College Football: Power Five Weekday Games in Week 1

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College Football on Thursday:

-College Football “Week 1” officially kicks off when Oklahoma State hosts Central Michigan at 7:00 PM EST.

-Tennessee takes on Ball State in Knoxville at 7:00 PM EST. The Vols of the SEC East have had a very promising offseason, and hope to avoid a week one upset.

-West Virginia plays at Pittsburgh in the reinstatement of the Backyard Brawl at 7:00 PM EST. This is an exciting Power Five matchup, as one of college football’s fiercest regional rivalries will be revived in a non-conference format.

-Reigning ACC Atlantic division champion Wake Forest hosts VMI at 7:30 PM EST.

-James Franklin and Penn State travel to West Lafayette to take on Purdue in a high-profile conference game to start the season. The Big Ten schools will kick off at 8:00 PM EST.

-The Missouri Tigers of the SEC East welcome in Louisiana Tech at 8:00 PM EST.

-Minnesota hosts New Mexico State at 9:00 PM EST and Arizona State plays in-state foe Northern Arizona at 10:00 PM EST. Former Alabama quarterback Paul Tyson will battle Florida transfer Emory Jones for the right to be the Arizona State starting quarterback.

College Football on Friday:

-Michigan State hosts Western Michigan at 7:00 PM EST. Former Alabama cornerback and JUCO product Ronald Williams plays for the Spartans, along with former Florida edge rusher Khris Bogle and former Georgia corner Ameer Speed.

-Virginia Tech travels to Norfolk for a tricky game against a pesky in-state opponent in Old Dominion at 7:00 PM EST.

-Duke hosts Temple at 7:30 PM EST and Kansas hosts Tennessee Tech at 8:00 PM EST. No, these aren’t basketball games.

-Illinois and Indiana play in the third season-opening Big Ten conference bout. The game will kick off in Bloomington at 8:00 PM EST. Former Alabama defensive back Brylan Lanier plays for the Hoosiers, along with former Auburn running back Shaun Shivers and former Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak.

-Colorado hosts TCU in a Power Five non-conference matchup at 10:00 PM EST. Former Alabama offensive lineman Tommy Brown will suit up for the Buffaloes.

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