The Gainesville Times
Joshua Stanford

Grand opening: College football starts, playoff talk begins

No sports season starts better than college football.

With little competition right before the baseball pennant races heat up and the middle weekend of U.S. Open tennis, college football opens with a long holiday weekend of games, concluding with No. 1 Ohio State trying to avenge its last loss at Virginia Tech on Labor Day night.

True, many of the matchups are of the hammer vs. nail variety, with Power Five teams facing low-level Group of Five foes. Or those FBS vs. FCS matchups, which produce about 10 blowouts for every upset (Villanova over UConn if you're looking for an FCS upset).

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Patterson: TCU can't worry about living up to No. 2 ranking

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson wants his No. 2 Horned Frogs focused on winning their season opener instead of trying to live up to their highest ranking in the preseason.

"The worst thing that can happen to us is worry that we have to play like a No. 2 team in the country," Patterson said Tuesday. "We only have to worry about that at the end of the season."