College Football: 5 must-watch games on opening weekend

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Aug 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; LSU Tigers running back Terrence Magee (14) celebrates his third quarter touchdown with teammates against Texas Christian Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

 

At first glance, the opening weekend of the college football season doesn’t spark much interest outside of the fact that these are games that actually count. Most big-time programs have mastered the unfortunate practice of scheduling cupcakes — often even an FCS opponent — for their opening weekend games.

As a fan of good football every weekend (as I assume you are as well), I can’t stand this. Hopefully, the arrival of the new College Football Playoff is the catalyst that begins to buck that trend.

That said, a closer look at the opening weekend schedule reveals that there are some true diamonds in the rough in terms of quality football games that you’ll want to tune into — some of which even appear to have serious College Football Playoff implications.

Let’s take a look at the five must-watch games during college football’s opening weekend.

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