Rejoice, as our wait for college football to return just got a week shorter.
On Aug. 23, Eastern Washington will host Sam Houston State at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN, marking the earliest kickoff for a college football season since 2003. While it’s not a big-time, top-level contest, it does feature two of FCS’ most successful sides and, let’s be honest, you’re going to watch it.
“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,” ESPN Director of Programming for NCAA championships Brent Colborne told USA Today. “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.”
So mark your calendars: Your college football starvation ends on Aug. 23.