By the end of the season, most of the College Football Playoff contenders' Based on preseason rankings (as well as the far more knowable 1 and 2, here are 10 games to anticipate, starting with one matchup on Saturday. The college football season doesn't start until the fall but it's never too early to start looking ahead. Games featuring Clemson, Florida State, Alabama and the best of the Big Ten Conference 31, ESPN will air Ohio State at Indiana at 8 p.m. ET. Early preseason top 25 college football teams for. But if you are ready for the season to begin, don't worry — it's coming soon. Stanford and Rice will kick off the football season when they face off in Michigan (game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas).