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College Football Saturday Open Thread

Good morning! This is the first Saturday of college football. If you have any plans other than to watch football all day, you're doing it wrong.

Alabama won the 2015 College Football Playoff, and are pre-season #1.
Alabama won the 2015 College Football Playoff, and are pre-season #1.
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The biggest, wildest, most ravishing, inconceivably audacious College Football Opening Weekend for ever and all time is finally here. Tantalizing college football fans through the summer, hanging still cruelly distant during the doldrums of August, today is our day.

There is nothing left to say.

There is only football to play.


The most important game of the day is in College Station, but to fill the rest of your hours, here are some other games to keep an eye on.

Oklahoma vs. Houston, 9:00am PDT, NRG Stadium, ABC. You’re up, get some coffee brewing, and sit down to see if Baker Mayfield and the Sooners, last year’s Big 12 champion and playoff participant, can deal an early season blow to the playoff hopes of Greg Ward Jr. and Group of 5 darling Houston, led by future head coach of some Texas school that fires their coach after this season, Tom Herman.

LSU vs. Wisconsin, 12:30pm PDT, Lambeau Field, ABC. UCLA isn’t the only team facing a former coordinator in Week 1, as Wisconsin has to face former defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, now in the same position at LSU. Wisconsin got dibs on one-time hot shot Justin Wilcox, who will have to come up with a way to slow down Leonard Fournette. More interesting storyline: Will any player make the Lambeau Leap?

Georgia vs. North Carolina, 2:30pm PDT, Georgia Dome, ESPN. Nick Chubb is back, Kirby Smart will try his chops as top banana, and the Bulldogs move on from the Mark Richt era against ACC runner-up and 2015 surprise team North Carolina.

USC vs. Alabama, 5:00 PDT, AT&T Stadium, ABC. First-year head coach Clay Helton, who is not Steve Sarkisian or Lane Kiffin, but also not Nick Saban, will lead his team to face Nick Saban, who is Nick Saban, and has a Lane Kiffin, who’s at his best when there’s a Nick Saban to keep him in check.

Clemson at Auburn, 6:00pm, PDT, Jordan-Hare Stadium, ESPN. Deshaun Watson and College Football Playoff runner-up Clemson travel to The Plains to visit the Auburn Tigers. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn’s seat is red hot three seasons removed from appearing in the BCS Championship Game. You know what might save his job? Beat Clemson in Week 1.

BYU vs. Arizona, 7:30pm PDT, University of Phoenix Stadium, FS1. Two early UCLA opponents face-off when 2,000-Year-Old-Man Taysom Hill tries to terrorize Rich Rod’s new-look defense, courtesy of former Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates. Have a nightcap, sure, but don’t forget to chart tendencies, the Bruins travel to Provo in Week 3, and host the Wildcats in Week 5.

Here's today's full schedule of action:

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016
Matchup Time (PT) TV / Streaming
Georgia Tech vs. Boston College (in Ireland) 4:30 am ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(3) Oklahoma vs. (15) Houston (at NRG Stadium) 9 am ABC / WatchESPN
Bowling Green at (6) Ohio State 9 am BTN / BTN2Go
Hawaii at (7) Michigan 9 am ESPN / WatchESPN
Boise State at UL Lafayette 9 am ASN / ESPN3
EKU at Purdue 9 am ESPNNEWS / WatchESPN
Fordham at Navy 9 am CBSSN
Howard at Maryland 9 am BTN / BTN2Go
Missouri at West Virginia 9 am FS1 / FS Go
South Alabama at Mississippi State 9 am SECN / WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Northwestern 9 am ESPNU / WatchESPN
Liberty at Virginia Tech 9:30 am ACCN / WatchESPN
Villanova at Pittsburgh 10:30 am WatchESPN
Abilene Christian at Air Force 11:00 am MWN
Rutgers at (14) Washington 11:00 am Pac-12N /
(5) LSU vs. Wisconsin (at Green Bay, WI) 12:30 pm ABC / WatchESPN
(16) UCLA at Texas A&M 12:30 pm CBS /
Miami, OH at (17) Iowa 12:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
SE Louisiana at (21) Oklahoma State 12:30 pm FSN / FS Go
Kent State at Penn State 12:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Murray State at Illinois 12:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Richmond at Virginia 12:30 pm WatchESPN
Texas State at Ohio 12:30 pm CBSSN
Louisiana Tech at Arkansas 1:00 pm SECN / WatchESPN
UC Davis at (24) Oregon 2:00 pm Pac-12N /
(18) Georgia vs. (22) North Carolina (at Atlanta, GA) 2:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Austin Peay at Troy 3:00 pm ESPN3
Florida A&M at Miami (FL) 3:00 pm WatchESPN
Hampton at Old Dominion 3:00 pm CUSA.TV
NC Central at Duke 3:00 pm WatchESPN
Savannah State at Georgia Southern 3:00 pm ESPN3
Southern Illinois at Florida Atlantic 3:00 pm CUSA.TV ($)
Western Carolina at East Carolina 3:00 pm ESPN3
VMI at Akron 3:30 pm ESPN3
Alabama A&M at Middle Tennessee 4:00 pm CUSA.TV ($)
Alabama State at UTSA 4:00 pm KMYS-CW 35
Rhode Island at Kansas 4:00 pm ESPN3
San Jose State at Tulsa 4:00 pm CBSSN
SE Missouri State at Memphis 4:00 pm ESPN3
SMU at North Texas 4:00 pm ASN
South Carolina State at UCF 4:00 pm ESPN3
Southern at ULM 4:00 pm ESPN3
Towson at USF 4:00 pm ESPN3
UMass at (25) Florida 4:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
Southern Miss at Kentucky 4:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
(20) USC vs. (1) Alabama (at Arlington, TX) 5:00 pm ABC / WatchESPN
South Dakota State at (13) TCU 5:00 pm FSN / FS Go
EWU at Washington State 5:00 pm Pac-12N /
Fresno State at Nebraska 5:00 pm BTN / BTN2Go
New Mexico State at UTEP 5:00 pm beIN SPORTS
Northern Iowa at Iowa State 5:00 pm ($)
Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech 5:00 pm FSN / FS Go
New Hampshire at San Diego State 5:30 pm TBA
(2) Clemson at Auburn 6:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Arizona vs. BYU (at Glendale, AZ) 7:30 pm FS1 / FS Go
Northern Illinois at Wyoming 7:30 pm CBSSN
Northern Arizona at Arizona State 7:45 pm Pac-12N /

This is your Saturday open thread!