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When does college football start?

It might be sooner than you think! Here are the biggest games of college football's opening weekend.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, OHIO, Ohio — Can you feel it in the air? College football season is just about here. 

The Alabama Crimson Tide come into the season ranked No. 1 after they earned the national title last year, their sixth since 2009.

After a COVID-19 year that saw mostly just limited conference play, we're expected to get a much more complete season. 

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When does the college football season start?

While college football's "official" opening weekend begins Thursday, Sept. 2, there are a handful of games on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Those games are:

  • Nebraska at Illinois (1 p.m. on FOX)
  • UConn at Fresno State 
  • Hawai'i at UCLA (3:30 p.m. on ESPN)
  • UTEP at New Mexico State
  • Southern Utah at San Jose State

Notable games on the official opening weekend

Thursday, Sept. 2:

  • Boise State at UCF (7 p.m. on ESPN)
  • East Carolina at Appalachian State (7:30 p.m. on ESPNU)
  • 4 Ohio State at Minnesota (8 p.m. on FOX)

Friday, Sept. 3:

  • 10 North Carolina at Virginia Tech (6 p.m. on ESPN)
  • Michigan State at Northwestern (9 p.m. on ESPN)

Saturday, Sept. 4:

  • 2 Oklahoma at Tulane (12 p.m. on ABC)
  • 19 Penn State at 12 Wisconsin (12 p.m. on FOX)
  • Stanford vs. Kansas State (12 p.m. on FS1)
  • 1 Alabama vs. 14 Miami (3:30 p.m. on ABC)
  • 17 Indiana at 18 Iowa (3:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network)
  • 23 Louisiana at 21 Texas (4:30 p.m. on FOX)
  • 5 Georgia vs. 3 Clemson (7:30 p.m. on ABC)
  • 16 LSU at UCLA (8:30 p.m. on FOX)

Sunday, Sept. 5:

  • 9 Notre Dame at Florida State (7:30 p.m. on ABC)

Monday, Sept. 6:

  • Louisville vs. Ole Miss (8 p.m. on ESPN)