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NCAA FOOTBALL

College football winners and losers of day one of the NCAA football season

NCAA Division I football is finally here and we take a look at all of the matchups, who has pulled off the unlikely and who will start the season with a win

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NCAA Division I football is finally here and we take a look at all of the matchups, who has pulled off the unlikely and who will start off the season with a win
Christian PetersenAFP

Where I grew up in Baton Rouge, we say that there are four distinct seasons. Crawfish season, hunting season, hurricane season, and football season. And while the Saints are supported all over the state, real passion is reserved for our beloved LSU Tigers. For millions of people all over the country, inserting your local NFL and college team in those two spots may change the syntax, but not the sentiment. Saturdays down south are a religious experience.

September brings out the best in all of us. Tailgate barbecues give way to gumbo weather, and Lee Corso will don a mascot head as we attend the weekly pep rallies either in person on college campuses nationwide or watching ESPN from our homes. Between Thursday and Monday this week, all the action gets underway, with five super-charged days of college football, offering a little bit of something for everyone.

Number 12 Oklahoma State kicked off with a bang, romping to a 58-44 win over Central Michigan in an aerial shootout with Spencer Sanders carves throwing for 406 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Seventeenth-ranked Pitt took the win 38-31 against West Virginia in a come-from-behind thriller that saw the Panthers break a three-game losing streak to the Mountaineers.

Saturday will see the season start properly with some giant matchups, as number 11 Oregon will travel to number 3 Georgia and number 5 Notre Dame will square off against number 2 Ohio State, before Sunday sees the LSU facing Florida State in the Superdome. Tasty competitions will be happening all over the country as well with Stanford welcoming Colgate, Mississippi State hosting Memphis, number 7 Utah travelling to Florida, and capping it all on Monday as fourth-ranked Clemson meets ACC rival Georgia Tech.

Scores through Friday

TEAMSFINAL SCORE
Central Michigan44
Oklahoma State58
West Virginia31
Pittsburgh38
VMI10
Wake Forest44
St. Francis (PA)23
Akron30
Ball State10
Tennessee59
South Carolina State10
UCF56
Bryant37
Florida International38
Long Island University0
Toledo37
Penn State35
Purdue31
Eastern Illinois 27
Northern Illinois 34
Alabama A&M 0
UAB 59
Louisiana Tech 24
Missouri 52
New Mexico State 0
Minnesota 38
Northern Arizona 3
Arizona State 40
Cal Poly 7
Fresno State 35
Portland State 17
San José State 21
The Citadel 10
Campbell 29
North Ala. 14
Indiana St. 17
Fordham 48
Wagner 3131
North Greenville 0
Furman 52
Limestone 21
Gardner-Webb 56
Monmouth 21
New Hampshire 31
Kennesaw St. 17
Samford 27
Rhode Island 35
Stony Brook 14
Mars Hill 7
ETSU 44
Western Ill. 25
UT Martin 42
Lamar University 14
Abilene Christian 28
Missouri St. 27
Central Ark. 14
St. Thomas (MN) 13
Southern Utah 44
Mississippi Val. 13
Tarleton St. 29
Lincoln (CA) 7
Tex. A&M-Commerce 52
Western Ore. 5
Weber St. 41
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