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College Football Kickoff: Gameday Special

Our national off-season nightmare is over. Welcome back football. We missed you so, so much.

It's back, and it's better than ever.
It's back, and it's better than ever.
Streeter Lecka

It was, perhaps, the most ridiculous off-season ever. It was an off-season filled with football 'stories' that had absolutely nothing to do with football. The stupidity reached an apex of absurdity that played on a continuous loop. The situation was dire. Turn on the TV? Nope. Not if it meant being bombarded with the same brain shrinking minutia over and over and over...

Tonight, we get to flush all that white noise and get back to the important stuff. Hard hits, big plays, loud fans, physical freaks of nature doing amazing things that make us ooh and aah. It's all back. Football is back. As such, we will watch. We will watch the hard hits and big plays and provide said oohs and aahs. The TV is safe again because FOOTBALL IS BACK.

Throughout the year, we will provide a Gameday Central on Saturday. It's a place for our readers to gather and talk about football. Florida State games, of course, being the focus. But since it's opening night, we're starting early. Look for another page for this Saturday's slate of games. Monday we'll have yet another for the Florida State/Pitt game.

Tonight's games:

All eyes will be on UNC and South Carolina. The hype machine is firing on all cylinders for Jadeveon Clowney. Does he deserve it? We'll find out!*

Next up, Ol' Miss vs Vanderbilt. Should be a solid conference game. This ain't your daddy's Vandy.

Stay up late and watch USC vs Hawaii. Hopefully Lane Kiffin will just be himself and make the late night worth it.

6 p.m. ET North Carolina at 6 South Carolina ESPN
6 p.m. ET Liberty at Kent State
6:30 p.m. ET Presbyterian at Wake Forest
7 p.m. ET Illinois State at Ball State
7 p.m. ET Tulsa at Bowling Green ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Indiana State at Indiana Big Ten Network
7 p.m. ET UNLV at Minnesota Big Ten Network
7 p.m. ET Akron at UCF
7:30 p.m. ET Western Carolina at Middle Tennessee
7:30 p.m. ET Southern Utah at South Alabama
7:30 p.m. ET Towson at UConn
7:30 p.m. ET UT-Martin at Chattanooga CSS
8 p.m. ET Utah State at Utah FOX Sports 1
9:15 p.m. ET Ole Miss at Vanderbilt ESPN
10 p.m. ET Sacramento State at San Jose State KLIV
10:30 p.m. ET Rutgers at Fresno State ESPNU
11 p.m. ET 24 USC at Hawaii CBSSN

Friday's Games

Not too much to say about these games other than, you know, still better than anything else on TV. Early scouting opportunity here for 'Nole fans. Will Miami look good against inferior competition?

7 p.m. ET Morgan State at Army CBSSN
7 p.m. ET Samford at Georgia State
8 p.m. ET FAU at Miami ESPNU
8 p.m. ET Western Mich at Michigan State Big Ten Network
8 p.m. ET Texas Tech at SMU ESPN
8:30 p.m. ET Southern at Houston
8:30 p.m. ET NDSU at Kansas State FOX Sports 1
10 p.m. ET NAU at Arizona Pac-12 Network

*Spoiler, he does. Spoiler bonus: UNC will lose, ESPN will say bad things about the ACC.