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Oregon vs Auburn headline the official opening weekend of college football.

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#11 Oregon and #16 Auburn headline the official opening weekend of College Football. While that may be the only game featuring ranked opponents, it is hardly the only story line of interest on this holiday weekend.

Here are some things I’ll be watching for:

ACC gut checks

There are a total of three ACC conference games (counting Clemson vs Georgia Tech on Thursday) in week 1. When you add those games to the challenges that Duke (vs Alabama), North Carolina (vs South Carolina), and Louisville (vs Notre Dame) all face this week (not to mention Miami vs Florida from week 0), we are going to get a really good sense of where the ACC stands in terms of the overall competitiveness of the conference.

PAC 12 rivals

We’ve already gotten a pretty good sense of how the season is going to start for the conference. Arizona reminded us that defense matters. Oregon State opened up this season pretty much the same way they opened the last one. So did UCLA. ASU and Colorado made quick work of their opponents. Utah looked tough.

With Stanford hosting Northwestern and USC taking on Fresno State, we should continue to get our first sense of how the better teams (including Oregon) are racking in stacking even as Washington, Washington State and CAl take on less stiff competition.

Week 1 upsets

In each of the last six years, at least one ranked team has suffered a week 1 upset. Could today make a seventh? There are some games that might present some drama that you might want to watch.

Miami (OH) at #20 Iowa

#22 Syracuse at Liberty

Louisiana Tech vs #10 Texas

Enjoy some football today. This is your open thread.

Week 1 Schedule

Saturday Schedule

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Florida Atlantic at #5 Ohio State 9:00 AM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Iowa at #21 Iowa State 9:00 AM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
South Alabama at #24 Nebraska 9:00 AM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Akron at Illinois 9:00 AM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Indiana vs. Ball State 9:00 AM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Howard at Maryland 9:00 AM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Indiana State at Kansas 9:00 AM Fox Sports Net FoxSportsGo.com
Toledo at Kentucky 9:00 AM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Ole Miss at Memphis 9:00 AM ABC WatchESPN.com
Mississippi State vs. Louisiana 9:00 AM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
East Carolina at NC State 9:00 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
James Madison at West Virginia 11:00 AM AT&T SportsNet None
Rhode Island at Ohio 11:00 AM ESPN+ ESPN+
Eastern Washington at #13 Washington 12:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Bucknell at Temple 12:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Duke vs. #2 Alabama 12:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Idaho at #15 Penn State 12:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Colgate at Air Force 12:30 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Holy Cross at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
South Carolina vs. North Carolina 12:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Georgia State at Tennessee 12:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
East Tennessee State at Appalachian State 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Northwestern at #25 Stanford 1:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Portland State at Arkansas 1:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Montana State at Texas Tech 1:00 PM Fox Sports Net FoxSportsGo.com
Virginia Tech at Boston College 1:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
#22 Syracuse at Liberty 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Sam Houston State at New Mexico 3:00 PM None None
Incarnate Word at UTSA 3:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Campbell at Troy 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
UC Davis at California 3:30 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
VMI at Marshall 3:30 PM Stadium WatchStadium.com
Norfolk State at Old Dominion 4:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Alcorn State at Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Illinois State at Northern Illinois 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Monmouth at Western Michigan 4:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
SMU at Arkansas State 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Boise State vs. Florida State 4:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Nicholls at Kansas State 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at Baylor 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
#3 Georgia at Vanderbilt 4:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Georgia Southern at #6 LSU 4:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Middle Tennessee at #7 Michigan 4:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
#11 Oregon vs. #16 Auburn 4:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Miami (OH) at #20 Iowa 4:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Missouri at Wyoming 4:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Abilene Christian at North Texas 4:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Virginia at Pittsburgh 4:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Louisiana Tech at #10 Texas 5:00 PM Longhorn Network WatchESPN.com
Houston Baptist at UTEP 5:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at TCU 5:00 PM Fox Sports Net FoxSportsGo.com
Grambling at UL Monroe 5:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Weber State at San Diego State 6:00 PM None None
New Mexico State at #23 Washington State 7:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Southern Utah at UNLV 7:00 PM None UNLVRebels.com
Fresno State at USC 7:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com

Sunday Schedule

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Houston at #4 Oklahoma 4:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com

Monday Schedule

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
#9 Notre Dame at Louisville 5:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com