Now that the latest bit of Johnny Football drama has been settled, the college football season can start with five days of games to satisfy fans who have been craving competition since Nick Saban was raising a crystal football in south Florida and trying to look as if he was having a good time.
The season starts, as always, with more mismatches than marquee games, but that's OK. The important thing is there will be college football and plenty of it, starting Thursday night with North Carolina at No. 6 South Carolina and ending Labor Day night with No. 11 Florida State at Pittsburgh.
— Associated Press
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel watches from the sidelines during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Rice, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in College Station, Texas. Manziel has been suspended for the first half of the team's game for what the school said was an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Temple v Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, IN - AUGUST 31: Tommy Rees #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the snap against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on August 31, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones (22) reacts after scoring on a punt return against Virginia Tech in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Charlotte beats Campbell 52-7 in inaugural game
Members of the Charlotte 49ers take the field for their NCAA college football game against the Campbell in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
West Virginia beats William & Mary 24-17
William and Mary quarterback Michael Graham (11) runs for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against West Virigia in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)
Taylor Graham huge block.
Minnesota races past UNLV 51-23 in season opener
UNLV wide receiver Maika Mataele is tackled after a catch by Minnesota defensive back Brock Vereen (21) in the first quarter of their NCAA college football game, Thursday Aug. 29, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)