(You might also like my College Football Bowl Games calendar and my NFL team Schedules (and playoffs, and prime-time) calendars, for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. You also might like my round-up of the best online college football schedules.
ESPN.com provides schedules for the 2019 college football season and you can add any or all of them to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad calendars. (You can also add these schedules to your PC and Android phone, if that’s the way you want it.) ESPN does not make the schedules easy to find, but I found them and this article will not only show you where the calendars are but will also show you how to add them to your device.
Note: if all you want is a website with all of the college football games, and times, and TV channels, use this link. Very handy to have the TV stations listed. And the times are shown in your local time zone! Thanks, ESPN.
Assuming you want to have the schedules for your favorite teams integrated with your Mac and iPhone calendars, you’ll want to read the rest of this article. You’ve come to the right place!
One more thing: we’re going to be subscribing to calendars, not just importing them. This is definitely the way to go as subscriptions are “live” and get updated. So, you’ll know who won games, and what the score was; you’ll also know whether a game’s time has been changed, and what channel the game’s on. Subscribing is good. And, next year you won’t have to do this because you’ll already be subscribed.
How to add college football schedules to your Mac’s calendar
Step 1: Go to ESPN’s college football calendar page. (The link knows whether you’re using a computer or a phone).
Step 2: Find the conference you’re interested in and tap it. And yes, you need to know the conference. I tapped “Big 12.” and got this:
Step 3: Tap the button that says “Add to Calendar.” You may be thinking that this will add the entire conference’s schedule, but it won’t. You’ll choose a single team in the next step.
Step 4: Scroll until you find the name of your team, then tap on it. Scroll all the way to the bottom so you can see the “NEXT” button, and then tap it. You’re almost there– keep going
Step 5: Now ESPN knows where you’re planning on watching, Tell them you want to add the calendar to your Mac’s calendar by tapping the Apple logo.
Step 6: Allow the link you just clicked (yes, the Apple logo is a machine) to open in Calendar.
Step 7: You’ll get a box with a URL in it– don’t change anything, just click the Subscribe button. When you do, you’ll get a bigger box. You can change things in there (the refresh frequency should probably be one day, not one week). Click the OK button.
You’re done! You’ll see your team’s schedule in the Calendar app, with an event that says “You’ve successfully subscribed.” Here’s how it looks in Week view, and then how it looks in Month view.
And that’s all there is to it. If you’re showing the list of calendars (at the left) you can toggle this new calendar on and off by checking and unchecking the box next to its name. You can control-click on the calendar’s name in the calendar list to unsubscribe if that’s what you want to do.
You used to be able to add a calendar on your Mac, store it in iCloud, and have it show up on your iPhone also. Not anymore. You’ll need to add the calendar to your iPhone by hand. Sorry about that.
How to add college football calendars to your iPhone
Step 1: Using your iPhone, go to ESPN’s college football calendar page. (The link knows whether you’re using a computer or a phone.) You’ll see this screen, with a button for each football conference (and one more holding all of the FCS teams).
Step 2: Tap the button for the conference that your team is in. You’ll see something like this (I picked the Big 12):
Step 3: Tap the button that says “Add to Calendar.” I know what you’re thinking: you don’t want to add an entire conference’s schedule to your iPhone. Don’t worry, that’s not going to happen. Just tap the “Add to Calendar” button. You’ll be rewarded with the following screen:
Step 4: Choose a team, then tap NEXT. You may have to scroll down to find the NEXT button. ESPN will then ask you to enter your ZIP code, and to choose your TV provider– you don’t have to do this, but if you do, your calendar will show TV channels for the games. (If you enter your ZIP code but you don’t see the list of TV providers, click NEXT anyway, then use the back button in the gray stripe near the top. That will do it.)
Step 5: tap the Apple logo to begin adding the calendar to your iPhone’s Calendar app. You’ll get a notification asking you whether it’s OK to open the link (the Apple button is a link) in the Calendar app. The answer is YES, so tap the “Open” button.
Step 6: Finally, you’ll be asked whether you really and truly want to subscribe to the calendar you chose. Of course the answer is YES, so tap the Subscribe button. You’ll get a confirmation.
Step 7: Tap the View Events button in that notification. You’ll see something like this:
You’re done! Repeat for as many calendars as you wish.
If you tap one of the events you will see additional info– TV station, links to tickets, links to shopping for fan gear, and a link to unsubscribe. If all you want to do is temporarily turn off the calendar, just tap the “Calendars” button at the bottom center in the Calendar app, then uncheck the box next to the calendar in question.
If the NFL is more your thing, I have an article for you too! Check out NFL Schedules and Calendars for the 2019 Season.