A general view of the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the 2022 CFP college football national championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.
A general view of the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the 2022 CFP college football national championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

When Does the College Football Season Start? Key Dates, Schedule for 2022-23 Campaign

The 2022-23 college football season will begin with Week Zero on Saturday, Aug. 27. Most college football teams will have their respective season openers the following week.

Georgia won last year’s national championship with a victory over Alabama last January. Now the entire college football world will set their sights on this year’s national championship game, which will take place on Monday, Jan. 9 in Los Angeles, California.

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2022 College Football Key Dates

  • Aug. 27: College football begins with Week Zero

  • Sept. 3-5: Week 1 of the 2022-23 college football season

  • Dec. 2-3: Conference Championship week

  • Dec. 16: Bowl games begin

  • Dec. 31: College Football Playoff Semifinals

  • Jan. 9: National Championship

What Teams are Playing in Week 0?

  • Nebraska vs. Northwestern (in Dublin, Ireland)

  • Alabama State vs. Howard (in Atlanta, Georgia)

  • Wyoming at Illinois

  • Florida A&M at North Carolina

  • Duquesne at Florida State

  • Vanderbilt at Hawaii

  • Austin Peay at Western Kentucky

  • Nevada at New Mexico State

  • Charlotte at FAU

  • UConn at Utah State

  • North Texas at UTEP

Marquee Matchups for Week 1

Saturday, Sept. 3

  • Oregon vs. Georgia (in Atlanta, Georgia)

  • Notre Dame at Ohio State

  • West Virginia at Pittsburgh

  • Cincinnati at Arkansas

  • Utah at Florida

Sunday, Sept. 4

  • Florida State vs. LSU (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Monday, Sept. 5

  • Clemson vs. Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Georgia)

When is the College Football Playoff?

This will be the ninth year of the College Football Playoff era. There will be two semifinal games and one national championship game to help determine our new champion out of the top-four teams in the country.

  • Saturday, Dec. 31: Fiesta Bowl (CFP semifinal)

  • Saturday, Dec. 31: Peach Bowl (CFP semifinal)

  • Monday, Jan. 9, 2023: National Championship Game (in Los Angeles, California)

The Rest of the New Year’s Six Bowl Schedule

  • Friday, Dec. 30: Orange Bowl

  • Saturday, Dec. 31: Sugar Bowl

  • Monday, Jan. 2: Cotton Bowl

  • Monday, Jan. 2: Rose Bowl

List of Teams to Win National Title in CFP Era

  • 2022: Georgia

  • 2021: Alabama

  • 2020: LSU

  • 2019: Clemson

  • 2018: Alabama

  • 2017: Clemson

  • 2016: Alabama

  • 2015: Ohio State