NCAA Football TV Schedule 2023 And Opening Weekend

By Sushan Shrestha / 19 July 2023 03:24 AM

Some of the biggest ESPN college football tv schedule for 2023
Some of the biggest ESPN college football tv schedule for 2023( Source : twitter )

NCAA football TV schedule 2023 includes thirteen broadcasts on CBS Sports Network in Week 0 and Week 1. It is the highest for any network.

ESPN will televise eight, and FS1 will telecast seven. NBC and FOX will handle three each. Other regional networks have attained the rights to display numerous fixtures. Likewise, ESP+ will stream 31 fixtures from 31st August to 4th September.

NBC, CBS, and FOX bought the broadcasting rights for the college league's biggest games since 2013. These networks need to agree with each conference, and the financial terms for each division vary.

The Athletic reported that a six-year deal for an annual fee of $440 million was penned with Big Ten in 2016. Similarly, the following seven-year proposal with the conference is priced at over a billion dollars per year.

In context, the NFL Playoff Games on Peacock for 2023 cost Google $110 million. It is just for three wild card ties and a regular-season fixture. It shows how expensive TV rights are.

College Football TV Schedule 2023

College football 2023 TV schedule will air on NBC, ESPN, ABC, FS1, Peacock, FOX, CBS Sports Network, and other regional networks.

The College football kickoff 2023 will be televised on NBC from 2:30 pm onwards. Spectators will see Notre Dame take on the Navy in Dublin, Ireland.

A complete home and away matches for the Utah State Aggies
A complete home and away matches for the Utah State Aggies( Source : twitter )

College football game times are 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on the opening day at CBS Sports Network. FS1 will take care of the 7:00 p.m. tie, while ESPN covers another one simultaneously. SEC Network and Pac-12 Networks present the 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. fixtures.

NBC College Football Schedule 2023 for August and September that will be broadcasted on the network:

  • Notre Dame vs. Navy - 26th August at 2:30 p.m.
  • Tennessee State vs.  Notre Dame - 2nd September at 3:30 p.m.
  • West Virginia vs. Penn State - 2nd September at 7:30 p.m.
  • Charlotte vs. Maryland - 9th September at 7:30 p.m.
  • Syracuse vs. Purdue - 16th September at 7:30 p.m.
  • Ohio State vs. Notre Dame - 23rd September at 7:30 p.m.

College Football Opening Weekend 2023

College Football Opening Weekend 2023 will begin on 26th August with a total of seven fixtures planned for Saturday.

Aer Lingus Collge Football Classic posted the above photo on 19th May
Aer Lingus Collge Football Classic posted the above photo on 19th May( Source : twitter )

The earliest game will begin at 2.30 p.m and will be broadcasted on NBC. Aviva Stadium will host a contest between Navy Midshipmen and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The remaining games of that day will feature these teams:

  • UTEP Miners vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium
  • UMass Minutemen vs. New Mexico State Aggies at Aggie Memorial Stadium
  • Ohio Bobcats vs. San Diego State Aztecs at Snapdragon Stadium
  • Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Vanderbilt Commodores at FirstBank Stadium
  • San Jose State Spartans vs. USC Trojans at United Airlines Field at the LA Memorial Coliseum
  • FIU Panthers vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Joe Aillet Stadium

College Football Week 1 2023

College football week 1 schedule begins on Thursday, 31st August 2023. A dozen fixtures will be played on the opening day of week 1.

Liberty Flames take on Bowling Green Falcons on Week 1 tie
Liberty Flames take on Bowling Green Falcons on Week 1 tie( Source : twitter )

All the games from day one of week 1 are listed as follows:

  • Kent State Golden Flashes vs. UCF Knights
  • Elon Phoenix vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  • Rhode Island Rams vs. Georgia State Panthers
  • Saint Francis U Red Flash vs. Western Michigan Broncos
  • NC State Wolfpack vs. Connecticut Huskies
  • South Dakota Coyotes vs. Missouri Tigers
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • North Carolina A&T Aggies vs. UAB Blazers
  • Missouri State Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks
  • Florida Gators vs. Utah Utes
  • Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
  • Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Similarly, five games are lined up for 1st September. Central Michigan Chippewas taking on Michigan State Spartans will be the highlight of that day.

A mammoth 66 contests are set up for 2nd September. The next day has three contests. LSU Tigers battling against Florida State Seminoles will be the talking point.

Week 1 will conclude on 4th September when Clemson Tigers lock horns with Duke Blue Devils.

Kickoff 2023

College football kickoff 2023 will see Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on Navy Midshipmen. The opening encounter is planned for 26th August.

Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, will organize its fourth college football game in 2023. It has previously arranged the fixture in 2012, 2016, and 2022.

The 2023 college football kickoff will feature Notre Dame opposite Navy
The 2023 college football kickoff will feature Notre Dame opposite Navy( Source : facebook )

Since 1988, NCAA college football has traveled to Ireland. Lansdowne Road Stadium managed the 19th November tie between Boston College Eagles and Army Cadets. In the attendance of 42,525 people, the Eagles defeated the Cadets by 38-24.

Croke Park has also managed a couple of matches in 1996 and 2014. The Penn State Nittany Lions and UCF Knights went up against each other on 30th August 2014. Penn State was victorious over UCF by a close margin of 26-24.

Chick Fil A

Chick Fil A kickoff game 2023 will be played between Louisville Cardinals and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. It will be held on 1st September.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, will be the location for the tie. It will be aired at 7.30 p.m. on ESPN.

Louisville and Georgia Tech will play in the Chick Fil A kickoff game 2023
Louisville and Georgia Tech will play in the Chick Fil A kickoff game 2023( Source : facebook )

In 2022, two Chick Fil A matches were played. Georgia Bulldogs were victorious against Oregon Duck (49-3) on 3rd September, and Clemson Tigers defeated Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (41-10) on 5th September.

Peach Bowl is the organizer of the event. Georgia Dome used to host the tie from 2008 to 2016.

Since 2016, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been the go-to place for these matches. It has a domed roof and is the home of the Atlanta Falcons. It is one of NFL teams with indoor stadiums.

Chick-fil-A has been its main sponsor since its inception in 2008. The first ever Chick Fil A college kickoff game was witnessed on 30th August 2008. Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers went against each other and the end result was 34-10, favoring the Crimson Tide.

When Is The First College Football Game?

First college football game 2023 will be held on the 26th of August. The Week 0 game between Navy and Notre Dame will start at 2.30 p.m.

Wildcast and Cornhuskers traveled to Dublin for the 2022's opening match
Wildcast and Cornhuskers traveled to Dublin for the 2022's opening match( Source : facebook )

Last year, it commenced on 27th August. The Northwestern Wildcats took on Nebraska Cornhuskers at a 12.30 p.m. fixture. The match held at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, saw the Wildcats impose a final score of 31-28 against the Cornhuskers.

That year, eleven games were played on Week Zero. Other results were:

  • Florida State Seminoles (47) vs. Duquesne Dukes (7)
  • North Carolina Tar Heels (56) vs. Florida A&M Rattlers (24)
  • Illinois Fighting Illini (38) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (6)
  • Vanderbilt Commodores (63) vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (10)
  • Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (38) vs. Austin Peay Governors (27)
  • UNLV Rebels (52) vs. Idaho State Bengals (21)
  • Nevada Wolf Pack (23) vs. New Mexico State Aggies (12)
  • Utah State Aggies (31) vs. UConn Huskies (20)
  • Florida Atlantic Owls (43) vs. Charlotte 49ers (13)
  • North Texas Mean Green (31) vs. UTEP Miners (13)

How Many Games Do College Football Teams Play?

College football teams play a dozen of games in a regular season. The teams contest eight or nine times with the others from their conference.

Each team in collegiate league play about 12 matches
Each team in collegiate league play about 12 matches( Source : twitter )

All divisions in the NCAA hold a conference championship to determine winners from each division. Apart from that, various Bowl games are played.

Some of the Bowl games happening in 2023-24 are:

  • Celebration Bowl - 16th December
  • Myrtle Beach Bowl - 18th December
  • Frisco Bowl - 19th December
  • Boca Raton Bowl - 21st December
  • Gasparilla Bowl - 22nd December
  • Camellia Bowl - 23rd December
  • First Responder Bowl - 26th December
  • Texas Bowl - 27th December
  • Alamo Bowl - 28th December
  • Cotton Bowl - 29th December
  • Peach Bowl - 30th December
  • Orange Bowl - 30th December
  • Citrus Bowl - 1st January
  • Rose Bowl Semifinal - 1st January
  • Sugar Bowl Semifinal - 1st January
  • National Championship Game - 8th January

How long is a college football game?

A college football game is an hour long. It follows the same format as the National Football League.

But it takes more than three hours for a match to complete. A typical game ranges from 3 to 3.5 hours.

A college football lasts for 60 minutes
A college football lasts for 60 minutes( Source : facebook )

The timeouts, halftime breaks, and commercials are the main reasons for time consumption. Overtime also keeps the time running for more than the scheduled period.

On 23rd October 2021, the fixture between Penn State and Illinois resulted in 9 overtime. The final score was 20-18, favoring the latter, making it the longest overtime game in college football.

Likewise, various delays can also hamper the game time. The longest weather delay in college football was noticed in 2017. The TCU and Kansas State tie kicked off 3 hours and 55 minutes later.

Hurricanes, thunderstorms, and snowstorms are driving factors of weather delays.

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