Gators and Bulls to play September 11th at Raymond James Stadium seen nationally on ABC the first on many TV games.

The American Athletic Conference has announced a number of kickoff times and television designations for the 2021 football season

Thursday’s announcement includes the kickoff times for The American’s Thursday and Friday prime time games on ESPN networks. The prime time lineup begins Thursday, Sept. 2, as UCF hosts Boise State on ESPN in the debut of new UCF head coach Gus Malzahn, while East Carolina faces Appalachian State on ESPNU in the Duke’s Mayo Classic in Charlotte. Other national television games on Opening Night have Temple at Rutgers on the Big Ten Network and South Florida at NC State on the ACC Network.

The Week 1 schedule also includes three key nationally televised home games on Saturday, Sept. 4, as Tulane faces No. 6 Oklahoma at Yulman Stadim in New Orleans at noon ET on ABC; Houston faces Texas Tech in the Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN; and Navy hosts Conference USA East Division winner Marshall at 3:30 on CBS Sports Network.

The Week 2 lineup features five games on national television, including two on major broadcast networks. Navy will host Air Force in the first leg of the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy series at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. South Florida welcomes No. 13 Florida to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for a noon kickoff on ABC. East Carolina will play its home opener at noon against South Carolina on ESPN2, while Tulsa visits No. 20 Oklahoma State on FS1 and Houston makes the short trip to face Rice on CBS Sports Network.

The Week 3 ledger has seven American Athletic Conference teams on national television, beginning with a Friday prime time game on ESPN as UCF visits Louisville. No. 8 Cincinnati will face No. 12 Indiana Saturday, Sept. 18, in Bloomington at noon (ABC or ESPN) in one of the most eagerly anticipated nonconference games of the season. An ESPN2 doubleheader between American Athletic Conference and SEC teams will have Memphis against Mississippi State at 4 p.m. ET, while Tulane visits Ole Miss for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff. Temple will host Boston College at noon on either ESPN2 or ESPNU, while Tulsa takes to the road for a compelling matchup against No. 2 Ohio State on FS1 and SMU is at Louisiana Tech on CBS Sports Network.

Fifteen intraconference games from The American have already been designated for national television, beginning with Houston at Tulsa Friday, Oct. 1 on ESPN. The Thursday-night slate of conference games on ESPN includes Houston at Tulane (Oct. 7), Navy at Memphis (Oct. 14), Tulane at SMU (Oct. 21) and South Florida at East Carolina (Oct. 28). The American’s Friday-night lineup continues with Temple at Cincinnati (Oct. 8), Memphis at UCF (Oct. 22), Navy at Tulsa (Oct. 29), Cincinnati at South Florida (6 p.m.) and Memphis at Houston (9 p.m., ESPN2).

The final week of the 2021 regular season will once again feature a Black Friday playing of the War on I-4 as UCF hosts South Florida Nov. 26 on either ABC or ESPN at either 3:30 or 7 p.m. ET. One of three games currently slotted for Saturday, Nov. 27 – Cincinnati at East Carolina, Tulane at Memphis or Tulsa at SMU, will move to the other Black Friday window in a selection that will be made by Oct. 4.

The American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game will once again air on ABC on Dec. 4, marking the seventh consecutive appearance for the game on that network. The regular season will be capped by the annual Army-Navy game, which will take its familiar time slot of 3 p.m. ET on CBS.

Most of the remaining start times and television designations for the 2021 season will be made on a weekly basis through the season as part of the conference’s 12-day selection process. The most up-to-date schedule, with television designations, is available at

The American’s nonconference schedule features five nonconference games against teams ranked in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll of 2020 and eight games against top-25 opponents (No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 11 BYU, No. 12 Indiana, No. 13 Florida, No. 20 Oklahoma State).

The American is coming off another banner season in 2020 as the league produced another top-10 team and New Year’s Six bowl participant as Cincinnati finished No. 8 in the final rankings following the Bearcats’ appearance in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. It marked the fifth time in seven seasons of the College Football Playoff era that The American was represented in the New Year’s Six and the fourth top-10 finish by an American Athletic Conference team in the league’s eight seasons. The conference also had the winners of the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player (Tulsa LB Zaven Collins) and the Campbell Trophy as college football’s top scholar-athlete (Memphis QB Brady White).

2021 American Athletic Conference Football Schedule/Television Update

DateGameTime (ET)Television
Thursday, Sept. 2Temple at Rutgers6:30 p.m.Big Ten Network
 Boise State at UCF7 p.m.ESPN
 East Carolina vs. Appalachian State7:30 p.m.ESPNU
 USF at NC State7:30 p.m.ACC Network
 UC Davis at Tulsa7:30 p.m.ESPN+
Saturday, Sept. 4Oklahoma at TulaneNoonABC
 Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati3:30 p.m.ESPN+
 Marshall at Navy3:30 p.m.CBS Sports Network
 Texas Tech vs. Houston7 p.m.ESPN
 Nicholls at Memphis7 p.m.ESPN+
 Abilene Christian at SMU7 p.m.ESPN+
Saturday, Sept. 11Florida at South FloridaNoonABC
 South Carolina at East CarolinaNoonESPN2
 Tulsa at Oklahoma StateNoonFS1
 Murray State at Cincinnati3:30 p.m.ESPN+
 Air Force at Navy3:30 p.m.CBS
 Temple at Akron3:30 p.m.ESPN+
 Bethune-Cookman at UCF6:30 p.m.ESPN+
 Houston at Rice6:30 p.m.CBS Sports Network
 Memphis at Arkansas State7 p.m.ESPN+
 North Texas at SMU7 p.m.ESPN+
 Morgan State at Tulane7 p.m.ESPN+
Friday, Sept. 17UCF at Louisville7:30 p.m.ESPN
Saturday, Sept. 18Cincinnati at IndianaNoonABC/ESPN
 Boston College at TempleNoonESPN2/ESPNU
 SMU at Louisiana Tech3:30 p.m.CBS Sports Network
 Tulsa at Ohio State3:30 p.m.FS1
 Mississippi State at Memphis4 p.m.ESPN2
 Grambling State at Houston7 p.m.ESPN+
 Florida A&M at South Florida7 p.m.ESPN+
 Tulane at Ole Miss8 p.m.ESPN2
Saturday, Sept. 25Wagner at TempleNoonESPN+
 Charleston Southern at East Carolina6 p.m.ESPN+
Friday, Oct. 1Houston at Tulsa *7:30 p.m.ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 2Memphis at Temple *NoonTBD
 Cincinnati at Notre Dame2:30 p.m.NBC
 UCF at Navy *3:30 p.m.CBS Sports Network
Thursday, Oct. 7Houston at Tulane *7:30 p.m.ESPN
Friday, Oct. 8Temple at Cincinnati *7 p.m.ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 9SMU at Navy *3:30 p.m.CBS Sports Network
Thursday, Oct. 14Navy at Memphis *7:30 p.m.ESPN
Thursday, Oct. 21Tulane at SMU *7:30 p.m.ESPN
Friday, Oct. 22Memphis at UCF *7 p.m.ESPN2
Saturday, Oct. 23Cincinnati at Navy *NoonABC/ESPN/ESPN2
Thursday, Oct. 28USF at East Carolina *7:30 p.m.ESPN
Friday, Oct. 29Navy at Tulsa *7:30 p.m.ESPN2
Saturday, Nov. 6Navy at Notre Dame3:30 p.m.NBC
Friday, Nov. 12Cincinnati at South Florida *6 p.m.ESPN2
Friday, Nov. 19Memphis at Houston *9 p.m.ESPN2
Saturday, Nov. 20East Carolina at Navy *3:30 p.m.CBS Sports Network
Friday, Nov. 26South Florida at UCF *3:30/7 p.m.ABC/ESPN
 TBD vs. TBD3:30/7 p.m.ABC/ESPN
Saturday, Nov. 27Houston at UConnNoonCBS Sports Network
Saturday, Dec. 4American Football ChampionshipTBDABC
Saturday, Dec. 11Army vs, Navy3 p.m.CBS