Mark your calendar: American, C-USA, MAC, Sun Belt highlight football on ASN

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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 Maine Connecticut
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 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
Saturday 9/3/2016 7:00pm ET SMU North Texas
Saturday 9/3/2016 7:00pm ET Towson USF
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 12:00pm ET Lamar Houston
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 Army UTEP
Saturday 9/17/2016 7:00pm ET Navy Tulane
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 12:00pm ET Charlotte Temple
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 12:00pm ET TBD TBD
Saturday 10/1/2016 3:30pm ET Tulane University of Massachusetts
Saturday 10/1/2016 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
Saturday 10/1/2016 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
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 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
Saturday 10/8/2016 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
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 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
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 TBD TBD
Saturday 10/22/2016 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
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 12:00pm ET Elon Albany
Saturday 10/29/2016 12:00pm ET TBD TBD
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 12:00pm ET Penn Princeton
Saturday 11/5/2016 3:30pm ET Charlotte Southern Mississippi
Saturday 11/5/2016 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
Saturday 11/5/2016 7:00pm ET Marshall Old Dominion
Saturday 11/5/2016 TBD TBD TBD
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 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
Saturday 11/12/2016 7:00pm ET Middle Tennessee Marshall
Saturday 11/12/2016 TBD TBD TBD
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 12:00pm ET Fordham Bucknell
Saturday 11/19/2016 3:30pm ET Buffalo Western Michigan
Saturday 11/19/2016 7:00pm ET Marshall FIU
Saturday 11/26/2016 12:00pm ET TBD TBD
Saturday 11/26/2016 3:30pm ET TBD TBD
Saturday 11/26/2016 7:00pm ET TBD TBD