Happy College Football kickoff!

Much like a child on Christmas day, the excitement and anticipation is building with each passing hour. But unlike Christmas Day, there won’t be any literal opening of presents, the present in this case is the first official kick off of our favorite sport. Tonight will be the first set of games to start off the greatest season in all of sports, football season. It is a countdown that started back in January when the final bowl game was played and it has been a long, slow, and very painful crawl to this point. We have had to deal with national signing day, spring camps, spring games, and just endless teasing about the upcoming season. Well tonight that all comes to an end and we will finally be able to enjoy the sounds of crunching pads, and ravenous fan bases rooting their team to victory.

While the better games of the kickoff weekend will be played later on, I really don’t care who I watch, just as long as I can enjoy College football for the first time in oh so many painful months. Labor Day weekend is like Christmas times 1,000 to guys like me, because we have to suffer through so many months of non-football, that by the time July hits, we are starting to lose our sanity and we have to dig up old games to satisfy our craving to football. But tonight there will be a collective cheer across the country when the first kickoff is set, and it will lead into a full weekend of College football action. This is like having Thanksgiving,Christmas and New Years day all rolled into one over a four day span.

Here is the schedule of the football action this weekend, Starting with tonight’s games.

Thursday:

6:00 PM ET Murray State at Louisville
7:00 PM ET Villanova at Temple
7:00 PM ET South Carolina State at Central Michigan
7:00 PM ET North Texas at Florida International
7:00 PM ET New Hampshire at Toledo
Postponed Fordham at Connecticut
7:30 PM ET Western Carolina at Georgia Tech
7:30 PM ET North Carolina Central at Rutgers
8:00 PM ET UNLV at No. 11 Wisconsin
8:00 PM ET No. 20 Mississippi State at Memphis
8:00 PM ET Wake Forest at Syracuse
8:00 PM ET Montana State at Utah
9:00 PM ET Bowling Green at Idaho
9:15 PM ET Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky*
10:00 PM ET UC Davis at Arizona State

Friday:

7:30 PM ET Youngstown State at No. 17 Michigan State
8:00 PM ET No. 14 TCU at Baylor

Saturday:

12:00 PM ET Akron at No. 18 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Utah State at No. 23 Auburn
12:00 PM ET Northwestern at Boston College
12:00 PM ET Indiana State at Penn State
12:00 PM ET Tennessee Tech at Iowa
12:00 PM ET Middle Tennessee at Purdue
12:10 PM ET Miami (OH) at No. 21 Missouri
12:20 PM ET Kent State at No. 2 Alabama
12:30 PM ET Appalachian State at No. 13 Virginia Tech
2:00 PM ET South Dakota at Air Force
3:30 PM ET Louisiana-Monroe at No. 6 Florida State
3:30 PM ET Chattanooga at No. 10 Nebraska
3:30 PM ET South Florida at No. 16 Notre Dame
3:30 PM ET Minnesota at No. 25 USC
3:30 PM ET Western Michigan at Michigan
3:30 PM ET James Madison at North Carolina
3:30 PM ET Troy at Clemson
3:30 PM ET UCLA at Houston
3:30 PM ET Arkansas State at Illinois
3:30 PM ET Delaware at Navy
3:30 PM ET Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane
4:00 PM ET Sacramento State at Oregon State
4:45 PM ET Brigham Young at Ole Miss
5:00 PM ET San Jose State at No. 7 Stanford
5:00 PM ET Idaho State at Washington State
6:00 PM ET Liberty at North Carolina State
6:00 PM ET Colorado State at New Mexico
6:00 PM ET Buffalo at Pittsburgh
6:00 PM ET William & Mary at Virginia
6:00 PM ET Montana at Tennessee
7:00 PM ET Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 9 Oklahoma State
7:00 PM ET East Carolina vs. No. 12 South Carolina*
7:00 PM ET Missouri State at No. 15 Arkansas
7:00 PM ET Florida Atlantic at No. 22 Florida
7:00 PM ET Fresno State at California
7:00 PM ET Northern Iowa at Iowa State
7:00 PM ET Richmond at Duke
7:00 PM ET Eastern Washington at Washington
7:00 PM ET Indiana vs. Ball State*
7:00 PM ET Charleston Southern at UCF
7:00 PM ET Austin Peay at Cincinnati
7:00 PM ET Howard at Eastern Michigan
7:00 PM ET McNeese State at Kansas
7:00 PM ET Eastern Kentucky at Kansas State
7:00 PM ET Army at Northern Illinois
7:00 PM ET Texas State at Texas Tech
7:30 PM ET Elon at Vanderbilt
8:00 PM ET Tulsa at No. 1 Oklahoma
8:00 PM ET No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 LSU*
8:00 PM ET No. 5 Boise State at No. 19 Georgia
8:00 PM ET Ohio at New Mexico State
8:00 PM ET Rice at Texas
9:00 PM ET Stony Brook at UTEP
9:00 PM ET Weber State at Wyoming
10:00 PM ET Northern Arizona at Arizona
10:00 PM ET Cal Poly at San Diego State
10:00 PM ET Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss
10:15 PM ET Colorado at Hawaii

Sunday:

3:30 PM ET Marshall at No. 24 West Virginia
7:30 PM ET Southern Methodist at No. 8 Texas A&M

Monday:

8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) at Maryland

To everyone out there who is as excited as I am, Happy College football kickoff day! Today should be a national holiday.

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