ESPN Events’ 2023 schedule also features four early-season kickoff games
Cricket Celebration Bowl, Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff, and Boeing Red Tails Classic games continue ESPN’s commitment to HBCU football in 2023
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, has unveiled its schedule for the 2023 college football season, including 17 bowl games across ESPN and ABC, and four early-season kickoff games.
Bowl Season will begin Saturday, Dec. 16, with ESPN Events’ HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl (11 a.m. ET, ESPN), and the Cricket Celebration Bowl (noon, ABC). In all, four games will be played on this date, while the following Saturday, Dec. 23, will be the busiest day of the ESPN Events bowl schedule with six games across ESPN and ABC.
The early-season ESPN Events schedule features a pair of games in Week 0 on Saturday, Aug. 26. The FCS Kickoff between North Alabama and Mercer at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., airs at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, while the Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff – South Carolina State vs. Jackson State – in Atlanta will air in primetime on ABC (7:30 p.m.) for the first time in the event’s 18 years.
In addition to the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, which celebrates the tradition, legacy and values of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), ESPN Events will continue to honor the legendary Tuskegee Airmen with the third Boeing Red Tails Classic on Sunday, Sept. 3 between Fort Valley State and Tuskegee (7 p.m., ESPNU) in Montgomery.
ESPN Events also operates the previously announced Camping World Kickoff in Orlando in cooperation with Florida Citrus Sports. In one of the most anticipated matchups of the season, LSU will face Florida State on Labor Day Sunday (Sept. 3) at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
This afternoon, ESPN also announced its full schedule of games for Weeks 1-3 and its 40-game bowl season slate.
About ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2023, the 32-event schedule includes four early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, nine college basketball events, and a college softball event, in addition to a new college gymnastics event coming in 2024. Collectively, these events account for over 400 hours of live programming on ESPN platforms, while reaching 60 million viewers and attracting more than 650,000 annual attendees. Each year, the portfolio of events features more than 20 Division I conferences and hosts over 4,000 participating student-athletes. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
2023 ESPN Events College Football Schedule:
DateTime (ET)MatchupNetworkKickoff GamesSat, Aug. 263:30 p.m.FCS Kickoff
Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.) North Alabama vs. Mercer
ESPN7:30 p.m.Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff
Center Parc Stadium (Atlanta) South Carolina State vs. Jackson State
ABCSun, Sept. 37 p.m.Boeing Red Tails Classic
Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.) Fort Valley State vs. Tuskegee
ESPNU7:30 p.m.Camping World Kickoff
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.) LSU vs. Florida State
ABCBowl GamesSat, Dec. 1611 a.m.HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium
ESPNNoonCricket Celebration Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
ABC3:30 p.m.Cure Bowl
TBD (Orlando, Fla.)
ABC5:45 p.m.New Mexico Bowl
University Stadium (Albuquerque, N.M.)
ESPNMon, Dec. 182:30 p.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl
Brooks Stadium (Conway, S.C.)
ESPNTue, Dec. 199 p.m.Frisco Bowl
Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
ESPNThu, Dec. 218 p.m.RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl
FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, Fla.)
ESPNFri, Dec. 226:30 p.m.Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)
ESPNSat, Dec. 23NoonBirmingham Bowl
Protective Stadium (Birmingham, Ala.)
Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.)
ESPN3:30 p.m.Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)
ABC3:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)
ESPN7:30 p.m.SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, Nev.)
ABC10:30 p.m.EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl
Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex
ESPNTue, Dec. 26 5:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas, Texas)
ESPNWed, Dec. 279 p.m.TaxAct Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas)
ESPNThu, Dec. 2811 a.m.Wasabi Fenway Bowl
Fenway Park (Boston, Mass.)