You won't find a complaint here about the lack of top-ranked teams playing on college football's opening Thursday. The No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers, featuring Russell Wilson, and No. 20 Mississippi St. Bulldogs, who are rumored to be without a handful of players, are in action, but not facing each other, but this shouldn't bother you.
Louisville starts off the year at 6 pm ET, welcoming Murray State, with a smattering of activity across the country following. Both Missy State and the Badgers play at 8 pm ET.
One important note for Big East fans: the game between UConn and Fordham has been postponed to Saturday due to Hurricane Irene-stunted travel. The Paul Pasqualoni era is in no particular hurry to get here, but it is on its way.
Here's the Sept. 1 TV schedule of game times and channels. We'll have much more on the way throughout the evening, plus quick previews of the two big(gish) games):
Print out the weekend's complete college football TV schedule, then head to one of our many college football blogs for the start of the season.