From touchdown to Flavortown: Earl Campbell meets Guy Fieri and more Week 1 greatness


Well, here we are, college football fans. The longest offseason in the history of our lives is (sort of) over. Week 1 is officially happening.

The stands might be empty in some cases. In others, they’ll be sparse. Bands might not be filling the awkward silences, and the pageantry might be muted. But there will be football, and if last weekend is any indication, the action on the field will be delightfully weird in all the ways we’ve all grown to love.

We’ve already seen a few games. It seems like Central Arkansas has already played six games. But starting at 1 p.m. ET Saturday, there will be football until around midnight. We’ll be watching and keeping tabs for you.

Saturday’s schedule

1 p.m. ET: Eastern Kentucky at Marshall, ESPN/ESPN app (Line: N/A)
1:30: Middle Tennessee at Army, CBSSN (Line: Army -3.5)
4:30: SMU at Texas State, ESPN/ESPN app (Line: SMU -22.5)
7:30: Houston Baptist at North Texas, ESPN3/ESPN app (Line: N/A)
8: Arkansas State at Memphis, ESPN/ESPN app (Line: Memphis -18.5)
9: Stephen F. Austin at UTEP, ESPN3/ESPN app (Line: N/A)

Monday at 8: BYU at Navy, ESPN/ESPN app (Line: BYU -1.5)

Breakfast of champions

Yes, Nick Saban has heard about the new Oatmeal Creme Pie cereal, so quit askin’. The legendary Alabama coach’s love for his favorite snack is well documented, and now, he has another way to indulge. Trust the processed sugar.

The Huskers are just wingin’ it now

What looked like a new Scott Frost video calling for the return of Nebraska football got even saucier on Friday. Frost was relieved by Ander Christensen, the chicken enthusiast who was last spotted asking the Lincoln city council to ban the term “boneless wings” when they’re really nothing more than “saucy nugs.”

“Just like a wing without a bone is just saucy nug,” Christensen said, “a Saturday without Husker football is just a Saturday.”

Signs o’ the times

That might take some getting used to
The one-season Notre Dame/ACC alliance looks a lot more official with the logo on the turf at Notre Dame Stadium.

Nice work, Memphis
The Liberty Bowl won’t be packed for the Tigers’ season opener against Arkansas State, but it’s as packed as we can get to have college football.

Welcome back

Big Earl’s Flavortown adventures
Earl Campbell has had quite the offseason. Texas honored him by renaming its field Campbell-Williams Field in honor of him and fellow Heisman hero Ricky Williams. Now Campbell is rollin’ out, lookin’ for America’s greatest “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” host with very large gifts. Here’s hoping those horns are mounted on the Triple-D Camaro soon.

Dogs and cats, living together
America’s mascots must be treasured, even if it means going to extremes, such as Baylor letting the Aggies take care of their Lady.

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