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BYU vs Utah :Live Stream football has pieces to end Holy War drought vs. Utah in Week 1Utah heads to Provo for their annual Holy War matchup against BYU football. Can the Cougars start the season with their first win over the Utes in a decade?

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You know a rivalry is heated when the two rivals cannot even agree on how many times they have played one another. According to Utah, Thursday’s showdown with BYU will be the 100th edition of the Holy War game.

The Cougars, on the other hand, do not count the six games played between the two schools prior to achieving university status in 1903. Thus, the home side will consider the duel between longtime intrastate rivals as the 94th edition.

Utah brings an experienced roster to Provo hoping to score the first victory en route to a Pac-12 championship and a possible College Football Playoff berth. BYU will be hoping to make waves and thwart the ambitions of their nemesis as they look for the school’s first major bowl appearance since the 1996 Cotton Bowl.

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Kyle Whittingham’s crew came out on top last year 35-27 at home. Over the past six showdowns, a single score has decided the winner. With BYU at home, they will hope to get the upper hand as an underdog. Can Kalani Sitake’s side emerge on top in what is sure to be a thriller between these two sides?y

After going 20-of-29 for 204 yards and two touchdowns last year, Zach Wilson has to be more dynamic with the football if the Cougars are going to keep pace with Utah. BYU needs their young defense to step up in a big way right away to give Wilson and the offense as many opportunities as possible.

Utah, meanwhile, needs to grind out the clock and keep BYU’s offense off the field as much as possible. A strong ground game will have plenty of chances to churn out tough yards to keep the chains moving and the clock running. Whittingham’s defense needs to make life difficult for Wilson and force a few turnovers.

This season, Utah has too much at stake to fall apart in this contest even on the road. While the crowd will be incredibly partisan in Provo, Tyler Huntley has the experience to manage the offense with aplomb. Returning from the injury that knocked him out of the final five games of 2018, Huntley is going to have a field day against the Cougars.

Look for BYU to carve out an early lead as Utah takes their time to warm up into the opener. Once the Utes are firing on all cylinders, though, fortunes will be reversed and the Utes will cover the spread in the end.

Utah vs BYU Live

Utah vs BYU :Live Stream football has pieces to end Holy War drought vs. Utah in Week 1Utah heads to Provo for their annual Holy War matchup against BYU football. Can the Cougars start the season with their first win over the Utes in a decade?

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You know a rivalry is heated when the two rivals cannot even agree on how many times they have played one another. According to Utah, Thursday’s showdown with BYU will be the 100th edition of the Holy War game.

The Cougars, on the other hand, do not count the six games played between the two schools prior to achieving university status in 1903. Thus, the home side will consider the duel between longtime intrastate rivals as the 94th edition.

Utah brings an experienced roster to Provo hoping to score the first victory en route to a Pac-12 championship and a possible College Football Playoff berth. BYU will be hoping to make waves and thwart the ambitions of their nemesis as they look for the school’s first major bowl appearance since the 1996 Cotton Bowl.

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Kyle Whittingham’s crew came out on top last year 35-27 at home. Over the past six showdowns, a single score has decided the winner. With BYU at home, they will hope to get the upper hand as an underdog. Can Kalani Sitake’s side emerge on top in what is sure to be a thriller between these two sides?y

After going 20-of-29 for 204 yards and two touchdowns last year, Zach Wilson has to be more dynamic with the football if the Cougars are going to keep pace with Utah. BYU needs their young defense to step up in a big way right away to give Wilson and the offense as many opportunities as possible.

Utah, meanwhile, needs to grind out the clock and keep BYU’s offense off the field as much as possible. A strong ground game will have plenty of chances to churn out tough yards to keep the chains moving and the clock running. Whittingham’s defense needs to make life difficult for Wilson and force a few turnovers.

This season, Utah has too much at stake to fall apart in this contest even on the road. While the crowd will be incredibly partisan in Provo, Tyler Huntley has the experience to manage the offense with aplomb. Returning from the injury that knocked him out of the final five games of 2018, Huntley is going to have a field day against the Cougars.

Look for BYU to carve out an early lead as Utah takes their time to warm up into the opener. Once the Utes are firing on all cylinders, though, fortunes will be reversed and the Utes will cover the spread in the end.

Arizona State vs Kent State

Arizona State vs Kent State :2019 Week 1 MAC Preview: Kent State Golden Flashes @ Arizona State Sun DevilsWhen Kent State kicked off year one of the Sean Lewis era, immediate improvement was on full display. The Golden Flashes kicked off their 2018 campaign at Illinois with a 17-3 lead at halftime. But things fell apart, not just that afternoon, but for the entire season. Lewis’ first season at the helm resulted in another 2-10 record. But the hope still lingers as 2019 approaches.

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Year two begins Thursday night in the dry heat of Tempe, Arizona. Lewis, the youngest head coach in FBS at 33 years old, is pitted against the 65-year old NFL veteran coach Herm Edwards. Although Lewis and Edwards seem like polar opposites on the surface, both coaches are more similar than you’d expect. Lewis and Edwards are both entering their second season as FBS head coaches after repeating the same record as the school’s previous head coach in year one (2-10 for Kent State, 7-6 for Arizona State).

Arizona State enters the matchup at home and as heavy favorites, but Kent State has plenty of experience playing in its favor. For one, the Golden Flashes will play incumbent starter Woody Barrett at quarterback. Barrett revitalized Kent State’s typically-run heavy offense last year by throwing for 2,339 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Auburn transfer has dual-threat capabilities, as demonstrated by his 503 rushing yards last year. He’s evasive in the pocket, has a cannon arm, and is the most talented quarterback Kent State’s campus has seen in years.

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On the other sideline is a true freshman quarterback. Jayden Daniels was named the Sun Devils’ starter several weeks ago to replace graduated three-year starter Manny Wilkins. Daniels was labeled a 4-star dual-threat QB prospect, throwing for 4,515 yards and 60 touchdowns as a senior at Cajon High School (CA) with 1,536 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. The Golden Flashes have no collegiate film on the true freshman, but one offensive player they have plenty of film on is one of the most dangerous in the nation.

Running back Eno Benjamin was named a Preseason AP All-American after posting absurd numbers in 2018. Benjamin ranked fifth in the FBS with 1,642 rushing yards, averaging 5.5 per carry. The 5’10” back rushed for 100 yards on nine occasions last season, reaching the 175-yard mark four times, and topping out at 312 against Oregon State. Kent State’s run defense (ranked 114th in yards per game in 2018) will have to key on the senior, who had more touches from scrimmage than any other player in the country. Benjamin is often utilized as a target on screens as well, catching 35 passes for 263 yards in 2018.

Kent State’s primary running back is Jo-El Shaw who saw plenty of action despite only recording four starts in 2018. At 6’1” and 230 pounds, Shaw possesses more size and power than most college backs, but he also exhibits an impressive degree of speed. Shaw averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season, totaling 657 yards and seven touchdowns. Not only does Shaw return to the offense, but Kent State retains all three of its leading receivers from a year ago.

Mike Carrigan, Antwan Dixon, and Isaiah McKoy all received substantial playing time on offense last year, each recording between 42 and 52 receptions. Carrigan led the trio with 597 receiving yards and five touchdowns and will likely be matched up against Arizona State’s top cornerback Chase Lucas (3 interceptions, 5 passes defended, 6 TFLs in 2018). Kent State will have to rely on a concerted effort from the trio and a solid, mistake-free passing game from Barrett in order to compete with Arizona State’s explosive offense.

While the Sun Devils lost first round NFL talent in N’Keal Harry at wide receiver, the team still possesses Brandon Aiyuk, Kyle Williams, and Frank Darby in its spread offense. All three of these receivers surpassed 400 receiving yards last season in Herm Edwards’ offense.

Arizona State is operating under second-year offensive coordinator Rob Likens. He runs plenty of spread formations on offense, but unlike many air raid offenses, Arizona State boasts an impressive power running game with Benjamin as the centerpiece. Kent State’s offense moves at a much faster pace than Arizona State’s though. After using an option-based, ground heavy offense in the Paul Haynes era, Sean Lewis implemented the Flash Fast offense which features frequent no-huddles and minimal clock time between plays. Arizona State’s defense will be challenged with keeping up with the scheme, which may be the Sun Devils’ toughest adjustment Thursday.

Arizona State’s defense was average by many standards a season ago. The Sun Devils finished 53rd in the FBS allowing 25.5 points per game and yielded an average of 405.4 yards per contest. Arizona State runs a 3-3-5 defense, using an extra nickelback to assist in the secondary.

The man to watch in the secondary, as mentioned before, is cornerback Chase Lucas. Lucas was a standout cornerback with three interceptions and five passes defended as a sophomore and is a force of a tackler as well. Safety Aashari Crosswell additionally poses a threat in zone coverage, recording team-highs in interceptions with four, passes defended with nine, and interception return yards with 103.

The pass rush is spearheaded by the two sophomore outside linebackers. Merlin Robertson lines up on one side, where he contributed a Sun Devil-best 77 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 5.0 sacks last season. The other outside backer is Tyler Johnson, fresh off a 4.0 sack, 8.0 tackles for loss campaign.

For Kent State, which fielded one of the worst defenses in the FBS a season ago (116th in opponent points per game), the strength of the unit is found at the inside linebacker position. Returning starters Matt Bahr and Cepeda Phillips are two of the team’s best run stoppers and will be tasked with slowing down Benjamin’s night. Bahr accumulated 91 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss to rank first on the Golden Flashes in 2018 after seldom on-field action in his first three seasons. Phillips also enjoyed a breakout year while transitioning into a starter, finishing fifth on the team with 49 tackles.

The Golden Flashes will work with a less-experienced defensive line after losing nose tackle Kalil Morris. The secondary, however, features three returning starters from last season. The cornerbacks Jamal Parker and Elvis Hines combined for three picks and 14 passes defended, while safety K.J. Sherald recorded 90 tackles and defended six passes.

Kent State vs Arizona State

Kent State vs Arizona State:2019 Week 1 MAC Preview: Kent State Golden Flashes @ Arizona State Sun DevilsWhen Kent State kicked off year one of the Sean Lewis era, immediate improvement was on full display. The Golden Flashes kicked off their 2018 campaign at Illinois with a 17-3 lead at halftime. But things fell apart, not just that afternoon, but for the entire season. Lewis’ first season at the helm resulted in another 2-10 record. But the hope still lingers as 2019 approaches.

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Year two begins Thursday night in the dry heat of Tempe, Arizona. Lewis, the youngest head coach in FBS at 33 years old, is pitted against the 65-year old NFL veteran coach Herm Edwards. Although Lewis and Edwards seem like polar opposites on the surface, both coaches are more similar than you’d expect. Lewis and Edwards are both entering their second season as FBS head coaches after repeating the same record as the school’s previous head coach in year one (2-10 for Kent State, 7-6 for Arizona State).

Arizona State enters the matchup at home and as heavy favorites, but Kent State has plenty of experience playing in its favor. For one, the Golden Flashes will play incumbent starter Woody Barrett at quarterback. Barrett revitalized Kent State’s typically-run heavy offense last year by throwing for 2,339 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Auburn transfer has dual-threat capabilities, as demonstrated by his 503 rushing yards last year. He’s evasive in the pocket, has a cannon arm, and is the most talented quarterback Kent State’s campus has seen in years.

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On the other sideline is a true freshman quarterback. Jayden Daniels was named the Sun Devils’ starter several weeks ago to replace graduated three-year starter Manny Wilkins. Daniels was labeled a 4-star dual-threat QB prospect, throwing for 4,515 yards and 60 touchdowns as a senior at Cajon High School (CA) with 1,536 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. The Golden Flashes have no collegiate film on the true freshman, but one offensive player they have plenty of film on is one of the most dangerous in the nation.

Running back Eno Benjamin was named a Preseason AP All-American after posting absurd numbers in 2018. Benjamin ranked fifth in the FBS with 1,642 rushing yards, averaging 5.5 per carry. The 5’10” back rushed for 100 yards on nine occasions last season, reaching the 175-yard mark four times, and topping out at 312 against Oregon State. Kent State’s run defense (ranked 114th in yards per game in 2018) will have to key on the senior, who had more touches from scrimmage than any other player in the country. Benjamin is often utilized as a target on screens as well, catching 35 passes for 263 yards in 2018.

Kent State’s primary running back is Jo-El Shaw who saw plenty of action despite only recording four starts in 2018. At 6’1” and 230 pounds, Shaw possesses more size and power than most college backs, but he also exhibits an impressive degree of speed. Shaw averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season, totaling 657 yards and seven touchdowns. Not only does Shaw return to the offense, but Kent State retains all three of its leading receivers from a year ago.

Mike Carrigan, Antwan Dixon, and Isaiah McKoy all received substantial playing time on offense last year, each recording between 42 and 52 receptions. Carrigan led the trio with 597 receiving yards and five touchdowns and will likely be matched up against Arizona State’s top cornerback Chase Lucas (3 interceptions, 5 passes defended, 6 TFLs in 2018). Kent State will have to rely on a concerted effort from the trio and a solid, mistake-free passing game from Barrett in order to compete with Arizona State’s explosive offense.

While the Sun Devils lost first round NFL talent in N’Keal Harry at wide receiver, the team still possesses Brandon Aiyuk, Kyle Williams, and Frank Darby in its spread offense. All three of these receivers surpassed 400 receiving yards last season in Herm Edwards’ offense.

Arizona State is operating under second-year offensive coordinator Rob Likens. He runs plenty of spread formations on offense, but unlike many air raid offenses, Arizona State boasts an impressive power running game with Benjamin as the centerpiece. Kent State’s offense moves at a much faster pace than Arizona State’s though. After using an option-based, ground heavy offense in the Paul Haynes era, Sean Lewis implemented the Flash Fast offense which features frequent no-huddles and minimal clock time between plays. Arizona State’s defense will be challenged with keeping up with the scheme, which may be the Sun Devils’ toughest adjustment Thursday.

Arizona State’s defense was average by many standards a season ago. The Sun Devils finished 53rd in the FBS allowing 25.5 points per game and yielded an average of 405.4 yards per contest. Arizona State runs a 3-3-5 defense, using an extra nickelback to assist in the secondary.

The man to watch in the secondary, as mentioned before, is cornerback Chase Lucas. Lucas was a standout cornerback with three interceptions and five passes defended as a sophomore and is a force of a tackler as well. Safety Aashari Crosswell additionally poses a threat in zone coverage, recording team-highs in interceptions with four, passes defended with nine, and interception return yards with 103.

The pass rush is spearheaded by the two sophomore outside linebackers. Merlin Robertson lines up on one side, where he contributed a Sun Devil-best 77 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 5.0 sacks last season. The other outside backer is Tyler Johnson, fresh off a 4.0 sack, 8.0 tackles for loss campaign.

For Kent State, which fielded one of the worst defenses in the FBS a season ago (116th in opponent points per game), the strength of the unit is found at the inside linebacker position. Returning starters Matt Bahr and Cepeda Phillips are two of the team’s best run stoppers and will be tasked with slowing down Benjamin’s night. Bahr accumulated 91 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss to rank first on the Golden Flashes in 2018 after seldom on-field action in his first three seasons. Phillips also enjoyed a breakout year while transitioning into a starter, finishing fifth on the team with 49 tackles.

The Golden Flashes will work with a less-experienced defensive line after losing nose tackle Kalil Morris. The secondary, however, features three returning starters from last season. The cornerbacks Jamal Parker and Elvis Hines combined for three picks and 14 passes defended, while safety K.J. Sherald recorded 90 tackles and defended six passes.

 Minnesota vs South Dakota State Live

 Minnesota vs South Dakota State : Prediction: Betting Line, Odds & PickAfter a strong finish to the 2018 season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will open 2019 against FCS heavyweight South Dakota State. Defense paced the Gophers in the latter portion of the season when they allowed just 14.8 points per game in the final four contests.

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What plagued the Gophers on defense, however, was the running game. The Jackrabbits come into Thursday’s opener boasting one of the top rushing offenses in the FCS, averaging 230 yards on the ground last season including 6.7 yards per carry and 37 touchdowns — seventh-most in FCS. Conversely, Minnesota’s defense allowed 173 rush yards per game, 5.2 yards per carry, and 20 touchdowns.

The Jackrabbits defense returns its entire starting front seven from a defense that recorded 20 sacks but allowed opponents nearly 400 yards per game and an 81 percent conversion rate in the red zone.

SDSU’s offense will feature a new quarterback for the first time in three years as J’Bore Gibbs takes the reigns under center. Thursday will mark his first career start, but he will have All-American receiver Cade Johnson and running back Pierre Strong at his disposal after 1,000 yards seasons and double-digit touchdowns for both.

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Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tanner Morgan showed a ton of poise at the tail-end of last season. He led the Gophers to a must-win victory at Wisconsin to clinch bowl eligibility in their final regular-season game last season. Morgan followed that up with an impressive victory in the Quick Lane Bowl.

In all, 16 starters return for the Gophers this season after serving as the youngest team in FBS a year ago. There will be work to improve further throughout this season as well, but all signs indicate a strong year for the Gophers

It’s not often you look at an FCS school with such high regard, but this year could be a special one for the Jacks. Returning Johnson and Strong who combined for 28 touchdowns last season adds danger to an already talented offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Christian Rozeboom has been unstoppable much of his collegiate career. Last year he recorded 105 tackles, his lowest number through 13 games during his three-year career. But with 10.5 tackles for a loss, he set a new career-high.

With perennial FCS champion North Dakota State graduating a large number of its starters from a year ago, this year could mark a changing of the guard for the Jackrabbits.

Minnesota is 6-0 against South Dakota State all-time, including a narrow victory in their last meeting a decade ago.

South Dakota State is 1-8 against FBS opponents with their lone win coming at Kansas in 2015. Most of their prior matchups with FBS foes have been a shootout, including their season opener last year which featured a 59-41 defeat at TCU.

With that in mind, take the over. But don’t count the Jackrabbits out as a contender in this game. They can move the ball well on the ground and will do so against a team that struggled to defend the run all last year.

Pick: Minnesota wins a VERY CLOSE game, so take South Dakota State against the spread (+14.5).

South Dakota State vs Minnesota Live

South Dakota State vs Minnesota: Prediction: Betting Line, Odds & PickAfter a strong finish to the 2018 season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will open 2019 against FCS heavyweight South Dakota State. Defense paced the Gophers in the latter portion of the season when they allowed just 14.8 points per game in the final four contests.

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What plagued the Gophers on defense, however, was the running game. The Jackrabbits come into Thursday’s opener boasting one of the top rushing offenses in the FCS, averaging 230 yards on the ground last season including 6.7 yards per carry and 37 touchdowns — seventh-most in FCS. Conversely, Minnesota’s defense allowed 173 rush yards per game, 5.2 yards per carry, and 20 touchdowns.

The Jackrabbits defense returns its entire starting front seven from a defense that recorded 20 sacks but allowed opponents nearly 400 yards per game and an 81 percent conversion rate in the red zone.

SDSU’s offense will feature a new quarterback for the first time in three years as J’Bore Gibbs takes the reigns under center. Thursday will mark his first career start, but he will have All-American receiver Cade Johnson and running back Pierre Strong at his disposal after 1,000 yards seasons and double-digit touchdowns for both.

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Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tanner Morgan showed a ton of poise at the tail-end of last season. He led the Gophers to a must-win victory at Wisconsin to clinch bowl eligibility in their final regular-season game last season. Morgan followed that up with an impressive victory in the Quick Lane Bowl.

In all, 16 starters return for the Gophers this season after serving as the youngest team in FBS a year ago. There will be work to improve further throughout this season as well, but all signs indicate a strong year for the Gophers

It’s not often you look at an FCS school with such high regard, but this year could be a special one for the Jacks. Returning Johnson and Strong who combined for 28 touchdowns last season adds danger to an already talented offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Christian Rozeboom has been unstoppable much of his collegiate career. Last year he recorded 105 tackles, his lowest number through 13 games during his three-year career. But with 10.5 tackles for a loss, he set a new career-high.

With perennial FCS champion North Dakota State graduating a large number of its starters from a year ago, this year could mark a changing of the guard for the Jackrabbits.

Minnesota is 6-0 against South Dakota State all-time, including a narrow victory in their last meeting a decade ago.

South Dakota State is 1-8 against FBS opponents with their lone win coming at Kansas in 2015. Most of their prior matchups with FBS foes have been a shootout, including their season opener last year which featured a 59-41 defeat at TCU.

With that in mind, take the over. But don’t count the Jackrabbits out as a contender in this game. They can move the ball well on the ground and will do so against a team that struggled to defend the run all last year.

Pick: Minnesota wins a VERY CLOSE game, so take South Dakota State against the spread (+14.5).

Texas A&M vs Texas State Live

Texas A&M vs Texas State : is the first SEC team in action on Week 1 of the college football season when it kicks off proceedings against Texas State.It is a very unusual matchup, as the Aggies have played the Bobcats just twice in their history, with the last meeting between the two coming 14 yTexas A&M vs Texas State : is the first SEC team in action on Week 1 of the college football season when it kicks off proceedings against Texas State.It is a very unusual matchup, as the Aggies have played the Bobcats just twice in their history, with the last meeting between the two coming 14 years ago.ears ago.

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In theory at least, the all-Texan affair is the perfect chance for Texas A&M to start the campaign on the front foot, before facing defending champions Clemson on the road nine days later.

The Aggies went 9-4 last season in Jimbo Fisher’s first campaign in charge, their best record since the 2013 season. Texas A&M went 5-3 against SEC opponents and won the Gator Bowl, thrashing North Carolina State 52-13.

Ranked 12th in the country by the Associated Press, the Aggies are expected to continue their development in Fisher’s second season in College Station. The 53-year-old, who won a national title when in charge of Florida State, has been working hard to instil a winning culture at Texas A&M.

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”Hopefully, it’s sinking in,” he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. ”I believe it is by how we practice and the toughness and the way we play and compete.”

Improvement could be hard to come by in a season that presents the Aggies with a grueling schedule. Following the match against Clemson, Texas A&M will play another three teams currently ranked in the top 10.

On October 12, No. 2 Alabama travels to College Station, before back-to-back meetings against No. 3 Georgia and No. 6 LSU in November.

Kellen Mond will again take the reins at quarterback, after an off-season characterized by a lot of discussion over his improvement.

As sophomore, the signal caller threw for 3,107 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions last year but completed just 57.3 percent of passes.

Meanwhile Quartney Davis and Jhamon Ausbon are expected to lead the receiving corps and Jashaun Corbin is the starting running back.

The Aggies will come across a familiar face in their season opener, as Bobcats first year coach Jake Spavital spent three years as assistant at Texas A&M.

The second-youngest head coach in the FBS, Spavital has a sizable task on his hands after Texas State went 3-9 in the Sun Belt last season.

The Bobcats, however, have an experienced team, with 10 starters for its defense returning this year. That includes linebackers Bryan London II and Nikolas Daniels, who finished as the Sun Belt’s top two tacklers.

Texas State will return their entire offensive line from last year, but sophomore quarterback Tyler Vitt will have his work cut out as the offense ranked 122nd out of 130 teams in terms of points scored.Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Thursday.

Texas State vs Texas A&M Live

Texas State vs Texas A&M: is the first SEC team in action on Week 1 of the college football season when it kicks off proceedings against Texas State.It is a very unusual matchup, as the Aggies have played the Bobcats just twice in their history, with the last meeting between the two coming 14 years ago.

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In theory at least, the all-Texan affair is the perfect chance for Texas A&M to start the campaign on the front foot, before facing defending champions Clemson on the road nine days later.

The Aggies went 9-4 last season in Jimbo Fisher’s first campaign in charge, their best record since the 2013 season. Texas A&M went 5-3 against SEC opponents and won the Gator Bowl, thrashing North Carolina State 52-13.

Ranked 12th in the country by the Associated Press, the Aggies are expected to continue their development in Fisher’s second season in College Station. The 53-year-old, who won a national title when in charge of Florida State, has been working hard to instil a winning culture at Texas A&M.

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”Hopefully, it’s sinking in,” he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. ”I believe it is by how we practice and the toughness and the way we play and compete.”

Improvement could be hard to come by in a season that presents the Aggies with a grueling schedule. Following the match against Clemson, Texas A&M will play another three teams currently ranked in the top 10.

On October 12, No. 2 Alabama travels to College Station, before back-to-back meetings against No. 3 Georgia and No. 6 LSU in November.

Kellen Mond will again take the reins at quarterback, after an off-season characterized by a lot of discussion over his improvement.

As sophomore, the signal caller threw for 3,107 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions last year but completed just 57.3 percent of passes.

Meanwhile Quartney Davis and Jhamon Ausbon are expected to lead the receiving corps and Jashaun Corbin is the starting running back.

The Aggies will come across a familiar face in their season opener, as Bobcats first year coach Jake Spavital spent three years as assistant at Texas A&M.

The second-youngest head coach in the FBS, Spavital has a sizable task on his hands after Texas State went 3-9 in the Sun Belt last season.

The Bobcats, however, have an experienced team, with 10 starters for its defense returning this year. That includes linebackers Bryan London II and Nikolas Daniels, who finished as the Sun Belt’s top two tacklers.

Texas State will return their entire offensive line from last year, but sophomore quarterback Tyler Vitt will have his work cut out as the offense ranked 122nd out of 130 teams in terms of points scored.Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Thursday.

 Clemson vs Georgia Tech Live

 Clemson vs Georgia Tech :Live StreamSeven months after Clemson thrashed Alabama to win a second national championship in three years, the Tigers get their title defense underway at home against Georgia Tech.

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Dabo Swinney’s team became the first team in the history of the playoffs era to go 15-0 last season and is the bookmakers’ favorite to win back-to-back titles.It is hard to disagree with the prediction, given Clemson, the No 1-ranked team in The Associated Press poll, has retained the core of its championship team.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is back and, in Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross, Swinney has some frightening offensive options at his disposal.

Lawrence was named the Offensive MVP of the National Championship and Cotton Bowl games and is a joint favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this year, alongside Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

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“I just try to enjoy everything,” Lawrence told USA Today.

“I’m really hard on myself as far as on the field, just […] knowing I’m not going to be perfect and just enjoying the moment and everything with those guys [his teammates].”

On the other side of the ball, the Tigers’ defense has lost some pivotal figures, but defensive coordinator Brent Venables can still count on key players such as Isaiah Simmons.

The Tigers’ four defensive linemen and two of their linebackers are new starters, but Xavier Thomas, Logan Rudolph and Justin Foster have already caught the eye.

Georgia Tech is a five-touchdown underdog against its ACC rivals, but coach Geoff Collins is more interested about long-term prospects than in his team’s chances against the defending champions.

The Yellow Jackets have endured an extensive overhaul in the summer as they hope to successfully transition from former coach Paul Johnson’s spread offense to offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude’s strategy.

Patenaude worked with Collins at Temple and joined his former colleague when he moved to Georgia Tech during the offseason.

“We have to worry about us because this has been a complete transformation of a football program unlike a lot that has happened in a long time,” the Georgia Tech coach said earlier this week.

Collins has been deliberately coy about his team selection, declining to reveal his starters for the opening game of the season. Instead, he released a so-called “Above the Line,” a list of players who might start against Clemson.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Thursday night.The Clemson Tigers host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina, on Thursday, August 29.Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

A live stream will be available via the ACC Network’s digital platforms, as well as via fuboTV.Georgia Tech and Clemson have played each other 83 times since their first meeting in 1898, with the Yellow Jackets leading the all-time series 50 wins to 31.

Unsurprisingly, however, Clemson has won the last four games, with an average margin of 20 points. Georgia Tech last beat the Tigers in November 2014.According to Oddschecker, Clemson is a 38-point favorite and 11/10 to win and cover the spread, while Georgia Tech is a 20/1 outsider.

Georgia Tech vs Clemson Live

Georgia Tech vs Clemson :Live StreamSeven months after Clemson thrashed Alabama to win a second national championship in three years, the Tigers get their title defense underway at home against Georgia Tech.

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Dabo Swinney’s team became the first team in the history of the playoffs era to go 15-0 last season and is the bookmakers’ favorite to win back-to-back titles.It is hard to disagree with the prediction, given Clemson, the No 1-ranked team in The Associated Press poll, has retained the core of its championship team.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is back and, in Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross, Swinney has some frightening offensive options at his disposal.

Lawrence was named the Offensive MVP of the National Championship and Cotton Bowl games and is a joint favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this year, alongside Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

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“I just try to enjoy everything,” Lawrence told USA Today.

“I’m really hard on myself as far as on the field, just […] knowing I’m not going to be perfect and just enjoying the moment and everything with those guys [his teammates].”

On the other side of the ball, the Tigers’ defense has lost some pivotal figures, but defensive coordinator Brent Venables can still count on key players such as Isaiah Simmons.

The Tigers’ four defensive linemen and two of their linebackers are new starters, but Xavier Thomas, Logan Rudolph and Justin Foster have already caught the eye.

Georgia Tech is a five-touchdown underdog against its ACC rivals, but coach Geoff Collins is more interested about long-term prospects than in his team’s chances against the defending champions.

The Yellow Jackets have endured an extensive overhaul in the summer as they hope to successfully transition from former coach Paul Johnson’s spread offense to offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude’s strategy.

Patenaude worked with Collins at Temple and joined his former colleague when he moved to Georgia Tech during the offseason.

“We have to worry about us because this has been a complete transformation of a football program unlike a lot that has happened in a long time,” the Georgia Tech coach said earlier this week.

Collins has been deliberately coy about his team selection, declining to reveal his starters for the opening game of the season. Instead, he released a so-called “Above the Line,” a list of players who might start against Clemson.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Thursday night.The Clemson Tigers host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina, on Thursday, August 29.Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

A live stream will be available via the ACC Network’s digital platforms, as well as via fuboTV.Georgia Tech and Clemson have played each other 83 times since their first meeting in 1898, with the Yellow Jackets leading the all-time series 50 wins to 31.

Unsurprisingly, however, Clemson has won the last four games, with an average margin of 20 points. Georgia Tech last beat the Tigers in November 2014.According to Oddschecker, Clemson is a 38-point favorite and 11/10 to win and cover the spread, while Georgia Tech is a 20/1 outsider.