We got a quick taste with four games last Saturday. College football Week 1 begins in earnest on Thursday night, with a dozen match-ups involving FBS teams.
We get our first look at a few different Power Five squads. There is even a Big Ten conference game, between two pretty interesting teams.
Here are the 12 College Football Week 1 games being played tomorrow night.
The kickoffs are all between 7 and 10 p.m. ESPN Networks, FS1, CBS Sports Network, Big Ten Network, Pac-12 Network, and SEC Network will all have games. All times listed are Eastern Time.
UConn Huskies vs. 21 UCF Knights - East Hartford, Conn. - 7 p.m. - ESPNU
The Civil ConFLiCT may be dead, with Bob Diaco long gone from UConn. Even with no goofy trophy on the line, UConn will look to score a huge season-opening win against a ranked Knights club. UCF plays its first game with some uncertainty as well, with Scott Frost at Nebraska, but it will be a big favorite here. The line is currently hovering around UCF -23.5.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. New Mexico State Aggies - Minneapolis, - 7 p.m. - BTN
New Mexico State will play its second game before almost every team has played one. Unfortunately, there's a good chance the Aggies will be 0-2, after getting beaten up at home by Wyoming, which held NMSU in the negatives on the ground. Minnesota is an interesting club in year two under P.J. Fleck, with true freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad penciled in at quarterback.
Ball State Cardinals vs. Central Connecticut Blue Devils - Muncie, Ind. - 7 p.m. - ESPN+
Mike Neu enters a pretty pivotal third year at Ball State, after a 6-20 start to his head coaching career at his alma mater. The Cardinals open with the CCSU Blue Devils from the FCS level.
Georgia State Panthers vs. Kennesaw State Owls - Atlanta - 7 p.m. - ESPN+
Georgia State enters year two under Shawn Elliott, the former South Carolina co-offensive coordinator and interim head coach. After a 7-5 campaign, including the program's first bowl win, the Panthers are looking up in the Sun Belt. The Owls are dangerous though, after a trip to the FCS Playoffs and a 12-2 record last fall.
UL Monroe Warhawks vs. Southeastern Louisiana Lions - Monroe, La. - 8 p.m. - ESPN+
ULM enters year three under Matt Viator, the former head coach at McNeese State. The Warhawks are coming off of back-to-back 4-8 seasons, and begin this year hosting Southeastern Louisiana, which is in its first year under head coach Frank Scelfo, the former offensive coordinator at UTSA.
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Northwestern Wildcats - West Lafayette, Ind. - 8 p.m. - ESPN
The first game between two Power Five teams is a Big Ten showdown on Thursday night. In recent years, Northwestern at Purdue wouldn't sound like much, but the Wildcats keep churning out solid seasons, and Purdue was hugely improved in year one under Jeff Brohm. This should be a really fun one.
Tulane Green Wave vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - New Orleans - 8 p.m. - CBS Sports Network
Tulane serves as host to a Wake Forest team coming off of its best season in recent memory, but one that loses a lot of the veteran talent from that team, and has a suspended starting quarterback. The Green Wave are in year three under Willie Fritz, running the option-based system he excelled with at Georgia Southern.
UAB Blazers vs. Savannah State Tigers - Birmingham, Ala. - 8 p.m. - ESPN+
Bill Clark has done an incredible job bringing UAB back from the dead, posting an 8-5 record and a Bahamas Bowl berth last season. The Blazers should be able to keep the good times rolling, hosting Savannah State, which is set to move back down to Division II soon.
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Missouri State Bears - Stillwater, Okla. - 8 p.m. - FS1
With Mason Rudolph and James Washington in the NFL, the Cowboys will have some retooling to do on offense. Running back Justice Hill is explosive, and could prove to be the focal point early on against the Bears.
Utah Utes vs. Weber State Wildcats - Salt Lake City - 8 p.m. - Pac-12 Network
The Utes are as consistent of a program as we have in the Pac-12 under Kyle Whittingham, with a tough home field advantage. Weber State is a pretty good FCS opponent though, coming off of an 11-win campaign and second straight FCS Playoff berth.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Northwestern State Demons - College Station, Texas - 8:30 p.m. - SEC Network
Jimbo Fisher, the $75 million man, starts his eagerly anticipated Texas A&M tenure on Thursday night. The Aggies host FCS program Northwestern State, which also has a new coach in Brad Laird.
San Jose State Spartans vs. UC Davis Aggies - San Jose, Calif. - 10 p.m.
The nightcap, for those who will be able to see it locally, is the season opener for San Jose State. Brent Brennan enters the year after a 2-11 debut campaign, and will face a familiar face for fans of West Coast football across the sideline. UC Davis is coached by former Boise State and Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins.