College Football live stream season 2019. The days are counting down. College football’s 2019 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 24 with two Week 0 matchups. Miami and Florida meet in Orlando, with Arizona and Hawaii set for a high-scoring affair in Honolulu later that night. The full Week 1 college football schedule of matchups is slated to begin on Thursday, Aug. 29. The opening Thursday of action features Utah at BYU, along with defending champion Clemson taking on Georgia Tech. The opening week of games continues on Friday with Oklahoma State at Oregon State and Colorado State meeting Colorado in Denver.
The first full Saturday of college football games in 2019 takes place on Aug. 31. And as expected for the first weekend, there’s no shortage of intriguing matchups. Neutral site games between Auburn-Oregon (Arlington) and Boise State-Florida State (Jacksonville) are among the weekend’s must-see contests. Week 1 also features an intriguing Sunday night game on Sept. 1between Houston and Oklahoma. The Week 1 slate concludes with a Labor Day showdown between Notre Dame and Louisville on Monday night.
It’s never too early to think about the first week of the 2019 season. Here are the top five games to watch, along with a quick look at the projected top 10 teams for next season:
College Football’s Top Five Games for Week 1 in 2019
1. Auburn vs. Oregon (Arlington, Texas)
Sat., Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Oregon won the offseason thanks to the return of quarterback Justin Herbert and a standout recruiting class. But the Ducks’ high-powered offense will have their hands full in the opener against Auburn’s standout defense and one of the top lines in the nation. The Tigers are coming off a disappointing 8-5 season, and coach Gus Malzahn sits squarely on the hot seat for 2019. Finding a quarterback to execute Malzahn’s spread attack is Auburn’s top priority this offseason.
2. Boise State vs. Florida State (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Sat., Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Willie Taggart finished 5-7 in its first year at the helm in Tallahassee, so the 2019 opener against Boise State is a good opportunity to show the program is on the right track. The Seminoles had a porous offensive line in 2018, which contributed to the overall struggles on that side of the ball. That unit should be slightly better in ’19, and quarterback James Blackman should be a good fit under new coordinator Kendal Briles. Boise State’s defense ranked among the best in the Mountain West, and a pass rush that accumulated 39 sacks will test Florida State’s revamped offensive line. However, coach Bryan Harsin’s team must break in a new quarterback after Brett Rypien’s departure. A win by the Broncos could help this team for positioning among Group of 5 programs later in the year for the New Year’s Six bowl.
3. Houston at Oklahoma
Sun., Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET (ABC)
If you like offense, then this opener in Norman is a must-see matchup for Week 1. Oklahoma’s high-powered attack will look a little different in 2019, as Alabama graduate transfer Jalen Hurts is slated to take control after Kyler Murray departed for the NFL. While Hurts might not be as prolific in the passing department, the Sooners are loaded with talent at running back and won’t miss too much of a beat on offense. Houston made one of the offseason’s top coaching hires by luring Dana Holgorsen away from West Virginia. Holgorsen has plenty of pieces to work with on offense, including quarterback D’Eriq King.
4. Utah at BYU
Thurs., Aug. 29 at 10:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Week 1 usually doesn’t feature rivalry games, but 2019 sees Utah and BYU renew the Holy War on Aug. 29. The Utes and Cougars played late in the 2018 season, as Utah rallied for a 35-27 victory. BYU quarterback Zach Wilson is a rising star to watch next fall and will be looking to guide coach Kalani Sitake’s team to its first victory over the Utes since 2009. Utah is primed for a run at the Pac-12 title, as coach Kyle Whittingham’s team features one of the league’s top defenses, along with dynamic quarterback Tyler Huntley.
5. Northwestern at Stanford
Sat., Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. ET (FOX)
This meeting of academic powerhouses also features one of the more intriguing quarterback battles of Week 1. Stanford’s K.J. Costello is on the radar for the NFL after earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors last fall. And with the Cardinal reloading at running back and up front, he should be the focal point of coach David Shaw’s offense in 2019. With Clayton Thorson out of eligibility, Northwestern is set to hand the reins on offense to Clemson transfer (and former five-star recruit) Hunter Johnson. The Wildcats – anchored by All-America linebacker Paddy Fisher -return one of the Big Ten’s top defenses.