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Grand Opening: College football begins with marquee games

Now this is the way to start the college football season.

The usual steady stream of games from Thursday through Monday night this year includes four matchups of ranked teams and six more ranked teams facing Power Five opposition, four of those away from home.

In some cases, regardless of the quality of the competition, the names alone scream big-time college football game. Alabama vs. USC. Texas vs. Notre Dame.

Since the NFL moved the start of its season to the week following Labor Day in 2001, college football has turned summer's last hurrah weekend into a delightful opening act. But it tended to be quantity — lots of games on TV spread out over five games...