Heath's Remote: Must see TV for Week One

With the first week of the college football season finally here, there's a natural tendency to want to watch everything. There are an astounding 42 games available via satellite and cable over this three day weekend. Just like at the tailgate, you don't won't to overdo it early and ruin your appetite for later.

Florida and Charleston Southern are on FSN at 7- beyond that, here's all the action you really need to see to make your opening weekend a winner.

There's not much exciting in the noon window on Saturday. Your best bet is the debut of ESPN's version of the SEC over the air package, which features Lane Kiffin's Tennessee debut against Western Kentucky. You can see for yourself how both of them do their first time out. When you get tired of that, flip over to ESPNU for Kentucky and Miami of Ohio. That game actually starts at noon, while the Vol game won't kickoff until 12:21.

The 3:30 time slot is where the good stuff starts. On ABC, No. 13 ranked Georgia visits No. 9 Oklahoma State in what's being billed as the biggest game ever played in Stillwater. Break out multiple TVs if possible, because you'll want to keep an eye on former Gator Jarrod Fayson in his debut for Illinois as they square off with Missouri in St. Louis. ESPN's got that one starting at 3:40. During any down time, alternate between Dan Mullen's Mississippi State opener against Jackson State on ESPNU and Nevada's potential upset of Notre Dame on NBC.

More quality action hits in the 7 p.m. window. Beyond the Gator game, you'll want to see BYU and Oklahoma on ESPN from the Jerry Jones megavenue in Dallas. We'll see how college football handles punts bouncing off the scoreboard. Auburn opens the Gene Chizik era against Louisiana Tech on ESPNU.

The featured game of the day kicks off at 8 on ABC, with No. 5 Alabama looking for their second consecutive opening night win against a preseason top ten ACC team. No. 7 Virginia Tech will be trying to salvage some conference pride after NC State's home loss to South Carolina on Thursday night. One more ACC team gets a chance to try and generate some positive buzz, as Maryland visits Cal on ESPN2 beginning at 10 for the best available nightcap game.

With it being Labor Day weekend, there's extended college football action, although only one is particularly noteworthy. Sunday ESPN has Ole Miss visiting Memphis at 3:30, while FSN features Colorado State at Colorado beginning at 7. Monday ESPN has a doubleheader with Cincinnati at Rutgers at 4 and then Miami and FSU from Tallahassee to wrap up the week.


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