We're now into the full swing of the college football season, where upsets can happen at any time and the best teams start to make their case. Let's take a look at the big picture of games for college football week three.
There are 67 games that will be played over the course of the week across ESPN, ABC, Fox, Fox Sports 1, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN Plus and individual conference channels (six games are on the schedule but will only be available locally), including the Saturday Night Football game of the week featuring West Virginia and No. 4 Oklahoma.
With this plethora of games on the docket, let’s not waste any time and dive right into the schedule and how you can watch as many games as possible.
College football week four schedule
(All times are Eastern)
Marshall at Appalachian State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Middle Tennessee State at Charlotte, 6:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Wake Forest at Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Liberty at Syracuse, 8 p.m., ACC Network
UNLV at No. 22 Fresno State, 10 p.m., CBS Sports Network
No. 2 Georgia at Vanderbilt, Noon, SEC Network
Villanova at No. 6 Penn State, Noon, Big Ten Network
No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Wisconsin, Noon, Fox
LSU at Mississippi State, Noon, ESPN
Missouri at Boston College, Noon, ESPN2
Florida International at Central Michigan, Noon, ESPN Plus
New Hampshire at Pittsburgh, Noon, ESPN Plus/ACCNX
Richmond at Virginia Tech, Noon, ACC Network
Bowling Green at Minnesota, Noon, ESPNU
Ohio at Northwestern, Noon, Big Ten Network
SMU at TCU, Noon, FS1
Texas Tech at Texas, Noon, ABC
Wagner at Temple, Noon, ESPN Plus
Miami (OH) at Army, Noon, CBS Sports Network
Boise State at Utah State, Noon, CBS
Central Connecticut at Miami, 12:30 p.m., ESPN3
UMass at No. 17 Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m., ESPN Plus
San Jose State at Western Michigan, 2 p.m., ESPN Plus
Toledo at Ball State, 2 p.m., ESPN Plus
Texas State at Eastern Michigan, 2 p.m., ESPN Plus
Maine at Northern Illinois, 2:30 p.m., ESPN3
Washington State at Utah, 2:30 p.m., Pac 12 Network
Colorado State at No. 5 Iowa, 3:30 p.m., FS1
No. 7 Texas A&M at No. 16 Arkansas, 3:30 p.m., CBS
No. 9 Clemson at NC State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
No. 14 Iowa State at Baylor, 3:30 p.m., Fox
Rutgers at No. 19 Michigan, 3:30 p.m., ABC
UTSA at Memphis, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Louisville at Florida State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
Illinois at Purdue, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Kent State at Maryland, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Wyoming at UConn, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Towson at San Diego State, 3:30 p.m.,
Georgia State at No. 23 Auburn, 4 p.m., SEC Network
Kansas at Duke, 4 p.m., ACC Network
Arkansas State at Tulsa, 5 p.m., ESPN Plus
No. 24 UCLA at Stanford, 6 p.m., Pac 12 Network
Buffalo at Old Dominion, 6 p.m., ESPN Plus
Charleston Southern at East Carolina, 6 p.m., ESPN Plus
Louisiana at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m., ESPN Plus
Texas Southern at Rice, 6:30 p.m., ESPN3
Tennessee at No. 11 Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN
Nebraska at No. 20 Michigan State, 7 p.m., FS1
No. 25 Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m., Big 12|ESPN Plus
Kentucky at South Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN2
North Texas at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m.
Navy at Houston, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Southern Miss at No. 1 Alabama, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network
West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m., ABC
Akron at No. 10 Ohio State, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
No. 21 North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m., ACC Network
Florida Atlantic at Air Force, 8 p.m., FS2
UAB at Tulane, 8 p.m., ESPN Plus
Indiana at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Troy at UL Monroe, 8 p.m., ESPN Plus
Hawai'i at New Mexico State, 8 p.m.
New Mexico at UTEP, 9 p.m., ESPN Plus
California at Washington, 9:30 p.m., Pac 12 Network
South Florida at No. 15 BYU, 10:15 p.m., ESPN2
Arizona at No. 3 Oregon, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Oregon State at USC, 10:30 p.m., FS1
Colorado at Arizona State, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU
How to watch college football week two in the U.S.
With all the different networks, and even some streaming services, carrying games, it can be a little confusing to know what may be readily available to you or how to sign up so that you can watch your favorite team this weekend. Here’s what you need to know.
Games on ABC and Fox are available on your local network stations (check local listings). Barring any contract dispute between stations and cable/satellite providers, these stations are available to all traditional cable subscribers. A TV antenna can also easily pick up these channels over-the-air. Those are the old school methods; the new school would be through a vMVPD service, like Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV, all of which offer local network channels in all of their packages.
ESPN, Fox Sports 1 and CBS Sports Network, meanwhile, are premium sports cable channels. These can be available through traditional cable subscriptions or on the likes of Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV, you just need to double check to make sure that the package you are signed up for or are planning to sign up offers these specific channels.
ESPN bills itself as the world-wide leader in sports, and it certainly makes a strong argument with all of its different offshoots that will carry college football games throughout the season. Among the ancillary ESPN channels that will carry games are ESPN3, ESPNU, the ACC Network and the SEC Network. All of these channels are available through specific premium cable packages, while ESPN3, ESPNU and the SEC Network are available through all of the previously mentioned vMVPD streaming services. The ACC Network can be included with Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.
ESPN Plus is another option that the network is utilizing more of, offering exclusive games on the streaming service. Consumers sign up for ESPN Plus directly, which costs $6.99 per month. ESPN Plus is available to stream on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple products, Samsung Smart TVs, Android mobile devices and TVs, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series S | X, Chromecast and Xfinity. In addition, ESPN Plus is the exclusive streaming home for Big 12 Now.
All games showing on any of the ESPN channels are also available through watchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app, as long as you are signed up to a proper cable provider.
Then there are the independent conference TV networks, including the Big Ten Network and the Pac 12 Network. The Big Ten Network can be watched on the majority of cable providers as well as big satellite providers including DirecTV and Dish, it is also available on Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. The same goes for the Pac 12 Network as far as cable and satellite providers, but only Fubo TV and Sling TV carry the Pac 12 Network for vMVPD services.
How to watch college football in the U.K.
Select college football games will be broadcast each week for U.K. audiences on BT Sport, generally on BT Sport ESPN. For £10 BT TV subscribers can add BT Sport to their package, or consumers can add BT Sport as a standalone service for £25.
Here is the schedule for BT Sports coverage of college football week two:
(All times GMT)
Marshall at Appalachian State, 12:30 a.m.
Wake Forest at Virginia, 12:30 a.m.
Texas Tech at Texas, 5 p.m.
LSU at Mississippi State, 5 p.m.
No. 7 Texas A&M at No. 16 Arkansas, 8:30 p.m.
West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma, midnight
Arizona at No. 3 Oregon, 3:30 a.m.
How to watch college football week two from anywhere
You don’t have to worry if you’re abroad and your afraid of missing out on your alma mater’s first game of the 2021 college football season, that’s where a virtual private network, or VPN, comes in. A VPN is designed to route network traffic through a specific set of servers in a specific country, allowing viewers to watch content on an encrypted feed over a computer.
Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.
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