Are you ready for some football?
If you ask yourself that on Aug. 23, you’ll be set, because ESPN will broadcast a game that day.
The network will show a FCS game — called the FCS Kickoff — between Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington at 3:30 p.m., giving college football its earliest start in 11 years, USA Today reported.
ESPN Director of Programming for NCAA championships Brent Colborne said:
“We saw the opportunity, saw the need and desire from a programming perspective, and we feel like we can get a significant audience for this game. Come August 23, right before Labor Day, people are starving for college football. People are ready for football. This is a really cool opportunity to serve those fans.”
College football hasn’t started as early as Aug. 23 since 2003, when games between Grambling and San Jose State and Kansas State and California were played.
And if you’re not excited by an FCS matchup, these are two of the better programs on that level.
Eastern Washington won the FCS title in 2010 and Sam Houston State finished second in 2011 and ‘12.
Willie Fritz left Sam Houston State last month to become the new coach at Georgia Southern.