College football schedule kickoff: 11 games will be played this month

It's been a long offseason in college football, but never boring with a wave of transfer portal movement, NIL news, and another phase of realignment and expansion.

That's all well and good, but the point of football is football.

And now as the month of August rolls on, we're rounding third on summer and getting closer to actually seeing teams on the gridiron.

Most teams will kick off the traditional Week 1 slate on Sept. 1-3, but that's after we get a sneak preview for the annual Week 0 action across the country.

College football schedule kickoff 2022 kickoff All games on Sat., Aug. 27

Vanderbilt at Hawaii. The basement dweller of the SEC heads way out west to get a first look at the Rainbow Warriors, under new management with Tommy Chang at the helm after Todd Graham left the program amid mistreatment allegations that got the state senate involved. 

Vandy needs all the wins it can get — it hasn't won an SEC game since 2019 and went 2-10 a year ago.

UConn at Utah State: Jim Mora signed on with the Huskies to revive a moribund program that won a single game last fall, but doesn't draw a friendly matchup in the opener, 

UConn at Utah State: against an Aggies team that thrived in Blake Andersen's first season, winning 11 games, beating Oregon State in a bowl, and finishing in the AP Top 25 rankings.

Northwestern vs. Nebraska:   Two B1G clubs head to Ireland to kick things off, both coming off three-win seasons, but one of these teams actually has a shot at something worthwhile. 

Northwestern vs. Nebraska:   That's Nebraska, which lost all nine games by single digits last year and this offseason got aggressive, signing former Pitt play-caller Mark Whipple, and in the transfer portal to help give this offense some speed.

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Duquesne at Florida State: Mike Norvell has won just eight games for the Seminoles, who are still trying to get back on the rails since Jimbo Fisher's departure. 

Duquesne at Florida State He'll have what should be an easy W against a Dukes team that has been a .500 or better club most of the last decade going into Florida State's major test against LSU.

Florida A&M at North Carolina: Mack Brown returns a six-win Tar Heels team that really underwhelmed in 2021 and now is without four O-line starters and quarterback Sam Howell. 

Florida A&M at North Carolina: But there's a strong receiver group and very promising defensive pieces being coached once again by Gene Chizik. The Rattlers won 9 games a year ago in the FCS, including eight straight.

Wyoming at Illinois: Bret Bielema returns a defense that finished an average unit against Big Ten teams, 

Wyoming at Illinois.: brings back to solid rushers, and signed big-arm quarterback Tommy DeVito in the transfer portal.

North Texas at UTEP. This North Texas team was the one that ended UTSA's 11-game win streak last season with a dominant 22-point victory.

 That helped propel Mean Green to the No. 3 spot in the C-USA West, just ahead of UTEP.

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