Well, it’s time to say hello again to college football. While for most schools there is still another week before the 2023 season actually kicks off, a handful of programs take the field in Week 0 to give fans a taste of what will come in full force during Labor Day weekend in September. Two of those Week 0 contests will air back-to-back on CBS Sports Network in a Conference USA doubleheader.
CBS Sports Network’s coverage begins Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET when Jacksonville State hosts UTEP. The matchup marks Jacksonville State’s first game competing at the FBS level after joining Conference USA as one of four new additions this season. The Gamecocks, who enter their second season under veteran coach Rich Rodriguez, draw a conference opponent immediately as the Miners roll into town.
The action continues when FIU and Louisiana Tech kick off at 9 p.m. ET. Both teams failed to reach a bowl game in 2022 under first-year coaches — Sonny Cumbie took over at Louisiana Tech, while Mike MacIntyre led FIU — but there is reason to believe both programs can take a step forward in 2023 after disappointing campaigns a year ago.
Here is the full rundown of all the Week 0 action on CBS Sports Network.
All times Eastern | Odds via SportsLine consensus
UTEP at Jacksonville State
Date: Saturday, Aug. 26 | Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium — Jacksonville, Alabama
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder]
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App
Spread: UTEP -1 | Will the Miners cover? Check out SportsLine’s Week 0 projections here
Storylines: There’s certainly pressure to win for UTEP coach Dana Dimel, who is just 17-40 through five seasons at the helm. Offensively, the Miners boast a fourth-year starting…