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College Football Week One: Michigan, The Lion King and The Backstreet Boys

Michigan football, The Lion King, The Backstreet Boys and Steve Urkel. They're all a part of our week one college football preview package! Read on to see all the fun.


The wait is over. The time is now. The College Football season has (finally) returned and all the talk about Johnny Manziel autographs and the off season is over. Every week, we'll be your source for a comprehensive layout of all of the action so you don't miss a minute of the see-it-to-believe-it action.

So kick back and relax. Get comfortable on your couch and make sure there is a cooler nearby so you don't miss Lee Corso, Erin Andrews, Samantha Ponder and the rest of the college football personalities.



North Carolina @ #6 South Carolina. 6;00 PM on ESPN

The likely #1 NFL Draft pick in 2014, Jadeveon Clowney, starts his Heisman hopeful campaign. Before a formidable SEC schedule, the Gamecocks will face off in a rivalry for the best of the Carolina's. Simply said, Clowney is the rare defensive talent that is must-see television.

Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt. 9:15 PM on ESPN

The Rebels don't have Eli Manning at QB anymore but that doesn't mean they are anyone to sleep on. Ole Miss is a trendy dark horse team that may make some noise in the best conference in the country. A couple of strong years in recruiting could pay off earlier than expected. Vanderbilt has been steady for a few years now and will be looking to start their season in conference play on the right note.

#24 USC @ Hawaii. 11:00 PM on CBS SPORTS NETWORK

If you're one of the lucky few who has Friday off for the holiday weekend, feel free to stay up late for this upset special. Lane Kiffin is on the hot seat and this is a dangerous way to start the season. The Trojans may be limited on scholarships but they still bring in top ten talent on a consistent basis. Hawaii will be looking to play spoiler and get Kiffin's bags packed early.



On paper, this doesn't look like a game to watch. However, the Spartans still have a QB battle. Head Coach Mark Dantonio didn't show a lot of faith in Andrew Maxwell, even though he will be the "starter," for the season opener. This seems like a coach trying to some faith in the veteran at the position but if Dantonio really wanted to do that, he could have named Maxwell his flat out #1 long ago. Before long, Cook looks to be the man under center, unless Michigan State wants to burn a potential redshirt for it's incoming freshman QB.

Seems like when you don't have 1 QB you don't have any and for Sparty's, the QB situation will have to sort itself out to have any idea of a conference championship.


Toledo @ #10 Florida. 12:21 PM on ESPN3

The Gators must still have a bad taste in their mouth after a BCS bowl loss to Louisville in January. QB Jeff Driskel will have to play better if the Gators are going to compete with Georgia for an SEC East title.

Buffalo @ #2 Ohio State. 12:00 PM on ESPN2

Urban Meyer has his Buckeyes come off an undefeated season that meant nothing. This season brings high expectations and that responsibility will rest mainly on the shoulders of the QB. Braxton Miller comes into the season as the favorite to win the Heisman trophy and the team will go as far as Miller carries them. The first week is a woeful opponent but much like Florida and others with high hopes for 2013, week one is all about establishing a presence.

Rice @ #7 Texas A&M. 1:00 PM on ESPN

Johnny Football will be M.I.A. for part of this game.

The NCAA "suspended," Johnny Manziel for the first half of the season opener. What that accomplishes is up to you to comment on below but your guess is as good as mine.

A&M has to deal with #1 Alabama in a couple of weeks and has to block out the outside distractions. ESPN's College Gameday will be on campus and the environment will be electrifying.


The team. The team. The team.

Team #134 for the Wolverines comes into the season with a new man under center, Devin Gardner. Denard Robinson has gone on to the NFL and while Gardner wasn't named a team captain, he will no doubt be a huge factor for the team.

LB Jake Ryan is out until at least October and some youngsters will have to learn on the job for the Wolverines to go far. The offensive and defensive lines have a lot of potential and will be lead by captain OL Taylor Lewan.

Look for the return of CB Blake Countess to play a big factor for a defense that will look to cause more turnovers.

Nicholls State @ #3 Oregon. 4:00 PM on FOX SPORTS 1

The Ducks are playing who? Who knows and who cares. The focus is all about Oregon.

Chip Kelly has moved on to the Philadelphia Eagles and recent Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich was promoted to take on the head coaching duties. Regardless of who's the coach, the talent is there and the team still has a lot of explosion to display.

We're all just turning in to see what kind of jerseys and helmets Oregon will be wearing though, right? Right? Is this thing on? Bueller? Bueller?!? BUELLER?!?!?

#1 Alabama @ Virginia Tech. 5:30 PM on ESPN

Love him or hate him, you have to respect him.

Nick Saban is a living legend in the world of college football. The Crimson Tide are the defending national champions, again, and no one figure is more responsible for it's team's success than Mr. Saban.

Virginia Tech is coming off of a disappointing 2012 season and will look to at least keep the score close against Alabama.

#5 Georgia @ #8 Clemson. 8:00 PM on ABC

This is the game of the week.

Both teams have a legitimate shot at a national championship appearance and both teams have stud QB's. Aaron Murray leads the Bulldogs while Tajh Boyd leaves the Clemson Tigers.

Regardless of who comes out on top, here's to a shootout between the two. First to 40 wins. Cheers.

#12 LSU vs. #20 TCU. 9:00 PM on ESPN

All Les Miles does is win, win, win.

The Tigers seem to be an afterthought this year. Years of shaking play at QB have left LSU missing out of the big game. This game should be a tough, defensive battle down in Texas aka Jerry World. We have to think that Les will a surprise or two up his sleeve for this nationally televised game.