New Florida coach Billy Napier’s debut against a likely preseason Top-10 Utah team, new USC coach Lincoln Riley’s Pac-12 debut at Stanford in Week 2 and a glamorous Week 3 matchup between Miami and Texas A&M all got primetime treatment among the early-season TV and kickoff times announced Thursday. Utah-Florida and Miami-Texas A&M will air on ESPN, while USC-Stanford is on ABC.
ESPN, Fox Sports and the various conference networks all revealed their selections for the season’s first three weeks Thursday, on the heels of CBS announcing select matchups a day earlier. Also announced Thursday: the entire schedule for 2022-23 bowl season, which includes 42 FBS games.
Incorporating previously announced selections, Week 1 will begin with Penn State at Purdue on Thursday, Sept. 1 on Fox, followed by Illinois at Indiana on Friday night on FS1. Saturday, Sept. 3 gets off to a slow start, with Colorado State at Michigan as the featured 12 pm ET game on ABC, but then ABC airs Georgia-Oregon at 3:30 pm ET alongside Cincinnati-Arkansas on ESPN. Primetime brings Utah-Florida at 7 pm ET (ESPN), and the headliner, Notre Dame at Ohio State at 7:30 pm ET (ABC).
For most games beyond Week 3, the networks wait until six or 12 days before kickoff to pick their games, but there are a few exceptions.
Other confirmed kick times for some of 2022’s marquee matchups include Alabama at Texas (Sept. 10 at 12 pm ET on FOX), Penn State at Auburn (Sept. 17 at 3:30 pm ET on CBS) Georgia vs. Florida (Oct. 26 at 3:30 pm ET on CBS) and Michigan at Ohio State (Nov. 26 at 12 pm ET on FOX).
CBS also announced this week that its one primetime SEC game of the season will be on Oct. 8, which will almost certainly be the Texas A & M-Alabama / Jimbo Fisher-Nick Saban grudge match in Tuscaloosa.
Bowl season begins on Friday, Dec. 16 with the Bahamas Bowl and runs through the national championship game on Jan. 9. This year’s College Football Playoff semifinals fall on Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Peach and Fiesta bowls. One will be 4 pm ET, the other at 8 pm ET.
With New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday, the Rose Bowl, as is custom, moves to Jan. 2. It will be preceded by the Cotton and Citrus bowls.
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