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Harbaugh return looms large over Michigan-Utah season opener

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After eight months of living in the spotlight as college football's latest rock star, Jim Harbaugh is ready to move past the hype and get gritty on the football field.

Michigan travels to Utah on Thursday night for their season opener, a game that has to some degree, been overshadowed by the hype surrounding Harbaugh's return to the college ranks. Not that all the interesting stuff will be on the sideline.

Both teams opened fall camp with questions about their quarterbacks and only one has given fans a definitive answer.

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No. 3 Alabama (0-0) vs No. 20 Wisconsin (0-0), 7 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Alabama by 10-1/2

Series Record: Wisconsin leads 1-0

WHAT'S AT STAKE

A chance for a big opening statement by the Badgers in their debut under coach Paul Chryst. Alabama, meanwhile, has used prominent neutral site openers like this to catapult the team to big seasons, including national titles in 2009 and 2012. That's the Crimson Tide's goal again.

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Highest ranking, early opener push No. 2 TCU past 2014 snub

Trevone Boykin and his buddies at TCU have grown tired of hearing about last season, when the Horned Frogs shared the Big 12 title but were left out of the first College Football Playoff.

The second-ranked Horned Frogs finally get to start fresh with an early opener. They are at Minnesota on Thursday night with their highest preseason ranking ever.