Dec 21, 2013; Cheney, WA, USA; Eastern Washington Eagles cheerleaders run out the school flags after a score against the Towson Tigers during the second half at Roos Field. The Tiger beat Eagles 35-31. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

2014 to have earliest college football starting date since 2003


Some good news came out today for all you people going through college football withdrawal.

ESPN’s coverage of the 2014 season will begin on Aug. 23, which marks the earliest start to a college footballs season since 2003. The year will begin with a game between Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington.

Bren Colborne, ESPN’s Director of Programming for NCAA championships, said the early kickoff will benefit both the network and the legions of football-starved fans:

We saw the opportunity, saw the need and desire from a programming perspective, and we feel like we can get a significant audience for this game. Come August 23, right before Labor Day, people are starving for college football. People are ready for football. This is a really cool opportunity to serve those fans.

While not households names on the level of Alabama or Michigan, Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington are two of the best teams in the FCS. The Bearkats beat the Eagles 49-34 during the regular season last year.

[Source: USA Today]

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