Important Dates For Football Fans To Know

March 31, 2021 by Staff

Here are many of the benchmark dates for the upcoming football season for college players and fans.

April 29-May 1 - NFL Draft

June - College players voluntary workouts - Generally cover a 28-day period within the month of June

August 7 (on or about) - Team Practice begins 4 weeks prior to first game. For most teams, that will mean on or about August 7.

August 28 - Officially week "zero" - a term we think is silly. Just call it week 1, for goodness sake. The 2021 season starts on this date with the following games:

UConn at Fresno State
Hawaii at UCLA
Nebraska at Illinois
UTEP at New Mexico State

FBS vs. FCS:
Southern Utah at San Jose State

North Carolina Central vs. Alcorn State (at Atlanta)
Eastern Illinois at Indiana State

November 9: FBS - First College Football Playoff Committee Rankings

November 21: FCS - NCAA will announce playoff field of 24 teams

November 27: FCS - playoff begins

December 5: FBS - Selection Sunday for bowl games and Final Four announcements

December 11: FBS - Army vs Navy at East Rutherford. First time at this location since 2002, and fifth in series history.

December 18: FBS - Expect date of first bowl game for 2021-2022 season

December 31: FBS - Cotton and Orange Bowl playoff semifinal games

January 8: FCS - Championship at Frisco, Texas

January 10: FBS - CFP National Championship at Indianapolis