2021 College Football Schedule

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Mar 5th 2021 - Mar 7th 2021
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Great Danes
ALB
@Wildcats
NH
Odds
Cover By +6.5
+2.5
Push
44.0
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
7
0
14
3
24
7
7
0
6
20
Black Bears
UMAINE
@Fightin Blue Hens
DEL
Odds
O/U 11
26.0
Cover By +35
-2
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
0
0
0
- -
7
10
10
10
37
Wildcats
VIL
@Seawolves
SBK
Odds
O/U 26.5
2.5
Cover By +6
+9
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
6
7
0
3
16
0
0
7
6
13
Salukis
SIL
@Penguins
YSU
Odds
O/U 9
61.0
Cover By +1
+9
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
13
10
7
30
12
7
0
3
22
Blue Hose
PRES
@Runnin' Bulldogs
GWB
Odds
Cover By +5.5
+12.5
O/U 7.5
62.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
3
7
14
24
7
0
7
10
31
Keydets
VMI
@Catamounts
WC
Odds
Cover By +14.5
-8.5
O/U 26
11.0
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
7
6
14
3
30
0
0
0
7
7
Bulldogs
SAM
@Paladins
FUR
Odds
Cover By +3
+10
O/U 26
107.0
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
24
0
10
3
37
7
10
6
14
44
Mocs
CHT
@Bulldogs
CIT
Odds
O/U 3
52.0
Cover By +7
+8
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
14
3
0
0
25
0
7
0
10
24
Tigers
JST
@Tigers
GRA
Odds
Cover By +15.5
+10.5
O/U 11.5
72.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
7
20
0
6
33
14
0
7
7
28
Tribe
WM
@Spiders
RCH
Odds
O/U 10
25.0
Cover By +3.5
-3.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
0
7
7
14
7
0
6
8
21
Dukes
JM
@Phoenix
ELO
Odds
O/U 11
26.0
Cover By +21
+24
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
3
3
14
20
3
14
0
0
17
Bulldogs
AAM
@Bulldogs
SCS
Odds
Cover By +33.5
+9.5
O/U 15
23.0
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
14
14
3
31
0
0
0
7
7
Bengals
IDS
@Thunderbirds
SUT
Odds
Cover By +8
+6
O/U 1.5
48.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
10
7
9
26
3
0
14
7
24
Golden Lions
APB
@Jaguars
SU
Odds
Cover By +14
+11
O/U 7.5
70.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
3
23
7
0
33
7
7
3
13
30
Choctaws
MIC
@Texans
TSU
Odds
Cover By +
Push
53.0
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
6
8
0
14
21
8
0
10
39
Leathernecks
WIL
@Jackrabbits
SDS
Odds
O/U 7.5
62.5
Cover By +9.5
-25.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
3
7
0
0
10
14
28
3
0
45
Aggies
UCD
@Vandals
IDA
Odds
Cover By +12.5
+2.5
O/U 9
35.0
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
7
7
13
27
3
7
7
0
17
Bison
NDS
@Bears
MIZST
Odds
Cover By +6.5
-18.5
O/U 20
5.0
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
7
18
0
0
25
0
0
0
0
- -
Cardinals
IW
@Cardinals
LAM
Odds
Cover By +5
-17
O/U 8
70.0
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
14
7
14
7
42
7
10
3
0
20
Lumberjacks
NAZ
@Eagles
EW
Odds
O/U 6
52.0
Cover By +17.5
-14.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
3
3
0
7
13
3
21
7
14
45
Redbirds
ILS
@Panthers
UNI
Odds
O/U 7
23.0
Cover By +2
-8
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
10
0
0
10
10
0
0
10
20
Cowboys
MCN
@Lions
SEL
Odds
Cover By +6.5
+11.5
O/U 16.5
28.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
3
3
7
7
20
3
9
10
3
25
Colonels
NIC
@Demons
NWS
Odds
O/U 3.5
51.5
Cover By +16
+23
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
14
7
3
7
31
7
0
10
7
24
Tigers
TSO
@Panthers
PRV
Odds
Cover By +19.5
+20.5
O/U 17.5
21.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
7
9
3
19
10
3
0
7
20
Pioneers
SCH
@Dukes
DUQ
Odds
O/U 13.5
70.5
Cover By +1.5
-1.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
12
0
15
27
7
10
10
3
30
Bulldogs
BRY
@Sharks
LIUCWP
Odds
O/U 0.5
43.5
Cover By +8.5
+3.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
3
9
7
0
19
0
21
3
0
24
Panthers
EIL
@Skyhawks
TNM
Odds
Cover By +0.5
+13.5
O/U 2
41.0
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
0
7
0
8
15
7
14
7
0
28
Racers
MUR
@Redhawks
SEM
Odds
Cover By +16
+13
O/U 3.5
41.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
17
0
0
7
24
7
0
0
14
21
Gamecocks
JVS
@Tigers
TNST
Odds
Cover By +5.5
-16.5
O/U 1.5
52.5
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
14
7
0
17
38
0
6
3
7
16
Trailblazers
DSU
@Aggies
NMS
Odds
O/U 9
74.0
Cover By +6
-1
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
7
7
7
8
29
0
10
10
16
36

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If you ever wondered how a college football schedule gets established, why certain TV channels show specific conferences and how the schedule impacts college football betting, here is everything you need to know.

NCAAF TV Schedule

Unlike the NFL, where only a few providers show games, the college football TV schedule spans a plethora of channels that air games ever week. Most games are played on Saturday starting at noon ET, but college football has expanded over the last few years, with games now on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Here is a breakdown of which national networks show which conference games:

ABC: ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC and multiple bowl games

CBS: SEC, Mountain West, and multiple bowl games

FOX: Big 12, Big Ten, Mountain West, Pac-12 and multiple bowl games

NBC: Notre Dame

ESPN: ACC, American, Big 12, BYU, MAC, PAC-12, SEC, SunBelt and multiple bowl games

Several other stations will carry scheduled games, such as the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports, FOX Sports 1, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network and so many more regional networks.

ABC typically has the “primetime” game of the week that starts sometime between 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. That game usually features two “ranked” teams or the most intriguing game of the week. In 2020, that included SEC games if they were broadcast on ESPN rather than ABC.

The Mid-American Conference threw a wrinkle into the traditional fall Saturday schedule by adopting a mid-week slate over the last few years, which meant broadcast games frequently on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. While games are still played on Saturdays later in the fall, nothing beats college football during the middle of the week when there is little other betting action to be had those days.


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When Do Bowl Games Start to Air?

Typically, bowl games begin in mid December and run through the national title game in early January. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bowl games for the 2020 season will begin on Dec. 19, 2020, and run through the National Championship game on Jan. 11, 2021. However, these dates are always subject to change.

When Does the College Football Playoff Begin?

The College Football Playoff begins with the semifinals in two of the New Year’s Six bowls (they rotate) and culminate a little more than a week later with the national title game. The final four teams for the 2020-21 College Football Playoff will be announced on Dec. 20, 2020. The semifinals will be played on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2021, and feature games at the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. The title game is on Jan. 11.

Why College Football Scheduling Matters

Unlike every other sport, who does and doesn't make the playoffs is up to a group of voters and that means every game is vital as a single loss early in the fall can eliminate a team from contention. Even an undefeated team doesn't automatically make the playoffs as voters will ding a school if its schedule is deemed too "soft."

Scheduling in college football matters for non playoff contenders as well as strength of victories and losses can determine what bowl game a team gets invited to at the end of the season – or if it gets invited at all.


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How College Football Schedules are Created

In the NFL, a set schedule is made each year and 14 of the 16 opponents are already decided years in advance. That’s not the case in college football as teams have a lot of say over their own schedule. In most seasons, teams play eight (or even nine) conference games with the number of home and road games usually split down the middle.

The other three to four non-conference games are set by the school. Often, schools have a set schedule for non-conference games, such as Iowa vs. Iowa State or Notre Dame vs. USC. Teams are allowed to schedule these games far in advance, and it's up to the school to decide how tough of an opponent they want to schedule for the upcoming season.

NCAAF Schedule FAQs

When are College Football Schedules typically released?

Most of the time, college football schedules are released a year in advance, with games changing and added a few months before the first game kicks off. Game times and the college football TV schedule can change by the week.

How many games does each college football team typically play?

Most teams play between 13-14 games each season, but that can vary from conference to conference and by team to team. Teams generally will play a minimum of 12 games.

How many conference games does each team typically play?

The Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 play nine conference games per year, while the SEC and ACC play eight. These games can vary by season and can change due to unforeseen circumstances.

How long does the regular season last?

The College Football season typically starts in late August or early September and runs to the end of November and sometimes into December with conference title games. Bowl games are often played from mid December until the end of December and the final game of the season usually is played a couple of weeks into January.

What are the Top College Football Bowl Games?

There are six premier bowl games, often referred to as the "New Year's Six," that feature the top teams in college football. Those bowls are as follows:

  • Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)
  • Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, Florida)
  • Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Cotton Bowl (Arlington, Texas)
  • Peach Bowl (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Arizona)

These six bowl games rotate every year as two will host the CFP semifinal games. Other notable bowl games include the Sun Bowl, Gator Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Liberty Bowl and Outback Bowl.