College Football is back!
The opening weekend of the College Football season is referred to as Week 0, which in 2023 will consist of seven games taking place on Saturday, August 26. There has been a Week 0 every season since 1983.
The first full slate of games is the following Saturday, September 2, over Labor Day weekend.
Two ranked teams are in action in Week 0, with No. 13 Notre Dame traveling to Dublin, Ireland to host Navy, and No. 6 USC hosting San Jose State.
Navy vs. #13 Notre Dame
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Notre Dame -20.5
UTEP at Jacksonville State
Burgess-Snow Field, Jacksonville, AL
UMASS at New Mexico State
Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM
Ohio at San Diego State
Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego, CA
Hawaii at Vanderbilt
FirstBank Stadium, Nashville, TN
San Jose State at #6 USC
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
FIU at Louisiana Tech
Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA
L. Tech -11.5
Quarterback, Jr., USC
Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner begins his final season in Los Angeles.
Caleb Williams, who had a strong debut season for the Trojans after transferring from Oklahoma, completed 66.6% of his passes for 4,537 yards and 42 touchdowns, with just five interceptions.
He is expected to be a contender for the No.1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, and is, in fact, the odds-on favorite at -500.
USC coach Lincoln Riley restocked the cupboard for Williams following wide receiver Jordan Addison’s departure to the NFL, bringing in Dorian Singer from Arizona.
Singer had 66 catches for 1,105 yards and six touchdowns for the Wildcats last fall and, along with Williams, is a preseason All-Pac 12 pick.
This is USC’s last season before departing for the Big 10 in 2024.
Quarterback, Sr., Notre Dame
After throwing for 12,967 yards and 110 touchdowns at Wake Forest the last five years, Sam Hartman will spend his sixth and final season of college football in South Bend.
Hartman threw for 3,701 yards and 38 touchdowns while completing 63.1% of his passes as he led the Demon Deacons to an 8-5 record, concluding his Wake Forest career with 280 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-17 victory over Missouri in the Gasparilla Bowl.
Hartman will now be under the national microscope, leading the offense for second-year coach Marcus Freeman.
Last year’s two starters, Drew Pyne (Arizona State) and Tyler Buchner (Alabama) have transferred as well.
Quarterback, Sr., Ohio
Kurtis Rourke is on a redemption tour this fall for the Bobcats. He had a great junior season, featuring 29 total touchdowns, including 25 passing, and more than 3,500 yards of total offense as Ohio won the MAC East Division.
But, he tore his right ACL and meniscus against Ball State late in the season and missed the team’s MAC Championship Game loss to Toledo and their bowl game.
He is back and was named to the MAC Conference’s preseason first-team offense.
Wide Receiver, Sr.,Vanderbilt
Will Sheppard had 60 catches for 776 yards and nine touchdowns as the Commodores improved from 2-10 to 5-7 in coach Clark Lea’s second season.
Sheppard is a preseason SEC third-team pick.
Linebacker, Jr., San Diego State
After recording 105 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, to go with 4.5 sacks, Cody Moon transferred within the Mountain West Conference, from New Mexico State to the Aztecs.
Moon is a preseason first team MWC pick on defense.