2:00 PM ESPN+/SECN+
Lafayette at Air Force 2:00 PM
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 14 Miami 3:30 PM ABC
Miami (OH) at No. 8 Cincinnati 3:30 PM ESPN+
No. 17 Indiana at No. 18 Iowa 3:30 PM BTN
Marshall at Navy 3:30 PM CBS Sports Network
West Virginia at Maryland 3:30 PM ESPN
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State 4:00 PM ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri 4:00 PM SEC Network
UMass at Pittsburgh 4:00 PM ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming 4:00 PM
Northern Iowa at No. 7 Iowa State 4:30 PM Big 12 | ESPN+
No. 23 Louisiana at No. 21 Texas 4:30 PM FOX
San Jose State at No. 15 USC 5:00 PM Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty 6:00 PM ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern 6:00 PM ESPN3
Akron at Auburn 7:00 PM ESPN+ | SECN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina 7:00 PM ESPN+ | SECN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee 7:00 PM ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio 7:00 PM CBS Sports Network
Oregon State at Purdue 7:00 PM Fox Sports 1
Texas Tech vs. Houston 7:00 PM ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State 7:00 PM Big 12 | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State 7:00 PM ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis 7:00 PM ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU 7:00 PM ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo 7:00 PM ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State 7:00 PM ESPN3
Southern at Troy 7:00 PM ESPN3
No. 5 Georgia at No. 3 Clemson 7:30 PM ABC
Florida Atlantic at No. 13 Florida 7:30 PM SEC Network
Northwestern State at North Texas 7:30 PM ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois 7:30 PM BTN
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech 7:30 PM ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia 7:30 PM ESPN3
Kent State at No. 6 Texas A&M 8:00 PM ESPNU
Montana at No. 20 Washington 8:00 PM Pac-12 Network
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt 8:00 PM ESPN+ | SECN+
Southern Miss at South Alabama 8:00 PM ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU 8:00 PM Big 12 | ESPN+
No. 16 at UCLA 8:30 PM FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP 9:00 PM ESPN3
Nevada at California 10:30 PM Fox Sports 1
BYU at Arizona 10:30 PM ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State 10:30 PM CBS Sports Network
Utah State at Washington State 11:00 PM Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawaii 11:59 PM
Sunday, Sept. 5 No. 9 Notre Dame at Florida State 7:30 PM ABC
Monday Sept. 6 Louisville vs. Ole Miss 8:00 PM ESPN
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