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College football has its biggest Week 1 game in its history this weekend, and it's headlined by the biggest season-opener of all time with No. 1 Alabama taking on No. 3 Florida State in the newly built Mercedes-Benz Stadium. "This is always the challenge in an opening game".

This year's opener will be just the second Top 5 matchup during this span, and the first to include the preseason No. 1.

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Alabama coach Nick Saban said that James is every bit as good as anyone they have faced in his 11 years at the school. You only develop the tension I'm referencing when both teams realize their fate for the season depends on their game RIGHT NOW, which normally occurs in October and November. "The second thing is it shows you where your team is". You'd play hard, too, if you'd had Will Muschamp gnawing at your behind all offseason. He knows he'll have to earn the adulation from the fans through his play.

Stanford at USC, 8:30 p.m., Fox29: The Cardinal no longer have Christian McCaffrey, but their defense could hamper Sam Darnold and the Trojans offense.

The victor gets an early resume builder, and the loser could come away better off for the effort, too. The Buckeyes' 45-24 victory helped secure a spot in the playoff for Urban Meyer's team, even after a nail-biter loss to Penn State that cost them a spot in the Big Ten Championship game. You just have to pick a couple sleeper teams at the beginning of the year. "We're all coming out here trying to make plays, and the best guy is going to win".

"As a punt returner, you've just got to secure the ball first", McFadden said. In that installment, we will be discussing all the games that will be played on August 31st and the 1st of September.

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FCS heavyweights Sam Houston State and Richmond will play on Friday, Sept. 1 in Waco, TX, on the home field of Baylor University. They did not want to agree to a schedule change that would have left them with a 12-game trip at the end of the season.

The same could be said of a number of early season nonconference matchups involving ranked teams: No. 11 MI vs. A 6-yard touchdown run by FSU's Larry Key less than five minutes in accounted for the only touchdown and gave the Seminoles a 7-0 lead.

Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts on whether his family, who lives in the Houston suburb of Channelview, will be able to attend Saturday's game: "We'll see".

Alabama has ruled the SEC for the last decade and usually comes out of the ever-dangerous SEC West. Florida State is supposed to take over the ACC and the ACC Atlantic given the departure of former Clemson Tigers' quarterback Deshaun Watson. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be the site for some unbelievable football moments this weekend, and it is only the beginning for the city of Atlanta, which will also host the SEC Championship, Chick-Fil-A Bowl and the College Football National Championship. That's how a lot of first games are. Akron, who finished 5-7 last season and was picked to finish fourth in the MAC this year, returns 17 starters from a team that was full of injuries. "It's going to be a battle", ASU coach Brian Jenkins said.

June 26, 2012 - A BCS oversight committee of university presidents approves the four-team seeded postseason format presented by the BCS commissioners, to begin in the 2014 season and continue through the 2025 regular season (2026 bowl games). I'm excited about it. "I've jacked up their odds, certainly looking for a bet".

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The Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. "It's big for our institution, playing an FCS school and seeing how we match up", coach Reginald Ruffin said. "Are we to their level?" coach Neal Brown asked.

South Alabama at Ole Miss: A year after shocking Mississippi State 21-20, the Jaguars return to the Magnolia State to face the Rebels at 11 a.m. on the SEC Network. Rivals.com is yet to rank the 2020 class so he remains unranked for the time being. Alabama cherishes its icon for the ages in Paul Bryant, but Florida State wouldn't trade Bobby Bowden for the Bear, the Pope or anybody else. Sparty had an extremely down year, under head coach Mark Dantonio at 3-9. He's already on the Davey O'Brien and Manning Award watch lists, and his name will be tossed around as an early Heisman frontrunner if he shines in a win against No. 1 Alabama.