Thanksgiving football schedule 2023: Kickoff times, TV for holiday week

By Kevin Kelley -

The Thanksgiving Football Schedule for the 2023 season is set! The schedule includes TV for all FBS and FCS college football games plus NFL contests this holiday week.

The football schedule this week kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 21 with two games in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Bowling Green travels to take on Western Michigan at 7:00pm ET, while Buffalo hosts Eastern Michigan a half-hour later at 7:30pm ET.

Thanksgiving Day football kicks off at 12:30pm ET with a Thanksgiving Classic game in the NFL, which features the Green Bay Packers traveling to take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

A Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) matchup is next, which features Tuskegee making a short trip to Montgomery, Ala., to take on Alabama State in the 99th Annual Turkey Day Classic. Kickoff for that contest is slated for 3:00pm ET.

Three more games follow on Thanksgiving Day, which includes two NFL games and a primetime SEC football game. First, it’s the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Washington Commanders at 4:30pm ET. Next is the Egg Bowl featuring 12th-ranked Ole Miss at Mississippi State at 7:30pm ET, and then Turkey Day concludes when the Seattle Seahawks play host to the San Francisco 49ers at 8:20pm ET.

Football on Black Friday begins at noon ET with six college matchups. Seven additional college games are scheduled for Black Friday, culminating with No. 16 Oregon State at No. 6 Oregon at 8:30pm ET.

Also on Friday, the first-ever NFL Black Friday matchup is scheduled for 3:00pm ET. The New York Jets host the Miami Dolphins in that contest and it will be streamed exclusively by Prime Video.

Saturday features a full slate of college football action, while Sunday includes 11 NFL games. The Thanksgiving Week Football Schedule concludes with a Monday Night Football matchup featuring Chicago at Minnesota.

Thanksgiving week is also Rivalry Week in college football. Some of the matchups include No. 8 Alabama at Auburn, No. 24 Clemson at South Carolina, No. 5 Florida State at Florida, No. 1 Georgia at Georgia Tech, Kentucky at No. 10 Louisville, No. 2 Ohio State at No. 3 Michigan, and Cal at UCLA.

The College Football Bowl Schedule is slated to begin on Saturday, Dec. 16 this season. The College Football Playoff pairings for the 2023-24 season will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 3.

2023 Thanksgiving Football Schedule (PDF)

Note: Rankings for FBS teams are based on the College Football Playoff Rankings released Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Thanksgiving Football Schedule 2023

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023
Bowling Green at Western Michigan 7:00pm ET | ESPNU
Eastern Michigan at Buffalo 7:30pm ET | ESPN2
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023
NFL: Green Bay at Detroit 12:30pm ET | FOX
FCS: Tuskegee at Alabama State 3:00pm ET | ESPN+
NFL: Washington at Dallas 4:30pm ET | CBS
(12) Ole Miss at Mississippi State 7:30pm ET | ESPN
NFL: San Francisco at Seattle 8:20pm ET | NBC
Friday, Nov. 24, 2023
(17) Iowa at Nebraska 12:00pm ET | CBS/Paramount+
Miami FL at Boston College 12:00pm ET | ABC/ESPN3
Memphis at Temple 12:00pm ET | ESPN
Ohio at Akron 12:00pm ET | CBSSN
TCU at (13) Oklahoma 12:00pm ET | FOX
Toledo at Central Michigan 12:00pm ET | ESPNU
NFL: Miami at NY Jets 3:00pm ET | Prime Video
Utah State at New Mexico 3:30pm ET | CBSSN
UTSA at (23) Tulane 3:30pm ET | ABC/ESPN3
Air Force at Boise State 4:00pm ET | FS1
(9) Missouri at Arkansas 4:00pm ET | CBS/Paramount+
(11) Penn St. at Michigan St. (in Detroit) 7:30pm ET | NBC/Peacock
Texas Tech at (7) Texas 7:30pm ET | ABC/ESPN3
(16) Oregon State at (6) Oregon 8:30pm ET | FOX
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023
Houston at UCF 12:00pm ET | FS1
Indiana at Purdue 12:00pm ET | BTN
Kentucky at (10) Louisville 12:00pm ET | ABC/ESPN3
Miami OH at Ball State 12:00pm ET | CBSSN
Middle Tennessee at Sam Houston 12:00pm ET | ESPN+
Navy at SMU 12:00pm ET | ESPN2
Northern Illinois at Kent State 12:00pm ET | ESPN+
(2) Ohio State at (3) Michigan 12:00pm ET | FOX
Pitt at Duke 12:00pm ET | ACCN
Texas A&M at (14) LSU 12:00pm ET | ESPN
Troy at Southern Miss 12:00pm ET | ESPNU
UConn at UMass 12:00pm ET | ESPN+
Florida Atlantic at Rice 1:00pm ET | ESPN+
FCS: Sac State at North Dakota 1:00pm ET | ESPN+
Georgia State at Old Dominion 2:00pm ET | ESPN+
Southern vs. Grambling (in New Orleans) 2:00pm ET | NBC/Peacock
Tulsa at East Carolina 2:00pm ET | ESPN+
UAB at North Texas 2:00pm ET | ESPN+
Wake Forest at Syracuse 2:00pm ET | The CW
FCS: Lafayette at Delaware 2:00pm ET | ESPN+
FCS: NC Central at Richmond 2:00pm ET | ESPN+
Colorado at Utah 3:00pm ET | P12N
San Jose State at UNLV 3:00pm ET | SSSEN/MWN
ULM at Louisiana 3:00pm ET | ESPN+
WKU at FIU 3:00pm ET | ESPN+
FCS: Chattanooga at Austin Peay 3:00pm ET | ESPN+
FCS: Gardner-Webb at Mercer 3:00pm ET | ESPN+
FCS: Nicholls at Southern Illinois 3:00pm ET | ESPN+
(8) Alabama at Auburn 3:30pm ET | CBS/Paramount+
(15) Arizona at Arizona State 3:30pm ET | ESPN
Arkansas State at Marshall 3:30pm ET | ESPN+
BYU at (20) Oklahoma State 3:30pm ET | ABC/ESPN3
Georgia Southern at App State 3:30pm ET | ESPNU
James Madison at Coastal Carolina 3:30pm ET | ESPN2
(25) Liberty at UTEP 3:30pm ET | CBSSN
Maryland at Rutgers 3:30pm ET | BTN
Northwestern at Illinois 3:30pm ET | BTN
Vanderbilt at (21) Tennessee 3:30pm ET | SECN
Virginia Tech at Virginia 3:30pm ET | ACCN
Wisconsin at Minnesota 3:30pm ET | FS1
FCS: Drake at NDSU 3:30pm ET | ESPN+
Jax State at NM State 4:00pm ET | ESPN+
Washington State at (4) Washington 4:00pm ET | FOX
FCS: Duquesne at Youngstown State 5:00pm ET | ESPN+
(5) Florida State at Florida 7:00pm ET | ESPN
(18) Notre Dame at Stanford 7:00pm ET | P12N
South Alabama at Texas State 7:00pm ET | NFLN
West Virginia at Baylor 7:00pm ET | FS1
Charlotte at USF 7:30pm ET | ESPNU
(24) Clemson at South Carolina 7:30pm ET | SECN
(1) Georgia at Georgia Tech 7:30pm ET | ABC/ESPN3
Kansas at Cincinnati 7:30pm ET | ESPN2
Iowa State at (19) Kansas State 8:00pm ET | FOX
North Carolina at (22) NC State 8:00pm ET | ACCN
Wyoming at Nevada 9:00pm ET | CBSSN
Cal at UCLA 10:30pm ET | ESPN
Fresno State at San Diego State 10:30pm ET | FS1
Colorado State at Hawaii 11:00pm ET | Spectrum PPV/Team1
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023
NFL: New Orleans at Atlanta 1:00pm ET | FOX
NFL: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 1:00pm ET | CBS
NFL: Jacksonville at Houston 1:00pm ET | CBS
NFL: Tampa Bay at Indianapolis 1:00pm ET | CBS
NFL: New England at NY Giants 1:00pm ET | FOX
NFL: Carolina at Tennessee 1:00pm ET | FOX
NFL: LA Rams at Arizona 4:05pm ET | FOX
NFL: Cleveland at Denver 4:05pm ET | FOX
NFL: Kansas City at Las Vegas 4:25pm ET | CBS
NFL: Buffalo at Philadelphia 4:25pm ET | CBS
NFL: Baltimore at LA Chargers 8:20pm ET | NBC
Monday, Nov. 27, 2023
NFL: Chicago at Minnesota 8:15pm ET | ESPN/ABC

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Couple of NFL games could be cross-flexed in Week 14 Seahawks at 49ers from FOX 3:05PM to CBS 3:25PM to allow FOX 2 Bay Area & FOX 13 Seattle to show Rams at Ravens at 10:00AM & Texans At Jets from CBS to FOX & keep 1:00PM/Noon Houston Time Kickoff to allow KHOU 11 Houston CBS affiliate to show Jaguars At Browns as it’s early CBS Doubleheader game.