ESPN gives college football early start on Aug. 23

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.

10 comments Add your comment

FootballTopFan

February 24th, 2014
7:08 pm

FootballTopFan(c) anxiously await the kick-off of the 2014 college football season !!!

We wish ESPN the best of luck and success…

Bama boy

February 21st, 2014
8:51 pm

I don’t get my welfare til first of month darn cable might be off

juvenal

February 21st, 2014
10:15 am

how’s the knee, Andy?

DawgOne

February 21st, 2014
9:01 am

Richt’s boys should be wrapping up another Fulmer Cup about that time.

Tomás Broun

February 20th, 2014
11:33 pm

I confidently predict the leghumpers will not lose that day.

Virginia Tide

February 20th, 2014
10:09 pm

I am a huge Bama fan, but I like the idea of two FCS schools playing this early as they receive better exposure to this level of football. There are a number of competitive teams at this level who can compete with the FBS programs.

MikeS

February 20th, 2014
7:38 pm

I didn’t think so.

MikeS

February 20th, 2014
7:38 pm

Bama Fan- there are plenty of FCS programs that average over 20000 in attendance each year. While that may not match the 80-100K that you see in some of the “big” programs, it is certainly more than just family and friends. Also, the top level of FCS has higher average attendance than many of the weaker FBS programs. Have you checked out Duke’s, SMU’s, MTSU’s, Wyoming’s, and Tulane’s attendance figures? I appreciate that you were trying to compliment the “kids”, but don’t insult their fans when you don’t know what you are talking about.
Did you graduate from Alabama?

BamaFan

February 20th, 2014
6:11 pm

I admire the kids who play college football at this level. They are either doing it for the love of the game, or as a means to a college education, because nobody outside of their close friends and family are really interested in watching their games.

K

February 20th, 2014
3:28 pm

I am nervous all over. lol.