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College Football: Week 1 NFL Draft watch

We take a look at the notable headlines of Week 1 as we begin the slow march to the college football national championship game, and the 2015 NFL Draft.

Scott Halleran

College football is back! The 2014 season brings new faces to big programs, and new changes to the bowl format as well. Today we have a full schedule of games, which bring a lot of storylines to follow.

Interesting Tid-Bits
  • College football playoffs are finally happening this season. The top four teams will have a chance to become National Champion.

  • LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette is drawing comparisons to Adrian Peterson, and his coach Les Miles compared Fournette to Michael Jordan.

  • USC begins the year with a new head coach, Steve Sarkisian.

  • Alabama has a new offensive coordinator, former Raiders, University of Tennessee, and USC head coach Lane Kiffin. I wonder how this turns out.

  • Vegas has Florida State as the favorite to win the National Championship, and Jameis Winston winning the Heisman. Deja Vu? Alabama and Marcus Mariota are No. 2 on the lists.

  • NFL.com's Bucky Brooks put together a list of players to watch for this season, he listed these players number one respectively: QB Jameis Winston, FSU; RB Todd Gurley, Georgia; WR Amari Cooper, Alabama; DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

  • Today's schedule has two games where both teams are ranked (No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia, No. 14 Wisconsin at No. 13 LSU)

  • Alabama will play two quarterbacks today, with redshirt Senior Blake Sims starting and FSU transfer Jacob Coker coming off the bench. A quarterback competition is in progress.

  • My player to watch is Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. A runner that is hard to take down and explosive in the open field, Gordon will be a hard man to stop for LSU. Last season while splitting carries with current Patriots running back James White, Gordon rushed for 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns.

TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV
8:30 AM Penn State vs. UCF* ESPN2
12:00 PM No. 5 Ohio State at Navy CBS Sports Network
12:00 PM No. 7 UCLA at Virginia ESPN
12:00 PM Delaware at Pittsburgh ESPN 3
12:00 PM Appalachian State at Michigan ESPN2
12:00 PM North Dakota State at Iowa State FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Youngstown State at Illinois BTN
12:00 PM Indiana State at Indiana
12:00 PM Northern Iowa at Iowa BTN
12:00 PM Western Michigan at Purdue ESPNU
12:00 PM Troy at UAB
12:00 PM Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky
12:30 PM Wofford at Georgia Tech ESPN 3
12:30 PM Georgia Southern at North Carolina State ESPN 3
2:00 PM Colgate at Ball State ESPN 3
2:00 PM Nicholls State at Air Force ESPN 3
3:00 PM Southern Utah at Nevada
3:00 PM Boston College at Massachusetts ESPN 3
3:30 PM West Virginia vs. No. 2 Alabama*
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ABC ESPN2
3:30 PM Rice at No. 17 Notre Dame NBC
3:30 PM Florida Atlantic at No. 22 Nebraska BTN
3:30 PM South Dakota State at No. 24 Missouri ESPNU
3:30 PM James Madison at Maryland BTN
3:30 PM California at Northwestern
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ABC ESPN2
3:30 PM Duquesne at Buffalo ESPN 3
3:30 PM Hampton at Old Dominion
3:30 PM Marshall at Miami (OH) ESPN 3
4:00 PM Arkansas at No. 6 Auburn
4:00 PM UC Davis at No. 11 Stanford Pac-12 Network
4:00 PM Montana at Wyoming
4:00 PM Portland State at Oregon State Pac-12 Network
4:00 PM William & Mary at Virginia Tech
5:30 PM No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia ESPN
6:00 PM Liberty at No. 23 North Carolina ESPN 3
6:00 PM Elon at Duke ESPN 3
6:00 PM Ohio at Kent State ESPN 3
6:00 PM Morgan State at Eastern Michigan ESPN 3
7:00 PM Louisiana Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma
7:00 PM New Hampshire at Toledo ESPN 3
7:00 PM Savannah State at Middle Tennessee
7:00 PM Bethune-Cookman at Florida International
7:00 PM Northern Arizona at San Diego State CBS Sports Network
7:00 PM Idaho at Florida ESPNU
7:00 PM Austin Peay at Memphis ESPN 3
7:00 PM Western Carolina at South Florida ESPN 3
7:00 PM Samford at TCU
7:00 PM Central Arkansas at Texas Tech
7:00 PM Montana State at Arkansas State ESPN 3
7:00 PM Southern University at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN 3
7:00 PM Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas State ESPN 3
7:10 PM Stephen F. Austin at No. 20 Kansas State
7:30 PM Fresno State at No. 15 USC FOX
7:30 PM Southern Miss at Mississippi State
8:00 PM No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State* ABC ESPN 3
8:00 PM UTEP at New Mexico
8:00 PM North Texas at Texas Longhorn Network
8:00 PM NC Central at East Carolina
9:00 PM No. 14 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 LSU* ESPN
10:30 PM South Dakota at No. 3 Oregon Pac-12 Network
10:30 PM No. 25 Washington at Hawaii CBS Sports Network