The announcement of early-season college football schedules isn’t exactly a “football is right around the corner” moment, because it occurs in late May when we’re still three months away from football happening, but it’s a good barometer of the midpoint of the long offseason — when we’re closer to the coming football season than last season.
The Commodores will open the season August 27 at Hawaii; that game will kick off at 9:30 PM CT (5:30 PM Hawaii time) and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. That is almost certainly the latest scheduled kickoff (SCHEDULED, before you jump in with “wet hets”) for a Vanderbilt game in history, beating last season’s game at Colorado State by half an hour.
Vanderbilt will then host Elon on September 3 in the traditional Week 1 of the season, kicking off at 6:00 PM CT on the SEC Network+ and ESPN+. The Commodores will then host Wake Forest in Week 2, kicking off at 11:00 AM CT on the SEC Network. Finally, in Week 3, Vanderbilt will head to Northern Illinois for a 2:30 PM CT kickoff on CBS Sports Network.