Matt Barkley

5 Things to know about college football's opening weekend

The first weekend of the college football season is loaded. Here are five things to know as you prepare to immerse yourself in football.


No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 20 USC? No. 10 Notre Dame at Texas? No. 18 Georgia vs. No. 22 North Carolina. No. 5 LSU vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field. And that's just to name a few. Lots of interesting matchups from which to choose, but the best looks as if it will be the last.

No. 11 Mississippi faces No. 4 Florida State in Orlando, Florida, on Monday night. The Rebels are in a bit of a reload season after losing three first-round draft picks that were the heart of a team coming off two straight New Year's Six bowl appearances....