5 Games to Watch During the 2018 College Football Kickoff Week
The official college football kickoff is August 25, continuing on Friday, August 30, through Labor Day weekend (that’s a holiday weekend you can get behind!) The Alabama Crimson Tide won the national championship for the fifth time under head coach Nick Saban last year, defeating a Georgia squad that is hungry for another shot at returning to the title game. The 2018 season promises to excite, starting with the first round of matchups in Week 1. Here’s what you don’t want to miss when the first games roll around. Be sure to check your local listings for any schedule changes.
Week 1 games to watch
- Colorado vs. Colorado State, Friday, August 31, 9:30pm EST, CBS
One of the earliest games is a rare in-state rivalry. The Rocky Mountain Showdown has been played nearly every year since 1893 and is now at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, home of the NFL’s Broncos. Colorado leads the series 65-22-2. The atmosphere will be electric, and despite the lopsided history, you never know what to expect from this long-standing rivalry game.
- Washington vs. Auburn, Saturday, September 1, 2018, 3:30pm EST, ABC
Washington and Auburn open their seasons with a meaningful game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Despite being the first game of the season, this matchup could have potential playoff implications. Both teams are projected to be in the nation’s Top 25 rankings.
- West Virginia vs. Tennessee, Saturday, September 1, 2018, 3:30pm EST, CBS
In a huge season opener, West Virginia and Tennessee square off at the Belk College Kickoff at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mystery surrounds the Vols this year, with first-time head coach Jeremy Pruitt leading the Vols after coming over from Nick Saban’s Alabama staff. West Virginia has a tricky defense, and if the Mountaineers have enough offensive talent to run against an SEC defense with a defensive-minded head coach, this game should go down to the wire.
- Michigan at Notre Dame, Saturday, September 1, 2018, 7:30pm EST, NBC
In a classic matchup of storied teams, Michigan rolls into Notre Dame to kick off a tough season schedule for both schools. The Wolverines have what some consider to be one of the top defenses in the country, and head coach Jim Harbaugh brings a gritty attitude to his team. But you never know what head coach Brian Kelly and his Irish, who finished No. 11 in the AP Top 25 Poll in 2017 with a 10-3 record, will pull out of their hats. Expect a tight, physical game.
- Miami vs. LSU, Sunday, September 2, 2018, at 7:30pm EST, ABC
This is one of the most anticipated games of opening weekend, and the only opening game on Sunday night. LSU was a regular in the national title hunt for years but has slipped recently, taking a back seat in the SEC to teams like Alabama and Georgia. Many wonder if head coach Ed Orgeron is the right choice to bring them back to national prominence. Meanwhile, confidence is high in Coral Gables, and the Hurricanes are ready for a return to relevance with Mark Richt guiding them as head coach. Expect him to put some teeth into what could be a top offensive attack.
How to stream college football
Here are the major networks and their affiliations:
- ABC: ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12
- CBS: SEC
- FOX: Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten
- NBC: Notre Dame
- ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU: ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten
If you want to stream college football games on other networks like NBC, Fox Sports 1 and the SEC Network, check your Xfinity listings to watch live games from your mobile device or computer.
Xfinity also offers the College Sports Package for those looking to get the most live regular season action.