The new College Football season begins on Saturday with six games in “Week 0”, followed by a NCAA football festival in Week 1 during Labor Day Weekend.
On August 28, 2021, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football season officially began. Football games in the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) and FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) will take place during “Week Zero” – the first week of the season, according to the NCAA.
Alabama Crimson Tide are the early favorites with the Vegas sportsbooks to win the College Football Playoff National Championship. Nick Saban, head coach of the Alabama, is hoping to win the national title for the seventh time, but he faces stiff competition from Clemson, Oklahoma, and other elite college football teams.
“Week 0” Games Scheduled for August 28, 2021
- Nebraska Cornhuskers @ Illinois Fighting Illini – (1 p.m. ET) Live on FOX
- Hawaii Rainbow Warriors @ UCLA Bruins – (3:30 p.m. ET) live on ESPN
- UConn Huskies @ Fresno State Bulldogs 0- (2 p.m. ET) Live on CBSSN
- UTEP Miners @ New Mexico State Aggies (9:30 p.m. ET) Live on FloFootball
- Southern Utah Thunderbirds @ San Jose State Spartans – (10 p.m. ET) Live on CBSSN
Week 1 Highlights
Alabama, the nation’s top-ranked squad, will open with a non-conference matchup versus 14th-ranked Miami in Week 1 on September 4. The Crimson Tide are perennial title contenders, and they are the early favorites in the CFP National Championship Odds for 2022.
The most important matchup of Week 1 however will put one of the best college football teams in the country behind the eight ball early in their quest for a playoff berth when the #3 Clemson Tigers will face the #5 Georgia Bulldogs in Charlotte.
Where Can You Legally Bet on College Football This Season?
Bettors can legally bet online in ten states and for the rest there’s always the offshore sportsbooks.
- Colorado – Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State
- Illinois – Illinois, Northern Illinois, Northwestern
- Indiana – Ball State, Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue
- Iowa – Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa
- Michigan – Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan
- New Jersey – Rutgers
- Pennsylvania – Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple
- Tennessee – Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
- Virginia – Liberty, Old Dominion, Virginia, Virginia Tech
- West Virginia – West Virginia
In Virginia and New Jersey, betting on in-state teams is still illegal. Arizona, Maryland, Louisiana, New York, and Florida will soon offer online sports betting.
You can find out more about which states have legal sports betting with the USA Legal Sports Betting Tracker here.