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Those rankings are going to depend on whether the teams on that list can reach their best-case potential or worst-case scenario. The College Football Playoff semifinals are Dec. 28, and this year’s national championship is Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.Which teams have a chance to get there? We look at the best- and worst-case for each top 25 team:

Best case: The hype is real heading into Scott Frost’s second season. Adrian Martinez emerges as a Heisman Trophy finalist, the Huskers have a consistent running game behind him and the defense improves in big games. It comes together with an upset against Ohio State on Sept. 28, and the Huskers win two of three against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa at home. That’s enough to earn Nebraska a 10-win season en route to Indianapolis, where it faces Michigan or rematches against Ohio State in the conference title game.

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Worst case: The Huskers lose to Colorado again, and the defense falters late in a shootout with the Buckeyes three weeks later. The Huskers make progress, but they lose two of three to the Wildcats, Badgers and Hawkeyes. A 7-5 finish results in a second-tier bowl matchup against Tennessee, and the Vols beat the Huskers by three touchdowns while honorary captain Peyton Manning stares Frost down from the other sideline.

Best case: Brandon Wimbush exceeds expectations at quarterback, and the Knights make more statements by knocking off Stanford and Pitt in back-to-back weeks. Greg McRae makes a case for the Doak Walker Award, and the defense doesn’t miss a beat. The Knights finish unbeaten in the regular season for the third straight season and get a New Year’s Day Six matchup against Alabama, which fails to make the College Football Playoff for the first time.

Worst case: Wimbush is inconsistent, and the defense is exposed in losses to the Cardinal and Panthers. UCF drops to 3-3 after a loss at Cincinnati on a Friday night special Oct. 4, and the program’s momentum fizzles with second-half losses to Houston and USF. The Knights finish 7-6 after losing to UAB in a bowl game.

Best case: EWU transfer quarterback Gage Gabrud continues where Gardner Minshew left off, and the Cougars make another run in the Pac-12 North. Washington State moves into the top 10 after impressive September wins against Houston and Utah, and despite splitting trips to Arizona State and Oregon, head into the Apple Cup with a 10-1 record and a chance to advance to the Pac-12 championship game. Mike Leach wins — kicking the Playoff politicking off the charts.

Worst case: The road schedule is too much. Washington State finishes 3-2 in September after a loss to UCLA, and Oregon knocks the Cougars out of the Pac-12 race before November. Washington beats Washington State for the seventh straight season. The Cougars still finishes 8-5, and Leach begins to take a few offers from Power 5 schools seriously.

Best case: Stanford’s offensive line is dominant around future first-round pick Walker Little. Dorian Maddox and Trevor Speights both break out at running back. K.J. Costello takes the next step at quarterback, and a senior-laden defense leads a Pac-12 championship run. Stanford finishes the first half of the season with a 4-2 record, but gets hot in the second half of the season and is 9-2 with the Pac-12 North title in hand when Notre Dame visits. The Cardinal are in place for a fringe Playoff case.

Worst case: Stanford can’t get out of September. That row of Northwestern, USC, UCF and Oregon leads to a disastrous 1-3 start, and Washington ends any hopes of a Pac-12 championship run two weeks later. Stanford recalibrates for a bowl win after losing to Notre Dame, but the program’s first sub-nine-win season since 2014 doesn’t sit well.

Best case: Graham Mertz emerges as a freshman phenom at quarterback, and the difference in the passing game puts Wisconsin back in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten West Division. The offensive line is dominant again, and Jonathan Taylor finishes runner-up in the Heisman race after another 2,000-yard season. Wisconsin sweeps Northwestern, Michigan and Michigan State at Camp Randall. Despite a loss at Ohio State on Oct. 26 and a November bruise in the Big Ten West, the Badgers finish 10-2 and get a rematch with the Buckeyes in Indianapolis. The Rose Bowl is still in play

Worst case: The quarterback question does not get answered. It’s Groundhog Day for Paul Chryst and Co. Michigan and Northwestern both win at Camp Randall in September, and Wisconsin simply can’t find the extra gear in a wide-open Big Ten West race. The Badgers lose two of three to Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota in November. Wisconsin loses six games for the first time since 2012.

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Those rankings are going to depend on whether the teams on that list can reach their best-case potential or worst-case scenario. The College Football Playoff semifinals are Dec. 28, and this year’s national championship is Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.Which teams have a chance to get there? We look at the best- and worst-case for each top 25 team:

Best case: The hype is real heading into Scott Frost’s second season. Adrian Martinez emerges as a Heisman Trophy finalist, the Huskers have a consistent running game behind him and the defense improves in big games. It comes together with an upset against Ohio State on Sept. 28, and the Huskers win two of three against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa at home. That’s enough to earn Nebraska a 10-win season en route to Indianapolis, where it faces Michigan or rematches against Ohio State in the conference title game.

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Worst case: The Huskers lose to Colorado again, and the defense falters late in a shootout with the Buckeyes three weeks later. The Huskers make progress, but they lose two of three to the Wildcats, Badgers and Hawkeyes. A 7-5 finish results in a second-tier bowl matchup against Tennessee, and the Vols beat the Huskers by three touchdowns while honorary captain Peyton Manning stares Frost down from the other sideline.

Best case: Brandon Wimbush exceeds expectations at quarterback, and the Knights make more statements by knocking off Stanford and Pitt in back-to-back weeks. Greg McRae makes a case for the Doak Walker Award, and the defense doesn’t miss a beat. The Knights finish unbeaten in the regular season for the third straight season and get a New Year’s Day Six matchup against Alabama, which fails to make the College Football Playoff for the first time.

Worst case: Wimbush is inconsistent, and the defense is exposed in losses to the Cardinal and Panthers. UCF drops to 3-3 after a loss at Cincinnati on a Friday night special Oct. 4, and the program’s momentum fizzles with second-half losses to Houston and USF. The Knights finish 7-6 after losing to UAB in a bowl game.

Best case: EWU transfer quarterback Gage Gabrud continues where Gardner Minshew left off, and the Cougars make another run in the Pac-12 North. Washington State moves into the top 10 after impressive September wins against Houston and Utah, and despite splitting trips to Arizona State and Oregon, head into the Apple Cup with a 10-1 record and a chance to advance to the Pac-12 championship game. Mike Leach wins — kicking the Playoff politicking off the charts.

Worst case: The road schedule is too much. Washington State finishes 3-2 in September after a loss to UCLA, and Oregon knocks the Cougars out of the Pac-12 race before November. Washington beats Washington State for the seventh straight season. The Cougars still finishes 8-5, and Leach begins to take a few offers from Power 5 schools seriously.

Best case: Stanford’s offensive line is dominant around future first-round pick Walker Little. Dorian Maddox and Trevor Speights both break out at running back. K.J. Costello takes the next step at quarterback, and a senior-laden defense leads a Pac-12 championship run. Stanford finishes the first half of the season with a 4-2 record, but gets hot in the second half of the season and is 9-2 with the Pac-12 North title in hand when Notre Dame visits. The Cardinal are in place for a fringe Playoff case.

Worst case: Stanford can’t get out of September. That row of Northwestern, USC, UCF and Oregon leads to a disastrous 1-3 start, and Washington ends any hopes of a Pac-12 championship run two weeks later. Stanford recalibrates for a bowl win after losing to Notre Dame, but the program’s first sub-nine-win season since 2014 doesn’t sit well.

Best case: Graham Mertz emerges as a freshman phenom at quarterback, and the difference in the passing game puts Wisconsin back in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten West Division. The offensive line is dominant again, and Jonathan Taylor finishes runner-up in the Heisman race after another 2,000-yard season. Wisconsin sweeps Northwestern, Michigan and Michigan State at Camp Randall. Despite a loss at Ohio State on Oct. 26 and a November bruise in the Big Ten West, the Badgers finish 10-2 and get a rematch with the Buckeyes in Indianapolis. The Rose Bowl is still in play

Worst case: The quarterback question does not get answered. It’s Groundhog Day for Paul Chryst and Co. Michigan and Northwestern both win at Camp Randall in September, and Wisconsin simply can’t find the extra gear in a wide-open Big Ten West race. The Badgers lose two of three to Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota in November. Wisconsin loses six games for the first time since 2012.

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Tulane vs Florida International  :College Football 2019: Week 1 TV scheduleWeek 1 of the college football season, AKA the official start of the year, kicks off Thursday. There are games through Monday.New this year is ACC Network, which is run by ESPN. For Spectrum subscribers, it is on channel 388.

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Here are the games that will be televised on TV and online. Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses.

ESPN — UCLA at Cincinnati, 7 (Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck and Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath); Utah at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden).

ESPN+ — Robert Morris at Buffalo, 7; Gardner-Webb at Charlotte, 7:30; Central Arkansas at Western Kentucky, 7:30; Alabama State at UAB, 8.

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ESPN3 — UAlbany at Central Michigan, 7 (Shawn Kenny/Marcus Ray); Morgan State at Bowling Green, 7; Wagner at UConn, 7; Florida International at Tulane, 8:30 p.m.CBSSN — Florida A&M at UCF, 7:30 p.m. (Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor, John Schriffen).

ACC Network — Georgia Tech at Clemson, 8 (Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George).SEC Network — Texas State at Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m. (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic).

FS1 — South Dakota State at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman).Pac-12 — Kent State at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Jill Savage).

CBSSN — Rice at Army, 6 p.m. (Ben Holden, Ross Tucker, Tina Cervasio); Purdue at Nevada, 9:30 p.m. (Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous).

FS1 — Tulsa at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey); Oklahoma State at Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher, Shane Vereen, Petros Papadakis).

ESPN — Wisconsin at South Florida, 7 p.m. (Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra); Colorado State vs. Colorado, 10:15 p.m. (Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer Lauren Sisler).

ACC Network — Utah State at Wake Forest, 8 p.m. (Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Dr. Jerry Punch).

ABC10 (WTEN) — Ole Miss at Memphis, noon (Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker); Duke vs. Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (Steve Levy, Brain Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath); Oregon vs. Auburn, 7:30 p.m. (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor).

FOX23 (WXXA) — Florida Atlantic at Ohio State, noon (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Dell); Northwestern at Stanford, 4 p.m. (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman).

ESPN — South Alabama at Nebraska, noon (Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman); South Carolina vs. North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams); Boise State vs. Florida State, 7 p.m. (Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill); Fresno State at USC, 10:30 p.m. (Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich).

ESPNU — Mississippi State vs. Louisiana, noon (Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia); Georgia State at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. (Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Stormy Buonantony); Georgia Southern at LSU, 7:30 p.m. (Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Ed Aschoff).

FS1 — Northern Iowa at Iowa State, noon (Chris Vosters, Ben Leber); Miami (Ohio) at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (Brian Custer, Robert Smith).

MSG — Indiana State at Kansas, noon (Alex Faust, Jordan Palmer).

CBSSN — Indiana vs. Ball State, noon (Jason Horowitz, Danny Kannell); Holy Cross at Navy, 3:30 p.m. (John Sadak, Randy Cross, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch); Missouri at Wyoming, 7:30 p.m. (Carter Blackburn, Aaron Murray and: Rick Neuheisel, Jenny Dell).

ACC Network — East Carolina at N.C. State, noon (Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood); Virginia Tech at Boston College, 4 p.m. (Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs); Virginia at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (Adam Amin, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George).

BTN — Akron at Illinois, noon (Lisa Byington, J Leaman); Idaho at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Elise Menaker); Middle Tennessee at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo).

SEC Network — Toledo at Kentucky, noon (Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang); Portland State at Arkansas, 4 p.m. (Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport); Georgia at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic).

ESPN+ — Rhode Island at Ohio, 2 p.m.; East Tennessee State at Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m.; Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina, 3:30 p.m.; Syracuse at Liberty, 6 p.m.; Campbell at Troy, 6 p.m.; Stephen F. Austin at Baylor, 7 p.m.; Nicholls at Kansas State, 7 p.m.; SMU at Arkansas State, 7 p.m.; Alcorn State at Southern Miss, 7 p.m.; Illinois State at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.; Abilene Christian at North Texas, 7:30 p.m.; Houston Baptist at UTEP, 8 p.m.

ESPN3 — Bucknell at Temple, 3 p.m.; Colgate at Air Force, 3:30 p.m.; Incarnate Word at UTSA, 6 p.m.; Monmouth at Western Michigan, 7 p.m.; Norfolk State at Old Dominion, 7 p.m.; Grambling at Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m.

Pac-12 — Eastern Washington at Washington, 3 p.m. (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Lewis Johnson); UC Davis at California, 6:30 p.m.; New Mexico State at Washington State, 10 p.m. (Guy Haberman, Chad Brown, Samantha Peszek).

Florida International vs Tulane Live

Florida International vs Tulane :College Football 2019: Week 1 TV scheduleWeek 1 of the college football season, AKA the official start of the year, kicks off Thursday. There are games through Monday.New this year is ACC Network, which is run by ESPN. For Spectrum subscribers, it is on channel 388.

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Here are the games that will be televised on TV and online. Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses.

ESPN — UCLA at Cincinnati, 7 (Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck and Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath); Utah at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden).

ESPN+ — Robert Morris at Buffalo, 7; Gardner-Webb at Charlotte, 7:30; Central Arkansas at Western Kentucky, 7:30; Alabama State at UAB, 8.

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ESPN3 — UAlbany at Central Michigan, 7 (Shawn Kenny/Marcus Ray); Morgan State at Bowling Green, 7; Wagner at UConn, 7; Florida International at Tulane, 8:30 p.m.CBSSN — Florida A&M at UCF, 7:30 p.m. (Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor, John Schriffen).

ACC Network — Georgia Tech at Clemson, 8 (Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George).SEC Network — Texas State at Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m. (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic).

FS1 — South Dakota State at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman).Pac-12 — Kent State at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Jill Savage).

CBSSN — Rice at Army, 6 p.m. (Ben Holden, Ross Tucker, Tina Cervasio); Purdue at Nevada, 9:30 p.m. (Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous).

FS1 — Tulsa at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey); Oklahoma State at Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher, Shane Vereen, Petros Papadakis).

ESPN — Wisconsin at South Florida, 7 p.m. (Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra); Colorado State vs. Colorado, 10:15 p.m. (Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer Lauren Sisler).

ACC Network — Utah State at Wake Forest, 8 p.m. (Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Dr. Jerry Punch).

ABC10 (WTEN) — Ole Miss at Memphis, noon (Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker); Duke vs. Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (Steve Levy, Brain Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath); Oregon vs. Auburn, 7:30 p.m. (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor).

FOX23 (WXXA) — Florida Atlantic at Ohio State, noon (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Dell); Northwestern at Stanford, 4 p.m. (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman).

ESPN — South Alabama at Nebraska, noon (Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman); South Carolina vs. North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams); Boise State vs. Florida State, 7 p.m. (Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill); Fresno State at USC, 10:30 p.m. (Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich).

ESPNU — Mississippi State vs. Louisiana, noon (Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia); Georgia State at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. (Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Stormy Buonantony); Georgia Southern at LSU, 7:30 p.m. (Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Ed Aschoff).

FS1 — Northern Iowa at Iowa State, noon (Chris Vosters, Ben Leber); Miami (Ohio) at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (Brian Custer, Robert Smith).

MSG — Indiana State at Kansas, noon (Alex Faust, Jordan Palmer).

CBSSN — Indiana vs. Ball State, noon (Jason Horowitz, Danny Kannell); Holy Cross at Navy, 3:30 p.m. (John Sadak, Randy Cross, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch); Missouri at Wyoming, 7:30 p.m. (Carter Blackburn, Aaron Murray and: Rick Neuheisel, Jenny Dell).

ACC Network — East Carolina at N.C. State, noon (Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood); Virginia Tech at Boston College, 4 p.m. (Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs); Virginia at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (Adam Amin, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George).

BTN — Akron at Illinois, noon (Lisa Byington, J Leaman); Idaho at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Elise Menaker); Middle Tennessee at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo).

SEC Network — Toledo at Kentucky, noon (Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang); Portland State at Arkansas, 4 p.m. (Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport); Georgia at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic).

ESPN+ — Rhode Island at Ohio, 2 p.m.; East Tennessee State at Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m.; Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina, 3:30 p.m.; Syracuse at Liberty, 6 p.m.; Campbell at Troy, 6 p.m.; Stephen F. Austin at Baylor, 7 p.m.; Nicholls at Kansas State, 7 p.m.; SMU at Arkansas State, 7 p.m.; Alcorn State at Southern Miss, 7 p.m.; Illinois State at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.; Abilene Christian at North Texas, 7:30 p.m.; Houston Baptist at UTEP, 8 p.m.

ESPN3 — Bucknell at Temple, 3 p.m.; Colgate at Air Force, 3:30 p.m.; Incarnate Word at UTSA, 6 p.m.; Monmouth at Western Michigan, 7 p.m.; Norfolk State at Old Dominion, 7 p.m.; Grambling at Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m.

Pac-12 — Eastern Washington at Washington, 3 p.m. (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Lewis Johnson); UC Davis at California, 6:30 p.m.; New Mexico State at Washington State, 10 p.m. (Guy Haberman, Chad Brown, Samantha Peszek).

Florida International vs Tulane

Florida International vs TulaneCollege Football 2019: Week 1 TV scheduleWeek 1 of the college football season, AKA the official start of the year, kicks off Thursday. There are games through Monday.New this year is ACC Network, which is run by ESPN. For Spectrum subscribers, it is on channel 388.

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Here are the games that will be televised on TV and online. Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses.

ESPN — UCLA at Cincinnati, 7 (Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck and Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath); Utah at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden).

ESPN+ — Robert Morris at Buffalo, 7; Gardner-Webb at Charlotte, 7:30; Central Arkansas at Western Kentucky, 7:30; Alabama State at UAB, 8.

ESPN3 — UAlbany at Central Michigan, 7 (Shawn Kenny/Marcus Ray); Morgan State at Bowling Green, 7; Wagner at UConn, 7; Florida International at Tulane, 8:30 p.m.CBSSN — Florida A&M at UCF, 7:30 p.m. (Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor, John Schriffen).

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ACC Network — Georgia Tech at Clemson, 8 (Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George).SEC Network — Texas State at Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m. (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic).

FS1 — South Dakota State at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman).Pac-12 — Kent State at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Jill Savage).

CBSSN — Rice at Army, 6 p.m. (Ben Holden, Ross Tucker, Tina Cervasio); Purdue at Nevada, 9:30 p.m. (Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous).

FS1 — Tulsa at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey); Oklahoma State at Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher, Shane Vereen, Petros Papadakis).

ESPN — Wisconsin at South Florida, 7 p.m. (Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra); Colorado State vs. Colorado, 10:15 p.m. (Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer Lauren Sisler).

ACC Network — Utah State at Wake Forest, 8 p.m. (Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Dr. Jerry Punch).

ABC10 (WTEN) — Ole Miss at Memphis, noon (Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker); Duke vs. Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (Steve Levy, Brain Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath); Oregon vs. Auburn, 7:30 p.m. (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor).

FOX23 (WXXA) — Florida Atlantic at Ohio State, noon (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Dell); Northwestern at Stanford, 4 p.m. (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman).

ESPN — South Alabama at Nebraska, noon (Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman); South Carolina vs. North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams); Boise State vs. Florida State, 7 p.m. (Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill); Fresno State at USC, 10:30 p.m. (Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich).

ESPNU — Mississippi State vs. Louisiana, noon (Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia); Georgia State at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. (Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Stormy Buonantony); Georgia Southern at LSU, 7:30 p.m. (Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Ed Aschoff).

FS1 — Northern Iowa at Iowa State, noon (Chris Vosters, Ben Leber); Miami (Ohio) at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (Brian Custer, Robert Smith).

MSG — Indiana State at Kansas, noon (Alex Faust, Jordan Palmer).

CBSSN — Indiana vs. Ball State, noon (Jason Horowitz, Danny Kannell); Holy Cross at Navy, 3:30 p.m. (John Sadak, Randy Cross, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch); Missouri at Wyoming, 7:30 p.m. (Carter Blackburn, Aaron Murray and: Rick Neuheisel, Jenny Dell).

ACC Network — East Carolina at N.C. State, noon (Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood); Virginia Tech at Boston College, 4 p.m. (Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs); Virginia at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (Adam Amin, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George).

BTN — Akron at Illinois, noon (Lisa Byington, J Leaman); Idaho at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Elise Menaker); Middle Tennessee at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo).

SEC Network — Toledo at Kentucky, noon (Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang); Portland State at Arkansas, 4 p.m. (Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport); Georgia at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic).

ESPN+ — Rhode Island at Ohio, 2 p.m.; East Tennessee State at Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m.; Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina, 3:30 p.m.; Syracuse at Liberty, 6 p.m.; Campbell at Troy, 6 p.m.; Stephen F. Austin at Baylor, 7 p.m.; Nicholls at Kansas State, 7 p.m.; SMU at Arkansas State, 7 p.m.; Alcorn State at Southern Miss, 7 p.m.; Illinois State at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.; Abilene Christian at North Texas, 7:30 p.m.; Houston Baptist at UTEP, 8 p.m.

ESPN3 — Bucknell at Temple, 3 p.m.; Colgate at Air Force, 3:30 p.m.; Incarnate Word at UTSA, 6 p.m.; Monmouth at Western Michigan, 7 p.m.; Norfolk State at Old Dominion, 7 p.m.; Grambling at Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m.

Pac-12 — Eastern Washington at Washington, 3 p.m. (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Lewis Johnson); UC Davis at California, 6:30 p.m.; New Mexico State at Washington State, 10 p.m. (Guy Haberman, Chad Brown, Samantha Peszek).

Ucf vs Florida A&M Live

Ucf vs  Florida A&M: Prediction: Betting Line, Odds & Pickhe self proclaimed National Champions will be in action on Thursday night. The UCF Knights have gone 25-1 over the last two seasons and own one bowl victory over Auburn. They have not been granted access to the playoff because of their weak schedule. With that being said, they open their season against the Florida A&M Rattlers.

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UCF finished their season 12-1 in 2018. They took home their second straight American Conference Championship, but were handed a 40-32 loss by LSU in the Fiesta Bowl. The Knights were without quarterback McKenzie Milton after he suffered a gruesome leg injury.

Florida A&M finished with a 6-5 record last season, but they did win five out of seven games in conference play. The Rattlers finished tied for second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Week one of the college football season is usually a cupcake week for the nation’s top teams. This is no different for No. 17 UCF. According to Fanduel Sportsbook, the Knights will jog onto the field on Thursday night as 47.5-point favorites.

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Even with Milton on the sidelines, this is an offensive powerhouse. The Knights averaged 523.5 yards per game last season. On average, they gained 6.9 yards per play. These are eye-opening offensive numbers. The Knights run game was one of the best in the nation in 2018. They ran for 266.1 yards per game. UCF head coach Josh Heupel named Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush as the starting quarterback. He added that true freshman Dillon Gabriel will play in the first half against Florida A&M. This is something to keep an eye on if you are thinking about laying 47.5 points with the Knights.

“First of all, it was incredibly hard. I think that’s evident by how we’ve handled it up to this point. Obviously Dillon playing in the first half speaks volumes to how it all worked out and transpired through fall camp,” Lebby said of the decision to name Wimbush the starter.

For Florida A&M, they are clearly overmatched. But do not discount their ability to move the ball against UCF in this one. The Knights have a rebuilding defense. They lost four of their top six leading tacklers from last season. One thing that the Rattlers have is experience. Quarterback Ryan Stanley is a veteran player that will be able to make some throws if he is given time.

“We have our hands full, but, again, a great barometer and test for this football team to see how we stack up against bigger, faster, stronger competition,” FAMU coach Willie Simmons said of UCF.

The only doubt in this game is if you are willing to go to war with 47.5 points. That is a high spread under any circumstance, but in this game it makes sense.

The Knights are a machine on offense. There is no doubt that this game will hit the over, no matter what it ends up being set at. UCF is also a team that does not let up. They will continue to play until zeroes no matter which quarterback is under center. This is a game where the Knights will score quick and often.

Florida A&M will have to use their offense to keep the ball away from the Knights but that is easier said than done. Despite their age and experience, talent will take over in this game.

Florida A&M vs UCF Live

Florida vs Ucf : Prediction: Betting Line, Odds & Pickhe self proclaimed National Champions will be in action on Thursday night. The UCF Knights have gone 25-1 over the last two seasons and own one bowl victory over Auburn. They have not been granted access to the playoff because of their weak schedule. With that being said, they open their season against the Florida A&M Rattlers.

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UCF finished their season 12-1 in 2018. They took home their second straight American Conference Championship, but were handed a 40-32 loss by LSU in the Fiesta Bowl. The Knights were without quarterback McKenzie Milton after he suffered a gruesome leg injury.

Florida A&M finished with a 6-5 record last season, but they did win five out of seven games in conference play. The Rattlers finished tied for second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Week one of the college football season is usually a cupcake week for the nation’s top teams. This is no different for No. 17 UCF. According to Fanduel Sportsbook, the Knights will jog onto the field on Thursday night as 47.5-point favorites.

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Even with Milton on the sidelines, this is an offensive powerhouse. The Knights averaged 523.5 yards per game last season. On average, they gained 6.9 yards per play. These are eye-opening offensive numbers. The Knights run game was one of the best in the nation in 2018. They ran for 266.1 yards per game. UCF head coach Josh Heupel named Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush as the starting quarterback. He added that true freshman Dillon Gabriel will play in the first half against Florida A&M. This is something to keep an eye on if you are thinking about laying 47.5 points with the Knights.

“First of all, it was incredibly hard. I think that’s evident by how we’ve handled it up to this point. Obviously Dillon playing in the first half speaks volumes to how it all worked out and transpired through fall camp,” Lebby said of the decision to name Wimbush the starter.

For Florida A&M, they are clearly overmatched. But do not discount their ability to move the ball against UCF in this one. The Knights have a rebuilding defense. They lost four of their top six leading tacklers from last season. One thing that the Rattlers have is experience. Quarterback Ryan Stanley is a veteran player that will be able to make some throws if he is given time.

“We have our hands full, but, again, a great barometer and test for this football team to see how we stack up against bigger, faster, stronger competition,” FAMU coach Willie Simmons said of UCF.

The only doubt in this game is if you are willing to go to war with 47.5 points. That is a high spread under any circumstance, but in this game it makes sense.

The Knights are a machine on offense. There is no doubt that this game will hit the over, no matter what it ends up being set at. UCF is also a team that does not let up. They will continue to play until zeroes no matter which quarterback is under center. This is a game where the Knights will score quick and often.

Florida A&M will have to use their offense to keep the ball away from the Knights but that is easier said than done. Despite their age and experience, talent will take over in this game.

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 Western Kentucky vs Central Arkansas  :FRISCO, Texas – The 56th season of Southland Conference football kicks off Thursday with four evening matchups. Central Arkansas visits Western Kentucky and Northwestern State faces UT Martin on the road at 6:30 p.m. CT, and Lamar hosts Bethel (Tenn.) and Southeastern Louisiana takes on Jacksonville State at home at 7 p.m.

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Three Southland teams are ranked nationally in preseason top 25 polls, led by Nicholls at No. 11 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the STATS FCS Top 25. Sam Houston State is ranked No. 22 and No. 23, respectively, and Central Arkansas comes in at No. 25 in the FCS Coaches Poll.

The conference is coming off a second-consecutive three-bid year in the FCS playoffs last season and aims for its ninth-straight season with multiple postseason berths. The league has not failed to secure an at-large bid since 2010.

Coming off their first Southland title since 2005, the defending co-champions return the fewest starters among the league (12), but nine of those individuals were all-conference honorees in 2018. Nicholls led the way with 11 student-athletes on the preseason all-conference teams, including eight on the first team. The Colonels earned the Southland’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs in 2018, marking the first time in school history they have made back-to-back FCS playoff appearances. Nicholls defeated San Diego at home before falling to national runner-up Eastern Washington in the second round.

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Senior quarterback Chase Fourcade, the reigning Southland Football Player of the Year, was named to the Preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List and enters his final season with the 10th-most career total offense yards in league history (8,990). Senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche, a member of the Preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, begins his senior campaign as the active FCS leader in career sacks (25.5).

UCA’s title-defense campaign didn’t go as planned in 2018, finishing in a four-way tie for fourth place in the final standings. The Bears return 17 starters from last year’s squad and welcome the return of redshirt sophomore quarterback Breylin Smith, who broke his ankle in week four against Sam Houston State. UCA earned the second-most preseason all-conference selections with seven, including three members of the secondary in senior Juan Jackson and juniors Jackie Harvell and Robert Rochell.

The offense features an all-conference duo of Carlos Blackman and Kierre Crossley, who combined for 1,386 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2018. They will be running behind a big-bodied offensive line that returns four of five starters from last season. The Bears suffered a crucial loss on defense with the dismissal of senior defensive lineman Chris Terrell, an all-American in 2018 and a Preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List member.

First-year head coach Eric Morris led UIW to a historic turnaround in 2018 as a five-game swing vaulted the Cardinals to their first Southland Conference title and FCS playoff appearance. UIW returns 17 starters, including eight on offense, from a team that fell to Montana State in the opening round of the playoffs. Perhaps the most notable returner is defending Southland Conference Freshman of the Year Jon Copeland, who set a single-season program record with 2,984 yards through the air in 2018 and was one of five Cardinals on the preseason all-conference teams.

UIW returns most of its offensive line, which helped set single-season school records in offensive yards (5,315), total points (357) and touchdowns (48). The Cardinals have the biggest holes to fill on defense, which recorded at least one turnover in every game last season and led the FCS with 29 turnovers gained at the end of their regular season.

The Bearkats look to extend their streak of winning seasons to 10 and return to the playoffs behind a crop of 18 returning starters and six preseason all-conference picks. For just the second time in this decade and the first time under head coach K.C. Keeler, Sam Houston State failed to win nine or more games and missed the FCS playoffs after a 6-5 campaign in 2018. SHSU features nine returning starters on defense, including preseason all-America defensive back Zyon McCollum.

Senior wideout Nathan Stewart, a Preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List honoree and First Team Preseason All-America nod, is 228 yards shy of the all-time Southland receiving record. Stewart is one of four wide receivers in FCS history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons and would become the third FCS wideout to do it all four years if he were to put up another four-figure performance in 2019.

Coming off its first FCS playoffs appearance, Lamar returns 14 starters and aims to win its first Southland title since 1971. The Cardinals suffered a bitter 16-13 loss at Northern Iowa in the first round of the postseason to cap off a 7-5 campaign. The Cardinals bring back three of their top four rushers, led by junior Myles Wanza, a second team preseason all-conference selection. In all, Lamar placed three on the preseason all-league teams.

Senior defensive lineman Daniel Crosley, a first-team preseason all-conference nod, is one of three returners on the defensive line and tallied 16 tackles for loss in his junior season. His nine sacks were the third-most in the conference in 2018. Running the offense will be senior quarterback Jordan Hoy, who earned Southland Football co-Newcomer of the Year honors last year.

The owners of the fourth-longest streak of winning seasons (14) at the FCS level, McNeese looks to stretch that to 15 in 2019. The Cowboys will see lots of new faces with just 14 returning starters and a new coach in former South Florida offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, who plans to introduce a spread offense to McNeese’s playbook. The Cowboys placed three on the preseason all-Southland squads.

Chris Livings, a first-team preseason all-conference nod, is one of three returners on the defensive line along with Jonta Jones and Cody Roscoe. The trio combined for 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss last season. On the offensive side of the ball, Gilbert brought in three FBS transfers in wide receiver Rhashid Bonnette (Louisiana Tech) and running backs Elijah Mack (South Florida) and D’Andre Hicks (Appalachian State).Opening Game: vs. Southern, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 7th – 2018 Record/Place: 6-5 (5-4 SLC), t-4th
The Wildcats snapped a streak of three-straight losing seasons in 2018 with a 6-5 mark last season. ACU’s four-game improvement warranted a multi-year extension for head coach Adam Dorrel that will keep him under contract through the 2023 season. Among ACU’s 18 returning starters are 10 on defense, led by Second Team Preseason All-America honoree Jeremiah Chambers, whose 113 tackles in 2018 tied for 10th-most in single-season program history.

ACU returns three of its top offensive weapons from last season, including quarterback Luke Anthony, who ranked top-10 nationally in completions, attempts, passing yards, completions per game and total offense. He is joined in the backfield by 2018 Southland Football co-Newcomer of the Year Billy McCrary. Wide receiver Josh Fink, a second team preseason all-conference selection, is back for his final season.

Second-year head coach Frank Scelfo aims to avoid back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 2011-12 and hired four new coaches, including former McNeese head coach Lance Guidry as his defensive coordinator. The Lions’ 12 returning starters are tied with Nicholls for the fewest league-wide, but the group includes six preseason all-conference picks.

Quarterback Chason Virgil, the defending Southland passing yards leader (3,034), will once again be targeting tight end Bransen Schwebel and wide receiver Juwan Petit-Frere, who was also first team preseason all-Southland as a kick returner. The Lions occupied the punt returner slots on both preseason all-conference squads with Devonte Williams and Austin Mitchell, who combined for 222 yards on 15 attempts (14.8 yards per return) in 2018.

Opening Game: vs. No. 6/6 Jacksonville State, Thursday, 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks – Preseason Ranking: 9th – 2018 Record/Place: 2-8 (2-7 SLC), 10th

First-year head coach Colby Carthel brings a wealth of success to Nacogdoches after six seasons at the helm at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he won the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship. His staff hit the ground running, signing the third-best recruiting class among all FCS institutions. The Lumberjacks welcome the return of 17 starters and look to snap a streak of four-straight losing seasons.

The ‘Jacks landed three on the preseason all-conference teams, including wide receiver Tamrick Pace, who ranks 10th all-time in career receiving yards at SFA (2,104) and is tied for eighth in career touchdown receptions (20). Safety Alize Ward, an All-Southland pick in each of the last two seasons, was positioned for a breakout final season but will miss the year due to an ACL injury.

Having improved their record in each of the past two seasons, the Demons look to continue that trend under second-year head coach Brad Laird. Northwestern State returns 17 starters with seven on each side of the ball and a trio on special teams. The Demons garnered four preseason all-conference selections, led by first-teamer and junior safety Hayden Bourgeois, who ranked third nationally in forced turnovers (7) in 2018 with five interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

The “Purple Swarm” defense returns 70 of the team’s 82.5 sacks and its top six tacklers from 2018 with Bourgeois’ 83 stops leading the way. While the offense saw the departure of Southland Football Offensive Player of the Year Jazz Ferguson, fellow wide receiver Quan Shorts is back after hauling in 56 passes in 2018, a total that ranks fourth in single-season program history.

Opening Game: at UT Martin, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 11th – 2018 Record/Place: 1-10 (0-9 SLC), 11th
Boasting the most returning starters (20) of any Southland squad, Houston Baptist vies to stop a 19-game league losing streak heading into 2019. The Huskies trio of wide receiver Jerreth Sterns, defensive lineman Andre Walker and linebacker Caleb Johnson represented the program on the preseason all-conference second team.

As a freshman, Sterns paced the Southland in receptions (68) from quarterback Bailey Zappe, who tied for the conference lead with 23 passing touchdowns. Walker begins his final season as the program’s all-time sacks leader (11.5), and Johnson ranked fifth in the conference with 9.3 tackles per game and tied for the league lead with four fumble recoveries in his sophomore campaign.

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Central Arkansas vs Western Kentucky :FRISCO, Texas – The 56th season of Southland Conference football kicks off Thursday with four evening matchups. Central Arkansas visits Western Kentucky and Northwestern State faces UT Martin on the road at 6:30 p.m. CT, and Lamar hosts Bethel (Tenn.) and Southeastern Louisiana takes on Jacksonville State at home at 7 p.m.

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Three Southland teams are ranked nationally in preseason top 25 polls, led by Nicholls at No. 11 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the STATS FCS Top 25. Sam Houston State is ranked No. 22 and No. 23, respectively, and Central Arkansas comes in at No. 25 in the FCS Coaches Poll.

The conference is coming off a second-consecutive three-bid year in the FCS playoffs last season and aims for its ninth-straight season with multiple postseason berths. The league has not failed to secure an at-large bid since 2010.

Coming off their first Southland title since 2005, the defending co-champions return the fewest starters among the league (12), but nine of those individuals were all-conference honorees in 2018. Nicholls led the way with 11 student-athletes on the preseason all-conference teams, including eight on the first team. The Colonels earned the Southland’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs in 2018, marking the first time in school history they have made back-to-back FCS playoff appearances. Nicholls defeated San Diego at home before falling to national runner-up Eastern Washington in the second round.

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Senior quarterback Chase Fourcade, the reigning Southland Football Player of the Year, was named to the Preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List and enters his final season with the 10th-most career total offense yards in league history (8,990). Senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche, a member of the Preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, begins his senior campaign as the active FCS leader in career sacks (25.5).

UCA’s title-defense campaign didn’t go as planned in 2018, finishing in a four-way tie for fourth place in the final standings. The Bears return 17 starters from last year’s squad and welcome the return of redshirt sophomore quarterback Breylin Smith, who broke his ankle in week four against Sam Houston State. UCA earned the second-most preseason all-conference selections with seven, including three members of the secondary in senior Juan Jackson and juniors Jackie Harvell and Robert Rochell.

The offense features an all-conference duo of Carlos Blackman and Kierre Crossley, who combined for 1,386 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2018. They will be running behind a big-bodied offensive line that returns four of five starters from last season. The Bears suffered a crucial loss on defense with the dismissal of senior defensive lineman Chris Terrell, an all-American in 2018 and a Preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List member.

First-year head coach Eric Morris led UIW to a historic turnaround in 2018 as a five-game swing vaulted the Cardinals to their first Southland Conference title and FCS playoff appearance. UIW returns 17 starters, including eight on offense, from a team that fell to Montana State in the opening round of the playoffs. Perhaps the most notable returner is defending Southland Conference Freshman of the Year Jon Copeland, who set a single-season program record with 2,984 yards through the air in 2018 and was one of five Cardinals on the preseason all-conference teams.

UIW returns most of its offensive line, which helped set single-season school records in offensive yards (5,315), total points (357) and touchdowns (48). The Cardinals have the biggest holes to fill on defense, which recorded at least one turnover in every game last season and led the FCS with 29 turnovers gained at the end of their regular season.

The Bearkats look to extend their streak of winning seasons to 10 and return to the playoffs behind a crop of 18 returning starters and six preseason all-conference picks. For just the second time in this decade and the first time under head coach K.C. Keeler, Sam Houston State failed to win nine or more games and missed the FCS playoffs after a 6-5 campaign in 2018. SHSU features nine returning starters on defense, including preseason all-America defensive back Zyon McCollum.

Senior wideout Nathan Stewart, a Preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List honoree and First Team Preseason All-America nod, is 228 yards shy of the all-time Southland receiving record. Stewart is one of four wide receivers in FCS history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons and would become the third FCS wideout to do it all four years if he were to put up another four-figure performance in 2019.

Coming off its first FCS playoffs appearance, Lamar returns 14 starters and aims to win its first Southland title since 1971. The Cardinals suffered a bitter 16-13 loss at Northern Iowa in the first round of the postseason to cap off a 7-5 campaign. The Cardinals bring back three of their top four rushers, led by junior Myles Wanza, a second team preseason all-conference selection. In all, Lamar placed three on the preseason all-league teams.

Senior defensive lineman Daniel Crosley, a first-team preseason all-conference nod, is one of three returners on the defensive line and tallied 16 tackles for loss in his junior season. His nine sacks were the third-most in the conference in 2018. Running the offense will be senior quarterback Jordan Hoy, who earned Southland Football co-Newcomer of the Year honors last year.

The owners of the fourth-longest streak of winning seasons (14) at the FCS level, McNeese looks to stretch that to 15 in 2019. The Cowboys will see lots of new faces with just 14 returning starters and a new coach in former South Florida offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, who plans to introduce a spread offense to McNeese’s playbook. The Cowboys placed three on the preseason all-Southland squads.

Chris Livings, a first-team preseason all-conference nod, is one of three returners on the defensive line along with Jonta Jones and Cody Roscoe. The trio combined for 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss last season. On the offensive side of the ball, Gilbert brought in three FBS transfers in wide receiver Rhashid Bonnette (Louisiana Tech) and running backs Elijah Mack (South Florida) and D’Andre Hicks (Appalachian State).Opening Game: vs. Southern, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 7th – 2018 Record/Place: 6-5 (5-4 SLC), t-4th
The Wildcats snapped a streak of three-straight losing seasons in 2018 with a 6-5 mark last season. ACU’s four-game improvement warranted a multi-year extension for head coach Adam Dorrel that will keep him under contract through the 2023 season. Among ACU’s 18 returning starters are 10 on defense, led by Second Team Preseason All-America honoree Jeremiah Chambers, whose 113 tackles in 2018 tied for 10th-most in single-season program history.

ACU returns three of its top offensive weapons from last season, including quarterback Luke Anthony, who ranked top-10 nationally in completions, attempts, passing yards, completions per game and total offense. He is joined in the backfield by 2018 Southland Football co-Newcomer of the Year Billy McCrary. Wide receiver Josh Fink, a second team preseason all-conference selection, is back for his final season.

Second-year head coach Frank Scelfo aims to avoid back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 2011-12 and hired four new coaches, including former McNeese head coach Lance Guidry as his defensive coordinator. The Lions’ 12 returning starters are tied with Nicholls for the fewest league-wide, but the group includes six preseason all-conference picks.

Quarterback Chason Virgil, the defending Southland passing yards leader (3,034), will once again be targeting tight end Bransen Schwebel and wide receiver Juwan Petit-Frere, who was also first team preseason all-Southland as a kick returner. The Lions occupied the punt returner slots on both preseason all-conference squads with Devonte Williams and Austin Mitchell, who combined for 222 yards on 15 attempts (14.8 yards per return) in 2018.

Opening Game: vs. No. 6/6 Jacksonville State, Thursday, 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks – Preseason Ranking: 9th – 2018 Record/Place: 2-8 (2-7 SLC), 10th

First-year head coach Colby Carthel brings a wealth of success to Nacogdoches after six seasons at the helm at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he won the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship. His staff hit the ground running, signing the third-best recruiting class among all FCS institutions. The Lumberjacks welcome the return of 17 starters and look to snap a streak of four-straight losing seasons.

The ‘Jacks landed three on the preseason all-conference teams, including wide receiver Tamrick Pace, who ranks 10th all-time in career receiving yards at SFA (2,104) and is tied for eighth in career touchdown receptions (20). Safety Alize Ward, an All-Southland pick in each of the last two seasons, was positioned for a breakout final season but will miss the year due to an ACL injury.

Having improved their record in each of the past two seasons, the Demons look to continue that trend under second-year head coach Brad Laird. Northwestern State returns 17 starters with seven on each side of the ball and a trio on special teams. The Demons garnered four preseason all-conference selections, led by first-teamer and junior safety Hayden Bourgeois, who ranked third nationally in forced turnovers (7) in 2018 with five interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

The “Purple Swarm” defense returns 70 of the team’s 82.5 sacks and its top six tacklers from 2018 with Bourgeois’ 83 stops leading the way. While the offense saw the departure of Southland Football Offensive Player of the Year Jazz Ferguson, fellow wide receiver Quan Shorts is back after hauling in 56 passes in 2018, a total that ranks fourth in single-season program history.

Opening Game: at UT Martin, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 11th – 2018 Record/Place: 1-10 (0-9 SLC), 11th
Boasting the most returning starters (20) of any Southland squad, Houston Baptist vies to stop a 19-game league losing streak heading into 2019. The Huskies trio of wide receiver Jerreth Sterns, defensive lineman Andre Walker and linebacker Caleb Johnson represented the program on the preseason all-conference second team.

As a freshman, Sterns paced the Southland in receptions (68) from quarterback Bailey Zappe, who tied for the conference lead with 23 passing touchdowns. Walker begins his final season as the program’s all-time sacks leader (11.5), and Johnson ranked fifth in the conference with 9.3 tackles per game and tied for the league lead with four fumble recoveries in his sophomore campaign.

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Charlotte vs Gardner WebbCollege Football 2019: Week 1 TV scheduleThe UAlbany football team’s game at Centeal Michigan on Thursday will be on ESPN3Week 1 of the college football season, AKA the official start of the year, kicks off Thursday. There are games through Monday.

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New this year is ACC Network, which is run by ESPN. For Spectrum subscribers, it is on channel 388.

Here are the games that will be televised on TV and online. Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses.

ESPN — UCLA at Cincinnati, 7 (Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck and Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath); Utah at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden).

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ESPN+ — Robert Morris at Buffalo, 7; Gardner-Webb at Charlotte, 7:30; Central Arkansas at Western Kentucky, 7:30; Alabama State at UAB, 8.

ESPN3 — UAlbany at Central Michigan, 7 (Shawn Kenny/Marcus Ray); Morgan State at Bowling Green, 7; Wagner at UConn, 7; Florida International at Tulane, 8:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Florida A&M at UCF, 7:30 p.m. (Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor, John Schriffen).ACC Network — Georgia Tech at Clemson, 8 (Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George).

SEC Network — Texas State at Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m. (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic).FS1 — South Dakota State at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman).

Pac-12 — Kent State at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Jill Savage).CBSSN — Rice at Army, 6 p.m. (Ben Holden, Ross Tucker, Tina Cervasio); Purdue at Nevada, 9:30 p.m. (Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous).

FS1 — Tulsa at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey); Oklahoma State at Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher, Shane Vereen, Petros Papadakis).ESPN — Wisconsin at South Florida, 7 p.m. (Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra); Colorado State vs. Colorado, 10:15 p.m. (Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer Lauren Sisler).

BTN — UMass at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (Mike Monaco, Shaun O’Hara).ACC Network — Utah State at Wake Forest, 8 p.m. (Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Dr. Jerry Punch).

ABC10 (WTEN) — Ole Miss at Memphis, noon (Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker); Duke vs. Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (Steve Levy, Brain Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath); Oregon vs. Auburn, 7:30 p.m. (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor).

FOX23 (WXXA) — Florida Atlantic at Ohio State, noon (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Dell); Northwestern at Stanford, 4 p.m. (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman).

ESPN — South Alabama at Nebraska, noon (Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman); South Carolina vs. North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams); Boise State vs. Florida State, 7 p.m. (Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill); Fresno State at USC, 10:30 p.m. (Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich).

ESPNU — Mississippi State vs. Louisiana, noon (Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia); Georgia State at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. (Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Stormy Buonantony); Georgia Southern at LSU, 7:30 p.m. (Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Ed Aschoff).

FS1 — Northern Iowa at Iowa State, noon (Chris Vosters, Ben Leber); Miami (Ohio) at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (Brian Custer, Robert Smith).MSG — Indiana State at Kansas, noon (Alex Faust, Jordan Palmer).

CBSSN — Indiana vs. Ball State, noon (Jason Horowitz, Danny Kannell); Holy Cross at Navy, 3:30 p.m. (John Sadak, Randy Cross, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch); Missouri at Wyoming, 7:30 p.m. (Carter Blackburn, Aaron Murray and: Rick Neuheisel, Jenny Dell).

ACC Network — East Carolina at N.C. State, noon (Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood); Virginia Tech at Boston College, 4 p.m. (Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs); Virginia at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (Adam Amin, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George).

BTN — Akron at Illinois, noon (Lisa Byington, J Leaman); Idaho at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Elise Menaker); Middle Tennessee at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo).

SEC Network — Toledo at Kentucky, noon (Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang); Portland State at Arkansas, 4 p.m. (Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport); Georgia at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic).

ESPN+ — Rhode Island at Ohio, 2 p.m.; East Tennessee State at Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m.; Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina, 3:30 p.m.; Syracuse at Liberty, 6 p.m.; Campbell at Troy, 6 p.m.; Stephen F. Austin at Baylor, 7 p.m.; Nicholls at Kansas State, 7 p.m.; SMU at Arkansas State, 7 p.m.; Alcorn State at Southern Miss, 7 p.m.; Illinois State at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.; Abilene Christian at North Texas, 7:30 p.m.; Houston Baptist at UTEP, 8 p.m.

ESPN3 — Bucknell at Temple, 3 p.m.; Colgate at Air Force, 3:30 p.m.; Incarnate Word at UTSA, 6 p.m.; Monmouth at Western Michigan, 7 p.m.; Norfolk State at Old Dominion, 7 p.m.; Grambling at Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m.

Pac-12 — Eastern Washington at Washington, 3 p.m. (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Lewis Johnson); UC Davis at California, 6:30 p.m.; New Mexico State at Washington State, 10 p.m. (Guy Haberman, Chad Brown, Samantha Peszek).