ESPN Unveils Marquee Matchups for 2023 College Football Season Showcasing Six of’s Way-Too-Early Top 25

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ESPN Unveils Marquee Matchups for 2023 College Football Season Showcasing Six of’s Way-Too-Early Top 25

  • Labor Day Sunday Showcases LSU vs. Florida State in Camping World Kickoff
  • Week 2 Welcomes High-Octane Feature of Future SEC Foes Texas and Alabama
  • Texas and Oklahoma’s Red River Rivalry Returns to ABC, Oct. 7
  • Clemson and Notre Dame Duel in Death Valley this November

On Tuesday at The Walt Disney Company’s Advertising Upfront in New York, ESPN offered a first look at some of the marquee matchups that will be part of its industry-leading presentation of college football in 2023. The four premier games that were highlighted feature top rivalries and seven of the sport’s biggest brands – including six teams in’s Way-Too-Early Top 25.

Kickoff Weekend Continues with Camping World Kickoff
The Labor Day Sunday night showdown (Sept. 3) on ABC is the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando, as LSU and Florida State battle in Week 1. This will be the 11th meeting all time between the Seminoles and Tigers, which last year saw the Noles block LSU’s extra point in the closing seconds to edge the Tigers, 24-23, in the 2022 Allstate Louisiana Kickoff.

Week 2 Welcomes Renewed Rivalry Between Texas and Alabama
Future Southeastern Conference foes will face off in primetime on ESPN in Week 2, as Texas and Alabama throw down in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Sept. 9. The Longhorns lead the overall series, 7-2-1, but the Crimson Tide eked out a last-second victory on the Forty Acres last fall, courtesy of a 33-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining to defeat UT, 20-19.

Red River Rivalry Returns to ABC in Week 6
The fifth-longest rivalry in college football history resumes October 7 on ABC, as Texas and Oklahoma collide at the Cotton Bowl in the AT&T Red River Showdown. Last year in Dallas, the Longhorns blanked their longtime rivals, 49-0.

Clemson and Notre Dame Duel in Death Valley
The Fighting Irish travel south as Notre Dame clashes with Clemson on Saturday, Nov. 4, on ABC. The Tigers lead the overall series, 4-3, but Notre Dame won the Week 10 showdown last season, 35-14.

In addition to unveiling these four marquee matchups coming to ESPN platforms in 2023, the Disney Upfront presentation also featured a special tease looking ahead to 2024 when ESPN and ABC become the exclusive home of the SEC.

The first three weeks of ESPN’s 2023 college football schedule, all special date games and ESPN’s Bowl Season schedule are expected to be revealed on Wednesday, May 31.

Schedules are subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information.

Date Time (ET) Matchup ESPN Platform
Sunday, Sep 3 7:30 p.m. LSU vs. Florida State ABC
Saturday, Sep 9 7 p.m. Texas at Alabama ESPN
Saturday, Oct 7 TBD Oklahoma vs. Texas ABC
Saturday, Nov 4 TBD Notre Dame at Clemson ABC


Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Senior Director of Communications overseeing publicity strategy for ESPN’s entire college sports portfolio, including college football and the College Football Playoff, 40 NCAA Championships and ESPN's college networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland Guardians fan.
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