Welcome to Week 1 of the 2023 season, the second weekend of college football...
Anyways, the best part about this weekend is that NC State plays on Thursday...
The Wolfpack head to Connecticut to take on UConn, a matchup of two bowl teams from 2022, each of which expect to take a step forward in 2023.
From a national perspective, the big game on Thursday night will be Florida taking on Utah. Last year’s matchup in Gainesville was phenomenal. Utah QB Cam Rising is phenomenal and a must-watch player (assuming he plays since he’s recovering from an ACL tear suffered late last year), so keep that game on your second TV.
On Friday, Louisville and Georgia Tech get the honors of the first ACC game of the season. Georgia Tech is looking to improve in Year 2 under Brent Key while Louisville will kick off Year 1 under former QB Jeff Brohm. Before that Cardinals-Jackets game, there’s the battle for Miami. The Hurricanes may have the decided edge in producing NFL players, but the RedHawks are far and away more productive at putting out NFL head coaches.
Also Friday, potential future ACC member Stanford tries not to lose on the road at Hawaii.
The big matchups Saturday include Tony Elliott trying to have Virginia look respectable at Tennessee, Deion Sanders and his completely revamped Colorado roster taking on last year’s national runners up, West Virginia and Penn State finally renewing a rivalry that hasn’t taken place since 1992, and North Carolina and South Carolina facing off to see which fan base that colloquially uses “Carolina” is more annoying (spoiler alert: it’s the northernmost of those two schools).
Former Wolfpack WR Devin Carter will likely be starting for the Mountaineers against the Nittany Lions, which is going to be a bit awkward considering Carter first committed to Penn State after leaving NC State before switching to West Virginia.
Carter’s former QB Devin Leary, as well as former NC State RB Demie Sumo-Karngbaye, will start his Kentucky career at noon on Saturday. Leary is the Wildcats starting QB (of course), but Sumo-Karngbaye is slated for backup duties.
LSU vs Florida State in Orlando is your big Sunday game, while Clemson heads to Durham on Monday evening to take on Duke in another opening week ACC tilt.
Yes, that’s five straight days spanning the Labor Day weekend with college football games.
Breathe it in! It is glorious.
FCS/170 Elon @ 45/48 Wake Forest - 7:00pm - ACCN
42/40 NC State @ 125/127 UConn - 7:30pm - CBSSN
23/36 Florida @ 14/16 Utah - 8:00pm - ESPN
59/49 Nebraska @ 27/29 Minnesota - 8:00pm - FOX
109/101 Central Michigan @ 46/45 Michigan State - 7:00pm - FS1
101/102 Miami (OH) @ 37/43 Miami (FL) - 7:00pm - ACCN
40/42 Louisville @ 75/89 Georgia Tech - 7:30pm - ESPN
92/92 Stanford @ 120/134 Hawaii - 11:00pm - CBSSN
87/84 East Carolina @ 3/4 Michigan - 12:00pm - Peacock
79/86 Virginia @ 8/6 Tennessee - 12:00pm - ABC
88/90 Colorado @ 21/18 TCU - 12:00pm - FOX
107/104 Ball State @ 24/37 Kentucky - 12:00pm - SECN
63/75 Fresno State @ 58/59 Purdue - 12:00pm - BTN
115/96 Northern Illinois @ 78/82 Boston College - 12:00pm - ACCN
2/3 Ohio State @ 83/94 Indiana - 3:30pm - CBS
48/39 Boise State @ 17/19 Washington - 3:30pm - ABC
FCS/208 Tennessee State @ 11/11 Notre Dame - 3:30pm - NBC
FCS/191 Wofford @ 36/34 Pittsburgh - 3:30pm - ACCN
FCS/220 Colgate @ 55/66 Syracuse - 4:00pm - ACCNX
FCS/179 Albany @ 73/70 Marshall - 6:00pm - ESPN+
56/53 UTSA @ 57/60 Houston - 7:00pm - FS1
60/52 West Virginia @ 6/10 Penn State - 7:30pm - NBC
25/33 North Carolina vs 33/26 South Carolina - 7:30pm - ABC
121/125 Old Dominion @ 72/73 Virginia Tech - 8:00pm - ACCN
68/80 Coastal Carolina @ 28/38 UCLA - 10:30pm - ESPN
85/72 Northwestern @ 77/81 Rutgers - 12:00pm - CBS
31/32 Oregon State @ 94/93 San Jose State - 3:30pm - CBS
5/7 LSU vs 12/24 Florida State - 7:30pm - ABC
7/8 Clemson @ 50/62 Duke - 8:00pm - NBC