Two weeks from Thursday, when Steve Spurrier and his visor pay a visit to Vanderbilt and its hyperactive head coach James Franklin, college football finally returns to the field and our televisions.
Not a moment too soon, you say.
Turns out many of college football's best players are no longer in big-time college football, the FBS schools in BCS conferences which dominate our tube.
Let's just say a certain segment of grid star power has relocated, for various reasons and under differing circumstances, to small-college football.
They are big, if tainted, fish in a small pond.
■ Star sophomore running back Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the Georgia football team after a routine traffic stop found him with a firearm in a school zone.
Crowell was merely following in the line of previous Georgia tailbacks Washaun Ealey and Carlton Thomas who left the Bulldogs after a series of suspensions.
The SEC's Offensive Freshman of the Year for 2011 has now enrolled at Alabama State.
■ Former Auburn tailback Michael Dyer did not even make it to his first game at Sun Belt Conference member Arkansas State before leaving new coach Gus Malzahn's program.
Remember, it was Dyer, not Cameron Newton, who was Auburn's offensive MVP in the Tigers' 2010 BCS title win over Oregon, yet the speedy back was suspended indefinitely by Auburn for violating team rules.
Breaking team rules earned Dyer the boot at Arkansas State, as well.
Just Monday, however, Dyer tweeted his intent to enroll at Prairie View A&M.
■ Star Florida State defensive back Greg Reid was told he was no longer a Seminole on Aug. 1, three weeks after being arrested near Valdosta, Ga., on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.
Given that FSU dismissed Reid a short time later, it might not have been the defensive back's first brush with trouble.
No matter, since apparently Reid spends a lot of time in Valdosta, he has enrolled at Valdosta State.
■ Meanwhile, another Florida college defensive back, former Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong said Monday that he is no longer considering legal action against the school that dismissed him — Armstrong allegedly received extra benefits from infamous Miami booster Nevin Shapiro.
Instead, Armstrong plans to continue his collegiate career at NAIA-level Faulkner in Montgomery, Ala.
■ Then there is 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, the "Honey Badger," Tyrann Mathieu, who was shockingly dismissed from the LSU football program just last week.
(This continued the bad luck afforded fellow 2011 Heisman finalists Trent Richardson, the former Alabama running back who as a rookie for the Cleveland Browns underwent knee surgery last week, and Montee Ball, the Wisconsin running back who was attacked outside a Madison bar allegedly as retaliation for an earlier fight that involved Badgers football players.)
The Mathieu move was such an unexpected game-changer it caused The Associated Press to ask its voters for a revote of the annual pre-season poll.
(This is not to be confused with the USA Today college football coaches' poll in which Southern Cal head coach Lane Kiffin said he would never vote his team No. 1, only to be exposed by USA Today for, of course, voting his team No. 1, which resulted in Kiffin announcing he would never cast another vote in the poll as long as he lives. Or something to that effect.)
There were reports Monday that Mathieu had expressed an interest in staying in school at LSU and sitting out a season. Contrasting reports say that is not possible under university rules, even a university with a football program obsessed with winning another national championship.
It is much more likely Mathieu will end up at McNeese State, a small-college FCS school.
You know, where all the best players now play.