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NCAA Football Schedule Structure

July 12, 2018 7:51am EDT

The 2017 college football season ended with Alabama winning its fifth national championship in the last 10 years as the Crimson Tide needed overtime to defeat SEC foe Georgia, 26-23. With spring games and National Signing Day behind us, all eyes are on the 2018 football season.

The first games of the season kicked off on Saturday, August 25 with more games picking back up on Thursday, August 30. The action continues through Labor Day weekend. College football fans should be excited for five consecutive days of games, which feature both conference matchups and major neutral-site clashes.

Alabama will start its national title defense with a game against Louisville in Orlando that will serve as the nightcap for a loaded college football schedule on the first day of September.

Here are some high-profile matchups that will take place during the rest of the first week of the season.

Saturday, September 1

Alabama vs. Louisville (Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida), 8 p.m. ET
Auburn vs. Washington (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia), 3:30 p.m. ET
California vs. North Carolina (California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California), 4 p.m. ET
Maryland vs. Texas (FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland), 12 p.m. ET
Navy vs. Hawaii (Aloha Stadium, Hawaii), 11 p.m. ET
Notre Dame vs. Michigan (Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana), 7:30 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. Oregon State (Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio), 12 p.m. ET
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas), 12 p.m. ET
Tennessee vs. West Virginia (Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina), 3:30 p.m. ET
UCLA vs. Cincinnati (Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California), 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, September 2

LSU vs. Miami (FL) (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas)

Monday, September 3

Florida State vs. Virginia Tech (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida), 8 p.m. ET
Here is the full listing of games, times and broadcast schedules for Week 1 of the season. We’ll be waiting for you, college football season.

Andy Wittry has written for SI.com, Sporting News, the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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