The 2014 season will have the earliest start since 2003

The red turf of Roos Field will host the first game of the 2014 season
The red turf of Roos Field will host the first game of the 2014 season. (USATSI)

Good news, college football fans, the offseason just got a week shorter.

According to USA Today the season will now start on Aug. 23 as ESPN will broadcast a game between FCS powerhouses Eastern Washington and Sam Houston State in what's being dubbed as the "FCS Kickoff."

"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," ESPN's Brent Colborne told the paper. "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."

This will mark the earliest start to the college football season since 2003 when San Jose State beat Grambling and Kansas State took care of California on Aug. 23 as well.

So football is a bit closer to being back, and I think we're all happy to hear that. 

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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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