With lower than every week till the school soccer season begins, once more the joy and anticipation are palpable. Whereas we received’t get a full slate of video games till Labor Day weekend, Week Zero affords us some attention-grabbing matchups and a variety of touring.
Right here’s a breakdown of the true opening of the school soccer season, Week Zero.
NUMBER OF 1,000+ MILE TRIPS: 6
There are seven whole FBS video games in Week Zero and 6 of these seven embrace journeys over 1,000 miles. The one recreation with lower than a 1,000 mile trek is San Jose State’s journey to Los Angeles to play USC.
Actually, 4 of the video games embrace journeys of over 2,000 miles and three of the groups will journey over 3,500 miles! Whereas Week Zero is normally meant for video games with lengthy distances, that’s nonetheless a variety of airline miles!
FIU at LA Tech (1,063 miles)
UTEP at Jacksonville State (1,510 miles)
UMass at NM State (2,290 miles)
Ohio at San Diego State (2,300 miles)
Naval Academy to Dublin, Eire (3,354 miles)
Notre Dame to Dublin, Eire (3,614 miles)
Hawaii at Vanderbilt (4,331 miles)
OLD ENEMIES AND NEW FACES
Week Zero supplies us with the 96th assembly and one other chapter of the rivalry between Navy and Notre Dame. The 2023 assembly takes place in Dublin, Eire, for simply the third time within the historical past of the sequence, the others coming in 1996 and 2012.
Notre Dame has received 10 of the final 11 conferences with the Midshipmen. The competition will mark the primary recreation for brand spanking new Navy head coach Brian Newberry.
This season’s Navy-Notre Contest is the second of a three-game Eire sequence, with final yr’s Northwestern-Nebraska contest being the primary. Georgia Tech and Florida State will sq. off in Dublin subsequent season.
Talking of first video games, Week Zero additionally introduces us to Soccer Bowl Subdivision (FBS) newcomer Jacksonville State as they host their first FBS foe in UTEP.
SMALL SCHOOLS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Ten video games will likely be performed in Week Zero and 6 of these video games will function Group of 5 and Soccer Championship Subdivision (FCS) faculties on nationwide tv. C-USA leads the pack with three video games (together with two convention video games), whereas the marquee FCS matchup is the MEAC/SWAC Problem pitting the Jackson State Tigers in opposition to the South Carolina State Bulldogs at Middle Parc Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., and the sport will likely be televised by ABC.
2023 Faculty Soccer Schedule | Week Zero
* All occasions Jap.
Navy vs. Notre Dame (Eire) – 2:30pm, NBC/Peacock
N. Alabama vs. Mercer (Montgomery) – 3:30pm, ESPN
UTEP at Jacksonville State – 5:30pm, CBSSN
Fordham at UAlbany – 7:00pm, FloSports
UMass at New Mexico State – 7:00pm, ESPN
Ohio at San Diego State – 7:00pm, FS1
Hawaii at Vanderbilt – 7:30pm, SECN
Jackson State vs SC State (Atlanta) – 7:30pm, ABC
San Jose State at USC – 8:00pm, P12N
FIU at Louisiana Tech – 9:00pm, CBSSN