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When does the 2024 college football season start?

By Vaseline May30,2024
When does the 2024 college football season start?

It’s never too early to start preparing for the next college football season. After Michigan won the College Football Playoff title in exciting fashion last year, the 2024 season looks to pick up where it left off with exciting action.

Information on when the 2024 college football season will start can be found here. This story will be updated as games and times change.

When does the 2024 college football season start?

The 2024 season is about to start Saturday August 24 in this year’s ‘Week Zero’. Most of the country’s Division I programs start their seasons the following week.

Here are some of the matches currently scheduled for Saturday, August 24 in Week Zero:

  • Aer Lingus College Football classic: Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (in Dublin, Ireland) | 12:00 PM ET | ESPN
  • McNeese, Tarleton State | 2:30 PM ET| ESPNU
  • State of Montana in New Mexico | 4:00 PM ET | FS1
  • FCS Kickoff: North Alabama vs. Southeast Missouri State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama) | 7:00 PM ET | ESPN
  • MEAC/SWAC Challenge: Norfolk State vs. Florida A&M (Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 7:30 PM | ABC
  • SMU in Nevada | 8:00 PM ET | CBS Sports Network
  • Delaware state in Hawaii

Week 1 of the 2024 college football season begins next week, with most games taking place on Saturday, August 31 over Labor Day weekend. Here are some of the season opening matches.

Thursday August 29

  • North Carolina and Minnesota | 8:00 PM ET | Fox
  • State of North Dakota in Colorado | 8:00 PM ET | ESPN

Friday August 30

  • TCU at Stanford | 10:30 PM ET | ESPN

Saturday August 31

  • Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: Clemson vs. Georgia (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 12:00 PM ET | ABC
  • Penn State in West Virginia | 12:00 noon | Fox
  • Miami (FL) and Florida | 3:30 PM ET | ABC
  • Notre Dame at Texas A&M | 7:30 PM ET | ABC
  • Georgia State at Georgia Tech | 8:00 PM ET | ACC Network
  • South Dakota State and Oklahoma State | ESPN+

Sunday September 1st

  • Orange blossom classic: North Carolina Central vs. Alabama State (Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida) | 3:00 PM ET | ESPN
  • Vegas Kickoff Classic: LSU vs. Southern California (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 7:30pm on ABC

Monday September 2

  • Boston College in the state of Florida | 7:30 PM ET | ESPN

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Some other early season non-conference games to watch are below:

  • Week 2: Saturday September 7
    • Texas in Michigan | 12:00 PM ET | FOX
    • Arkansas in the state of Oklahoma | 12:00 PM ET | ABC
    • State of Kansas at Tulane | 12:00 PM ET | ESPN or ESPN2
    • Pittsburgh in Cincinnati | 12:00 PM ET | ESPN or ESPN2
    • Florida A&M in Miami (FL) | 6:00 PM ET | ACC Network
    • UIW in the state of South Dakota | 7:00 PM ET
    • Colorado in Nebraska | 7:30 PM ET | NBC
    • Duke’s Mayo classic: NC State vs. Tennessee (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina) | 7:30 PM ET | ABC
    • Boise State in Oregon | 10 p.m. | Peacock
  • Week 3: Saturday September 14
    • Alabama in Wisconsin | 12:00 PM ET | FOX
    • West Virginia at Pitt | 3:30 PM ET | ESPN or ESPN2

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College Football Playoff and New Year’s schedule with six bowl games

The 2024 season is the 11th edition of the College Football Playoff and the first in the 12-team format.

Here are the College Football Playoff dates and schedule for next season. All New Year’s Six games are also included:

  • First round | Week of Saturday December 21st
    • Location: The higher-seeded team’s home court or other location designated by the higher-seeded program.
  • Quarterfinals
    • Fiesta Bowl | Tuesday, December 31
    • Peach bowl | Wednesday January 1
    • Rose bowl | Wednesday January 1
    • Sugar bowl | Wednesday January 1
  • Semi-finals
    • Orange bowl | Thursday January 9
    • Cotton bowl | Friday January 10
  • CFP National Championship Match: Monday, January 20, 2023 (in Atlanta, Georgia)

The title game will be played at Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the first time a venue will host the CFP National Championship Game twice.

Michigan won the College Football Playoff National Championship during the 2023-2024 season. Here’s a complete history of the CFP title game.

Year
(Game date)
Game PLACE
2015 No. 4 Ohio State 42No. 2 Oregon 20 Arlington, Texas
2016 No. 2 Alabama 45No. 1 Clemson 40 Glendale, Ariz
2017 No. 2 Clemson 35No. 1 Alabama 31 Tampa, Fla
2018 No. 4 Alabama 26No. 3 Georgia 23 Atlanta, Georgia
2019 No. 2 Clemson 44No. 1 Alabama 16 Santa Clara, California
2020 No. 1 LSU 42No. 3 Clemson 25 New Orleans, Louisiana
2021 No. 1 Alabama 52No. 3 Ohio State 24 Miami Gardens, Florida
2022 No. 3 Georgia 33, No. 1 Alabama 18 Indianapolis, Indiana
2023 No. 1 Georgia 65, No. 3 TCU 7 Inglewood, California
2024 No. 1 Michigan 34No. 2 Washington 13 Houston, Texas

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Future locations and dates of the CFP National Championship

2025-26: Miami (Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida) – January 19

  • First round | Week of Saturday December 20th
    • Location: The higher-seeded team’s home court or other location designated by the higher-seeded program.
  • Quarterfinal locations:
    • Cotton bowl | Wednesday December 31
    • Orange bowl | Thursday January 1
    • Rose bowl | Thursday January 1
    • Sugar bowl | Thursday January 1
  • Semi-final locations:
    • Fiesta Bowl | Thursday January 8
    • Peach bowl | Friday January 9

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