College Football Kicks Off
The 2023 college football season begins Saturday, with a pair of games involving the top 15 teams before the schedule gets fully underway next weekend. No. 13 Notre Dame will take on Navy (2:30 pm ET, NBC), followed by No. 6 Southern California facing San Jose State (8 pm ET, PAC-12 Network). No. 13 Utah follows up next Thursday, hosting Florida (8 pm ET, ESPN).
A top narrative this year will be the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs' quest for a third straight title, while led by new starting QB Carson Beck. The top five teams are rounded out by Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, and LSU. See full rankings here.
The season marks a transition between eras in the sport, with seismic shifts in conference alignment and postseason format beginning next year. Heavyweights Texas and Oklahoma will begin play in the Southeastern Conference in 2024, while the century-old PAC-12 conference will see USC, UCLA, Washington, and Oregon depart for the traditionally Midwest-centric Big 10. Meanwhile, the sport's playoff will expand from four teams to 12 beginning next year.
See the projections for the best returning players at every position here.