College Football Week 0 Schedule: Best Games to Start NCAAF Season
With football season approaching just around the corner, here is everything you need to know about the college football week 0 schedule kicking off a week before the official start to the regular season on Labour Day. The Saturday schedule on August 27th features 11 games between power-5, group of 5 and FCS programs. Although these matchups are something college football fans always look forwards too, we haven’t seen a really exciting week 0 game since the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators in 2019. Take a look below to see which teams will be playing during week 0 and who their matchups will be.
Week 0 CFB Schedule
|Austin Peay at WKU||12:00pm|
|Nebraska vs Northwestern (in Dublin, Ireland)||12:30pm|
|Idaho State at UNLV||3:30pm|
|UConn at Utah State||4:00pm|
|Wyoming at Illinois||4:00pm|
|Duquesne at Florida State||5:00pm|
|Charlotte at Florida Atlantic||7:00pm|
|Florida A&M at North Carolina||8:15pm|
|North Texas at UTEP||9:00pm|
|Vanderbilt at Hawaii||10:30pm|
|Nevada at New Mexico State||Time TBA|
Nebraska vs Northwestern Highlights Week 0 Slate
Nebraska and Northwestern will be facing off this year in Dublin, Ireland at Aviva Stadium. Aviva Stadium is home to the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Republic of Ireland national football team. However this year it will be the main stage for the Nebraska and Northwestern matchup. Tickets for this game are going for as low as $60 per ticket to as high as $300.
College Football 🤝 Ireland
Make your plans now to join us for a memorable experience next August at @cfbireland
— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) October 29, 2021
This game is called the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, the last time it was played was in 2016 between Boston College and Georgia Tech. It was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Navy Midshipmen were suppose to meet in Europe.
Last year, Nebraska and Northwestern didn’t enjoy the most successful of seasons. Both teams finished last in their respective divisions in the BIG10 conference. With college football realignment looming, like the arrival of USC and UCLA to the BIG10, these teams will look to get their 2022 season on track early. Scott Frost and the Cornhuskers are especially due for a bounce-back after losing 8 games by 1 score in 2021.
Should More CFB Games be Played in Week 0?
A lot of our favorite and most competitive matchups are normally saved for week 1 of college football during labor day weekend, starting on the Thursday running through Monday. This is why we only see a few teams compete during week 0. A few of the really exciting games we can expect to see during week 1 of the 2022 season are Oregon vs Georgia, Notre Dame vs Ohio State, and Florida State vs LSU.
As of right now, there are more than 85 games played in week 1 of college football, but only 11 games played in week 0. So the question is, should the NCAA put more games on the week 0 schedule? If you ask most college football fans I think they would agree that they would love to see some big-time teams play each other before the season has even started. Although this may not be a realistic possibility, I think this is something fans would love to see. Especially since most games can be aired in TV or streamed online.