Thursday night kicks off Week 1 of the college football season and boy does the NCAA have a juicy lineup for its debut weekend. Here are some featured matchups to look for:
North Carolina at #6 South Carolina: Thursday 8/29, 6:00pm, ESPN
The Tar Heels visit the #6 Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. SC’s Senior QB, Connor Shaw, looks to continue his success of 2012 and lead the Gamecocks to a BCS Bowl with Heisman hopeful Jadeveon Clowney. UNC will look to rebound from the loss of star RB Giovani Bernard in this Carolina battle to kick off the 2013 NCAA Football Season.
Buffalo at #2 Ohio State: Saturday 8/31, 12:00pm, ESPN2
The Bulls will journey down to Columbus to take on the #2 Buckeyes. Braxton Miller will begin his quest for the Heisman in this tune-up for the Big Ten contender.
Rice at #7 Texas A&M: Saturday 8/31, 1:00pm, ESPN
The Owls travel to College Station to face the #7 Aggies in a Texas battle. Will last year’s Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, play?
Mississippi State vs. #13 Oklahoma State: Saturday 8/31, 3:30pm, ABC/ESPN2
The Bulldogs face the #13 Cowboys in Houston in an SEC vs. Big XII battle at Reliant Stadium. Senior Tyler Russell looks to lead the Bulldogs in hopes for an upset.
Temple at #14 Notre Dame: Saturday 8/31, 3:30pm, NBC
The Owls will travel to South Bend to take on the #14 Fighting Irish after their BCS Championship loss to Alabama last season. Notre Dame looks to regain their footing as a national title contender after the loss of several key players.
Nicholls State at #3 Oregon: Saturday 8/31, 4:00pm, FOX Sports 1
De’Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota and the #3 Ducks look to thrash the Colonels and end this one early in Eugene.
#1 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech: Saturday 8/31, 5:30pm, ESPN
The #1 ranked Crimson Tide look to repeat their National Championship with a victory over the Hokies in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.
#5 Georgia at #8 Clemson: Saturday 8/31, 8:00pm, ABC
The weekend’s premier game features the #5 Bulldogs traveling to face the #8 Tigers in what should be one of the season’s top games.
#12 LSU vs. #20 TCU: Saturday 8/31, 9:00pm, ESPN
The #12 Tigers will be tested early with the #20 Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Ohio University at #9 Louisville: Sunday 9/1, 3:30pm, ESPN
Teddy Bridgewater begins his Heisman campaign against the Bobcats in Louisville.
#11 Florida State at Pittsburgh: Monday 9/2, 8:00pm, ESPN
Monday Night Football begins, except as a college performance with the #11 Seminoles traveling north to face new conference opponent, Panthers. The post-Manuel era begins.