Southern California Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) rushes for a touchdown in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Southern California Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) rushes for a touchdown in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

When Does College Football Start? Key Dates, Schedule and Biggest Matchups for the 2023/24 Season

The 2023-24 college football season is just around the corner, and pretty soon our Saturdays will have purpose again.

After back-to-back national championships, Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs are hoping to become the first three-peat champ since Minnesota accomplished this feat in the 1930s. Georgia is the betting favorite to do just that at’s online sportsbook.

While we all might witness history this year, that shouldn’t take away from what will be an exciting college football regular season from start to finish. Let’s get into all the key dates you need to know for the upcoming campaign.

When Does College Football Start In 2023?

As is usually the case, Week 0 will serve as the official start of the college football season. This year, those games will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26, starting with a much-anticipated matchup between Navy and Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland.

Only a select number of teams will be in action during Week 0, while the majority of college football programs will begin their respective campaigns the following weekend in Week 1.

Week 0 Schedule

While the football season typically begins on Labor Day weekend, the NCAA started awarding waivers for games to be played a week earlier back in 2002. The original intent was to grant teams that play a game in Hawaii an extra regular-season home game to offset travel costs.

This year, 14 different teams will kick off the new season for us during an interesting Week 0 slate on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

  • Navy vs. Notre Dame (in Dublin, Ireland)

  • UTEP at Jacksonville State

  • UMass at New Mexico State

  • Ohio at San Diego State

  • Hawaii at Vanderbilt

  • San Jose State at USC

  • FIU at Louisiana Tech

Week 1 Schedule

Following the Week 0 appetizer, college football fans will be treated to a full weekend slate in Week 1. Games will begin on Thursday, Aug. 31 and the opening weekend will wrap up on Monday, Sept. 4.

As for the marquee matchups, football fans will want to tune in Thursday evening when Utah attempts to avenge last year’s Week 1 loss against Florida. The TCU Horned Frogs, who are fresh off a national title game appearance, will face Deion Sanders’ Colorado Buffaloes for one of the biggest games on Saturday’s slate.

On Sunday, a showdown between LSU and Florida State will take center stage in Orlando, Florida. Both teams enter the year with high expectations, so a Week 1 win will be crucial to success.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

  • NC State at UConn

  • Nebraska at Minnesota

  • Florida at Utah

Friday, September 1, 2023

  • Central Michigan at Michigan State

  • Stanford at Hawaii

Saturday, September 2, 2023

  • Colorado at TCU

  • Virginia vs. Tennessee

  • Boise State at Washington

  • Ohio State at Indiana

  • West Virginia at Penn State

  • North Carolina vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte, NC)

Sunday, September 3, 2023

  • Oregon State at San Jose State

  • LSU vs. Florida State (in Orlando, FL)

Monday, September 4, 2023

  • Clemson at Duke

When Is The College Football Playoff?

To help bring in the new year, the College Football Playoff semifinal matchups will take place on Monday, Jan. 1. One matchup will be the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, while the other will serve as the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA.

The national championship game will take place a week later on Monday, Jan. 8 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

  • Jan. 1: Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, CA

  • Jan. 1: Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA

  • Jan. 8: CFP National Championship in Houston, TX

When Are The Other Major College Football Bowl Games?

  • Dec. 29: Goodyear Cotton Bowl in Arlington, TX

  • Dec. 30: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, GA

  • Dec. 30: Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami, FL

  • Jan. 1: Vrbo Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ 

List Of Teams To Win National Title In College Football Playoff Era





No. 4 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Oregon 20

Arlington, TX


No. 2 Alabama 45, No. 1 Clemson 40

Glendale, AZ


No. 2 Clemson 35, No. 1 Alabama 31

Tampa, FL


No. 4 Alabama 26, No. 3 Georgia 23

Atlanta, GA


No. 2 Clemson 44, No. 1 Alabama 16

Santa Clara, CA


No. 1 LSU 42, No. 3 Clemson 25

New Orleans, LA


No. 1 Alabama 52, No. 3 Ohio State 24

Miami Gardens, FL


No. 3 Georgia 33, No. 1 Alabama 18

Indianapolis, IN


No. 1 Georgia 65, No. 2 TCU 7

Inglewood, CA

How to Bet on College Football at WynnBET

There are plenty of different ways to bet on college football when using your WynnBET app, and you don’t even have to wait until the season starts to do so.

WynnBET currently has national championship odds for the upcoming season, with the Georgia Bulldogs sitting atop the odds board. To place a championship bet, simply click on the team that you think will win it all this year.

In addition, WynnBET has regular-season win totals for every Power Five program at this point in the offseason. For each team, there is a price on a team to finish Over or Under their respective win total entering the season.

When the season does arrive, WynnBET will be your go-to source for betting on college football. There will be several different markets for each game, including spread, moneyline, total and select prop markets.

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