All 14 American Athletic Conference football teams will have seen action by the time Week 0 and Week 1 of the 2023 college football season are in the books.
Navy opened the season last Saturday with a loss to No. 13 Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland, while this week’s Saturday ledger has East Carolina at No. 2 Michigan on Peacock and Rice at No. 11 Texas on Fox Sports.
Tulane, which finished last season ranked No. 9 nationally, takes a No. 23 preseason ranking into its Sept. 2 season opener against a South Alabama squad that won 10 games last season. That game will cap a tripleheader for AAC teams on ESPNU.
Other Week 1 matchups on linear television featuring AAC teams include North Texas hosting California on ESPNU as Eric Morris makes his debut on the Mean Green sideline. Texas-San Antonio visits Houston on FS1 in a rematch of their triple-overtime thriller from last season. First-year head coach Alex Golesh takes his South Florida squad on the road to face Conference USA preseason favorite Western Kentucky on CBS Sports Network.
The Week 1 schedule starts with a pair of Thursday night contests on ESPN+. UAB hosts North Carolina A&T as Trent Dilfer makes his head coaching debut. Tulsa welcomes Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the first game for new Golden Hurricane head coach Kevin Wilson.
ESPN+ has four Saturday games. Temple hosts Akron, Charlotte and new head coach Biff Poggi host South Carolina State, Tom Herman’s Florida Atlantic squad battles Monmouth, and Memphis welcomes Bethune-Cookman.
Week 0 and Week 1 Schedule
SATURDAY, AUG. 26
Notre Dame 42, Navy 3
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31
NC A&T at UAB, 8 pm, ESPN+
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Tulsa, 8 pm, ESPN+
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
ECU at Michigan, 12 pm, Peacock
Louisiana Tech at SMU, 12 pm, ESPNU
Akron at Temple, 2 pm, ESPN+
Rice at Texas, 3:30 pm, FSN
USF at Western Kentucky, 3:30 pm, CBSN
California at North Texas, 4 pm, ESPNU
SC State at Charlotte, 6 pm, ESPN+
Monmouth at Florida Atlantic, 6 pm, ESPN+
Bethune-Cookman at Memphis, 6 pm, ESPN+
UTSA at Houston, 7 pm, FS1
South Alabama at Tulane, 8 pm, ESPNU
From an AAC press release