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Opening night college football coverage: UNC-South Carolina, Ole Miss-Vandy and more

College football is with us. Stay tuned right here for more updates, scores, jokes, and GIFs on Thursday night's action. Full TV schedule and what to watch here.

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Tide immediately rolling

The worst part: Virginia Tech's offense now has to face Alabama's defense again.

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USC looks hilarious and awful

Playing against one of the worst offenses in the FBS, USC routinely struggled to move the ball with either of its battling quarterbacks. It's all going according to plan, Lane?

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A night in the margins

Vanderbilt's football program lost an exciting game to Ole Miss and its talented freshmen Thursday night, but it's the looming scandal that casts the real shadow over Nashville.

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How worried should we be about Clowney?

Did we overhype Jadeveon Clowney? Is he out of shape? Is he already a bust? Is football a lie? Is life worth living?

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Wait, who is Towson?

A moment of appreciation for the Towson Tigers, who generally prefer lax to football, but reminded us for the eight millionth time that UConn and Paul Pasqualoni are a match made in comedy heaven.

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Results and recaps of Thursday's games

Two ranked teams were in action Thursday night, and two FBS schools fell to lower division opponents. Find out the who, the what and the how in our recap of the night's action.

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Puke and rally

The Commodores' best player cannot be stopped. Be warned: this is gross. Heroic, but gross.

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USC defense beats Hawaii

USC scored 27 consecutive points and held Hawaii to 231 total yards in a road win to open their 2013 campaign. The Trojans scored 20 of their 30 points off Hawaii turnovers.

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Ole Miss wins thriller

Did we have an instant classic on college football's opening night? We did.

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Biggest hit of the night

Please don't run that ball back. Oh no, you ran that ball back.

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GIF: Taylor Graham blows up USC defender

Hawaii's quarterback totally flattened a poor, unsuspecting USC defender.

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Utes overcome Chuckie Keeton

Utah State's Chuckie Keeton-led offense was downright brilliant at times, but Utah was resourceful enough to pick up a season-opening victory.

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Jadeveon Clowney taken down by UNC cheapshot

South Carolina's star defensive end had a generally underwhelming season-opener, but he was still unnecessarily taken out on a late hit by a UNC defender.

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Lightning strikes, South Carolina wins over UNC

A lightning storm delayed South Carolina's comfortable 27-10 victory over North Carolina with eight minutes to play.

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FCS Towson stuns UConn

Towson completes the season's first big shocker, and UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni's seat just got warmer.

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Vandy player has neon terrifying eyes

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GIF: Indiana State hit explains targeting rule

Self-explanatory title, really.

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GIF: Chuckie Keeton loses shoe, picks up 1st down

Chuckie Keeton lost his shoe on 3rd-and-long, but picked up the first down anyway.

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Lightning delay in Columbia

North Carolina vs. South Carolina is taking a break due to some atmospheric circumstances.

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Utah WR Kenneth Scott carted off

Utah's second-leading receiver last season suffered an ankle injury early in the Utes' season-opener vs. Utah State.

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Not a targeting hit?

Looks like a needless helmet-to-helmet shot to me.

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It's hittin' time

Ah, it's been a while. Time to remember how fun good, clean football hits are.

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GIF of the year's first touchdown

The college football season is under wa-- oh South Carolina already scored.

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College football's opening night

The opening night of American's greatest sport is here. Chat with us right here all night long. Need a Week 1 schedule? You got a Week 1 schedule.

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Apparently there's only one Carolina now

And that's why you always use an editor.

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What to watch all weekend long

The college football schedule is littered with viewing options. Some are better than others, so let's walk you through your options.

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USC looks to repeat 2012 rout of Hawaii

Marqise Lee and USC absolutely crushed Hawaii in the season opener before a disappointing year in 2012. Can the Warriors pose more of a threat this time around, and if so, what would that mean for Lane Kiffin?

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Ole Miss at Vanderbilt preview

Either the Rebels or Commodores will open the season 1-0 in SEC play.

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Clemson tops Week 1 bets

The slate features just two matchups pitting ranked teams against each other, and 30 games with spreads of three touchdowns or more! But, it is football. Our long summer is over. Let's get to the wagers. For more on Vegas, visit OddsShark.

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USU looks to keep Utah down

Utah State shocked Utah with an overtime winner to snap a 12-game losing streak in a 120-year-old rivalry. Can the Aggies keep the momentum after one of the best seasons in school history, or will the Utes resume dominance?

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How to watch UNC-South Carolina

Thursday's biggest game is a matchup between the Carolinas. Here's what you need to know about it.

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Easy Call: BBQ and picks

The premiere of Easy Call, SB Nation's weekly college football picks show, hosted by Dan Rubenstein and set at different New York City food spots each week.

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UConn sets the bar at 6 wins

With a hopeless offense and a fierce defensive front seven, UConn was basically a poor man's Rutgers last season. But like Rutgers, the Huskies have to hope the offense improves enough to offset some defensive regression coming down the pike. For more on the Huskies, visit The UConn Blog.

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A bold and daring new Rutgers

Rutgers takes the field in 2013 with quite a few former star recruits and perhaps more pure talent than it has had in recent history. But most of the star recruits are freshmen or sophomores, and most of the players you remember from last year are gone. What can we make of the most volatile, high-variance team in the AAC? For more Rutgers, visit On the Banks.

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UCF attempts to avoid a slip

No, UCF is not taking on a massive upgrade in its new conference. Still, it's a sign of accomplishment that the Knights are already one of the more stable programs in the American. The question for 2013 is whether they can avoid a bit of a defensive step backwards after the loss of some key pieces.

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Rams, bandits, and UNC

UNC has weathered an NCAA storm and won 39 games in the last five years. Life is better for the Heels than it was when Butch Davis took over, but can Larry Fedora and his second-year Heels kick things up a notch or two?

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Wake Forest and the cat-and-mouse game

Injuries, youth, and a small margin for error conspired against Wake Forest in 2012. Can offensive tweaks and defensive health lead to another bounce back for Jim Grobe and his Demon Deacons? For more Wake, visit Blogger So Dear.

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Ole Miss-Vandy trash talk has started

40 days until Ole Miss-Vandy, and they're already chirping at each other.

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Minnesota looks for the Turn

The Year 3 Turn was very good to Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill at previous stops. But with a Gopher squad built to tread water and lacking in star power, Kill has his work cut out for him in 2013. For more Minnesota, visit The Daily Gopher.

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Indiana might matter

Indiana pulled off a rare feat in 2012: a semi-satisfying, encouraging four-win season. Can third-year coach Kevin Wilson patch the holes in the defense enough to ride an absurdly easy home slate to six wins and Indiana's second bowl bid in 20 years? For more on Indiana, visit The Crimson Quarry.

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USC will be fun, FWIW

Because USC peaked in 2011 and not 2012, Lane Kiffin finds himself on a bit of a hot seat in 2013. With Marqise Lee and a sparkly, aggressive new 3-4 defense, his Trojans should be really fun to watch. But will they be good enough to avoid a winter coaching search? For more Trojans, visit Conquest Chronicles.

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Utah tries to stem the tide

After a season marred by injury and inconsistency, Kyle Whittingham's Utes head into 2013 with drastically lower expectations than they had a year ago. Can a pair of identity changes -- Dennis Erickson joining the offensive staff, speed becoming a larger defensive focus -- change course for a suddenly reeling program? For more Utes, visit Block U.

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The Gamecocks and the Clowney effect

A thin South Carolina defense was thinned out even more by graduation, the offense will be relying pretty heavily on an untested sophomore running back, and special teams could be a liability without the star punt returner? Yes, but ... Jadeveon Clowney! For more Gamecocks, visit South Carolina site Garnet and Black Attack.

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Ole Miss is never boring

It is rare for a team to considerably improve or regress in one year. Well, it's rare for teams not named Ole Miss. The Rebels do it every damn year. Don't pretend like you know what might happen in Hugh Freeze's second year, following huge improvement and a stunning recruiting class in Year 1. For more on Ole Miss football, head over to Red Cup Rebellion.

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Vandy enters uncharted waters

The last time Vanderbilt went to back-to-back bowls before last season? Never. The last time the Commodores finished with back-to-back winning seasons? 1974-75. Before that? 1958-59. Vandy isn't supposed to win or attract four-star recruits, but nobody told James Franklin. For more Dores, visit Vanderbilt site Anchor of Gold.

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Utah State asks, 'Now what?'

Utah State was fantastic in 2012, but the Aggies are now tasked with starting over after the loss of both their head coach and defensive coordinator to Wisconsin. Can Matt Wells and a couple of new coordinators keep the momentum going for a team that still has quite a few stars?

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Lots of wins available in Fresno

Fresno State surged in Tim DeRuyter's first season as head coach. With some fun play-makers and an absurdly easy schedule, the Bulldogs should be able to either maintain or improve upon last year's win total in 2013.

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SJSU rolls the dice again

In just two years at San Jose State, Mike MacIntyre moved a hyphen. The Spartans went 1-12 in 2010 and 11-2 in 2012. MacIntyre has moved on to Colorado, however, leaving behind a team laden with stars but little depth. Can Ron Caragher take the reins and bring another winning season to Spartan Stadium?

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Hawaii had the worst offense in FBS last year

Norm Chow spent decades crafting a reputation for offensive genius, but it's been almost a decade since he was associated with a good college offense. Hawaii had the worst offense in the country last year, in fact, but can a new coordinator and a new blue-chip quarterback begin to turn things around for the Warriors? It can't get much worse after last year.

For more on Hawaii football, visit MWC community Mountain West Connection.

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The clock ticks for Hauck and UNLV

The last UNLV coach fought through three two-win seasons, then won five in his fourth. Bobby Hauck has the "two-win seasons" part covered, but can an experienced, deeper Rebel squad actually break through in the win column this time around?

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Is Tulsa still the one in C-USA?

With Southern Miss' 2012 collapse, Tulsa is undoubtedly the class the new Conference USA. But Bill Blankenship's third Golden Hurricane squad must replace some serious play-making ability from an underrated, explosive defense; in its final year in C-USA, can Tulsa claim one more conference crown?

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MTSU turns it around

A new offensive coordinator made a world of difference for Rick Stockstill and Middle Tennessee in 2012. The Blue Raiders bounced back after a 2011 collapse, and with a load of returning experience, could make a pretty smooth transition to Conference USA ball this fall.

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Tulane taking baby steps

Tulane improved a little bit in Curtis Johnson's first year as head coach. The Green Wave should improve a little bit more in 2013. The goals are modest, but the schedule is pretty easy. Can Tulane top four wins for the first time in eight years?

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Bowling Green is ready

Bowling Green's defense dominated for most of the final two-thirds of 2012 and returns almost every major contributor. Can the Falcons' offense, inefficient but loaded with potential last fall, take a step forward to match the D?

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A word with the underrated Pete Lembo

Ball State's Pete Lembo might be one of the more underrated coaches in the country. He has churned out 11 winning seasons in 12 years at three different schools. He will probably make it 12 in 13 this fall.

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The impossible encore

Kent State returns star power in Dri Archer, Trayion Durham and Roosevelt Nix. But turnover in both the coaching staff and on the field should ensure a slow start for the Golden Flashes in 2013. Schedule, roster, projections and more below.

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Hard times

Terry Bowden still has a really, really long way to go at Akron. Advanced stats, schedule, roster, projections and more below.

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Alabama Lite

If you can find disruptive front-seven talent and craft an offense that is at least semi-efficient and competent, the Joey Jones "Alabama Lite" approach to winning in Mobile could work out pretty well. Schedule, starters and more below.

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