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FBS college football teams with non-conference openings in 2023


Most Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams have their non-conference football schedules set for the 2023 season, but a handful still need a game or haven’t revealed their final opponent.

Two schools, Jacksonville State and Sam Houston, are currently in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) but are moving to FBS and will compete in Conference USA beginning in 2023. Both schools have yet to announce their fourth and final opponent. out of conference. .

The New Mexico State Aggies, who join Conference USA after five seasons as an FBS independent, are actually outmatched by a few games based on public announcements and record searches to date. We currently have seven non-conference opponents listed for NM State, but that will need to be reduced to four. However, the Aggies have the option of facing five non-conference opponents if their game against Hawaii remains on the schedule.

A tweet from the Las Cruces Sun-News reporter Jason Groves indicates that NM State will play five non-conference games in 2023 with previously scheduled contests against Louisiana and San Diego State coming off the slate. If that is indeed finalized, Louisiana and San Diego State will need a game.

The other 12 opponents playing in Hawaii could also play a 13th game in 2023 due to Hawaii’s exemption, but that’s the exception rather than the norm, so we won’t speculate on that. Currently, none of these 12 teams are expected to play 13 games next season.

Below are the teams that currently have a non-conference opener in 2023, or their final opponent has not been officially announced (as of January 6, 2023).


Texas State (9/2), Utah (9/9)

Baylor has scheduled two of its three non-conference opponents. Their third match will likely be against an FCS opponent.

Jacksonville State

at Coastal Carolina (9/9), Eastern Michigan (9/23), at South Carolina (11/4)

Jacksonville State has scheduled three of its four non-conference opponents. Their fourth match will likely be against an FCS opponent.


Northwestern State (9/2), at UAB (9/16), at Minnesota (9/30), New Mexico State (10/14; cannot be played)

As mentioned earlier, Louisiana’s game against New Mexico State may not be played in 2023 due to the Aggies moving to a conference and needing to cut games. If that happens, expect Louisiana to schedule one of the available teams listed here as they already have an FCS opponent.

Miami (Florida)

Miami Ohio (9/2), Texas A&M (9/9), at Temple (9/23)

A source recently told that Miami still hasn’t finalized its fourth opponent for 2023. It could be against an opponent from FCS or one of the other FBS teams that need a game.


LIU (9/2), at Florida Atlantic (9/9), Iowa State (9/16)

Ohio already has a slated FCS opponent, LIU, so their fourth and final opponent should come from one of the other teams mentioned here.

Sam Houston

at BYU (9/2), Air Force (9/9; at Houston, TX), at Houston (9/23)

Sam Houston has scheduled three of his four non-conference opponents. Their fourth match will likely be against an FCS opponent.

San Diego State

Idaho State (8/26; Week Zero), UCLA (9/9), at Oregon State (9/16), New Mexico State (no date; cannot be played)

Like Louisiana, San Diego State may also need a non-conference opponent in 2023. Their game with NM State was scheduled for September 2, but NM State then scheduled a home game against Western Illinois at the same date.


Louisiana Tech (9/2), at Oklahoma (9/6), at TCU (9/23)

SMU has scheduled three of its four non-conference opponents. Their fourth game will likely be against an FCS school.

Miss South

at Florida State (9/9), Tulane (9/16), at Mississippi State (11/18)

Southern Miss athletic director Jeremy McClain said on a radio show last month that the school was in the process of adding Alcorn State to its schedule, but the contract has yet to be finalized.


South Alabama (9/2), Ole Miss (9/9), at Southern Miss (9/16)

Tulane head coach Willie Fritz said Thursday that they will welcome Nicholls in 2023. The game will likely take place on September 23.



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