College Football Week 1 TV Schedule: Complete Guide to Top 25 Action

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College Football Week 1 TV Schedule: Complete Guide to Top 25 Action
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It's here: The 2012 college football season has officially begun.

Four months from now, we'll know whether Alabama is going to make another run at a national title, or whether LSU will exact revenge and thwart the Crimson Tide this year, or whether USC is truly capable of living up to the hype in its first year back from a postseason ban.

We could even have some early ideas about how to answer those questions by the end of the day on Saturday.

Here's a look at the full TV schedule for Saturday's Week 1 action, as well as a couple of key games you don't want to miss.

 

Team Versus TV
No. 1 USC Hawaii 7:30 p.m ET, Fox
No. 2 Alabama No. 8 Michigan   8 p.m. ET, ABC 
No. 3 LSU North Texas  7 p.m. ET ESPNU
No. 4 Oklahoma UTEP 10:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports Net
No. 5 Oregon Arkansas State  10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN 
No. 6 Georgia Buffalo 12 p.m. ET, SEC Network
No. 7 Florida State  Murray State  6 p.m. ET, ESPN3 
No. 8 Michigan Alabama  8 p.m. ET, ABC 
No. 9 South Carolina Vanderbilt  USC wins 17-13 (Thurs.) 
No. 10 Arkansas Jacksonville State  7 p.m ET, GamePlan 
No. 11 West Virginia Marshall  12 p.m. ET, FX 
No. 12 Wisconsin Northern Iowa  3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network  
No. 13 Michigan State No. 24 Boise State  8 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 14 Clemson Auburn   7 p.m. ET, ESPN 
No. 15 Texas Wyoming  8 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network 
No. 16 Virginia Tech Georgia Tech  8 p.m. ET, ESPN 
No. 17 Nebraska Southern Miss.   3:30 p.m. ET, ABC, ESPN2
No. 18 Ohio State Miami (Ohio)  12 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
No. 19 Oklahoma State Savannah State  7 p.m. ET, Fox College Sports 
No. 20 TCU Grambling State  7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Southwest
No. 21 Stanford San Jose State   10 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network 
No. 22 Kansas State Missouri State  7:10 p.m. ET, K-State HD.TV
No. 23 Florida Bowling Green  3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN 
No. 24 Boise State No. 13 Michigan State  8 p.m. ET, ESPN 
No. 25 Louisville Kentucky  3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN 


Key Games

No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 8 Michigan 

You usually don't find two top-10 teams squaring off in the very first game of the season, but that's the way the cards fell for the reigning national champs and Michigan this year. And whichever team blows it on Saturday is going to suffer the consequences.

For Alabama, a loss would likely mean it loses its top-five ranking—and, of course, its designation as one of this year's primary teams to beat. For Michigan, a loss would likely mean it would be knocked out of the top 10—and it would indicate the Big Ten still has some work to do before it can really compete with the big, bad SEC.


No. 14 Clemson vs. Auburn

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This is a tough draw for Clemson in terms of a kickoff game, because Auburn may not be ranked—and it may have kind of fallen off the map in the last year—but this is a team that went undefeated in 2010 and won the national championship.

The pressure is on for Clemson. As one of the few remaining "powerhouses" left in the ACC, an opening-game statement win over an SEC team, and a recent national champ, would be huge. But a loss would be a big blow to Clemson's ranking—and it's a huge opportunity for Auburn to put itself back on the map.

The ACC may have grown considerably weaker than the NCAA's power conferences over the last few years, but an opening-game win over one of the conference's top teams would be huge for Auburn as it attempts to right the ship after an 8-5 2011 season.

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