Tennessee running back Ty Chandler (3) participates in a drill in Knoxville, Tenn. The Volunteers open the 2017 season in Atlanta against Georgia Tech.
Photo: Calvin Mattheis/AP
Photo: Calvin Mattheis/AP

When does college football start?

It’s almost here.

The college football season kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, when former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo leads Colorado State against Oregon State.

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Saturday, Aug. 26, schedule:

• 2:30 p.m., Oregon State vs. Colorado State
• 3 p.m., Portland State vs. BYU
• 6 p.m., Hawaii at UMass
• 7:30 p.m., South Florida vs. San Jose State
• 10 p.m., Stanford vs. Rice at at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia

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The season enters high gear Thursday, Aug. 31, with 15 games - including Ohio State’s opener against Indiana (8 p.m.) and Georgia State Stadium’s college football debut.

Tennessee Volunteers Washington State Cougars Texas Longhorns West Virginia Mountaineers Virginia Tech Hokies Kansas State Wildcats South Florida Bulls Miami Hurricanes Florida Gators Louisville Cardinals Georgia Bulldogs Stanford Cardinal LSU Tigers Auburn Tigers Michigan Wolverines Oklahoma State Cowboys Wisconsin Badgers Washington Huskies Oklahoma Sooners Penn State Nittany Lions Clemson Tigers USC Trojans Florida State Seminoles Ohio State Buckeyes Alabama Crimson Tide

Thursday, Aug. 31, schedule:

• 6 p.m., CBSSN: Florida International at Central Florida
• 6:30 p.m., ACCN: Presbyterian College at Wake Forest
• 7 p.m., ESPN3: Austin Peay at Cincinnati
• 7 p.m., BTN: Buffalo at Minnesota
• 7 p.m., ESPN3: Tennessee State at Georgia State
• 7 p.m., ESPN3: Elon at Toledo
• 7 p.m., ESPN3: Rhode Island at Central Michigan
• 7:30 p.m.: Tulsa at Oklahoma State
• 7:30 p.m., ESPN3: Holy Cross at Connecticut
• 7:30 p.m., PAC12N: North Dakota at Utah
• 8 p.m., ESPN: Ohio State at Indiana
• 8 p.m., SEC: Florida A&M at Arkansas
• 9 p.m., CBSSN: Louisiana Monroe at Memphis
• 9 p.m., ESPN3: Sacramento State at Idaho
• 10:30 p.m., PAC12N: New Mexico State at Arizona State

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Eight more games will follow Friday.

Friday, Sept. 1, schedule:

• 6 p.m., CBSSN: Fordham at Army
• 6:30 p.m., ESPN3: Charlotte at Eastern Michigan
• 7 p.m., ACCN: Central Connecticut at Syracuse
• 8 p.m., ESPNU: Navy at Florida Atlantic
• 8 p.m., PAC12: Colorado State at Sports Authority Field in Denver
• 8 p.m., FS1: Washington at Rutgers
• 9 p.m., ESPN: Utah State at Wisconsin
• 9:30 p.m., CBSSN: Boston College at Northern Illinois

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Saturday, Sept. 2, will feature some marquis matchups, including some Top 25 teams.

Saturday, Sept. 2, schedule:

• 12 p.m., ESPN: Kent State at Clemson
• 12 p.m., ACCN: Cal at North Carolina
• 2:30 p.m., ABC: Florida vs. Michigan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
• 3 p.m., ESPN: North Carolina State vs. South Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
• 3:30 p.m., Fox: UTEP at Oklahoma
• 3:30 p.m., NBC: Temple at Notre Dame
• 6:15 p.m., ESPN: Appalachian State at Georgia
• 7:30 p.m., SEC: Georgia Southern at Auburn
• 7:30 p.m., Fox: Louisville vs. Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
• 8 p.m., ABC: Alabama vs. Florida State at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
• 9: 30 p.m., ESPN: LSU vs. BYU at NRG Stadium in Houston

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The first full weeked extends to Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, Sept. 3, schedule:

• 7:30 p.m., ABC: West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
• 7:30 p.m., Fox: Texas A&M vs. UCLA 

Action concludes on Labor Day (8 p.m., Sept., 4, ABC) with Tennessee and Georgia Tech facing off at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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