More than 70 football games highlight the 2016 ASN college football schedule, released today.
The lineup, which kicks off on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET, is the most robust since the network debuted in 2014. Included among games from Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference, the MAC and Sun Belt are 21 teams that participated in postseason bowl games and eight teams that played in the FCS playoffs.
The season begins with a pair of games airing on Sinclair stations and other syndicated over the air and cable affiliates nationwide. In the first of five games involving the American Athletic Conference on ASN this season, UConn plays host to Maine, while Houston Baptist travels to Central Arkansas for an early showdown in the Southland Conference. Both games are 7 p.m. ET kicks.
The Sun Belt debuts on ASN the following night when the Mid-American Conference’s Ball State travels to the Georgia Dome to take on a tough Georgia State team at 7 p.m. For the second season, ASN will broadcast 10 MAC games. In addition there will be a minimum of seven Sun Belt games aired on ASN this fall, with games involving league powers Georgia Southern and Appalachian State.
Opening weekend wraps up with a bang on Saturday, Sept. 3, when perennial FBS power Boise State travels to Louisiana Lafayette for a noon ET showdown at Cajun Field. Two local rivals go head to head for supremacy of the DFW Metroplex when SMU of The American runs up Interstate 35 to Denton, Texas to take on the Mean Green of North Texas at 7 p.m. ET.
Other American games this season include defending-champion Houston playing host to Lamar on Sept. 10 and Navy at Tulane on Sept. 17.
Fans will want to mark Sept. 17 as must-watch football. Defending MAC champion Bowling Green will kick off the day with what could be the most pass-happy game of the day when Middle Tennessee State, led by QB Brent Stockstill, take on the Falcons in Northwestern Ohio at noon ET. Also at noon in some parts of the country the Spiders of Richmond, an NCAA semifinalist last season, will travel to Stony Brook.
Available in most of the country at 3:30 p.m., Western Kentucky, which looks to reload after a dominant Conference USA run last season, will be in Oxford, Ohio, for a showdown with the Miami Redhawks.
The complete schedule includes games from the Colonial, Big South, and Southern conferences, as well as games from the Patriot and Ivy Leagues. As the season progresses, the schedule will be updated based on flex picks each network is allowed.
Game times and teams are subject to change. Complete station list for game broadcasts will be updated.
ASN 2016 football schedule
|Thursday||9/1/2016||7:00pm ET||Houston Baptist||Central Arkansas|
|Friday||9/2/2016||7:00pm ET||Ball State||Georgia State|
|Saturday||9/3/2016||12:00pm ET||Boise State||Louisiana Lafayette|
|Saturday||9/3/2016||7:00pm ET||SMU||North Texas|
|Saturday||9/3/2016||7:00pm ET||Tuskegee||Clark Atlanta|
|Thursday||9/8/2016||7:00pm ET||Incarnate Word||Northwestern State|
|Saturday||9/10/2016||12:00pm ET||Boston College||Massachusetts|
|Saturday||9/10/2016||3:30pm ET||Old Dominion||Appalachian State|
|Saturday||9/10/2016||3:30pm ET||North Dakota||Bowling Green|
|Saturday||9/10/2016||7:00pm ET||Georgia Southern||South Alabama|
|Saturday||9/10/2016||7:00pm ET||Holy Cross||ew Hampshire|
|Saturday||9/10/2016||7:00pm ET||Henderson State||East Central|
|Saturday||9/17/2016||12:00pm ET||Richmond||Stony Brook|
|Saturday||9/17/2016||12:00pm ET||Middle Tennessee||Bowling Green|
|Saturday||9/17/2016||3:30pm ET||Western Kentucky||Miami (Ohio)|
|Saturday||9/17/2016||3:30pm ET||South Alabama||Louisiana Lafayette|
|Saturday||9/17/2016||7:00pm ET||Valdosta State||North Alabama|
|Saturday||9/17/2016||7:00pm ET||Stephen F. Austin||McNeese|
|Saturday||9/24/2016||12:00pm ET||James Madison||Maine|
|Saturday||9/24/2016||3:30pm ET||Mississippi State||Massachusetts|
|Saturday||9/24/2016||3:30pm ET||Appalachian State||Akron|
|Saturday||9/24/2016||3:30pm ET||Ashland||Ferris State|
|Saturday||9/24/2016||7:00pm ET||Louisiana Tech||Middle Tennessee|
|Saturday||10/1/2016||3:30pm ET||Tulane||University of Massachusetts|
|Saturday||10/1/2016||7:00pm ET||UTEP||Louisiana Tech|
|Saturday||10/1/2016||7:00pm ET||Florida Tech||West Florida|
|Saturday||10/8/2016||12:00pm ET||Southern Mississippi||UTSA|
|Saturday||10/8/2016||12:00pm ET||Rhode Island||Villanova|
|Saturday||10/8/2016||12:00pm ET||Glenville State||Shepherd|
|Saturday||10/8/2016||7:00pm ET||Marshall||North Texas|
|Saturday||10/8/2016||7:00pm ET||Wofford||Western Carolina|
|Saturday||10/15/2016||12:00pm ET||James Madison||New Hampshire|
|Saturday||10/15/2016||3:30pm ET||Louisiana Tech||Massachusetts|
|Saturday||10/15/2016||7:00pm ET||Florida Atlantic||Marshall|
|Saturday||10/15/2016||7:00pm ET||Kutztown||East Stroudsburg|
|Saturday||10/22/2016||12:00pm ET||Kennesaw State||Gardner-Webb|
|Saturday||10/22/2016||12:00pm ET||Lehigh||Holy Cross|
|Saturday||10/22/2016||3:30pm ET||Humboldt State||Western Oregon|
|Saturday||10/22/2016||7:00pm ET||Old Dominion||Western Kentucky|
|Saturday||10/22/2016||7:00pm ET||Western Carolina||Samford|
|Saturday||10/29/2016||3:30pm ET||Western Kentucky||Florida Atlantic|
|Saturday||10/29/2016||3:30pm ET||Pittsburgh State||Northwest Missouri State|
|Saturday||10/29/2016||7:00pm ET||Marshall||Southern Mississippi|
|Saturday||10/29/2016||7:00pm ET||Abilene Christian||McNeese|
|Saturday||11/5/2016||12:00pm ET||Gardner-Webb||Charleston Southern|
|Saturday||11/5/2016||3:30pm ET||Charlotte||Southern Mississippi|
|Saturday||11/5/2016||7:00pm ET||Marshall||Old Dominion|
|Saturday||11/12/2016||12:00pm ET||William & Mary||Towson|
|Saturday||11/12/2016||12:00pm ET||Presbyterian College||Kennesaw State|
|Saturday||11/12/2016||3:30pm ET||Southern Mississippi||Old Dominion|
|Saturday||11/12/2016||7:00pm ET||Middle Tennessee||Marshall|
|Thursday||11/17/2016||7:00pm ET||SE Louisiana||Nicholls St.|
|Saturday||11/19/2016||12:00pm ET||Richmond @ William & Mary OR Villanova @ Delaware||TBD|
|Saturday||11/19/2016||3:30pm ET||Buffalo||Western Michigan|