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Wayne Staats | | June 30, 2020

When does the 2020 college football season start?

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You can find information on when the 2020 college football season starts here. All scheduled games are tentative and the times and dates may change because of the coronavirus. Plans on how, when and if college football games will be played are changing, sometimes daily. Click or tap here for the latest news from the NCAA about the response to the virus.

Below are the games on the schedule that have been publicly released.

When does the 2020 college football season start?

At the FBS level, a handful of games are set for Saturday, Aug. 29, in what's become known as "Week Zero," which is a week before a majority of the nation's teams begin their seasons.

For the 2020 season, these are games currently scheduled for Aug. 29:

  • UCLA vs. New Mexico State
  • UNLV vs. California
  • Nevada vs. UC Davis
  • Arizona vs. Hawai'i
  • New Mexico vs. Idaho State
  • East Carolina vs. Marshall

Most FBS teams are scheduled to begin their seasons during Labor Day weekend for Week 1, including Clemson at Georgia Tech, Oregon State at Oklahoma State and Minnesota vs. Florida Atlantic on Thursday, Sept. 3. On Friday, Sept. 4, Army plays Bucknell, North Carolina heads to UCF and Indiana visits Wisconsin. On Saturday, Sept. 5, LSU begins its CFP title defense against UTSA, Oregon hosts FCS champion North Dakota State and Michigan visits Washington, among many other games.

Also, the Notre Dame-Navy game scheduled for August 29 in Dublin, Ireland has been moved to Annapolis, Maryland. The plan is to play the game Labor Day weekend, either Saturday or Sunday.

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There are also neutral-site games that weekend:

  • Alabama vs. Southern California at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 5
  • Florida State vs. West Virginia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 5
  • Baylor vs. Ole Miss at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday, Sept. 6
  • Georgia vs. Virginia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, Sept. 7

All dates and times are unofficial and subject to change. This story will be updated as more schedules are announced.

The 2020 season marks the seventh season of the College Football Playoff.

Here are the College Football Playoff dates and schedule for next season. All New Year's Six games are also included:

  • Cotton Bowl: Primetime slot on Wednesday, Dec. 30
  • Peach Bowl: Early slot on Friday, Jan. 1
  • Rose Bowl: (College Football Playoff semifinal): Middle slot on Friday, Jan. 1
  • Sugar Bowl: (College Football Playoff semifinal): Primetime slot on Friday, Jan. 1
  • Fiesta Bowl: Middle slot on Saturday, Jan. 2
  • Orange Bowl: Primetime slot on Saturday, Jan. 2
  • CFP National Championship Game: Monday, Jan. 11 (at Miami, Florida)

The title game will be played at Hard Rock Stadium. It's the first time the stadium will serve as the title game for the CFP. It previously had the 2009 BCS National Championship Game (2008 season) and 2013 BCS National Championship Game (2012 season).

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Future CFP national championship locations and dates

2021: Miami-South Florida (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida) — Jan. 11
2022: Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana) — Jan. 10
2023: Los Angeles (Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California) — Jan. 9
2024: Houston (NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas) — Jan. 8

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