FOX Sports recently announced select games for its upcoming 2023 college football slate, highlighted by head coaches’ debuts, key conference matchups and the upcoming edition of “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State.
Following the announcement, FOX Sports college football analyst RJ Young took a look at five games fans should be excited about this fall, including a pair of matchups involving Deion Sanders’ Colorado Buffaloes.
You can watch the full list of 2023 college football games on FOX Sports here.
The Coach Prime era begins: Colorado in TCU; Nebraska in colorado
Where: Amon G Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas; Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
When: September 2, 12 pm ET on FOX; September 9, 12 p.m. ET on FOX
Young: “The first two games Colorado plays in the Prime era will be on the ‘Big FOX’ TV broadcast. This is crazy. It’s been about 30 years since we could talk about Colorado being on national TV to open the season, since they basically won a national championship in 1990. The reason for this is Deion Sanders. A lot has been and will be said about Coach Prime and what the Buffs can and cannot do. They set a ticket sale for season in one day in April. [For] Nebraska in Colorado, it will cost you about $470 just to get in. For perspective, it will cost you about $87 to get in the door at [two-time defending national champion] Georgia. That’s how important Coach Prime has turned out to be in Colorado.”
Revenge Deal on Black Friday: TCU at Oklahoma
Where: Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma
When: November 24, 12 p.m. ET on FOX
Young: “This is one that Oklahoma has surrounded [since] the day after they were hit last year. Prior to that TCU beating, which was later acquitted by making the national championship game, eight years had passed since TCU had beaten Oklahoma. They had the losing end of this for a while. I’m sure Oklahoma would love to get one back on the way to the SEC. That game could also be about playing in the Big 12 Championship. I think right there at the top, TCU, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State, all those teams should be competing for the Big 12 Championship.”
Wolverines face test at Happy Valley: Michigan in state of pennsylvania
Where: Beaver Stadium, Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
When: November 11, 12 p.m. ET on FOX
Young: “You see that Maryland is on the Michigan calendar, but [besides that], basically they have to face Penn State as their first tryout game, show us you’re a Big Ten and College Football Playoff title contender, in Week 11 against a Penn State team that I think might be the best Penn State team we’ve seen since Micah Parsons wore number 11 at Beaver Stadium. That defense really has no holes to fill. They have guys at every level: defensive line, linebacker, secondary. Offensively, Drew Allar is one of the top talents in the Big Ten this year and will make his debut as a starting quarterback in 2023. He’ll get some help from a guy I’ve been following for some time: running back Nicholas Singleton. Kaytron Allen is also there. they are getting Ke Andre Lambert-Smith back. and they are adding Dante Cephaswho caught 82 balls for over 1,200 yards at Kent State a couple of years ago.
Ryan Day’s Must-Have Game: ohio state in Michigan
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
When: November 25, 12 p.m. ET on FOX
Young: “It’s always one of the biggest games of the year, and Ryan Day needs a win. It doesn’t matter if I think it’s silly that Ryan Day’s job is actually up for debate after losing something like six games since he was named coach. Chief at Ohio State [in 2019] and having made it to the national championship game just two years ago and producing first-round quarterbacks like Lincoln Riley produces first-round quarterbacks.
“But with Michigan winning back-to-back games over the Buckeyes, both at home and at ‘The Shoe’ in Columbus, there have been a lot of people coming back to what Ohio State is really about. It’s not necessarily winning national championships or even Big Ten championships. You beat Michigan, and then you won the Big Ten championship, and then you won the national championship? They got really used to beating Michigan in the Brady Hoke and Jim Harbaugh eras, and suddenly, Harbaugh has found a recipe that works on Ann Arbor and it works specifically for them. [I’m] very excited about that game and what it could mean, specifically what Ryan Day’s future looks like at Ohio State.”
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