College football is all but upon us, with Notre Dame and USC playing against Navy and San Jose State, respectively, in an aperitif before things kick off for real. Navy and Notre Dame will played at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, continuing college football’s international series in Week 0.
Week 0 has become a college football tradition of sorts, and outside of Notre Dame and USC, San Diego State also opens the year as a member of the Mountain West for the foreseeable future.
Defending Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams begins his defense of college football’s most prestigious individual honor, and Notre Dame is expecting big things from Wake Forest transfer Sam Hartman.
While there aren’t any true Power Five matchups on the Week 0 slate, there are some solid litmus tests for teams hoping to be serious playoff contenders this year. USC’s most recent game was a disappointing Cotton Bowl loss to Tulane (albeit without Jordan Addison), so the Trojans will be looking to bounce back against San Jose State.
The Sporting News has everything you need to know about college football’s Week 0, including times, dates, matchups and more:
When is the first college football game in 2023?
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 26
- Time: 2:30 p.m.
- Matchup: Navy at Notre Dame
- Location: Aviva Stadium — Dublin, Ireland
The first confirmed game of the 2023 season kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 26 when Navy takes on Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland.
Other FBS showdowns include UMass vs. New Mexico State, Ohio vs. San Diego State, Hawaii vs. Vanderbilt, San Jose State vs. USC, and Florida International vs. Louisiana Tech.
How to watch college football games in Week 0
Notre Dame vs. Navy will kick off the college football season on NBC and Peacock. Other nationally-televised games include UMass vs. New Mexico State on ESPN and USC vs. San Jose State on the Pac-12 Network.
All televised games in Week 0 can be streamed via Fubo, which offers a free trial.
College football schedule 2023: Week 0
Seven college football games are scheduled to take place during Week 0, down from 11 last season. Below is the opening weekend slate, headlined by Notre Dame vs. Navy.
Saturday, Aug. 26
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Navy at Notre Dame||2:30 p.m.||NBC, Fubo, Peacock|
|UTEP at Jacksonville State||5:30 p.m.||CBS Sports Network, Fubo|
|UMass at New Mexico State||7 p.m.||ESPN, Fubo|
|Ohio at San Diego State||7 p.m.||FS1, Fubo|
|Hawaii at Vanderbilt||7:30 p.m.||SEC Network, Fubo|
|San Jose State at USC||8 p.m.||Pac-12 Network, Fubo|
|FIU at Louisiana Tech||9 p.m.||CBS Sports Network, Fubo|