2023 College Football Week 1 Kickoff Times Released as Season Approaches

2023 College Football Week 1 Kickoff Times Released as Season Approaches
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✍️ Written by
Ty Bronicel
🗓 Updated
Aug 23rd 2023

Hang in there college football fans.

We’re less than 100 days away from a much-anticipated Week 1 featuring a couple of high-profile games.

Sure, the season actually kicks off Saturday, Aug. 26, with a few mostly meaningless matchups excluding a tilt in Dublin, Ireland, between Navy and Notre Dame (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC). That should be craic – will be fun to see the fans – although the Fighting Irish are favored by nearly three touchdowns.

Then the action really gets going five days later (Thursday, Aug. 31) when the two-time defending Pac-12 champion Utah Utes host the Florida Gators (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) in what should be an entertaining rematch after the Gators stunned the seventh-ranked Utes in Gainesville last year in the season opener for both teams.

Friday night is pretty slow but the rest of the Labor Day weekend slate features some solid showdowns, topped by LSU vs. Florida State in the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando, Florida (Sunday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC), a game that could have playoff implications.

Let’s take a look at the complete schedule for the first week of the 2023-24 college football season.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Navy vs. Notre Dame (Dublin, Ireland): 2:30 p.m., NBC

Texas-El Paso at Jacksonville State: 5:30 p.m., CBSSN

Ohio at San Diego State (-3.5): 7 p.m., FS1

Massachusetts at New Mexico State: 7 p.m., ESPN

Hawaii at Vanderbilt: 7:30 p.m., SEC

San Jose State at Southern California: 8 p.m., Pac-12

Florida International at Louisiana Tech: 9 p.m., CBSSN

Thursday, Aug. 31

Elon at Wake Forest: 7 p.m., ACC Network

Kent State at Central Florida: 7 p.m., FS1

Saint Francis at Western Michigan: 7 p.m., ESPN+

Rhode Island at Georgia State: 7 p.m., ESPN+

Florida at Utah: 8 p.m., ESPN

South Dakota at Missouri: 8 p.m., SEC Network

Nebraska at Minnesota: 8 p.m., FOX

Missouri State at Kansas: 8 p.m., ESPN+

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Tulsa: 8 p.m., ESPN+

North Carolina A&T at Alabama-Birmingham: 8 p.m., ESPN+

Southern Utah at Arizona State: 10 p.m., Pac-12 Network

Friday, Sept. 1

Howard at Eastern Michigan: 6:30 p.m., ESPN+

Miami (Ohio) vs. Miami (Fla.): 7 p.m., ACC Network

Central Michigan at Michigan State: 7 p.m., FS1

Louisville vs. Georgia Tech (Atlanta): 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Stanford at Hawaii: 11 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Saturday, Sept. 2

Northern Illinois at Boston College: 12 p.m., ACC Network

Louisiana Tech at SMU: 12 p.m., ESPNU

Virginia vs. Tennessee (Nashville, Tenn.): 12 p.m., ABC

Ball State at Kentucky: 12 p.m., SEC Network

Arkansas State at Oklahoma: 12 p.m., ESPN

Utah State at Iowa: 12 p.m., FS1

Colorado at TCU: 12 p.m., Fox

Fresno State at Purdue: 12 p.m., Big Ten Network

Bowling Green at Liberty: 12 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Northern Iowa at Iowa State: 2 p.m., ESPN+

Long Island at Ohio: 2 p.m., ESPN+

Akron at Temple: 2 p.m., ESPN+

East Tennessee State at Jacksonville State: 2 p.m., ESPN+

Mercer at Mississippi: 2 p.m., ESPN+

Portland State at Oregon: 3 p.m., Pac-12 Network

Ohio State at Indiana: 3:30 p.m, CBS

Boise State at Washington: 3:30 p.m., ABC

Massachusetts at Auburn: 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Tennessee State at Notre Dame: 3:30 p.m., NBC/Peacock

Wofford at Pittsburgh: 3:30 p.m., ACC Network

Eastern Kentucky at Cincinnati: 3:30 p.m., ESPN+

Gardner-Webb at Appalachian State: 3:30 p.m., ESPN+

Buffalo at Wisconsin: 3:30 p.m., FS1

Towson at Maryland: 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Rice at Texas: 3:30 p.m., Fox

South Florida at Western Kentucky: 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

California at North Texas: 4 p.m., ESPNU

Southeast Louisiana at Mississippi State: 4 p.m., SEC Network

Western Carolina at Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.): 4 p.m., ESPN+

Colgate at Syracuse: 4 p.m., ESPN+

Tennessee-Martin at Georgia: 6 p.m., ESPN+

South Carolina State at Charlotte: 6 p.m., ESPN+

Monmouth at Florida Atlantic: 6 p.m., ESPN+

Bucknell at James Madison: 6 p.m., ESPN+

Albany at Marshall: 6 p.m., ESPN+

The Citadel at Georgia Southern: 6 p.m., ESPN+

Maine at Florida International: 6:30 p.m., ESPN+

Nevada at Southern California: 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network

Washington State at Colorado State: 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network

New Mexico at Texas A&M: 7 p.m., ESPN

Alabama A&M at Vanderbilt: 7 p.m., ESPN+

Texas State at Baylor: 7 p.m., ESPN+

Southeast Missouri State at Kansas State: 7 p.m., ESPN+

Central Arkansas at Oklahoma State: 7 p.m., ESPN+

Alcorn State at Southern Miss: 7 p.m., ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin at Troy: 7 p.m., ESPN+

Bethune-Cookman at Memphis: 7 p.m., ESPN+

Army at Louisiana- Monroe: 7 p.m., TBD

Northern Arizona at Arizona: 7 p.m., Pac-12 Network

Texas-San Antonio at Houston: 7 p.m., FS1

Texas Tech at Wyoming: 7:30 p.m., CBS

West Virginia at Penn State: 7:30 p.m., NBC

North Carolina vs. South Carolina (Charlotte, N.C.): 7:30 p.m., ABC

Middle Tennessee at Alabama: 7:30 p.m., SEC Network

Northwestern State at Louisiana-Lafayette: 7:30 p.m., ESPN+

Toledo at Illinois: 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

South Alabama at Tulane: 8 p.m., ESPNU

Old Dominion at Virginia Tech: 8 p.m., ACC Network

Western Illinois at New Mexico State: 9 p.m., ESPN+

Incarnate Word at Texas-El Paso: 9 p.m., ESPN+

Sam Houston at Brigham Young: 10:15 p.m., FS1

Idaho State at San Diego State: 10:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Coastal Carolina at UCLA: 10:30 p.m., ESPN

Sunday, Sept. 3

Northwestern at Rutgers: 12 p.m., CBS

Oregon State at San Jose State: 3:30 p.m., CBS

LSU vs. Florida State (Orlando, Fla.): 7:30 p.m., ABC

Monday, Sept. 4

Clemson at Duke: 8 p.m., ESPN

Of all of these games, I’ve focused on one (bold in CAPS) – for now – that you should jump on today. We’ll get to more and more point spreads/games as the season gets closer.

The odds I’m using are from FanDuel Sportsbook, one of our favorite sports betting sites among many, including DraftKings Sportsbook and BetMGM.

Boise State at WASHINGTON -16

A decade ago this spread might have seemed silly, but the Chris Petersen days are a distant memory and the Broncos’ program simply isn’t nearly as good as it once was.

Washington, meanwhile, is my pick to win the extremely competitive Pac-12 this season over favorites USC, Utah and Oregon.


Because this Huskies team is loaded on both sides of the ball and could have four first-round draft picks – edge rushers Zion Tupuola-Fetui and Bralen Trice, wide receiver Rome Odunze and, crucially, top-notch quarterback Michael Penix Jr. – in next year’s NFL Draft.

That’s crazy. Plus, Washington’s schedule is reasonable and the Huskies could have a shot at making the four-team CFP.

So the Huskies – who finished 11-2 last season, capped off with a 27-20 win over Texas in the Alamo Bowl – will be eager to get off to a quick start with a style-points pummeling of Boise State in Week 1. I think that happens in Seattle where Washington will by 20 points or more.

Book it.

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